Billions of barrels of oil, tons of cargo and bushels of crops travel on America’s rivers every year on the way to local gas stations, shopping malls and grocery stores. The prosperity of the American Heartland pumps through the vital economic arteries of the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Now, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are pioneering the future of navigation in Louisville, Kentucky. The test bed area covers most of the Ohio River and part of the Mississippi River.
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The rise and fall of river water levels is a constant, impacted by flooding and drought. It’s something those who work on or around the river contend with on a regular basis. This year, rivers throughout the Midwest region are experiencing record low water levels and natural relief through the winter may be minimal. As water levels drop, the channels in which ships and barges travel shrink in width and depth, creating difficulties for shipping commerce. The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and shipping industries are working together to adapt to the pressure of keeping the Mississippi River open for commerce and the public.
The Coast Guard has a proud tradition of preserving life in even the most adverse conditions and stood ready to continue that tradition in the wake of Sandy. Coast Guard helicopter crews were busy responding to multiple requests to rescue people who were trapped in their homes in the wake of the storm. Coast Guard aircrews were sent from both air stations Atlantic City and Cape Cod to provide search and rescue response.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bruce Matlock, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, looks out over the rising water of the Atchafalaya River, May 17, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee C. Aiello. Since April, Coast Guard men and women have deployed in support of
Coast Guard crews survey damage after a barge explosion that occurred at Superior Docks in Texas. Bystanders rescued one man, who was thrown into the water when the barge exploded. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.) Click the image for aerial video of the barge. A barge explosion in Corpus Christi, Texas yesterday has translated into a