Corps of Engineers

submitted / Waterways Council, Inc.

An industry group is asking Congress to start funding Mississippi River navigation improvements originally authorized more than ten years ago.

The Waterways Council represents shipping companies, agriculture, port authorities, and others.

This year, the council wants Congress to make sure the Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program includes expanding locks on the Upper Mississippi River. 

submitted / Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Local employees of the Corps of Engineers are ready to help hold back the rising Mississippi River. And they've already been very busy during this wet, snowy winter and spring.

Michelle O'Neill reports the corps' Rock Island District serves the entire country as the National Flood Fight Materiel Center.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Congress is working on a new, Water Resources Development Act, and deciding which projects to pay for. That includes fixing locks and dams. A group that represents navigators, shippers, farmers, and others is pleased with the proposed funding and policies in the act, which has passed the House.

https://goo.gl/Y2x3hP / Corps of Engineers Facebook page

Riverboat pilots and barge companies will probably have to exercise a little patience over the next few days. Today and Friday, the Corps of Engineers is preparing to close two locks on the flooding Mississippi River.

Shoreline and lake with lots of waterfowl in and out of the water
submitted / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

State and federal agencies will celebrate their efforts to balance the needs of wildlife and navigation. Thursday morning, the Corps of Engineers hosted a ribbon cutting for the Lake Odessa Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project, which is located in the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge near Wapello, Iowa.