A project to increase the depth of the Mississippi River by five feet deeper could get underway by October of next year.
The effort is expected to result in better prices for farmers and more opportunity for economic growth in the area. State officials say a shipper would be able to load an additional $1 million of cargo on a vessel for every foot of depth that is added.
Dredging the river to a depth of 50 feet would allow for larger ships to navigate the channel.
The dredged sediment will be relocated to Louisiana's coast to create as much as 1,700 new acres of wetlands.
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