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In America’s steamboat era, the main danger to waterborne travel and commerce was neither fire nor explosions, but rather snags—trees that had fallen into the rivers as a result of bank erosion. The current carried them to the center of the stream, and the heavier end, that with the roots, became lodged in the riverbed with the other end pointed downstream at an angle. A snag could punch a hole in a boat’s hull, often causing it to sink. Particularly dangerous were the fallen trees that lay hidden beneath the river’s surface. Snags caused enormous losses of vessels, cargoes, and lives.

During an age when America moved mostly by water, the Corps of Engineers began removing snags and other obstructions on navigable rivers in 1824. [More...]

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Eagle Watch Event at Carlyle Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, IL will be hosting an Eagle Watch on Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m at the library. At 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird. Everyone attending the event will have the opportunity to listen to a story about bald eagles, make crafts, and observe replicas of a bald eagle skull, egg, talons and feathers to get a better understanding of the bird. Participants can also pick up a map at the library during the event and drive to various viewing locations at the lake. Park Rangers will be at these locations with spotting scopes to assist and answer questions. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars and dress accordingly for the weather.
Published: 1/26/2015

Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the 4th Annual Eagle Day event on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Treat your valentine to a free show celebrating our national symbol and other birds of prey!
Published: 1/26/2015

National Great Rivers Museum Closure

The National Great Rivers Museum, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be closed on January 27, 2015 due to a planned electrical outage. The facility is having electrical smart meters installed to help improve and monitor its energy efficiency. During this time, visitors are encouraged to visit the Audubon Center at Riverlands for winter bird viewing and regional visitor information.
Published: 1/26/2015

Mark Twain Lake Announces the 4th Annual Antler Shed Hunt for Youth

Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake in partnership with the Monroe
Published: 1/14/2015

Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

Kaskaskia River Project— Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 from 9am – 3pm at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, IL (4800 Lock and Dam Road).
Published: 1/6/2015

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