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US House Rejects Administration’s Proposed Cuts to Corps Budget

By Pamela Glass on July 13, 2017 Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a budget for the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program. Photo by David Krapf (From Workboat website, July 13, 2017) Congress has given the first signs that it will reject the Trump administration’s proposed cuts for [...]

2017-07-14T10:21:30+00:00 July 14th, 2017|

Do you use a kill switch when boating alone?

An article posted Monday, June 19 on the Waterways Guide website describes an incident in which a man boating alone was killed when he fell out of the boat and was struck by the boat's engine propeller.  Officials say he could have been saved had he been wearing a lanyard "kill switch" attached to the engine.  How [...]

2017-06-21T12:43:03+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

2017 CARIA Annual Meeting Presentations

Presentations at the CARIA Annual Meeting on April 28 covered a range of topics from dredging to black pellets to dam safety.  Click HERE to view presentations. Attendees were also treated to a social gathering at  a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game, enjoying the game, barbecue, and beer.  The CARIA Board of Directors approved a proposal to schedule a [...]

2017-06-30T10:46:09+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

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|

“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|

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|

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 [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:17+00:00 September 14th, 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 [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:28+00:00 August 17th, 2016|

Waterways have excess capacity to move cargo

A July 23 article from the The Vicksburg Post describes how the the nation is not using the capacity available on our inland waterways to move freight, and, as a result we are not seizing an opportunity to reduce the ever-increasing congestion on our roads and railways.  The article naturally focuses on the main stem channels of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, [...]

2017-01-24T12:21:41+00:00 July 25th, 2016|