U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Federal officials hope to clear enough silt and sand from the Mississippi River so barge traffic can resume downstream this weekend. Commercial traffic on the upper Mississippi has been choked off for weeks by large sediment deposits left behind by flooding.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to participate in a lawsuit challenging a Red River diversion project so it can be heard on arguments about state regulation. A group representing upstream townships and counties in North Dakota and Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit that asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a cheaper project that doesn’t flood farmland.
Minneapolis’ three major locks on the Mississippi River have reopened to commercial traffic Friday, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The three locks – the Upper St. Anthony Falls, the Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock and Dam 1 near Minnehaha Park – were closed to commercial traffic on June 4 due to dangerous water levels. Recreational traffic was prohibited on June 2.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a flood protection project for Roseau will be completed, thanks to the water projects bill signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
A man and a woman were rescued from the Mississippi River after their boat overturned Friday afternoon, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department. Crews were dispatched the area of the Camden Boat Launch in north Minneapolis just after 1:30 p.m. after a report of two people struggling in the water. Firefighters in water-rescue suits jumped in the river and were able to throw the couple a rope to pull them to shore.
Three waterways were closed to recreational boaters Friday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul district due to increasing high water flows in the Mississippi River. The locks closed included Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock and Dam 1, located next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.
Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the White House Council on Environmental Quality are hosting a public meeting in Bloomington to discuss options for preventing the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
Attorneys for the federal government are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by a group opposed to a plan to divert high water from the Red River around Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Upper St. Anthony Falls Locks and Dams in Minneapolis got frequent use in the 2013 navigation seasons. The Corps says the lock at the upper falls let boats pass 1,136 times, while there were 1,842 “lockages” at the lower falls, an overall increase from 2012.
A Fargo group serving as public sponsor of a planned Red River diversion has been given the green light to help defend the project in a federal lawsuit.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is closing its regulatory offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin because of the federal government shutdown.
Placing water retention structures in the St. Clair River may not be enough to counteract the effects of a warming climate and raise Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels, experts said Monday.
Three of Minneapolis’ locks on the Mississippi River have been reopened to recreational boating traffic Friday morning, two days after reopening to commercial vessels. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, the Upper and Lower St. Anthony locks in downtown Minneapolis and Dam 1 near Minnehaha Park were originally closed to recreation traffic on June 24 when river flows exceeded 30,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) – over twice the speed of the
The recent bouts of rainy weather mean people can’t travel up and down the Mississippi River as far as they may like to. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed three of the Minneapolis locks to recreational traffic over the weekend. It could be a week before the river is low enough to be safe. Commercial traffic can still get through.