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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 to halt work. The MSU, ...

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Paddleboat to dock in Vidalia, La., not Natchez

VIDALIA, La. — The Queen of the Mississippi paddleboat will dock at the Vidalia Riverfront, just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, six times before the end of the year. The Natchez Democrat reports that the first of those stops will be 7:30 p.m. Monday until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Other stops will be Nov. 19 and 25, and Dec. 2, ...

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Dredge completes 2013 season after 150 days on river

VICKSBURG — The Dredge Jadwin recently returned to her home port of Vicksburg from the 2013 dredging season after 150 days in action. The Jadwin and crew relocated approximately 6.5 million cubic yards of sand and mud from the river channel of the mighty Mississippi River. The Jadwin was one of the last two steam-powered dredges built by the Mississippi ...

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Mat Sinking Unit continues work along the Mississippi River

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working within the Corps’ Memphis District boundaries laying articulated concrete mats (ACM) on the Mississippi River’s banks. The ACM assists with the prevention of erosion and protects submerged riverbank areas. The MSU has completed approximately 34 percent of the 2013 scheduled work ...

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Company scraps plans to put turbines in river

VICKSBURG — A company has dropped plans to sink power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River. Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Crear has told a Vicksburg civic club that Free Flow Power will place the turbines on existing dams, such as recreational lakes maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Crear is a member of the Boston-based company’s board of directors. ...

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After half-decade in dock, Delta Queen could sail again

An act of Congress could be the first step in getting the Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River after a five-year hiatus. The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to allow an exemption from some fire-retardant materials construction requirements for vessels operating within the boundary line of the United States’ inland waterways, according to the Natchez Democrat. As a ...

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EPA: More pollution control needed to fight dead zone

MISSISSIPPI RIVER and GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental Protection Agency officials say the U.S. is falling short of its goals to cut Mississippi River pollution and shrink the dead zone it creates in the Gulf of Mexico. Speaking in Minneapolis, Minn., the federal officials said states in the river’s watershed need to accelerate efforts to cut pollution from farm field ...

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Casino revenue up, but gaming along river remains depressed

It has been an easy year so far for the state’s casinos, but there is finally some good news, at least for venues on the Coast. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos took in about $179.1 million in August, compared to about $178.4 million a year ago, according to The Associated Press. The 12 casinos in coastal counties won ...

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Great River Road celebration set for 75th anniversary

ST. LOUIS — The Great River Road, a 3,000-mile stretch of highway along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is turning 75. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is gathering tomorrow in St. Louis to celebrate the milestone. A ceremony on the significance, economic and tourism impact of the road is planned at the riverfront stage beneath ...

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