The Ohio River is part of the new federally designated M-70 "marine highway." To find out what that means -- or so far, hasn't meant -- to the Ohio River, check out this story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review .
To me, the important part was in the last two paragraphs. I've written about it before, and I hope to write about it again. I will quote the last paragraph:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is a long one, but it's a Bloomberg story on a West Virginia native who has made a fortune in coal and is betting big on Illinois, not West Virginia. Buried in the story are a few words about how he's building a coal port on the Ohio River. If you're interested and have the time, it's worth a read, considering how many coal barges move up and down the river each day.