Text, charts and data © 2015 Jim Ross
The Kanawha River has long fed the Ohio River in terms of water and commerce. Undoubtedly part of the reason coal traffic on the middle Ohio is down is due in part to traffic on the Kanawha being down.
Campbell Transportation removed most of its operations from the mouth of the Kanawha a couple of years ago. Because power plants are burning less coal, there is less demand. Plus coal exports are down. The combination of the two means less coal coming out of the Kanawha to be moved on the Ohio.
Tomorrow: The Big Sandy River