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Leaders, including governor, question plans for State Port

GULFPORT — Mississippi leaders are questioning whether the Port of Gulfport is doing enough to capitalize on $570 million in federal money being spent there in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Port officials told a community group Tuesday that the port is not close to deepening its 36-foot ship channel, one of the shallowest among major Gulf of Mexico ...

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Coast Guard: No current plans to close ever-falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River level is continuing to drop, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis says it is using survey boats and dredges to maintain safe navigation. The National Weather Service says drought has dropped the river’s summer level in Memphis to about 13 feet below normal, and it could fall another two feet by ...

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Corps warns of dredging on falling river without a permit

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports it is working to hard to keep low water levels from closing commercial navigation on the rivers in its 68,000 square mile area of responsibility. According to the National Weather Service this year’s drought is affecting nearly 61 percent of the country and is causing problems ...

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Dropping river causing groundings; operators running lighter loads

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A year after the Mississippi River swelled to near-historic proportions and flooded farms and homes from Illinois to Louisiana, the level along the waterway’s southern half is so low that cargo barges have run aground and their operators have been forced to lighten their loads. Wide, sandy strips of shoreline usually invisible even in the low season ...

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Director: Port should remain open as river falls

VICKSBURG — Dredging near the Port of Vicksburg over the past five years should keep the inland port open even as Mississippi River levels fall. Warren County Port Commission executive director Wayne Mansfield tells the Vicksburg Post about $4 million in work completed in 2008 to widen the Yazoo Diversion Canal has put the local port ahead of the curve ...

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Dredging for beach restoration forces another beach closure

BAY ST. LOUIS — Dredging for beach restoration has closed a second section of beach at Bay St. Louis. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says dredging can release large numbers of bacteria trapped in the floor of Mississippi Sound. They say it also can cause dangerous physical conditions including unpredictable terrain, surf, and quicksand. And it brings heavy equipment ...

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Corps receives emergency funds for river dredging

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $55 million in emergency funds to pay for dredging the silting Mississippi River — a sum that will help the corps maintain the river’s channel to depths ships need to safely move up and down the waterway. The new funds are from a recent emergency spending bill and were ...

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Economist: River silt could cost billions

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river. Every year, the corps keeps the channel open with dredges that remove mud ...

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DMR suspends sale of commercial resident dredging licenses

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has immediately suspended the sale of commercial resident dredging licenses. The threshold for commercial oyster license sales has been met in all categories. The sale of commercial non-resident dredging licenses was suspended May 3; resident and non-resident tonging license sales were suspended April 28. The suspension is a result ...

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DMR suspends sale of commercial dredging licenses

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has suspended the sale of commercial non-resident dredging licenses. The threshold for license sales has been reached in three categories — commercial non-resident dredging as well as resident and non-resident tonging licenses. The sale of commercial resident and non-resident tonging licenses was suspended April 28. The suspension is a ...

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