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“The wind is at our backs,” says US House T&I Committee Chair

Does the President's mention of infrastructure in his inaugural address mean there's hope for waterway projects in Alabama?  Well, so far there's no direct indication,  but there is eternal hope as the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) began hearings today on America's "21st century infrastructure." In a statement released by T&I [...]

February 1st, 2017|

ACF Water Battle in Court – – in Maine

The "Water Wars" between the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have been ongoing three decades without resolution.  The dispute is over how much water each state is entitled to in both the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) and the Apalachilcola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basins.  The more contentious of the two has been the ACF with the latest round [...]

November 1st, 2016|

USDOT Awards Grants for Five COB Projects

From Workboat magazine: Creative Commons photo by Bjoertvedt The US Department of Transportation has announced that it has awarded $4.85 million in grants to six Marine Highway projects along the waterways of 17 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway Program is to expand the use of our [...]

October 28th, 2016|

Drought Persists across Southeast

Outlook for any relief from drought conditions is dim across much of the Southeast over the next few weeks.  According to the National Weather Center's Climate Prediction Center , exceptional drought conditions, the most severe on the NWC scale, exist generally along the northern trace of the Coosa River Basin into Alabama and a thin band across [...]

October 28th, 2016|

Mobile District puts “EB Wallace” up for sale.

Mobile District of the US Army Corps of Engineers has put its retired survey vessel, "EB Wallace," up for sale.  To view and/or place a bid for the EB Wallace, please go Then click on Boats and Marine Equipment under the Browse by Category and look for STEEL HULL SURVEY BOAT E.B. WAto https://gsaauctions.gov. on Boats [...]

October 26th, 2016|

Drought Lingers

Drought conditions in the Southeast continue, especially for northern Georgia, northern Alabama, southeastern Tennessee, and the western parts of South and North Carolina.  The Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service sees drought conditions persisting over a large part of that area through December with some relief around the edges as winter sets in.  [...]

October 13th, 2016|

Not enough containers to fill ocean shipping capacity

"Too many ships and not enough demand" captured the point of an article on AL.com this week.  Referring to the bankruptcy filing earlier this month by the Hanjin Shipping Co., one of the world's largest shipping companies,  Jimmy Lyons, CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority, said: "But for us as a port, that's really not germane because the [...]

September 28th, 2016|

Crowded waterways pose safety risks

Alabama has a wealth of waterways on which both commercial and recreational vessels are free to operate.  The September 13 edition of Workboat magazine features an article by columnist Captain Alan Bernstein about water safety when those mariners are in the same vicinity.  Click here for the article. An incident on the Hudson River last Tuesday evening highlighted [...]

September 14th, 2016|

Drought Conditions Dictate Change in Alabama Power’s Reservoir Management Plan

Drought conditions are dictating a change in Alabama Power Company's reservoir management plan throughout the Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Black Warrior River systems.  Below is a report published by Yellowhammer News about how water levels at Weiss, Neely Henry, and Logan Martin lakes on the Coosa River, Harris and Martin lakes on the Tallapoosa River, and Smith Lake [...]

September 13th, 2016|

The Alabama Sturgeon – does it still exist?

The University of West Florida has posted a YouTube video claiming to have found DNA from the Alabama sturgeon in the waters of the Alabama River.  Using a technique called E-DNA, a team of biologists and researchers say enough evidence has been found that an effort is underway to catch enough of the elusive fish to breed through the [...]

August 17th, 2016|