Ohio River

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or “fracking”) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.

Lane Closures on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Sep 2, 2014
Daniel Schwen, Wikimedia Commons

Commuters between Paducah and Metropolis could encounter slower passage over the I-24 Ohio River Bridge this week. The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin work Tuesday, taking place in both eastbound and westbound lanes causing daytime lane closures extending through Friday. IDOT spokesman Keith Miley says through traffic should seek alternate routes.

Lance Dennee

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative’s 15th District, Eric Thorsland told residents in Brookport he wants to see funds put into the village’s levee repairs.

US Army Corps of Engineers

It was 1987 when the Corps of Engineers formally recommended to Congress that a new dam be built near Olmsted, Illinois. The Olmsted Locks and Dam would replace old wicket dams between Paducah and Metropolis and between Joppa and Olmsted. It's a massive project in an erratically flowing river. The locks were finished long ago. Today, we get an update on the building of the dam and learn more about the controversial construction method being used for the dam, called "in-the-wet." Kate Lochte speaks with Olmsted Division Chief Mike Braden of the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Native Americans now called Mississippian culture lived at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers around 1100 to 1350 AD. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site offers a window on this ancient community. Park Manager Carla Hildebrand spoke with Kate Lochte about this season's opening, Tuesday, April 1. 

Matthew Bowden, Wikimedia Commons

Henderson is taking steps to ensure the safety of drinking water as some pollutants move down the Ohio River. 

Last week’s chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River West Virginia has water utilities downstream taking precautions. The plume is expected to reach Henderson Monday morning.

Kelly Martin, Wikimedia Commons

Lawmakers from several Mississippi River states are meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers today to address the waterway's critically low levels between St. Louis and Cairo .

Panama Canal expansion's effect on Paducah ports

Aug 11, 2012
Rose Krzton-Presson

The Panama Canal expansion project promises to increase river traffic in our region, but to service those ships, area ports will need to invest money to make the ports accommodate large ships.  The Alabama Port Authority has made some of those investments in Mobile.  Vice President of trade and development for the port authority Mark Sheppard spoke to Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce members as a follow-up to a Transportation Summit the Chamber held in May 2011.

Drought Brings New Challenges to River Traffic

Jul 27, 2012

Much of western Kentucky has been upgraded to “exceptional” drought status .This means crops are struggling, sport practices are being canceled, and bottled water sales are up. The effects reach past the shoreline, though, to our waterways. Regional lakes and rivers are below normal levels. Rose Krzton-Presson explores how a nearly 10 foot drop in the Ohio River has affected traffic for both the Four Rivers Region, and all of the southeastern United States.

River water quality affected by drought

Jul 24, 2012
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The severity of the drought in the Ohio River basin has officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers monitoring water sources in Kentucky and surrounding states.