U.S. Army Corps of Engineers http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-water-slows-mississippi-river-navigation <p>Flooding along the upper Mississippi River is affecting navigation, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</p><p>"High river levels have forced us to close two of our locks and dams. Lock and Dam 24 and 25 are both closed right now," said Mike Peterson, chief of public affairs.<br /><br />"But there’s not a lot of river navigation going on along the upper river right now because upstream of us there is a whole lot of closed locks and dams."<br /><br />Flood crests on the Mississippi are expected over the next week, but Peterson is not expecting much higher levels.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:46:43 +0000 Wayne Pratt 37875 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mississippi-river-ranked-third-most-endangered-country <p>The Mississippi River, one of the hallmarks of American landscape, is no longer the expansive, grand river it once was. Decades of constructing levees, dams and other systems for managing floods have whittled it down to a series of pools, dramatically altering its ecosystem.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:02:00 +0000 Nora Ibrahim 35145 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-contract-army-corps-build-fire-break-bridgeton-landfill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is contracting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a fire break to keep an underground fire from reaching radioactive waste at the landfill complex in </span>Bridgeton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34619 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-touts-bipartisan-effort-tackle-landfill-fix-roads-and-bridges <p>The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.</p><p>So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:06:56 +0000 Jo Mannies 34492 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges Trumpeter Swans Flock In Record Numbers To St. Louis-Area Bird Sanctuary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trumpeter-swans-flock-record-numbers-st-louis-area-bird-sanctuary <p>Every winter, hundreds of trumpeter swans migrate from their breeding grounds in Wisconsin to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, just across the Mississippi River from Alton.</p><p>This year there are about 900 of them, a record for our area.</p><p>On a recent cold, blustery St. Louis morning, I got up well before dawn to drive the 20 miles north to the sanctuary and record this audio postcard.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 33194 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Trumpeter Swans Flock In Record Numbers To St. Louis-Area Bird Sanctuary Corps Pushes To Finish Levee Fixes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-pushes-finish-levee-fixes <p>Upgrading the Metro East’s aging levees is finally on Washington’s radar, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet they warn that the push for more federal funding must continue if the Corps hopes to bring the levees back to 500 year flood protection standards by 2021. That's the Corps’ latest projection for completing the work.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:20:03 +0000 Maria Altman 32175 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps Pushes To Finish Levee Fixes Corps To Discuss Metro East Levee Upgrades http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-discuss-metro-east-levee-upgrades <p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding open houses Wednesday and Thursday evenings to discuss <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/FINAL_Metro_East_System.pdf">federal levee projects</a> in the Metro East.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Corps says it’s spent $134 million in federal money for upgrading the levees and more projects are underway.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet some in the Metro East worry the Corps may not move fast enough.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:59:01 +0000 Maria Altman 31413 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps To Discuss Metro East Levee Upgrades Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flooding-forces-evacuation-west-alton-communities-fight-rising-waters-across-region <p><strong><em>Developing Story, will be updated</em></strong></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, June 6:</strong></em></p><p>MSD says the Mississippi River has dropped enough to turn the pumps back on at Watkins Creek, ending the discharge of untreated wastewater into the river. The agency is asking that residents continue to avoid floodwaters in the area of the station, which is in the 11000 block of Riverview in Spanish Lake.</p><p><strong><em>Updated at 2:30 p.m. with information from MSD:</em></strong></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:19:51 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Marshall Griffin, Tim Lloyd & Kelsey Proud 27020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region Report: 2011 Flood "Exposed Vulnerabilities" On Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-2011-flood-exposed-vulnerabilities-mississippi-river <P>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.</P> <P>A report released Monday by the Army Corps said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system was operated as it was designed to work and was mostly successful in fighting the flood along most of the nation's most important inland waterway. However, the report said the spring 2011 flood exposed vulnerabilities in many system components and the plans used to operate them. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:33:44 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 9632 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: 2011 Flood "Exposed Vulnerabilities" On Mississippi River Army Corps Tamps Down Barge Worries On Mississippi http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/army-corps-tamps-down-barge-worries-mississippi <p><em>Updated at 2:20 pm with comments from Gov. Jay Nixon.</em></p><p>Federal officials say they're confident that they'll be able to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic and avoid a shipping shutdown that<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-concerns-remain-barge-industry"> the industry fears is imminent</a>.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:38:44 +0000 The Associated Press & Rachel Lippmann 8024 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Army Corps Tamps Down Barge Worries On Mississippi