Ohio River

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District reopened navigation traffic Wednesday morning at Ohio River Locks and Dam 52 at Brookport, Illinois, after workers successfully raised the dam.

According a news release, the locks at 52 were closed after the dam lost three wickets when their base connections failed and attempts to raise remaining wickets were unsuccessful because of river and dam conditions. The Corps had announced it could take up to seven days to reopen the river to commercial traffic.

US Army Corps of Engineers

A 25-mile section of the Ohio River from Smithland, Kentucky, to Brookport, Illinois, will be closed to shipping traffic later this week for up to four days of emergency repairs. It’s all due to something called a “wicket.”

Murray State University

A field research station on Kentucky Lake has received a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund the study of toxic algae blooms.

WKMS File Photo

Hydroelectric generating capacity is on the rise with the construction of new power plants along the Ohio River in Kentucky and West Virginia. 

ORSANCO logo, via City of Paducah Kentucky Government on Facebook

Volunteers across six states gather along the shore of the Ohio River for an annual ‘sweep’ next weekend. The ‘Ohio River Sweep’ is a cleanup effort spreading more than 3,000 miles. 

National Weather Service, water.weather.gov

Officials say a woman whose body was found in the Ohio River a day after two other bodies were recovered has been identified. 

National Weather Service, water.weather.gov

Second Update: Authorities say one of three bodies found in Ohio River was shot in the back of the head. Daviess County Sheriff's Dept. says the body also had ligature marks around the neck.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Marathon Pipe Line says the leading edge of a diesel fuel sheen on the Ohio River has dissipated near Paducah. The company confirms one of its pipes was the source of a 48-thousand gallon diesel fuel spill on the Wabash River in southern Illinois over the weekend.

Mark Jaroski / Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the US 51 'Cairo' Bridge is now open to traffic.   

The river crossing has been shut since December 31st after floodwaters covered a portion of the bridge on the Kentucky side. 

Knowledgeum, via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

A federal complaint has been filed against a barge company alleging they discharged sewage and polluted wastewater into the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois for more than half a decade.

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