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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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Emergency repairs underway at Lock and Dam 25 in Winfield, Mo.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District is conducting emergency repairs to the overflow dike of Lock and Dam 25 near Winfield, Mo.
Published: 12/4/2014

Water Safety is a Year Round Concern

Public safety is the number-one priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps of Engineers urges anyone planning to be on or around water to practice boating and water safety.
Published: 12/4/2014

Boundary Maintenance Work at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will perform boundary maintenance work from December 14, 2014 through January 10, 2015 on sections of the boundary line at Carlyle Lake. Boundary line maintenance work consists of uniformed Park Rangers and volunteers walking the boundary lines, replacing signposts, identifying encroachments on government property, inspecting mowing permits and clearing brush. The maintenance work is performed annually during the winter months when vegetation is at a minimum. Boundary line maintenance is necessary in order to maintain a visible boundary line and to protect the public lands at Carlyle Lake. The areas scheduled for maintenance are Tamalco Boat Ramp to the Keyesport Recreation Area and Patoka Boat Ramp to the Coles Creek Recreation Area.
Published: 12/2/2014

Fall and Winter Camping Opportunities at Carlyle Lake

Fall and winter is a wonderful time to go camping offering campers beautiful landscapes, solitude, inspiration, natural quiet, and a place to get away. Carlyle Lake offers two campgrounds that are open year around - Dam East Spillway Campground located in the Dam East Spillway Area and the IIini Campground located in Eldon Hazlet State Park
Published: 11/10/2014

Regular dialogue with the navigation industry continues to keep commerce moving on the Mississippi River system

Near constant communication between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the navigation industry and the U.S. Coast Guard is allowing commercial barge traffic to safely pass a restricted section of the lower Mississippi River (miles 632–635) near Fair Landing, Ark., and 30 miles south of Helena, Ark., with most delays less than 10 hours.
Published: 11/10/2014

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