Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. […] [...]

Stranded river barges could be moving south this weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to resume their trips downstream over the weekend. Commercial barge traffic has been choked […] [...]

Scientist: Gulf dead zone’s size ‘about average’ this year

GULF OF MEXICO — The dead zone — an area off Louisiana where there’s too little oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico to keep sea creatures alive — is about average this year and currently the size of Connecticut, a veteran scientist reported yesterday. The dead zone covered about 5,050 square miles as of Aug. […] [...]

Obama signs bill funding barrier islands’ restoration, river work

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama today signed a bill that includes authorization for $693.3 million for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program was initiated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the first phase was completed in 2012. Work has included restoration of the barrier […] [...]

DMR wants input on how to spend Bonnet Carre damage funding

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries. The hearing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Long Beach’s St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is meant to let commercially […] [...]

5 must-see places to visit in Natchez

‘COME SEE US’ – The MBJ’s annual Meetings, Conventions and Tourism magazine (Spring 2014 edition) Historic Homes Natchez is all about history and its preservation. There are more than 1,000 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a dozen or so designated as National Historic Landmarks. The gorgeous antebellum homes are remarkably […] [...]

Commission’s inspection trip to make stop in Port City

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 7-11. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in selected towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas […] [...]

Corps allots more funding to projects in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate an additional $14.4 million to Mississippi this year to support additional dredging, flood control and other construction and maintenance projects, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to direct additional Mississippi River & Tributaries Project (MR&T), general […] [...]

Panel issues report on river diversion projects

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation, a group organized by The Water Institute of the Gulf to advise the state of Louisiana on river diversion projects on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, has issued its initial report. Panel members made recommendations on data collection, project modeling, the types of simulations […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit coming home early due to high water

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ended its annual mat sinking season two and a half months earlier than planned. The Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) stopped operations Jan. 2 due to high water and strong currents. At approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 2, the final decision was made […] [...]

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