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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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The Corps of Engineers to remove geese from Lake Shelbyville to reduce health risk to visitors

Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and local communities to manage the health and safety risk that resident Canada geese pose to Lake Shelbyville’s visitors. A limited taking of resident Canada geese from Lake Shelbyville’s recreational areas has been scheduled for the week of July 14. The beaches will be closed to the public during that time.
Published: 7/14/2014

Lake Shelbyville Dove Hunt application now available

Lake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will be conducting a dove hunt on opening day of dove season, September 1, 2014, at Wilborn Creek Dove Field. Permit applications can be picked up at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., or obtained online.
Published: 7/14/2014

"Our Solar Sytem" program to be held at Rend Lake

Benton, Il- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake would like to extend a special invitation to join us Saturday, July 19th, at the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center, as we view the night sky. This program will be presented by a Rend Lake College science instructor Greg Hollmann. The program will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will end at 10:00 p.m.
Published: 7/14/2014

Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities. While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
Published: 7/14/2014

Corps to christen new vessel to honor Thomas George

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District will christen its newest named vessel in honor of the late Thomas George, captain of the Corps’ Dredge Potter, in a ceremony to be attended by his family, his peers and Corps teammates at the St. Louis Service Base July 15.
Published: 7/10/2014

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