Posts Tagged ‘river’

Barge accident closes river, but flooding bigger worry

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg after barges hit a railroad bridge there yesterday and about 30 barges broke free from the towboat “Captain Buck Lay.” Nine towboats — six bound upriver and three heading downriver — with a total of 134 barges were waiting to get through yesterday evening, […] [...]

Officials watching river walls during rainy weather

by Associated Press Published: March 27,2013

Tags: bridge, engineer, engineering, erosion, highway, infrastructure, river, transportation, travel, wall, Weather

VICKSBURG — Two concrete walls blasted into the Mississippi River bank below the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge are passing a tough test during a rainy start to 2013, bridge officials said, as the latest study on the Interstate 20 bridge shows piers moved at the same pace last year as its older neighbor. In […] [...]

River city mayors in new caucus look to raise awareness

by Associated Press Published: March 22,2013

Tags: caucus, city government, executive, federal government, mayor, municipal, municipality, river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Mayors from Mississippi River communities are joining with members of Congress to draw attention to the waterway and the needs of communities dotting its banks. About a dozen mayors from communities big and small were in Washington yesterday to announce formation of the Mississippi River Platform. The goal is to raise awareness […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit docks after long, extended season

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District’s (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), has completed an extended mat-sinking season. This revetment season included a larger than normal program with critical repairs being made to sites damaged as a result of the 2011 historic flood. During this longer, eight-month, revetment season, the MSU placed […] [...]

River city mayors to announce formation of new caucus

by Associated Press Published: March 18,2013

Tags: caucus, city government, executive, federal government, mayor, municipal, municipality, river

NATCHEZ — Two mayors are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to join a new voice for Mississippi River cities. The Natchez Democrat reports Natchez Mayor Butch Brown and Vidalia, La.,  Mayor Hyram Copeland will join nine other mayors of cities that share the banks of the Mississippi and members of Congress to announce the […] [...]

Lawmakers want river dredged to handle cargo ships

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers should dredge the Mississippi River deep enough to handle the huge cargo ships expected to use the Panama Canal once its expansion is completed next year, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond say. The Louisiana Democrats have submitted bills to authorize dredging the river […] [...]

Waters closed to oystermen due to swollen river

by MBJ Staff Published: March 15,2013

Tags: commercial fishing, environment, oyster, oysterman, reef, river, seafood, state agency, water

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has closed Area II “E” Conditionally Approved Waters and Area II “F” Conditionally Approved Waters to the harvest of oysters, effective at 4 p.m. yesterday. The agency reports it took the action due to the Pearl River stage exceeding MDMR’s management plan criteria for these […] [...]

Coast Guard lacks assets to respond to emergency on river

VICKSBURG — After a two-barge tow carrying 1.5 million gallons of oil hit the U.S. Highway 80 bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, Coast Guard officials had to rely on a Vicksburg industry to respond. “We don’t have a specific search and rescue presence here in Vicksburg,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour […] [...]

USDA to spend $59M on Mississippi River initiative

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s spending another $59 million this year on an initiative that works with farmers and other landowners to reduce pollution in the Mississippi River basin. The agency says the new funding raises its total investment in the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds initiative to about $289 […] [...]

U.S. Senate caucus forms to focus on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus is being launched in the U.S. Senate in an effort to encourage commerce and address issues such as flood mitigation and navigation concerns. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa announced plans for the caucus today. It will also seek to […] [...]

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