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Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr to lead river panel

Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division since August 2014, is the president of the Mississippi River Commission. The commission was created by Congress in 1879 to provide for general improvements along the length of the Mississippi River. The division has district offices in St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill.; St. ...

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Ellis Screws is construction chief

Ellis Screws was recently selected as chief of its Construction and A&E Branch of the Contracting Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. Screws will be the contracting officer responsible for the award of contracts for Construction, and Architectural & Engineering services for the Vicksburg District. Screws previously was a contract specialist within the District’s Contracting Division. ...

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Deeper ship channel stalled at Gulfport’s state port


GULFPORT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a deeper ship channel has been scrapped as part of a study on future expansion at the state port. The Corps undertook an expansion study in 2011 that was modified in 2013 to include deepening the ship channel from 36 feet to 42-47 feet. Channel deepening is seen as a key ...

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Barges long gone, goods moving on Yazoo River decline


GREENWOOD — During the heyday of Greenwood’s cotton markets, paddle-wheel boats carried bales of cotton and other export commodities down the Yazoo River to Vicksburg and on to New Orleans. It’s now been decades since barges worked the upper reaches of the Yazoo River to pick up shipments from Greenwood. Moving grain, fertilizer or other products by boat could dramatically ...

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Passmore retiring from ERDC

After almost 30 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 15 years of them spent at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, ERDC Environmental Laboratory (EL) deputy director Dr. Michael Passmore will retire in June. Passmore earned a bachelor’s in 1974 and a master’s in 1977, both in wildlife science from Oregon State University. In 1977, ...

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BP's ability questioned as Gulf oil chokes marshes

BARATARIA BAY, La. — The Gulf of Mexico oil spill seeped miles deeper into Louisiana’s fragile marshes, making it tougher to clean up or to rescue wildlife like the brown pelican, as the federal government questioned whether BP will be able plug its blown-out well on the seabed. With frustration mounting at the global oil giant and at the government, ...

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Corps looking to widen bayou

JACKSON COUNTY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched an environmental study of widening Bayou Casotte in Jackson County. John Crane, project manager with the corps, said Feb. 25 that work on the environmental impact statement could take from 18 to 36 months. The Mississippi Press reports the study will examine widening the channel by 50 to 150 ...

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Corps certifies Pearl River levees

JACKSON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Pearl River levees in Hinds and Rankin counties meet the requirements for certification for the 100-year flood. Corps officials say certification for the east and west banks will remain valid for a period not to exceed 10 years. The corps recently completed a six-month evaluation of the levees. Corps officials ...

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Corps awards Delta levee contract

ISSAQUENA COUNTY — A Greenwood company will begin work soon on a 4.7-mile Mississippi River levee enlargement in Issaquena County at a cost of $10 million. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract to Kenneth R. Thompson Builders Inc. for the levee enlargement between Goose Lake Road and Fitler. The contractor has initiated some preliminary work with an ...

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