Originally created 02/10/00

Suggests changing locks' mission

Re the Lock and Dam controversy:

As I understand it, the locks are going to be torn down because its mission to accommodate shipping in Augusta is no longer valid. I'm sure the locks were built to provide a better economy in Augusta through shipping.

Why can't legislation be introduced to change the mission of helping Augusta's economy through shipping to a mission to help Augusta's and North Augusta's economy through maintaining the river level for tourism? I'm sure Augusta's tourism economy is as important now, as was her shipping economy at the time the locks were built for shipping.

If the basis for the mission was actually to help Augusta's economy, there really has not been a change in the mission, and therefore no reason to destroy the locks.

Ray H. Tudor, Augusta

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