A lack of rain has kept Mississippi River levels extremely low, forcing crews to start dredging problem areas.
Crews were hard at work today dredging out the Art Keller Marina in Quincy, as well as the outskirts of the main channel.
Marina officials say this is the lowest they have seen the Mississippi in recent months, and digging up excess silt from the bottom of the river will help to deepen waterway channels, and keep them navigable.
"It's causing a lot of problems, it's keeping a lot of boaters from going out. Certain boats need 3-4 feet of water to come through the marina with their boats so they don't get stuck in the mud. So it's very very important to have that done," said Art Keller Marina Security official, Mike Rudd Sr.
Dredging is expected to be finished in by next week.
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