U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now reducing the amount of water flowing through Barkley and Kentucky dams. Because of recent heavy rainfall, the pools at the dams will begin to rise well above normal for this time of year.

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Work has completed on the first wave of construction on a new navigational lock at Kentucky Dam.

Crews on Wednesday topped out the last of nine massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the new lock. Those nine were part of a $97 million contract awarded in 2010. A remaining 52 monoliths need to be built, but work hasn’t been contracted yet due to sluggish funding.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

  Kentucky’s attorney general says he’s filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the regulation of waterways.

Jack Conway announced Tuesday that he’ll join either other state attorneys general asking a federal court to block the new EPA rules.

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A major milestone was achieved Wednesday in the completion of a new navigational lock at the Kentucky Dam.

Crews finished work on the first of 61 massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the lock. Once completed, the new lock will free up the bottleneck in traffic on the Tennessee River.

USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new mobile website with real-time water information for the Cumberland River watershed, which could be useful for boaters this holiday weekend.

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The federal government shutdown has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to close all of its campgrounds and day-use parks at noon Friday.  The district had announced that it intended to keep these areas open as scheduled, but they say support to the recreation areas can’t be sustained. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

President Barack Obama signed the Freedom to Fish Act into law today, placing a two-year moratorium on restricting fishing access to the tailwaters of dams on the Cumberland River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize hazardous waters. Legislators like Sen. Mitch McConnell felt that the economic impact on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed legislation to prevent the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from installing barriers in the tailwaters of Cumberland River dams.

The House passed the measure unanimously Tuesday.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting fishing access around Corps dams, specifically along the Cumberland River.

Sen. Mitch McConnell sponsored the bill.

The Corps of Engineers wants to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize “hazardous waters.” Legislators like McConnell felt the economic impact it would have on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.

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