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  • Blasting to start soon for new Chickamauga Lock Chattanooga Times/Free Press ...new lock at the Chickamauga Dam is about to get noisier as blasting starts to help dig up the riverbed where the new and bigger lock is taking shape. Kesco Inc., a blasting contractor from Zelienopie, Pa., will soon begin blasting the riverbed in the coffer dam erected below the dam to house the new 110-foot-by-600-foot lock. Adam Walker, the project manager for the Chickamauga lock replacement project, said the lock excavation contractor, Heeter Geotechnical Construction, will...
  • As more boats, kayaks enjoy region's rivers, officials urge safety The Valley News-Dispatch Another danger comes from other boats, from small craft up to tugboats hauling barges. "The biggest thing is education and awareness," said Col.
  • Two lift gates to be replaced at Montgomery Locks and Dam for $5.6 million Beaver County Times ...replace two dam lift gates at the Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the project will help ensure the long-term structural integrity of the aging infrastructure. There are 10 dam gates at the facility, which handles more than 300 commercial barges and boats per month. According to a 2006 study that measured the structural integrity of the dam, all 10 of the gates were in an "active state of failure under normal hydraulic load,"...
  • Army Corps of Engineers plans $275 million in defenses to block Asian carp from reaching Great Lakes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ...voracious Asian carp from moving into the lakes. An electrical barrier downstream of the lock coupled with underwater noises would help deter the invaders, under the Corps plan. Water jets would be installed along the bottom of a specially designed channel leading into the lock to remove any fish entrained in barges. The National Wildlife Federation said the Corps plan to make Asian carp "run the gauntlet" before they reach the Brandon Road lock looked promising. ...
  • Critical maintenance backlog on navigation channel continues to mount Muskogee Phoenix Mary Fallin in 2013 determined the temporary closure of the navigation channel due to a malfunction or system failure would have an economic impact of $2.9 million a day. Markwayne Mullin expressed optimism about Congress' ability to pass all 12 annual appropriations bills before Oct. 1 -- the beginning of the federal government's fiscal year. Jim Inhofe, requesting the navigation channel's critical maintenance backlog be addressed.
  • Noise, more electric barriers proposed to stop Asian carp in Great Lakes region Detroit Free Press Already there are several electric barriers in operation near Chicago some 37 miles from Lake Michigan. Asian carp are already established in the Mississippi River. Environmentalists and local and state officials, as well as U.S. Sens.
  • BRIEF: River warning buoys moved by high water, Army Corps says The Valley News-Dispatch ...from anglers upset that they had moved warning buoys downstream of the Dashields Lock and Dam on the Ohio River, thus closing off "some of the best fishing spots around!" But the corps said they didn't do it. The river moved them. "Several locks and dams have missing or displaced buoys due to the recent high water," the corps said. Some upstream buoys have been pushed closer to the dam, while some downstream buoys have been swept away from the dam. The corps is advising...
  • Columbia River power struggle: Trump privatization proposal generates new energy debate The Today File Farmers farther upriver in Washington state pump irrigation water into alfalfa fields, with both the water and the electricity supplied by a dam. The Space Needle in Seattle uses Columbia River electricity to slowly spin tourists in its sky-view restaurant. Grand Coulee alone, the biggest dam on the river, ships power to 10 states and creates enough electricity to power all the households in Missouri for a year.
  • Tenney Lock to reopen Saturday after four months closed The Daily Cardinal ...Madison boaters can look forward to Tenney Lock reopening Saturday after several months of being closed for upgrades, announced the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department. The upgrades involved adding remote controls to the dam, which will permit staff to control water levels on the lake. The lock, which is located on the Yahara River at the entryway to Lake Mendota, allows boats to cross between Lakes Mendota and Monona. The lock will follow the same schedule as 2016,...
  • Senate spending bill boosts Chickamauga Lock spending to $78 million Chattanooga Times/Free Press ...million for advanced nuclear reactors, which is $28 million more than the president's budget request. And the measure provides $40 million for research and development to support existing nuclear reactors and $24 million for the Center for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $37.6 billion annual spending bill for the Department of Energy and water infrastructure programs that...