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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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UPDATE: Rivers Project Two Rivers South Access Area Closure

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, is announcing the temporary closure of the Two Rivers South Access Area in Rockport, IL. This access area will be closed until November 21, 2014 for dredging. Boats wishing to launch in this section of the river should use Two Rivers North Access Area to the north or Gosline Access Area to the south.
Published: 10/30/2014

Army Corps of Engineers Waives Day Use Fees at Recreation Areas on Veterans Day

Mark Twain Lake - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it will waive day use fees
Published: 10/28/2014

Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.
Published: 10/27/2014

2014 Water Control Operations/Dam Safety Meeting

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans for a public workshop to be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mariner’s Village Resort Conference Center in Carlyle, Illinois.
Published: 10/27/2014

Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam Dedication Ceremony

CARLYLE LAKE – On Thursday, November 6, 2014 a dedication ceremony will be held to commemorate the renaming of the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam to the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam. The ceremony will be held at ten o’clock in the morning adjacent to the pavilion at the upstream boat ramp of the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam (formerly the Kaskaskia River Project Lock and Dam).
Published: 10/17/2014

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