As the Winona’s commercial harbor nears the end of the shipping season, the city’s barge numbers are still on the upswing.
From the opening of the locks and dams in March through October the city recorded total activity of 1,244 barges, up from 1,085 at the same time last year.
The ongoing high traffic volume in recent years is still being attributed to large numbers of distillers grain moving through the city, as well as gypsum.
The lock and dam system usually closes in mid-December, with shipping continuing until then, and the U.S. Corp of Engineers delivering the year-end statistics for the system in January.
This closure date is subject to change pending the formation of ice or other environmental factors.