Red River Diversion Opponents Hoping For Help From CourtsOpponents of a proposed Red River diversion project around the Fargo metropolitan area said Friday they are turning their focus to their legal battle after seeing most of their alternatives rejected by state and federal regulators. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Wednesday to outline their environmental review of the channel, which would require a holding area that would flood upstream farmland in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Corps Of Engineers Names Civil Works Division ChiefA new programs director and chief has been named for the Civil Works Integration Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division and the Mississippi River Commission.
Corps: Possible Damage To ND Cemeteries Doesn't Call For LeveesA study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on cemeteries that would be flooded by a Red River diversion project shows that the potential damage to the gravesites would not be enough to justify protective measures. The corps says there would be minor damage to the seven cemeteries in the staging area that would be flooded when the $2 billion channel is in operation.
First Towboat Of Season Reaches Hastings Lock On MississippiThe navigation season is open on the upper Mississippi River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the towboat New Dawn passed through Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings at 7:45 a.m., pushing nine loaded barges toward St. Paul.
Thick Ice Slows Start Of Shipping On Upper Mississippi RiverThick ice is delaying the resumption of shipping on the Upper Mississippi River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had planned to reopen Lock and Dam 5A near Fountain City, Wisconsin, on Monday.
Lawmakers Seek Short-Term Action To Stop Asian Carp AdvanceMembers of Congress are calling for quick action at a crucial spot in the Chicago area to block Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Legislation Seeks Interim Steps To Stop Asian CarpMembers of Congress have introduced legislation calling for interim steps to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways while a permanent solution is debated.
Barges May Sail Down Mississippi By WeekendFederal 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.
Minnesota Wants Say In Red River Diversion LawsuitThe 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.
Miss. River Locks Reopen In Mpls. To Commercial TrafficMinneapolis' 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.
Obama Signs Bill Including Roseau Flood Protection 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.
2 Rescued After Boat Flips On Mississippi Near N. Mpls.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.