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      Lock and Dam upgrade pushed back more than 70 years

      It may be more than 70 years before any maintenance or upgrades are done of the locks and dams.

      That's according to Adams County Board Member Lyle Nichols who recounted to the members a memo from GREDF report that indicated the Army Corps of Engineers has pushed that scheduled back to the year 2090.

      Nichols says like many things this has to do with funding.

      But considering how vital the lock and dam system is the economy, he was quite surprised to see the Corp of Engineers make such a decision.

      "None of us are going to be alive at that time and I don't think our economy here in the Midwest can survive that many years without an upgrade to the locks and dams," Nichols said.

      Nichols asked the board to draft a resolution to encourage congressional leaders to take action on this issue and get that timetable moved forward.

      He would also like to send the resolution to other counties and states along the river to encourage them to ask their congressional officials to also address this issue.