Jerry Sailors

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Want more efficient way of moving cargo? Think waterways.

An article published in the online version of "Roll Call," a Washington Capitol Hill news outlet since 1955, calls for more investment in the nation's waterways as a method to improve efficiency in the US transportation system. Written by the US Soybean Board, the article naturally promotes the waterways from the perspective of agribusiness in [...]

2017-03-14T11:21:11+00:00 March 14th, 2017|

ASCE: US Infrastructure near Flunking

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers publishes a report assessing the quality of the nation's infrastructure, i.e., roads, bridges, rail, ports and waterways, air, and other basic foundations of our society.  The report just published gave that infrastructure a D+, which is up all the way from the D- mark from four years ago, [...]

2017-03-10T12:55:25+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

Register for 2017 CARIA Annual Meeting

Plans are in place for the 2017 annual meeting of the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April  28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery.  The schedule of events will follow the pattern from last year with a Thursday visit to Riverwalk Stadium featuring a catered barbeque dinner with entertaining minor league baseball with the [...]

2017-02-28T11:07:43+00:00 February 28th, 2017|

“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 [...]

2017-02-01T14:25:33+00:00 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 [...]

2017-01-24T12:20:50+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-28T12:45:25+00:00 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 [...]

2017-02-01T14:15:18+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-26T11:08:25+00:00 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.  [...]

2016-10-13T14:02:20+00:00 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 [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:05+00:00 September 28th, 2016|