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  • EDITORIAL: Trib editorial: Allegheny River locks dams sorely need proposed funding boost The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Feb. 19--For too long, the Allegheny River's locks and dams have been shortchanged on funding for necessary upkeep, making maintenance and repairs long overdue. Thus, they sorely need the $18 million proposed for fiscal 2018, up from $5 million in fiscal 2017. Trump's fiscal 2019 proposal, Allegheny River lock-and-dam funding would drop to $7.9 million, but that still would be more than its $5 million level in recent years.
  • EDITORIAL: Reduced inland waterways support will spawn new costs The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Farmers, manufacturers and other vital sectors rely on the system to ship billions of dollars in crops and products to market annually. It's also possible waterway infrastructure project costs would be turned over to state and local governments, or to private entities. But we would oppose any effort to pull back the federal commitment to improved waterways in order to shift the burden entirely to shippers, states or local governments.
  • WATERWAYS COUNCIL, INC. PRESENTS 17TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SERVICE AWARD TO SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY); FORMER CORPS CHIEF OF NAVIGATION JEFF MCKEE RECEIVES 2018 WATERWAYS COUNSEL AWARD On February 14, 2018, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (below, right) received Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 17th Annual Leadership Service Award for his strong and continued leadership on ports and inland waterways issues. He was presented the award by Stephen Little, Chairman of Crounse Corporation (Paducah, KY). WCI President & CEO Mike Toohey said, “We were honored to have the opportunity to celebrate Senator McConnell, who has been a stalwart advocate for the inland waterways in his state of Kentucky, but throughout the United States. The Founding Fathers of this Nation understood the inherent importance of the inland waterways system as a national treasure, and Senator McConnell continues to represent that viewpoint, for which we are profoundly grateful.”
  • Trump budget contains no funding for locks and dams replacement Beaver County Times ...replacing the system of aging locks and dams on the Ohio River. Officials for years have been trying to secure funding to fix the navigation facilities, crucial components of commercial and barge traffic on the Ohio. Previous studies have estimated the cost to repair the Montgomery Locks and Dam between Industry and Potter Township, the Dashields Locks and Dam between Moon Township and Edgeworth, and the Emsworth Locks and Dams, to be around $2.6 billion. The Montgomery...
  • Allegheny River lock, dam repairs funded under Trump's budget plan The Valley News-Dispatch Allegheny River locks and dams. While funding levels have been declining but settling at about $5 million a year for the Allegheny facilities, the fiscal 2019 budget is 58 percent higher because the Corps is changing its own funding process. The 2019 increase will pay for more Corps workers to staff the Allegheny locks and dams, according to Hawkins. The Corps instituted new standards for staffing the locks and dams, and the Allegheny needed some workers to meet those...
  • BRIEF: Construction at Lock and Dam 18 to finish March 6 The Hawk Eye Gladstone, Illinois on the Mississippi River has been closed to the public. Lockmaster Mike Bielser said wells are being drilled through the floor of the lock chamber to relieve pressure there. A synopsis of the $3.1 million project also states the lock will need to be "dewatered" after the relief wells have been installed "in order to test the wells and install pre-cast concrete well head blocks." Dewatering includes emptying river water out of the lock so the Army Corp...
  • Local agencies help Pittsburgh Coast Guard find missing barges The Dominion Post I’m glad we have that great working relationship, but it also says a lot about your program and Morgantown’s.
  • Barge removal under way at Emsworth Lock and Dam The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ...remove barges within the area," McClain said. "Over the past several days our industry partners as well as the Army Corps of Engineers have worked tirelessly to remove ice from the Emsworth Lock and Dam navigable channel, as well as here within the structure." Army Corps spokesman Jeff Hawk said that crews from the Morgantown, W.Va., Fire and Police have been using sonar devices to locate two sunken barges that could present a hazard to watercraft and that the Monongalia County office...
  • Historically, Brunswick-Altamaha Canal misses the boat The Brunswick News Some 200 miles upstream, the Altamaha connects with the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers. The plantation owners who backed the project preferred risking Irish immigrant lives in the hazardous labor of canal construction. By then, however, canals were fading from relevance.
  • Ballard Locks: They don't move a lot of freight, but they mean a lot of money -- and need repair The Seattle Times ...vessels are working in Alaska, in windblown saltwater, which corrodes steel." The greatest number of commercial vessels that pass through the Locks are towboats, following by fishing boats, passenger boats and government boats. In 2016, according to the study prepared by the McDowell Group, 271 commercial fishing vessels -- hailing from the Bering Sea Crab Fleet, Alaska Salmon Fleet, Puget Sound Fleet, among others, and including tribal fishing vessels -- used the Locks 1,600...