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Charting the Course: Ohio River test bed explores future of navigation

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.

Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leverage technology to ensure mariner safety

The above screenshot shows the display of the virtual aid to navigation established in partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Mississippi River. The virtual aid is significant in that it allows mariners to see a hazard when it is not possible to place a floating aid to mark it. U.S. Coast Guard image.

Across the nation, more than 48,000 Coast Guard aids to navigation, commonly known as ATON, mark every navigable waterway, identifying navigational hazards and ensuring mariner safety. But what happens when navigational aids are knocked off course by a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood?

Coast Guardsmen assist in tornado cleanup

When dozens of tornados tore through the Midwest mid-November, the Coast Guard joined fellow responders with the National Guard and other state and local agencies to help the impacted communities. The six members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Peoria, Ill., are usually responsible for inspections and investigations activities along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. For the last two weeks, however, they have been going above and beyond their normal duties to help those in need.

Protecting & serving the heartland rivers

Coast Guard Cutter Cheyenne

Would you believe it if someone told you the Coast Guard was in Minneapolis, Minn., or Omaha, Neb.? As a matter of fact, the Coast Guard has units in both places and many others in the upper Midwest region. Their work may be local, but the missions they perform have a global effect.

Rising to the challenge: Low water on the Mississippi River

Buoy operations

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.

Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa: Keeping commerce flowing

Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa

Whether high or low water, the Chippewa and its crew ensure aids vital to the maritime community are on station and watching properly. No matter what Mother Nature has in her playbook, the crew will be underway and at the ready.

The Great Ohio, Mississippi River Valley Flood of 1937

Flood of 1937

Coast Guardsman transports radio reporters detailing the flood’s devastation. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Christopher Havern, Coast Guard Historian’s Office. A period of heavy rainfall and melting snow this spring saw the Ohio and Mississippi rivers exceed record flood levels. The rivers’ waters rose so high that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had

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Port assessment teams respond to 2011 floods

Flood level

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

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Louisiana crews work to contain 18,000 gallon spill

The oil spill, seen here, is being investigated by the Coast Guard after it was reported in the vicinity of South Pass, La. April 6, 2010. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Kavanaugh) Louisiana Coast Guard crews are working with local partners to contain an 18,000-gallon oil spill in the Delta National

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itCG-CGC Rush in China, search for air crews ends, pollution response, 13 barges break free, four rescued

SHANGHAI, China – The 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Rush, homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, arrives in Shanghai, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The crew of the Rush is in China to engage in maritime partnerships and cultural exchanges. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson. The Coast Guard has ended the search for

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