Waterways

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|

A New Way to Collect Fuel Tax?

(An aerial photograph of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) sector gate and barge gate opening at the IHNC Surge Barrier. The GIWW is among the waterways on which vessel operators are required to pay fuel tax. USACE photo.) Workboat.com is a free online resource for commercial marine professionals, providing access to the latest news and information [...]

2016-08-12T10:50:42+00:00 August 12th, 2016|

Port of Greater Baton Rouge Using Containers on Barge

Containers on Barge (COB) has been long touted as one of the ways movement of goods on our inland waterways can be made efficient, safely, and environmentally friendly.  Read this article from the Inland Rives Ports and Terminals on how the Port of Greater Baton Rouge has instituted a service in which empty containers are accepted [...]

2017-01-23T10:21:10+00:00 July 29th, 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|

Senate EPW Committee passes draft 2016 WRDA bill

The US Senate Energy and Public Works Committee has passed a draft 2016 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA). WRDA is the bill that authorizes projects and modifies policies relating to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Historically, a biennial legislation, the was delayed in recent years with bills passed in 2000, 2007 and 2014.   Click  wrda-2016-highlights for highlights

2017-01-23T10:21:11+00:00 May 10th, 2016|

CARIA Annual Meeting

CARIA Annual Meeting Packed with Baseball, Networking, and Information The Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association held its 2016 annual membership meeting last week and, based on on-site feedback, was a success.  Starting off on Thursday evening with a short reception at the Embassy Suites (sponsored by Alabama Power Company) and then walking two blocks (in misting rain [...]

2017-01-23T10:21:11+00:00 April 20th, 2016|