submitted / Waterways Council, Inc.

An industry group is asking Congress to start funding Mississippi River navigation improvements originally authorized more than ten years ago.

The Waterways Council represents shipping companies, agriculture, port authorities, and others.

This year, the council wants Congress to make sure the Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program includes expanding locks on the Upper Mississippi River. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Congress is working on a new, Water Resources Development Act, and deciding which projects to pay for. That includes fixing locks and dams. A group that represents navigators, shippers, farmers, and others is pleased with the proposed funding and policies in the act, which has passed the House.

Thousands of volunteers dedicate one day each year to cleaning up waterways in the Quad Cities. Tomorrow, 13-hundred volunteers will pick up trash at several locations, for the 12th annual Xstream Cleanup. Event organizer, Brandy Welvaert, says volunteers have cleaned up 950,000 pounds of trash over the past 12 years. 

This year, volunteers will work at 35 locations, including the Nahant Marsh, Living Lands and Waters Tree Nursery, and Lincoln Park in Rock Island. Welvaert says people can choose either heavy or light-duty clean-up. 

And in recent years, more volunteers have been needed to remove invasive species. 

Welvaert says about 100 volunteers are still needed for the Xstream Cleanup tomorrow, from 8:30 to 11:30 am. No experience is necessary, and supplies will be provided.