Mississippi River’s Specialized Mat Sinking Unit to Get Modern Upgrade

At the end of each summer, a specialized unit of the United States Army Corps of Engineers get to work on the Mississippi River laying thousands of slabs of concrete "mattress" to help prevent erosion and keep the critical waterway open to navigation. The USACE Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), which now encompasses around 50 full-time employees and 200 seasonal … [Read more...]

Hundreds of Barges Stalled as Floods Hinder Midwest Supplies

By Brian K. Sullivan, Shruti Date Singh and Mario Parker (Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of barges are stalled on the Mississippi River, clogging the main circulatory system for a farm-belt economy battered by a relentless, record-setting string of snow, rainstorms and flooding. Railways and highways have been closed as well, keeping needed supplies from farmers and … [Read more...]

Mississippi River Barge Shipping Resumes After Floods

By Karl Plume and Rod Nickel May 17 (Reuters) - The upper Mississippi River fully reopened to boat and barge traffic this week for the first time since November as shippers scrambled to move a backlog of overdue fertilizer barges to farmers racing to sow corn before the end of the month. Some fertilizer shipments had been parked on river banks near St. Louis and further … [Read more...]

Upper Mississippi River Breaks 1993 Flood Record

The high water forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close a portion of the Mississippi River to all vessel traffic near St. Louis, Missouri.  By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) -- The Mississippi River broke a quarter-century flooding record at Rock Island, Illinois. For now, it’s seen as a fairly isolated event -- as long as rain eases. Levels rose 7.7 feet (2.3 meters) … [Read more...]