Mississippi River level low

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

The Mississippi is thenation's largest river system. Right now barges are leaving ports with lighterloads so barges sit higher.

Waterway organizationswant a presidential declaration of emergency. They want the Corps of Engineersto remove exposed rock and release a water from reservoirs.

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

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