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Mississippi River level low

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(KATV) The Mississippi River is a critical highway but the low water levels are nearing record lows, threatening to bring barge traffic to a halt.

The Mississippi is the nation's largest river system. Right now barges are leaving ports with lighter loads so barges sit higher.

Waterway organizations want a presidential declaration of emergency. They want the Corps of Engineers to remove exposed rock and release a water from reservoirs.

Federal lawmakers are meeting Thursday with the Army Assistant Secretary to address the issue.

For now, the river is working in favor of Arkansas' corn and soybean growers.