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Great Lakes-Seaway News' purpose is to provide news, critical information updates, and thoughtful commentary to those who care about the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System specifically, and the maritime industry in general. It is important that Great Lakes-Seaway News also become a forum and online meeting place so that ideas can be presented, issues can be debated and relationships can be made to advance the seaway system’s interests for now and for the future.

Therefore, Great Lakes Seaway News will serve as the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System's newspaper, its online bulletin board, its meeting place for innovation and discussion, and its clubhouse for the development of plans and activities which will serve those who participate in the online marketplace of ideas.

Great Lakes-Seaway News is an independent publication and as such, is not affiliated in any way with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or any other agencies of the governments of the United States of America or Canada. 

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Great Lakes Seaway News Sets New Monthly Readership Records in June

Great Lakes Seaway News, the largest cicrculation daily publication about and for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry set new readership records in June eclipsing previous monthly high-water marks in a number of important readership statistics.

The number of unique readers of Great Lakes Seaway News established a new record in June, some 7.6 percent greater than the previous record set in April of this year.

Great Lakes Seaway News' audience size also grew in June besting the previous high monthly figure, also set in April, by 8.9 percent.   

Additionally, the eight-year old maritime industry publication set a new record in terms of monthly page-views, besting the previous record, just set in May, by a whopping 11.4 percent.

The publishers and editors of Great Lakes Seaway News are grateful to our growing family of readers, sponsors, and advertising partners for their enduring support.




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Flooding Snarls Mississippi River Barge Traffic

Extraordinary amounts of summer rainfall in recent weeks have caused flooding on much of the Mississippi River inland waterway system, snarling both northbound and southbound barge traffic.

During the month of June, flooding caused a number of lock closures on the Mississippi, Illinois, and Arkansas Rivers.  During the week ending July 1, Mississippi River Locks 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 spanning from Clayton, MO, to Grafton, IL were all closed for several days due to high water and faster than normal currents.  St. Louis Harbor has reopened to daylight only traffic for barge tows greater than 600 feet in lenght. 

On July 1, Mississippi River levels at St. Louis rose to slightly over 38 feet (a level which automatically prompts the U.S. Coast Guard to close that section of the river). A complete closure was not implemented at that time as flood levels are forecast to recede during the upcoming weekend.

However, severe weather and heavy storms are expected to hit the some of the southern regions of the Mississippi River basin this weekend in parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, northern Mississippi and Tennessee. 




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