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The closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis will bring an end to 72 jobs (44 directly on the river). The amount of freight handled — the equivalent of 594 commercial lockages — will likely be added to already congested rail and road systems in the metro area. While closing locks and waterways can prevent the migration of invasive species, it may also affect efforts to enhance global trade, the cost of moving goods, air pollution emissions, traffic safety and congestion, and economic competitiveness.
The efforts of Minnesota ports to create jobs and grow the economy will benefit from a new federal law that invests in water infrastructure. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) ultimately promotes U.S. competitiveness by improving critical processes, policies and funding. Learn more.