The government spent more than $100 million on the locks to allow for commercial barge traffic, but relatively few vessels use them.
Now, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to operate the locks on an appointment-only basis to save money. And they would be closed to recreational boaters like anglers who fish the river.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop is asking the agency to reconsider. He says commercial traffic on the river already struggles.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has reported that officials in Columbus fear the decision will leave the city effectively cut off from the Gulf.