Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says he wants to review the infrastructure of Kentucky's seven river ports.
Stivers' comments came after he visited several western Kentucky counties last week. The eastern Kentucky Republican finishing up his second year as Senate president described the visit as a "nonpolitical" trip.
Stivers visited the Elvis Stahr Harbor in Fulton County, where officials say they have only been able to dredge the harbor once every two or three years because of federal and state funding shortfalls. They said they need about $1 million to dredge the harbor every year to make sure it can stay open.
The port on the Mississippi river handles about 1 million tons of cargo each year.