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March 2008

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

  

 

Cardinal's Opening Day

Play Ball !

 

Monday...31  March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pic of the Day

Monday !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture Of The Day.........  Is a picture from the Winfield Dam RiverCam of the work going on to inspect / repair the damaged miter gate.

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

   

The River Picture on this Day In 2007 ---    was sent in by Jan DeSherlia of Grafton Harbor fame. .....it's Brian and Linda enjoying a beautiful March day in their dingy!

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Spring In Water Regal Demo Days and Yacht Expo......

I would like to personally invite you and your family to our Spring In Water Regal Demo Days and Yacht Expo, April, 12 and 13th at Polestar Marina, 6171 Highway V, St. Charles , MO 63301 .

We are going to have Some Regal Yachts, Cruisers and Sport Boats on display for you to view and set up a personal demo on the FasTrac and Ocean Trac Hull Difference. Truly nothing rides as smooth or efficient as a Regal.

We will also be un-veiling a new Regal 4460 with Volvo IPS (Inboard Performance System) with a joystick as well. With Volvo IPS experience at least 20+% more fuel efficient over a standard V-Drive system. And with 7 years of Standard Volvo Engine Warranty from Dan ’s boats on all boats 20-52 ft, why buy anything else? We will have all kinds of Demo Days incentives to get you in a new worry free Regal this year.

For any further information, directions, and to let us know which boat you would like to see. Please Call our Boat Specialist:

Kevin (kevin@dansboats.com) or Capt. Brad (brad@dansboats.com) at 636-970-3267


Also Check out our Website: www.dansboats.com.

Have an Unbelievable Day!!!!

Thank You,
Capt. Brad Hefferon


Dan's Boats

Your Regal Select Dealer
Office: 636-970-3267
Fax: 636-970-0070

 

Lost & Found.......

 

Home made jet ski docking station made out of large PVC and decking - floated south of Two Branch Island on the Miss. river, last fall.

Reward.

 

Call 314-440-1665 or e-mail brad@mchsi.com with any information.

Thank you

Tony Bradley

The Amazing Aqua Scooter

NEW LIST PRICE $1195.00 .............OUR SELLING PRICE $949.00

 SOFT CARRYING CASE LIST $94.00..  OUR SELLING PRICE $89.00

 OIL $13.00 A SIX PACK

 Call Dennis (314) 541 - 3698

2 of last years models in stock...$799....1st Come ..1st Serve

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ITCS Memo ......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:        itcs@ribb.com
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    Lock #25 Update 3/30/08
Date:        Sun, 30 Mar 2008 19:58:04 -0600

ITCS MEMO # 2645


All
Plan on having a conference call at 1000 Monday March 31st. I will
provide the numbers in the morning.


-----Original Message-----
From: Schimpf, Andrew C MVS [mailto:Andrew.C.Schimpf@usace.army.mil]
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 6:24 PM
To: Henleben, Ed
Cc: DellOrco, Lou MVS; Dooley, Alan J MVS; Allensworth, H K MVS;
Stringham, George E MVS; Dalrymple, Nicole M MVS
Subject: Lock 25 Closure Update - 30 March


Ed,

Update on progress at Lock 25.

The heavy rains last night and this morning slowed progress. At this
point we still plan to re-open the lock Monday evening. Today the crew
completed fabrication of the new secondary anchorage pin. The day shift
will work over to complete assembly of the secondary gate anchorage
which had to be sent to the Service Base last night to be turned. It will
be shipped back to the site tonight. The night shift will complete the
boring of the embedded anchorage c-channel, and the top and bottom
doubler plates. Tomorrow the team will install secondary anchorage into
gudgeon and set anchorage pin. Once the gate is hung it will have to be
adjusted to seal at quoin and miter, and the walkway re-installed. As I
said, at this point we are still planning to complete repair tomorrow
evening. The critical path to complete will be simultaneous completion of
the boring (weather may slow) and completion of secondary anchor
assembly.


Andy Schimpf, P.E.
Rivers Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, Mo. 63386-1704
(636) 899-2600 ext. 225 (office)
(636) 899-0044 (office direct)
(636) 899-2655 (fax)
(314) 630-6280 (mobile)
email: andrew.c.schimpf@usace.army.mil

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2645

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

    

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Lewis Boat Marine Sales and Service.....

 

Lewis Engines will be open for business at their new location on Monday March 31st.  and the St. Charles store will be closed.

 

  The new company name is Lewis Boat Marine Sales and Service.  The new address is 4030 North Service Road, St. Peters, Mo 63376 (The old Pappas Toyota building) 

  Click here for map from Map Quest ..  

Fish Will Be Counted On The Mississippi River.........

      Yesterday's edition of the on-line STLtoday contained a news article about an Army Corps of Engineers project that will track the effects that the dams on the Mississippi River have on fish.
.  There are 37 locks and dams that cross the Upper Mississippi River and ever since the early 1900’s marine biologists have noted that they block several species of fish from migrating upstream to spawn. 

    The Melvin Price Locks and Dam will become part of a project to track the effects of these dams on the migratory fish and what can be done to restore their natural migration patterns. Over the next few weeks, researchers for the the U.S. Corps of Engineers will activate hydro-acoustic monitors that will record and measure the fish movement through the auxiliary lock at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam. The focus will be on 34 migratory species of fish including channel catfish, blue catfish, freshwater drum and several varieties of sturgeon, carp and buffalo.

    The news article noted that the the dams were not an obstacle to the migrating fish during "open river" conditions.  "Open river" occurs during periods of high water when the gates on the dams are out of the water and the river is flowing freely through the dam.  This "open river" condition is  does not always correspond with fish migrations

    To read more about this project, click here.
 

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Sandbags Removed In Fenton......

 

     According to a news story on KSDK, thousands of people volunteered their time for 10 days to put sandbags up in the Fenton area. On Saturday, over 100 people showed up to help clean everything up. Some of the sandbags there were saved will be stored for future flooding. There were about 40 businesses and 20 homes that had water damage from this last flood. If they wouldn’t have had this help with the sandbags the damage would have been a lot worse.

 

To read more about this flood clean up click here

 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Flood Costs In Illinois Could Be In The Millions.......

 

    According to a news article in the Alton Daily News, there are about 19 counties in southern Illinois that are considered to be disaster areas because of the flood. This is the worse it has been in about 15 years and damages could be in the millions.  With more rains on the way, the cost of flood damages could go even higher !

 

To read more about this flooding issue, click here.

 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

North Shore Oasis Opening in April........

  

  RiverBill's had a telephone conversation with Saba Khalil, one of the owners of North Shore Oasis Wednesday afternoon.

 

    Saba told us that they plan to open the doors to the public sometime in the middle of April.  They will still be open late nights and .....Expect Good Food, Good Music and Good Bands !

 

  Keep your anchor right where it is for more information about the new North Shore Oasis as it becomes available !
 

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Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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A new chance for the Delta Queen
Mar 30, 2008Let’s act quickly — there is a new chance to get the exemption for the Delta Queen for vote to the House of Representatives. We need to contact the House of Representatives’ Leadership and ask them to put the exemption on the suspension calendar as a stand-alone bill (see details below).

There is still no date for the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill in the House. The Committee on Rules correspondingly hasn’t decided about the amendment for the Delta Queen yet, too.

The House Leadership — namely Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn — can bypass the Transportation Committee (and their chairman Rep. James Oberstar) as well as the Rules Committee (even if they don’t approve the amendment to the Coast Guard bill) and send H.R. 3852 directly to the Floor as a stand-alone bill on the suspension calendar. That’s what we’re going to ask them to do right now!

While we’re all waiting for the Coast Guard Bill to move forward, let’s get active again and contact the House Leadership:

Contact all three members of the House Leadership and ask them to put the bill "H.R. 3852" directly the floor as a stand-alone bill on the suspension calendar.
Stress the fact that this has always been a non-partisan issue and that it needs to remain one.
If you have copies of resolutions from your local city council or similar, please attach these to your faxes to the House Leadership (even if you have already sent copies to Congressman Chabot or to your own Representatives).

Please keep in mind that fax is still the best way to reach them quickly, but you might send e-mails in addition; two out of the three will accept email from people who are not in their districts.
If you need some guidance on what to write, here again is the link to some great background information on the situation of the Delta Queen you might want to use for your fax or e-mail.


The Hon. Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0100
Fax: (202) 225-4188
Web page to send emails from: http://speaker.house.gov/contact/

The Hon. Steny Hoyer
House Majority Leader
H-107 Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3130
Fax: (202) 226-0663

The Hon. James E. Clyburn
House Majority Whip
United States House of Representatives
H-329, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 226-3210
Fax: (202) 225-9253
Web page to send emails from: http://majoritywhip.house.gov/contact/

In parallel to that, one of our supporters will deliver printed copies of the steamboats.org online petitions (more than 1,200 entries) and more than additional 2,700 signatures collected by other members of the Delta Queen support team directly to the offices of the House ledership members in Washington, D.C. this week.

This is another great chance to get the exemption for the Delta Queen. Please, continue to support our campaign, even if you did send faxes, made phone calls, collected signatures before. Let’s keep up steam until we have the exemption for our beloved steamboat, the Delta Queen.


 

Missouri Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities.......

   The Missouri Water Patrol has put together a handbook with boating laws and responsibilities. It can be downloaded on your computer in PDF format. To download this handbook or view it on your computer, click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

21 Year Old Message In A Bottle........    

 

    According to an article in the Mad Mariner Magazine, a man Alaska found a plastic bottle floating in the Bering Sea with a letter inside from a student in Seattle, Washington.

   The amazing part of this story is that the letter was written 21 years ago !   The bottle traveled 1,735 miles without any help from the post office. The man that wrote the letter is 30 years old now, but was only nine when he did it as part of a science project in school.

 

To read about this amazing story, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun...28, 29 30 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 7:00 AM

 

Pic of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

 

Our River Picture Of The Day.........  Is of a great "River Sunset" sent in by Sherri  Stanczak.

 

Hi, Bill,
What a way for Tom Lenkman to bring in his 50th birthday party - out on the river at his clubhouse on the river. Lou outdid herself on the food and getting everything set up. They had a great DJ with a Karoke setup. There was some good singing going on and what a beautiful sunset. Tom turned 50 at 12:01 am March 23rd.

 

Happy Birthday Tom & many more!!!!

Sherri

 

Pics of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Our River Pictures Of The Day.........

   Damaged miter gates at Lock and Dam #25  , Winfield, Mo

 

Damaged miter gate secondary gate anchorage assembly: gate anchorage eye bar, gate anchorage pin strut, anchorage pin, pin keeper, anchorage doubler struts 

 

 

For more information and pictures go to :

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/navigation1/l-d25-closureM_mar-apr08.html 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

Pic of the Day...Friday

Goodbye...Hello

 

 

GoodBye ----- 

 

Hi Bill, 

   Brett and I wanted to let you know that Blonde Moment is SOLD! 

   The new owners had it shipped to a lake in Oklahoma this past Saturday (3-15-08). I'm attaching a photo of us next to her on her last day in the Mississippi River. It was definitely a bittersweet feeling - lots of great memories, but we're ready to move on.

Thank you, 

Christine Koerner 
 

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Hello !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Hello ----- 

 

Hi Bill
Judy and I are at Kirk and Jeanne Wurdack's house in Chattanooga Tenn. after our trip to South Carolina, to pick up our Key West boat.

Attached please find photos of my new boat.


See you soon.
Gary L. Meinershagen
 

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

  

 

Updated Sun at 7:00 AM

The River Picture on this Day In 2005 ---Sunday    were a series of  6 pictures named,  "It doesn't look good !"     What is that guy doing wading in the water at the boat ramp ?     Again, we have a few clues -- OH NO !.   it's another vehicle in the water.   Keep pulling -- just a little further.    OK -   Just a little more ---Pull !  Now that we are checking things out --   are there any fish in there ?     Yes, everyone agrees What a mess !     

    These pictures were taken by Lisa Beckman a couple of summers ago at the Long Shot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux.   She was quick to point out that it wasn't her truck, nor did it belong to any of her friends and that it took two different tow trucks to get it out. 

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Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---Saturday  

     

Went to Principia College again, but this time we went hiking and found a way all the way out on the tip of the bluffs, It was such a nice view, and a great sunset, my son and I just sat there for about an hour and a half, even though we were both freezing.  To top it all off, a barge came along at just the right time to make it complete.....

 

Robert Cope

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Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---Friday   were sent in by Patrolman Lou Amighetti of the Missouri State Water Patrol.  It's pictures of the Water Patrol at work in front of the St. Louis Arch. 

     

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Updated Sun at 7:00 AM

Save The Delta Queen ......

   

Received the following e-mail from Franz Neumeier of Save-the-Delta-Queen.org

To:             riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:     Save the Delta Queen Newsletter
Date:         Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:37:02 +0200
From:        "Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team"
 

 

Dear supports of the Save the Delta Queen Campaign,

we've got reports directly from the Delta Queen that preparations for the 2008 season are running well, the boat is in an excellent technically condition and as you read this contractors are painting the superstructure to make her shine in a bright white when the season officially starts on April 18, New Orleans - Cincinnati.

We're all waiting for the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill to be scheduled in the House of Representatives. The bill hasn't been scheduled yet in the House and the Committee on Rules correspondingly hasn’t decided about the amendment for the Delta Queen yet, too. This is probably due to the fact that the Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar is recovering from a hip surgery and hasn't returned to his office yet.


Anyway, there is a great new chance to get the exemption for the Delta Queen: The House Leadership — namely Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn — can bypass the Transportation Committee as well as the Rules Committee and send H.R. 3852 directly to the Floor as a stand-alone bill on the suspension calendar.

That’s what we’re going to ask them to do right now!

Please, check www.save-the-delta-queen.org for how you can contact the House Leadership and all other details for this. Please, act quickly.

One of our supporters will deliver printed copies of the steamboats.org online petitions (more than 1,200 entries) and another more than 2,700 signatures collected by members of the Delta Queen support team directly to the offices of the House Leadership members in Washington, D.C. this week.

Again, here is a great chance to make big progress in saving the Delta Queen! We won't give up until we've got the exemption!

Yours Sincerely
Franz Neumeier
www.save-the-delta-queen.org
 

Updated Sat At 10:00PM

ITCS Memo ......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From: itcs@ribb.com View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
To: riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject: Lock #25 to Open Late Monday March 31st.
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 20:11:05 -0600

ITCS MEMO # 2644

Update on progress at Lock 25.

Both the secondary anchor bar and the top C-channel were removed last night. This morning engineers were able to inspect the lower embed and found it to be in usable condition eliminating one unknown. The new c-channel and doubler plates were sent to the Service Base last night and drilled to match the embedded anchor. This afternoon they were sent back to the lock for installation. The gudgeon pin was removed, and the bushing found to be in good condition, eliminating another unknown. The primary embeds were inspected and also found to be in satisfactory condition, eliminating the last of the current unknowns. Additionally, after re-installing the gudgeon pin, the adjusting nut on the primary anchor was broke loose today. The night crew will continue to work the tensioning bolt so it will be ready to pin the gate sometime tomorrow night. This has relieved the crew of replacing the primary anchor bar and pins which will save some time. Additionally, a spare secondary anchor was shipped from Rock Island to the site. The night shift will weld/bore the new c-channel and doubler plates to match the embed and hopefully the day shift tomorrow will be able to install the new secondary anchor linkage making the gate ready to pin tomorrow evening. With the inspections today revealing no additional damage and the primary anchor bar "breaking loose" for reuse, the projected date to put the gate back in service and reopen the lock is late Monday afternoon, 31 March.

Andy Schimpf, P.E.
Rivers Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, Mo. 63386-1704
(636) 899-2600 ext. 225 (office)
(636) 899-0044 (office direct)
(636) 899-2655 (fax)
(314) 630-6280 (mobile)
email: andrew.c.schimpf@usace.army.mil


 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2644

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

Updated Sat At 8:50 AM

Forecasters Are Worried That Flooding Is Not Over.....

  According to STLtoday news, weather forecasters are worried that the flooding is not over in the Meramac and Black Rivers in southern Missouri. With more rain on its way, they feel like it is too early to start putting the sandbags away. 

To read more about the predictions and what is being done to prepare for it click here

Updated Sat At 8:50 AM

Illinois Flood Watch Is Still On..........

   The Telegraph.com had a news article about Illinois counties such as Pike, Morgan, Jersey, Calhoun and Scott are still under flood watch. With more rain on the way, the waters that are going down are expected to rise again within the next few days. They say that it probably won’t get as bad as it was, but it is still too early to tell. 

To read more about the water levels and predictions, click here

Updated Sat At 8:50 AM

Missouri Water Patrol Class This Weekend ....

 

The Water Patrol is having safety classes this weekend in several different places. To find out the schedule, click here

Updated Sat At 6:50 AM

ITCS Memo 2643......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:      itcs@ribb.com
To:          riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject:  Lock 25 Closure Update - 28 March 
Date:      Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:15:49 -0600 

ITCS MEMO # 2643



Update on progress at Lock 25.

Concrete removal was completed last night. First thing this morning the Hercules crane was set up to pick the gate. The Grove crane was set on the land wall so the bonnet repair could take place. The Hercules was moved into position and hooked to the gate. The crews are working right now on removing the secondary anchor bar. This will be completed this afternoon to facilitate removal of the top C-Channel by the  second shift crew. Once complete, they will begin laying out the replacement  C-channel anchor. So far we are still on schedule for late Tuesday or early Wednesday. 

Current Issues:
1. Condition of bottom C-Channel on secondary anchorage is unknown and will affect the critical path. Tomorrow morning an inspection will take place at that location. By then we will know how that will play out.

2. Condition of gudgeon bushing is still unknown. Once the gudgeon pin is removed, this can be inspected and determined; hopefully by tomorrow morning.

Attached is a .pdf showing some of the damaged areas with descriptions.
We have also set up an area on our web page to post pictures as activities progress. Thanks to George Stringham of our PAO office for this effort.
http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/navigation1/l-d25-closureM_mar-apr08.html 


Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2643 

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

    

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release......

   Lock and Dam 25 (Winfield)

   

Received the following e-mail from the US Army Corps Of Engineers:

 

 


Subject:   Press Release 11-08: 

              Corps of Engineers announces Lock 25 closing moved forward 


Date:     Thu, 27 Mar 2008 08:04:34 -0500 
From:    "Dalrymple, Nicole M MVS" <Nicole.M.Dalrymple@usace.army.mil>

Press Release 11-08:
Corps of Engineers announces Lock 25 closing moved forward

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District announced late last night that Lock 25 at Winfield, Mo., was closed last night after operators discovered further degradation to the anchorage system of the lower miter gate there. The Lock had previously been announced for closure at 8 a.m. Friday morning for priority repairs to the same gate.

The official announcement was made at 10:42 p.m., Wednesday night in a special notice to navigation interests. The new problem was discovered earlier in the day and traffic on the river had been halted while engineers and repair experts inspected the latest problem and determined the prognosis.



Thus far, issues appear to be confined to anchorage-hinge areas and no damage has been detected in the gate leaf itself. The additional problems, which include what is known as the gudgeon pin starting to loosen and slipping, were assessed to be serious enough to require repairs which had been scheduled for Friday, to be started immediately under emergency conditions. This step suspends navigation north and south at Lock 25.

Work is already underway to prepare to carry out previously announced repairs and at this time, St. Louis experts are assessing what other work may be required. No new time frame for completing repairs has been announced. It is expected that information will be available later today.

Lock and Dam 25 went into operation May 18, 1939. In 2007, more than 30.4 million tons of commodities transited the lock. The lock has a single 600-foot-long, 110-foot-wide lock chamber and it is located at river mile 241.4 on the Mississippi River. 

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Note to editors: The term "gate leaf" refers to one of the two large metal "doors" that swing open and closed to allow access into and out of the lock chamber. Two gate leafs (correct terminology and spelling), associated anchorage and hinging, as well as machinery are parts of a "miter gate." Miter gates are so termed because when they are closed, or "mitered," they are like an arch lying on its side, transferring pressures and forces into the concrete walls of the lock. The gate leaf in this instance is at the downstream, or south end of the lock chamber, on the side furthest from the Missouri bank. Aerial photos of lock 25 are available on the St. Louis District web site at: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/album/MVS-L-Ds/index.htm

Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District
Comm: 314-331-8002
Fax: 314-331-8005
www.mvs.usace.army.mil 

Lewis Boat Marine Sales and Service.....

 

Lewis Engines will be open for business at their new location on Monday March 31st.  and the St. Charles store will be closed.

 

  The new company name is Lewis Boat Marine Sales and Service.  The new address is 4030 North Service Road, St. Peters, Mo 63376 (The old Pappas Toyota building) 

  Click here for map from Map Quest ..  

Missouri Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities.......

   The Missouri Water Patrol has put together a handbook with boating laws and responsibilities. It can be downloaded on your computer in PDF format. To download this handbook or view it on your computer, click here

Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release......

   Spring Pulse on Missouri River

   

Received the following e-mail from the US Army Corps Of Engineers:

 

 


Subject:     Release #08-006: Corps to eliminate spring pulse below Kansas City 
Date:         Thu, 27 Mar 2008 08:43:14 -0500 
From:        "Dalrymple, Nicole M MVS" 


Corps to eliminate spring pulse below Kansas City

OMAHA - The Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will adjust releases from five tributary dams in Missouri and Kansas to eliminate the spring pulse on the Missouri River below Kansas City. "We would not have started the March pulse from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota if we felt there was risk to public health and safety," said Larry Cieslik, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Office here, "but we have heard the concerns of people in Missouri loud and clear.
 

"In response to the comments we received over the past days regarding the March pulse, we initiated discussions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on modifying the pulse," said Cieslik. "The Service concurs that this
plan to reduce releases from these five dams provides the benefit it envisioned to ensure the continued existence of the pallid sturgeon. The Service also agreed that the elimination of the pulse below Kansas City was not a concern
for the sturgeon because of the existence of the natural spring rises in the reach.

"So, this option achieves the benefit for the pallid sturgeon in the upper river while completely eliminating the flood risk from the pulse downstream of Kansas City to the confluence with the Mississippi River," Cieslik said. All Missouri River gages are well below flood stage. River stages are forecast to continue to fall over the coming days.

"Releases from Milford, Tuttle Creek and Perry dams on Kansas River tributaries, Clinton Dam on the Wakarusa River, and Smithville Dam on the Little Platte River will be cut varying amounts for a total reduction of 5,100 cfs," said Col. Roger Wilson, Kansas City District Commander. "These releases will be maintained until the pulse passes the Kansas City area, completely eliminating the pulse."

The March pulse complies with the 2003 Amended Biological Opinion and the Endangered Species Act. The Corps and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service worked closely to develop a reasonable and prudent alternative for spring pulses to
avoid jeopardizing the continued existence of the endangered pallid sturgeon with the least possible impact to other users of the river and reservoirs. 

Over the course of the year, the impact of the pulse will reduce the levels in each of the large upper three reservoirs by less than 0.1 of a foot. There will be no impact to water intakes or to historical and cultural sites along the reservoirs that are significant to the Missouri River basin Tribes.
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division
Contacts: 
Paul Johnston, (402) 995-2416
Larry Cieslik, (402) 697-2675
Alicia Embrey, (816) 389-3688

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Are You Safe From Flooding If You Live on Your Boat ?????

    In a story on Mad Mariner, a couple talks about their life living on their boat. Many people ask them where they keep everything, how do they take showers and many other questions. One question was what they did during the flood. They thought that they would be safe when it flooded because they could just move. Instead of their house going under water, they would just stay on top of the water. Since they had a generator, they could still cook, have hot showers and live pretty normal. However, when a huge storm hit Richmond, Virginia, where their marina is, they had some pretty tough times. 

  To read “Coping with a Flooded Marina”, click here

To Renew Your Hunting License in Illinois You Have To Pay Your Child Support..

     If you plan to renew your hunting license this year in Illinois, you better be caught up on your child support. According to the Alton Daily News, the state of Illinois will not allow you to renew your hunting license if you are not caught up with your child support. 

   To read more about this new law, click here

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

North Shore Oasis Opening in April........

  

  RiverBill's had a telephone conversation with Saba Khalil, one of the owners of North Shore Oasis Wednesday afternoon.

 

    Saba told us that they plan to open the doors to the public sometime in the middle of April.  They will still be open late nights and .....Expect Good Food, Good Music and Good Bands !

 

  Keep your anchor right where it is for more information about the new North Shore Oasis as it becomes available !
 

Spring In Water Houseboat Expo...... 

 

We received the following e-mail from Scott Bachman of Wahoo Marine Sales fame.

     

 

From:        Wahoomarine@aol.com 
Date:        Thu, 27 Mar 2008 22:13:00 EDT 
Subject:    Spring In Water Houseboat Expo 

I would like to personally invite you and your family to our Spring In Water Houseboat Expo, April, 12 and 13th at Polestar Marina, 6171 Highway V, St. Charles, MO 63301.

We will have on display approximately 8 New and Pre Owned Gibson houseboats for you to tour along with the brand new 2008 Gibson 47' Classic with Yanmar 110 diesels. You will be amazed at the fuel economy, around 4 mpg and a cruise range of 700+ miles. We have already sold the first one and the owner just absolutely loves it. This is the second one off the line and we are offering it at no up charge for this diesel package. That is a savings of over $9000. Please stop by, you will not be disappointed.

If you need any information about the Spring In Water Houseboat Expo or need more information on our Gibson houseboats, please contact my sales manager Tom Stiefvater at 636-949-2738 or you can email him at tomwahoomarine@aol.com

You may also visit our web site at www.Wahoo-Marine.com for a complete list of Gibson houseboats that we have in stock. 

I hope to see you there.


Sincerely,

Scott W. Bachman Owner
Wahoo Marine Sales
Your Gibson Houseboat Dealer


 

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Lower Mississippi River Flooding........

   The flood water from the upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers is heading South.  

  The Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Mississippi is predicted to hit flood stage of 43 feet on Saturday and crest at 45 1/2 feet on April 4, 

To read more in ClarionLedger.com, click here

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Two Local Mayors Are Watching The Rivers For More Flooding........

   With all of the flooding going on in Missouri and southern Illinois, and the talk of more to come, Grafton's Mayor Richard Mosby and Alton's Mayor Don Sandidge are really watching the waters and the future predictions for more flooding. Both have plans in place to address the possibility of more flooding.

 To read more in the Alton Daily News about what the mayors are planning to do, click here

Man's Body Found in The Mississippi River in St. Paul, Mn.......

     According to Twincities.com, a 55-year old man was last seen on New Year’s Eve, jumping off the Smith Avenue Bridge. His body was found on Wednesday by two fishermen. Authorities feel that it was probably a suicide; however, it is still under investigation.

Click here to read this new story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday...27 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

A Sea OF Pelicans

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- is from Capt'n Gary Lucy, the river artist, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the houseboat "River Rover".

 

   Gary sent us a picture of a "Sea of Pelicans" a week or so ago that he took from outside the chapel at Principia College on the bluffs on the Illinois side of the river.  He mentioned in his e-mail that this may be material for a future painting !
 

  RiverBill says....Thanks for the picture and e-mail Gary.  That's a lot of pelicans !
 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---   was of the boat, Marina Jack II,  sent in by Jeff and Debbie House of John's Boat Harbor. (Now RiverBend Marina)

 

Jeff and Debbie wrote in their e-mail

 

  Sunday morning around 10:15 we saw this large boat coming down the river.  We took some pictures of it.  See attached.   The boat was named Marina Jack II.

  We looked it up on the internet and it is a luxurious dinner boat from Marina Jack's in Sarasota, Florida.  Here is the website link.

 

http://www.marinajacks.com/dinner_boat.htm

 

Jeff and Debbie House

     

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

  ~The river level at Winfield is below Flood Stage. 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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  ~The river level at Grafton is below Flood Stage. 

    Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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  ~The river level at Alton is below Flood Stage.

    Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release......

   Lock and Dam 25 (Winfield)

   

Received the following e-mail from the US Army Corps Of Engineers:

 

 


Subject:    Press Release 10-08: Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis to close Lock 25 at Winfield
Date:       Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:13:12 -0500
From:      Dalrymple, Nicole M MVS" <Nicole.M.Dalrymple@usace.army.mil>

 


Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis to close Lock 25 at Winfield

The Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, announced today that it will close Lock 25 at Winfield, Mo., for emergency repairs. The closure is scheduled to begin Friday, March 28 at 8 a.m. This has been coordinated with river navigation companies. The lock has a single 600 foot lock chamber and it is located at river mile 241.4 on the Mississippi River. A recent inspection identified a pin in one of the lower or downstream miter gates that has loosened. The pin secures the gate to the concrete lock wall on the river, or Illinois side of the chamber. Corps engineers have continued to monitor the situation since the problem was identified, while coordinating a scheduled closure with the navigation industry to make repairs.

"Unfortunately, the condition has degraded," said Andy Schimpf, chief of the District's Rivers Project Office, which operates and maintains the District's four lock and dam sites on the Mississippi Riiver. "We had hoped to make repairs during a scheduled closure but at the recommendation of our engineering experts, we are closing the lock as soon as possible to make the necessary repair."

Corps maintenance experts from the St. Louis and Rock Island Districts will carry out the repairs. Similar work was necessary several weeks ago at Lock 24, northward at Clarksville, and Rock Island personnel took part in that successful effort too. The two situations do not appear to be related.

Work will involve lifting the gate with a large floating crane. This will enable maintenance experts to remove and replace concrete, conduct precision onsite metal boring and to replace the loosened pin before resetting the gate and putting it back into operation. Work will proceed at the best pace possible. Making the repairs soon is necessary to ensure against damage to the gate. That could possibly result in the need for longer, more expensive repairs. While plans are going forward, onsite personnel are monitoring the situation closely and will only close the lock prior to Friday if that becomes necessary. They will continue to lock tows through as long as it is safe to do so. The final closing is being closely coordinated with the navigation industry.

Currently there is minimal traffic on the Upper Mississippi River, but as ice recedes further north, growing traffic volume is anticipated. Lock and Dam 25 went into operation May 18, 1939. In 2007, more than 30.4 million tons of commodities transited the lock.

- END -

Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District
Comm: 314-331-8002/8068/8095
Fax: 314-331-8005
www.mvs.usace.army.mil
 


ITCS Memo 2640......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


ITCS MEMO # 2640


All
Today around 1430 Lock #25 experienced a problem with the gusset pin backing out due to the lower gates not being plumb. At this time the lock is shut down until the engineers can determine if safe locking operations can resume. If they are unable to resume operations I will meet with Andy Schimpf to determine if the towing industry can assist in any way to help expedite mobilization of the crane or in any manner to begin the repairs.


Ed Henleben
Senior Operations Manager
Ingram Barge Company
#1 Davis Street Ferry Road
East Carondelet, IL 62240
618-286-1517 Office
314-304-2557 Cell

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2640

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

       

ITCS Memo 2641.....

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


IITCS MEMO # 2641


Mr. Andy Schimpf from the St. Louis COE reports that Lock #25 is out of
commission due to a failure between the lower gate mechanism and wall
anchorage. The embedded anchor system was discovered to have serious
cracks. The on scene engineers concluded that further use of the gate
would posed a high risk of failure and further damage. The repair work
to the embedded anchor will run concurrently with the repair to the
gate pins discovered yesterday. At this time the Corps does not expect
the closer to be any longer than the initial 8 days estimated for the
repair to the gate pins. There will be a RIAC conference call Thursday
March 27th at 1400 so the Corps can bring us up to date on the estimated
time of completion. The Call in information will be the same as it was
today.

Ed Henleben
RIAC Chairman
Senior Operations Manager
Ingram Barge Company
#1 Davis Street Ferry Road
East Carondelet, IL 62240
618-286-1517 Office
314-304-2557 Cell
615-695-3704 Fax
Ed.Henleben@ingrambarge.com

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2641

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

       

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

 

Reader Commentary......

   SENIOR AIRMAN GROEBLINGHOFF

  

From:     "Paul Barbary"
To:          "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:   SENIOR AIRMAN GROEBLINGHOFF
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:34:07 -0500


Hi Bill,
Thank you for printing the letter of Senior Airman Wayne Groeblinghoff.
I don't know Wayne, I also am proud of him and all the men and women who serve this great country of our's. My son who just got out of the army served two tours in Iraq. My daughter , a major in the Air Force has been in Afganistan twice and I Iraq once. As a parent you pray for their safety everyday. I pray for the safety of all our service men and women all over the world.

Please help me ask all of your reader's to remember these brave people.

Hope to see you on the river soon,

Paul Barbary

 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Alton Daily News Reports That We Could have A Repeat of 1993 Flood.......

 

    The Alton Daily News says that we may have a repeat of the 1993 flood. With the wet winter and the wet spring that is in our forecast, it seems to be similar to what it was 15 years ago. Even though it is a little too soon to be able to tell, the signs are there. There were already about 20 counties in southern Illinois that have been hit hard. Ohio, Missouri and Indiana have also been hit.

 

To read more about this flood issue, click here

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

North Shore Oasis Opening in April........

  

  RiverBill's had a telephone conversation with Saba Khalil, one of the owners of North Shore Oasis yesterday afternoon.

 

    Saba told us that they plan to open the doors to the public sometime in the middle of April.  They will still be open late nights and .....Expect Good Food, Good Music and Good Bands !

 

  Keep your anchor right where it is for more information about the new North Shore Oasis as it becomes available !
 

North Shore Oasis......

   Reader Commentary

  

 

Date:       Wed, 26 Mar 2008 17:38:54 -0500
To:          riverbill@prodigy.net
From:      "JAMES DENT" 
Subject:   north shore oasis

Hey Bill,


 What's the deal with all these people condemning North Shore
Oasis? (Formally Capt Jacks.) Do they belong to that Marina. Did
they attend the meeting with the new owners and find out their plans
for the marina? I think not. Yes they are trying to make it more
family oriented. But......Anyone under the age of eighteen will not
be there in the evening. They are expanding the restaurant to serve
"sit down and family atmosphere type food" during the day and early
evening. But once the sun goes low, the little ones must be put
away. They will still have bands as always. There will always be
parties . Do not Condemn the new owners until you give them a chance
to show you who they are and what they are all about. They already
put in a gas station. A general store. A new sitting arrangement
for the restaurant and bar. Give them a chance.. I believe you will
be won over by their operation

Thanks for airing,

 Larry
 

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STLtoday News ....

   Looking for Volunteers To Help Clean Up the Riverside

     If you are interested in helping out in the clean up effort of the riverside, there are several areas that are looking for help in the next few weeks. People are getting together in Fenton, Imperial, Collinsville, Jacksonville, and St. Louis.

   To find out the times and gathering places, click here

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Flood Victims Are Waiting to See The Damage and Estimates....

   According to a news article in STLtoday.com........Many of the flood victims are waiting to hear from their insurance company. If their damage is more than 50% of the value of their home, they won’t be able to fix it. Their next wait is to hear from FEMA to see if they are going to get help from them. Some of these people have lived in their homes for all of their lives.

  Click here to read more about these insurance claims and FEMA estimates.

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Hazardous Materials Will Be Transported Down the Mississippi in The Memphis Area........


   According to Channel 3 News in Memphis, TN, there will be more security on the Mississippi River due to hazardous materials being transported. The hazardous material is actually fertilizer for the farmers. However, some of this fertilizer has some of the ingredients that bombs are made of. In fact, some of this type of fertilizer is what the Oklahoma bomber used in 1995.

 

To read more about this Mississippi River news article, click here

 

Southern Illinois Flood Waters.......

     According to the Topix.Net News the National Weather Service forecasts more rain in the next few days. However, southern Illinois waters seem to be going back down to normal. The waters have gone down almost as fast as they came up.

  

To read more about this and find out what the water levels are there, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday...26 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Our Picture and e-mail of the Day ----- was sent to us by  a fellow a River Rat and Friend.....Senior Airman Wayne Groeblinghoff.  Wayne hails out of the port of St. Paul, Mo. when in the St. Louis area, but right now he is protecting our country by serving in Iraq.

 

 

River Bill,

     Well its been a long time my friend, A very long time since I've seen you or even heard from you. I hope you remember who I am, AKA Jerry's son Wayne. To give you a little insight on what I've been up to. Three years ago I Joined the US Air Force. I'm now Senior Airman Groeblinghoff. After I got done with my tech school in Texas I was stationed in New Jersey, at McGuire AFB. Since then I've made a couple of trips around the world and back again. I've already done one tour in Iraq and I'm doing my second tour right now as I write this message. I've been here since the beginning of Feb and it’s a 6 month tour. Hopefully I will be home sometime around august, but sometimes you never know things get crazy and they makes us stay a little longer. Shit happens though right. Now to what this message is all about. I just really wanted to thank you for your amazing website. Its great to get to see pictures of the river on a daily basis. It helps me get through a lot of the bullshit that you have to deal with out here. It sure is sad to hear that you guys back at home are suffering through the flood and cold weather while I get to enjoy all of this sunny 130 degree weather and when I look in all directions I've got more sand than you could ever imagine. Well thank you for your time and keep up the good work on the web site.

   You all take it easy and have a great Jamaican day and tell everyone that I said Hi will you.


PS: try to get some pictures of the younger hotter women that are out there on the river for me, It tends to get boring on a base with 5000 guys.
 



RiverBill says.... Wayne.... We salute you and everything you are doing for us here at home !     

   Good to hear from you.  We all miss you on the river.  Be safe and see you in August !
 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2007----   was of a birdhouse along the riverbank just above the Golden Eagle ferry landing on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.  The flood waters were taking over land that is usually dry.  Lots of the floating debris..

     

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Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Marine Propeller Technology, LLC 

650 Portis St.

Ste. Genevieve, Mo 

Ph: 314-808-6654

www.marineproptech.com/

 

See ad .... top of right hand column of this page

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

  ~The river level at Winfield is below Flood Stage. 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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  ~The river level at Grafton is predicated to drop below Flood Stage today. 

    Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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  ~The river level at Alton is below Flood Stage.

    Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

ITCS Memo 2683......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:       itcs@ribb.com
To:           riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:   Emergency Gate Repair to Lock #25
Date:       Mon, 24 Mar 2008 16:51:28 -0600
 

IITCS MEMO # 2639


All
There will be a conference call Wednesday March 26th at 1000 to discuss
the emergency closure and repair at Lock #25. Mr. Andy Schimpf from
the St. Louis District will have an update on the deployment at the
Hercules from the service base and detailed information on the repair time
frame. Please contact me for the conference call in number.

Ed Henleben
Senior Operations Manager
Ingram Barge Company
#1 Davis Street Ferry Rd.
East Carondelet, IL 62240
Office - 618-286-1517
Cell - 314-304-2557
Fax - 615-695-3704
Ed.Henleben@ingrambarge.com

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2639

Check the ITCS website for most current memos


LEWIS ENGINES WILL SOON MAKE THE  BIG MOVE ...to the old Toyota building....4030 North Service Rd, St. Peters, Mo..     Click here for map from Map Quest ..   Stay Tuned For Updates    

STLtoday Reports on Estimated Flood Damage........

      The Meramac River left its mark on many places in Jefferson County, Missouri. There were about 41 counties in Missouri that have been flooded along with 19 southern Illinois counties. Inspectors have been going around to different houses and tagging them. A green tag means that the house is fine, a yellow tag means there is work that needs to be done to it and a red tag means that it is inhabitable. Inspectors are going door to door to try to get an estimate of the damages done to homes as well as businesses.

 

Click here to red this on-line news article.

News Story on STLtoday ......

    Argument Between the Army Corps of Engineers and Missouri Politicans


     Attorney General Jay Nixon has been battling with the Army Corps of Engineers about the Missouri River. The Corps is supposed to add hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the Missouri River. This is part of a plan that is supposed to cue the spawning urges of the endangered pallid sturgeon. This will be the second time that it will be done. Many of the politicians are against this move, especially right now with the damage from rising waters already.

 

To find out more about this issue and what is being done, click here to read Tuesday’s online St. Louis Today.
 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Helpful Phone Numbers ........

 

       KSDK online has provided several numbers that may be helpful to people during the flood. Some numbers are for emergencies, for insurance claims, help with stranded animals and even insurance scams.

 

To get a list of these phone numbers click here

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Gas Prices, Gas Prices..........

 

      According to the MSNBC News Online, the rising gas prices have affected the economy in other ways. Since the gas has gone up, people are not doing some things such as eating out, shopping and paying their cable bill. People are trying to plan days out without having to backtrack or go out again on other days. It has affected all of our lives nationwide.

 

To read more about this article from March 19th, click here

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

Recent Delta Queen news coverage......

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

A River Party......

     RiverBill's heard that there is a new river party in the works for this Summer ! 

    It's going to be called...  My River Party.......... A 3 day extravaganza hosted by My River Home....http://www.MyRiverParty.com

 

  Keep you anchor right where it is for more info as it becomes available.

 

Contact Mark White at My River Home if you want to become part of this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday...25 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- is from Randy Johnston, who hails out of Lake Center Marina.

 


Riverbill,

     Yesterday at Lake Center there were probably a hundred pelicans in the marina, and I didn’t have a camera of course. I went back today with a camera and there were probably only a couple of dozen, and they wanted nothing to do with me taking pictures of them. These three guys (or girls) were out in the slough at Lake Center . I wonder what the eagles think of all these pelicans…


Thanks,
Randy Johnston

TecRep Corporation
http://www.tec-rep.com

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2005----   was is of the   Piasa Bird   that is painted on one of the bluff walls near Alton, IL.   This picture was taken from the new parking lot that is next to the Great River Road and the Mississippi River.   The Piasa Bird painting will be real noticeable to motorist and boaters alike this summer because it will be illuminated at night. 

     

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Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Marine Propeller Technology, LLC 

650 Portis St.

Ste. Genevieve, Mo 

Ph: 314-808-6654

www.marineproptech.com/

 

See ad .... top of right hand column of this page

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

  ~The river level at Winfield is below Flood Stage 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

~~~~~~~~~~~~

  ~The river level at Grafton is predicated to drop below Flood Stage on Thurs or Fri. 

    Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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  ~The river level at Alton is predicated to drop below Flood Stage on Tue. 

    Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

ITCS Memo 2683......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:       itcs@ribb.com
To:           riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:   Emergency Gate Repair to Lock #25
Date:       Mon, 24 Mar 2008 16:51:28 -0600
 

ITCS MEMO # 2638


All
The pins holding the lower gates to the wall at Lock #25 are working loose. At this time the lock is able to continue operations for a short period until the Hercules is deployed from the service base in St.Louis. The preliminary ETA for the repair crew and the Hercules to be on site is Monday March 31st. The estimated time of the closure is for 8 full days. A bulkhead has to be put in place, the gates removed then
repair to the wall and pins can take place. This is the first notification and some information is sketchy regarding deployment of the Hercules and its availability at this time. The Corps is working on firming up mobilization and repair. When this is in place I will hold a RIAC conference to help communicate information as it comes available.

Ed Henleben
Senior Operations Manager
Ingram Barge Company
#1 Davis Street Ferry Road
East Carondelet, IL 62240
618-286-1517 Office
314-304-2557 Cell
615-695-3704 Fax
Ed.Henleben@ingrambarge.com

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2638

Check the ITCS website for most current memos


KSDK News Reports Low Interest Loans For Southern Illinois Flood Victims

    There are 19 counties in southern Illinois that are eligible for low interest loans. These loans would pay for damage to their homes until their insurance pays. It may also cover costs that the insurance company won’t pay for.

   To read the on-line news story, click here

Flood Victim Insurance Scam Reported by KSDK........

   A news Report on KSDK warned flood victims of scams for home repairs. Some people may call and bid too low. These people may not be using materials qualified for the job they are supposed to do. Some bids may be too high. These repairs may not be covered by your insurance company.

 To read the on-line news story with some tips of what to look for, click here

 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

A New Bird For Birdwatchers !!

   White pelicans have become a new attraction along the Mississippi River. During the spring and fall they are seen migrating through the Mississippi River area. Spectators are welcome to come out and see these interesting white pelicans in Eureka at their third annual Wings of Spring Bird Festival on April 26, 2008.

For more information about these birds and to find out about this festival, click her

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Water Patrol To Test Boats at Lake of the Ozarks......

      The Missouri Water Patrol will be in the Lake of the Ozarks, testing boats between Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. They will be testing for potential boats for bid in 2009. If you are interested in participating in this boat test or would like to know more about it, click here to read the full report

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

A River Rumor......

     RiverBill's heard that there is a new river party in the works for this Summer ! 

    It's going to be called...  My River Party.......... A 3 day extravaganza hosted by My River Home....http://www.MyRiverParty.com

 

  Keep you anchor right where it is for more info as it becomes available.

 

Contact Mark White at My River Home if you want to become part of this event.

Missouri Flood Disaster Areas........

    President George Busch declared Jefferson County, St. Louis and 69 other Missouri counties to be a disaster area. This will help these flood victims to get help from FEMA. The American Red Cross has set up three shelters in the Jefferson County area and have handed out 450 snacks and meals to flood victims.

To read the on-line news article , click here

 

CNN Reports That Arkansas Will Be Under Flood Watch....

 

      Now that Missouri and Illinois waters have crested and are coming back down, Arkansas is getting hit now. The White River and Black River are two of the rivers that will be affected. The Corps of Engineers have been sandbagging to help out different areas. Early estimates are at about $2 million for damage to homes and businesses. However, with the forecasts, this estimate will probably be a lot higher.

To read the on-line news story about this flood situation, click here

 

New River Stage Website !

    
Little John, of Little John's Marine Service,  sent us an e-mail about a National Weather Service website to check the river levels in our area...

 

  Click here and check-it-out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday...24 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- is from Ed Shahan of Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm out of Carlinville, IL.

Hello, Bill ,
  I've sent you a photo of Scott Jarman, Tony Steinman and Ed Shahan of BoatNuts Brokerage Firm.  We spent Easter Sunday with the great people of Scipo Marina in Hannibal MO.  Scott cooked up some good Turkey & chicken , Great bunch of folks, that are River Bills fans , we log on everyday if not more to see ,what's going on with our fellow boaters . 

Keep up the great job . 

 

Thanks,

Ed Shahan 
Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2007----   was an   aerial shot of the river   taken by Steve Schulte.   The aircraft is flying down-river, around the UMR 217 mile marker, heading towards Portage Des Sioux.   Looks like "Slim Island" on the right hand side of the windshield, just a bit down-river from that southbound tow.   I think that the next island down river on the right hand side is "Portage Island".   Check out Steve's website with the hot-link on the right hand side of this web page.  

     

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Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Marine Propeller Technology, LLC 

650 Portis St.

Ste. Genevieve, Mo 

Ph: 314-808-6654

www.marineproptech.com/

 

See ad .... top of right hand column of this page

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

  ~Winfield is below Flood Stage 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

From Sunday's Edition

US Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release ......  RiverBill's received the following e-mailed press release from Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District


    

Subject: Press Release 09-08: River Crests moving south from St. Louis Metropolitan Area 
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 14:11:02 -0500 
From: "Stringham, George E MVS" <George.E.Stringham2@usace.army.mil> Add to 
Sunday Update - March 23, 2008

 

Press Release 09-08
River Crests moving south from St. Louis Metropolitan Area

Rivers have crested in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The Missouri River crested in St. Charles Thursday at 27.5 feet (flood stage is 25 feet) and was at 25.3 feet today at noon. The Mississippi River crested in St. Louis yesterday at 30.8 feet (flood stage 30 feet) and is slowly falling, reading 30.6 feet today at noon.

The Meramec River at Valley Park crested yesterday at 37.8 feet (flood state 16.0 feet) and had fallen nearly five feet to 33.1 feet by noon today. The Valley Park Levee successfully weathered its first major flood event. The levee is built to withstand a 100 year flood event; yesterday's crest would be approximately an 80 year flood event. 

Three swollen rivers - the Meramec in Missouri, and Kaskaskia and Big Muddy in Illinois - are contributing large flows to the Mississippi River. All three rivers enter the Mississippi above Cape Girardeau. The Mississippi River at the Cape Girardeau gage is expected to crest Sunday at 41 feet. The Ohio River at Cairo, Ill., near the confluence with the Mississippi River, is forecasted to crest on Tuesday at 54 feet. Flood stages are reached at 32 feet in Cape Girardeau, but the city is protected by a flood wall to some 54.3 feet on the gage. 

The District's Kaskaskia Lock and Dam at river mile 0.8 on the Kaskaskia River suspended operations Thursday. Lock personnel removed the lock's gears and motors to protect them from flood damage as the river reached an elevation of 380.5 feet. This is a normal practice during a high water event to ensure the lock can return to normal services once the flood waters dissipate. The lock will remain closed until river stages fall below 380.5, expected in the middle of next week.

The District has distributed 518,000 sandbags and 266 rolls of plastic for waterproofing to counties and cities, which in turn distribute them to the public. 

Since Tuesday's storm, the St. Louis District's five reservoirs have seen inflows totaling 329 billion gallons, and are continuing to hold about three-quarters of that run off until river levels begin to drop.

The St. Louis District deployed four of its seven flood fight technical teams during this high water event. Two of them maintained an around the clock presence in Valley Park and Southwestern Illinois for two days. As of Sunday, with concurrence of the city, the team from Valley Park has been stood down. We are still maintaining a presence alongside county and levee district officials in Southwestern Illinois until threats on the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers have passed.

New River Stage Website !

    
Little John, of Little John's Marine Service,  sent us an e-mail about a National Weather Service website to check the river levels in our area...

 

  Click here and check-it-out !

 

Sandbar Rumor......

     RiverBill's heard that there is a new river party in the works for this Summer ! 

    It's going to be called...  My River Party.......... A 3 day extravaganza hosted by My River Home....http://www.MyRiverParty.com

 

  Keep you anchor right where it is for more info as it becomes available.

 

Contact Mark White at My River Home if you want to become part of this event.

LEWIS ENGINES WILL SOON MAKE THE  BIG MOVE ...to the old Toyota building....4030 North Service Rd, St. Peters, Mo..     Click here for map from Map Quest ..   Stay Tuned For Updates    

Valley Park Seemed To Get Their Money’s Worth From Their Levee.......

     In 2005, Valley Park spent $49 million on a levee. This weekend it passed its test. The levee withstood the flood waters this week, when the river came up 7 feet from the top of it. Even though, it cost a lot of money to put it up, it saved a lot of money because it saved many homes in the local area. Residents seem to be satisfied with its results. 

To read more, click here on St. Louis Today

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Big River Update.......

    Big River in Morse Mill is usually a peaceful area, however, the past few days was not so peaceful. The whole area is evacuating and residents are trying to save as many things as they can from their homes. It is another sad sight as the waters came up this weekend. 

  To read more in St. Louis Today, click here

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Shelters Opened For Flood Victims Were Not Needed.........

   

    There were a few shelters opened up in the St. Louis area for flood victims, however, most of them were closed since the waters receded. Luckily they weren’t in need as much as they anticipated. According to this same article in St. Louis Today, there are also shelters for pets, provided by the Humane Society. When people evacuate their homes, they are encouraged to take their pets with them and use these pet shelters for them if you need to. 

 

  To find out more about these shelters click here

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River Destinations.........

   Calhoun County’s Boil Order Is Lifted

 

  As mentioned on Saturday in the Telegraph.com, the water boiling has been lifted from Calhoun County. Using the district’s storage tanks, they will start the flushing system. This will take about a week. Until all of it is flushed out, residents may notice a difference in the appearance of their water. 

 

To read more, click here

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River News From Afar.........

   Man Using Electricity To Catch Catfish Was Acquitted

 

   In Burlington, Iowa, a man was acquitted for using electricity to catch catfish in the Mississippi River. Last Wednesday, one of the three men who were arrested for this act, was found not guilty for taking the fish illegally. However, he was found guilty of other things such as, untagged commercial gear, hoop nets and traps that fish can swim in to but can’t swim back out of. 

 

  Click here to read the news article in Thursday’s issue of KHQA online.

 

Southwestern Red Cross Is Helping St. Louis Flood Victims........

 

    According to the Alton Daily News, the southwestern Red Cross region is helping out the St. Louis flood victims. There are also three local volunteers who are starting a 10 day assignment to help flood victims. 

 

  Click here to read the news article about these great people and what they are doing, 

 

New Marine Life Found in Wellington, New Zealand........

    According to Sunday’s issue of Mad Mariner some scientists in the Antarctic waters outside of New Zealand reported finding some interesting marine life. They have found some jellyfish with tentacles about 12 feet and starfish that are about two feet wide. They have also possibly discovered some new species, which include about eight new types of mollusks. 

 

  To read more about these interesting species, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

  RiverBill's Message Board is a public service for the boaters who frequent this website.  

Information and opinions expressed on RiverBill's Message Board are not necessarily that of RiverBills.com LLC.

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Name:      swingset 
Date:        Sun 23 Mar 2008 08:14:53 AM EDT 
Subject:   Northshore Oasis 


    Rumor has it that the old Captain Jack's, Northshore Oasis, is going to be "family friendly". If that is true, it means that it's going to be "not having any fun friendly". They're going to have to sell a lot of kiddie burgers to make up for all those Bud Lights they usually sold on Friday and Saturday nights while the cage dancing was going on. When I was a kid, we played on the beach all day, and night time at bars was for the adults. Note that I said, "played on the beach", not sat in a boat anchored off the back of a raft up of bikini clad women whooping it up in an area known for such behavior. Anyway, I for one don't want to party at a bar with a bunch of brats running around after 9 o'clock at night eating their boogers.

 

 Hey Bill, how's this for opening up some dialogue? 

 

 
Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

Food Supplies Being Delivered To Many Southern Illinois Counties......

 

   The state has delivered about 1-1/2 million pounds of food to the food banks in the southern Illinois counties. In Springfield, Illinois, the food banks are helping out 21 counties in the area. It seems that there is a lack of donations. Some say that it may be because of the rising cost of fuel costs. 

 

  Click here to read this news article in Saturday’s issue of the Alton Daily News. 

 

Click on Ad above 

Eating Salmon May Be Hazardous.....

    Sea Lions My Be Killed If Found Eating Salmon

     In 1972, the Marine Mammals Protection Act stopped people from killing sea lions. Back then, they were being hunted and killed to make dog food. In 1930, they figured that there were only about 1,000 sea lions left. Now the count is estimated at about 240,000. The problem with them right now is that they are eating the salmon and steelhead below the dam in the Columbia River. This new amendment would allow these sea lions who are guilty of this act to be caught. If there isn’t a zoo or aquarium that can use them, then they may be killed. This could only happen from January 1 through May 31. 

   Click here to read this news article in the Mad Mariner Magazine.  

Happy Easter

Fri, Sat, Sun...21, 22, 23 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 Updated Sun at 4:30 PM

Sunday's Pictures of the Day

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from Valerie Aulabugh, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat "Last Call"......

 

Bill,
I was in Grafton today, Friday, March 21. The Lighthouse appeared to be surrounded by water. In addition I just happened to catch these two headed out of Piasa Harbor for a ride on the jet skis. 

  This, much like the groundhog, is a sure sign that spring is here!!!!!

 

Valerie Aulabaugh

Flood Waters 

 

  

Our River Picture of the Day (Saturday)-----  Was sent in by Wayne & Debbie Reinwald who hail out of two Branch Marina.    

 

    

Hello,

   These were taken yesterday 3-19-08. The first two pictures were taken on HWY C as I tried to get to Two Branch Marina to check on our dock and lift. I ran across several farmers that were trying to secure the levy so their fields would not wash away. The last picture is at the entrance to Two Branch/Riverbend Marina's. The bird activity was amazing. 

Thanks,

Wayne & Debbie Reinwald

River Girls !

  

Our .....River Girls.... Picture of the Day (Friday)-----  Was sent in by Little John.  

 

    We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and here are four of them smiling for the camera, enjoying a boat ride and soaking up some of that summer sun !

Dona, Dana, Sandy & Terrie
 

RiverBill says...Dona, Dana, Sandy and Terrie's picture is on our Girls of Alton lake page....  Click here and check them out !

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2007---Sunday-  was taken by Jennifer and sent in by Mike Reed of the Valley Sailing Association.

 

Mike wrote:

 

Yes, there is very competitive sailing that goes on between Happy Hours on the river in/on the Alton Lake!

Mike Reed
Valley Sailing Association

www.valleysailing.org

  

   

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2005---Saturday--   was of the Grafton Ferry heading from the Illinois River towards the chute to the Mississippi River and the ferry landing on the far bank.   This picture was snapped from the bluffs above Grafton ..    

   

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2007---Friday--   was named 

A Spring Sunrise

 

   A Mississippi River Spring sunrise....... high water with a bit of debris.    

   

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Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Marine Propeller Technology, LLC 

650 Portis St.

Ste. Genevieve, Mo 

Ph: 314-808-6654

www.marineproptech.com/

 

See ad .... top of right hand column of this page

 Updated Sun At 8:40 AM

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Updated Sun at 3:20 PM

US Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release ......  RiverBill's received the following e-mailed press release from Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District


    

Subject: Press Release 09-08: River Crests moving south from St. Louis Metropolitan Area 
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 14:11:02 -0500 
From: "Stringham, George E MVS" <George.E.Stringham2@usace.army.mil> Add to 
Sunday Update - March 23, 2008

 

Press Release 09-08
River Crests moving south from St. Louis Metropolitan Area

Rivers have crested in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The Missouri River crested in St. Charles Thursday at 27.5 feet (flood stage is 25 feet) and was at 25.3 feet today at noon. The Mississippi River crested in St. Louis yesterday at 30.8 feet (flood stage 30 feet) and is slowly falling, reading 30.6 feet today at noon.

The Meramec River at Valley Park crested yesterday at 37.8 feet (flood state 16.0 feet) and had fallen nearly five feet to 33.1 feet by noon today. The Valley Park Levee successfully weathered its first major flood event. The levee is built to withstand a 100 year flood event; yesterday's crest would be approximately an 80 year flood event. 

Three swollen rivers - the Meramec in Missouri, and Kaskaskia and Big Muddy in Illinois - are contributing large flows to the Mississippi River. All three rivers enter the Mississippi above Cape Girardeau. The Mississippi River at the Cape Girardeau gage is expected to crest Sunday at 41 feet. The Ohio River at Cairo, Ill., near the confluence with the Mississippi River, is forecasted to crest on Tuesday at 54 feet. Flood stages are reached at 32 feet in Cape Girardeau, but the city is protected by a flood wall to some 54.3 feet on the gage. 

The District's Kaskaskia Lock and Dam at river mile 0.8 on the Kaskaskia River suspended operations Thursday. Lock personnel removed the lock's gears and motors to protect them from flood damage as the river reached an elevation of 380.5 feet. This is a normal practice during a high water event to ensure the lock can return to normal services once the flood waters dissipate. The lock will remain closed until river stages fall below 380.5, expected in the middle of next week.

The District has distributed 518,000 sandbags and 266 rolls of plastic for waterproofing to counties and cities, which in turn distribute them to the public. 

Since Tuesday's storm, the St. Louis District's five reservoirs have seen inflows totaling 329 billion gallons, and are continuing to hold about three-quarters of that run off until river levels begin to drop.

The St. Louis District deployed four of its seven flood fight technical teams during this high water event. Two of them maintained an around the clock presence in Valley Park and Southwestern Illinois for two days. As of Sunday, with concurrence of the city, the team from Valley Park has been stood down. We are still maintaining a presence alongside county and levee district officials in Southwestern Illinois until threats on the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers have passed.

Updated Sun at 12:00 Noon

Local Road Closings

To find out about local road closings, from floodwaters, go to Post4Trafficonline

http://www.post4trafficonline.com/

Updated Sun at 12:00 Noon

Shelters For Flood Victims......

To find local shelters for flood victims, set up by the Red Cross, click on Thursday’s issue of St. Louis Today

Updated Sun at 12:00 Noon

Brave Volunteers Show Up To Help With Rising Waters......

    KSDK has a couple of touching stories about volunteers who have come out to sandbag and help people get out of their homes. In Fenton there were over 300 volunteers who came out to help. Click here to read the on-line news story

     There was even a lady in a wheelchair after back surgery that came out to help the flood victims and brought her whole family with her. It seems that everyone tries to help each other during these times. To read more, click here

Updated Sun at 12:00 Noon

Southern Illinois Is Considered To Be A Disaster Area.......

      The Meramac River is not the only place that is flooding. The Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers are supposed to crest on Friday according to the Alton Daily News. Part of a train track was even washed out in Vienna, Illinois. This caused a train to turn over and dump tons of gold. Two people were killed when a levee broke near West Frankfort. There are 19 counties in southern Illinois that are considered to be a disaster area, according to state officials. 

   To read more about the flooding in this area, click here

Updated Sun at 10:00 AM

US Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release ......  RiverBill's received the following e-mailed press release from Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District


    

Subject:     Press Release 08-08: Rivers Cresting in St. Louis, Heading South 
Date:         Sat, 22 Mar 2008 17:00:32 -0500 
From:       "Dalrymple, Nicole M MVS" <Nicole.M.Dalrymple@usace.army.mil> 

Press Release 08-08:

Rivers Cresting in St. Louis Metropolitan Area, Heading South


Rivers continue to crest in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan area following torrential rains early this week. The Missouri River crested in St. Charles Thursday at 27.5 feet and was at 25.7 today at 3 p.m. The Mississippi River crested in St. Louis yesterday at 30.8 feet and is slowly falling, measuring at 30.6 feet today at 3 p.m. 

Most recently the Meramec River at the Valley Park gage crested this morning at 37.8 feet, below the earlier forecasted crest of 40 feet. The Valley ParkLevee successfully weathered its first major flood event. The levee is
built to withstand a 100 year flood event; today's crest would be approximately an 80 year flood event.

The Meramec River is expected to crest at Arnold tomorrow at a half a foot lower than earlier expected. The forecasted crest is currently 40.5 feet. Once the Meramec River crests in Arnold the flood waters will enter the
Mississippi River. 

Three swollen rivers - the Meramec in Missouri, and Kaskaskia and Big Muddy in Illinois - are contributing large flows to the Mississippi River. All three rivers enter the Mississippi above Cape Girardeau. 

The Mississippi River at the Cape Girardeau gage is expected to crest Sunday at 42 feet. The Ohio River at Cairo, Ill., near the confluence with the Mississippi River, is forecasted to crest on Tuesday at 54 feet. With these
forecasted river stages, the Army Corps of Engineers does not anticipate any issues with levees located along the Middle Mississippi River, between St. Louis and Cairo, on either side of the river. 

The District's Kaskaskia Lock and Dam at river mile 0.8 on the Kaskaskia River suspended operations Thursday. Lock personnel removed the lock's gears and motors to protect them from flood damage as the river reached an
elevation of 380.5 feet. This is a normal practice during a high water event to ensure the lock can return to normal services once the flood waters dissipate. The lock will remain closed until river stages fall below 380.5,
expected in the middle of next week.

The District has distributed over half a million sandbags and 226 plastic rolls to counties and cities, which in turn distribute them to the public. 

Since Tuesday's storm, the St. Louis District's five reservoirs have seen inflows totaling 329 billion gallons, releasing only 63 billion gallons. Asof today the reservoirs are holding back 266 billion gallons of water from downstream communities. 

Here are individual numbers for each reservoir. Flows and current storage are in billion gallons. Storage numbers continue to rise for Carlyle and Shelbyville but the other three lakes have crested. 

(Table format in PDF)
Lake In-flows Out-flows Current Storage Feet above Winter Pool
Wappapello, Mo. 152 24 128 32.3
Carlyle, Ill. 69 18 51 6.4
Mark Twain, Mo. 54 5 49 8.5
Rend, Ill. 39 8 31 7
Shelbyville, Ill. 15 8 7 6.3

Wappapello Lake and Rend Lake have implemented High Water Plan activities, doing increased monitoring of the dam. These actions are standard procedure and taken when the lake elevation reaches a certain level, not because
there is a concern. All dams are performing well and have greatly reduced flooding downstream. 

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Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District
Alan Dooley, 314-331-8002 (work)
618-719-9039 (cell)
618-939-5985 (home)
Fax: 314-331-8005
www.mvs.usace.army.mil 

Updated Sun at 9:30 AM

Flood Pictures......

    

From:       Darryll Weil 
Subject:   website update 
Date:       Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:39:59 -0500

 
 I am sure all of you are aware of the flooding going on around here (Fenton on the Meramec River). Yesterday Maureen and I went around and took some pictures of it. Go to http://www.captainweil.com/newest_stuff.htm and click on the links to see the pictures. We are headed up to the Mississippi now to check on the boat and see what it looks like up that way so there will probably be another update soon.

Darryll Weil
Computer repair, upgrades, tech support and
Webmaster for the following websites:
www.captainweil.com
www.contriosyachtclub.org
www.blessingofthefleetstl.com
www.littlejohnsinc.com

Updated Fri At 3:45:00PM

Sandbar Rumor......

     RiverBill's heard that there is a new river party in the works for this Summer ! 

    It's going to be called...  My River Party.......... A 3 day extravaganza hosted by My River Home....http://www.MyRiverParty.com

 

  Keep you anchor right where it is for more info as it becomes available.

 

Contact Mark White at My River Home if you want to become part of this event.

 Updated Fri At 2:00PM

Mississippi Closed From Chain of Rocks to Jefferson Barracks.....


The US Coast Guard has closed a the Mississippi River to recreational boaters from the Chain of Rocks bridge to the Jefferson Barracks Bridge .

  

Click here to read the on-line news article.

 Updated Fri At 2:00PM

Missouri Gas Tax Refund.....

 

    The March 20th edition of the on-line LakeExpo.com has a good article on the Missouri Gas Tax Refund.  The Missouri Department of Revenue will send recreational boaters a check for $0.17 a for each gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel purchased for use in their boat.  Use forms 4924 and 4923.

 

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

 Updated Fri At 12:20 PM

US Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release 07-08.....

 

   RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Subject:   Press Release 07-08:

               Seepage at Valley Park Not a Threat but Sandbagging Underway
Date:       Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:52:53 -0500
From:      "Dalrymple, Nicole M MVS" <Nicole.M.Dalrymple@usace.army.mil>

Seepage at Valley Park Levee Not a Threat but Sandbagging Underway

Water seepage was observed on the landside of the Valley Park Levee this morning near a railroad embankment. With rising river levels, seepage can occur, which is normal. There is no indication that this is a sandboil, nor is it a threat to the levee.

Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District personnel are onsite and working with the City of Valley Park and their volunteer forces. The plan to contain the seepage is to construct a berm using sandbags. The City of Valley Park has organized volunteers who are currently sandbagging and as of late morning they are 80 percent complete with the berm.

Corps of Engineers personnel will be onsite 24 hours with the city until the crest arrives sometime tomorrow evening. The levee will be monitored regularly until and after the crest arrives. Also this morning, the St. Louis District stood down its St. Charles County flood fight team, as the crest has passed there. Three teams remain activated and are providing engineering and technical expertise to levee districts and communities impacted by rising river levels. Three hundred thousand sandbags have been distributed to county emergency management offices, which in turn are handling distribution to the public.

For information on river stages please call the District's Water Control Branch at 314-331-8342 or look online at the District's home page www.mvs.usace.army.mil. The District's Emergency Management Office is also open and can be reached at 314-331-8605.

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Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District
Comm: 314-331-8002/8068
Fax: 314-331-8005
www.mvs.usace.army.mil

 Updated Fri At 12:45PM

Palisades Yacht Club Update..... Re-opening Saturday

 

From:     "Amy Spencer"
To:         "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:   RE: Trivia Night @ PYC
Date:       Fri, 21 Mar 2008 09:24:58 -0500


Water is dropping off the parking lot now..............we will reopen on Saturday.

Amy

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From:     "Amy Spencer" 
Subject:  Trivia Night @ PYC 
Date:      Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:58:28 -0500

Water is on the parking lot..............no Trivia (on Thursday). Most likely will not reopen until Saturday morning.

 

Amy

Waters Are Expected To Crest This Weekend.......

     The Alton Daily News reports that the Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers should crest this weekend. That will affect towns such as Hardin, Alton and Grafton, Illinois. They will be just a few feet over flood stage. However, towns around the Meramac River are sandbagging and evacuating. There was about 10 inches of rain that fell around towns such as Eureka, Fenton and Valley Park. 

 

    To read more about the flooding in your area, click here

Top story on STLtoday.com for March 20th ..........

     The top story on St. Louis Today, was the comparison of the flood waters in December of 1982 and the flooding this week. Looking back on that year, from Arnold to Pacific, in the Meramac Valley area, the waters crested to levels that it had not reached since 1915. On Wednesday of this week, they predicted that the waters would crest at 40 feet. In 1982, they crested at 39.7 feet. Officials are wondering what to expect this time. In 1982, everyone had to be evacuated. One of the City Parks Director recalls how bad that year was. She was only 12 years old at the time. Nursing homes and hospitals had to be evacuated. Some people were rescued from their rooftops. It was a very quick flood. There wasn’t enough time to prepare. This year they are concerned because the $49 million levee that they built in Valley Park, in 2005, was built to withstand 42 feet of water, which is 2 feet more than what the crest is predicted to be. A little too close for comfort, they are saying. 

To read more about this horrible situation, click here

Slideshow of 1982 Flooding.......

To view a slideshow of the floodwaters in 1982, click here on STLtoday.com

Army Corps of Engineers Press Release...... RiverBill's received an e-mail from the Army Corps of Engineers.  Note that parts of the Mississippi River are closed to all recreational boaters.

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   Press Release 06-08:
   Army Corps of Engineers Continues Flood Response


Summary: The Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District continues its response to rising river levels in the area. Since Wednesday additional flood fight teams have been dispatched and the District is cooperating with U.S. Coast Guard guidance to restrict recreational boats near the St.Louis harbor. River stages are approaching crests to the west and here, and St.Louis District reservoirs are successfully holding back large amounts of storm water. 

Members from four of the District's seven flood fight teams have been activated and are providing engineering and technical expertise to levee districts and communities impacted by rising river levels.

As of today, 199,000 sandbags have been distributed to county emergency management offices, which in turn are handling distribution to the public. Some 150 rolls of plastic sheeting have also been issued to assist to flood proof properties. 

The Mississippi River at the St. Louis gage reached flood stage - 30 feet - this morning, and is forecasted to crest tomorrow. 

The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that the Upper Mississippi River, between Chain of Rocks and the J.B. Bridge in Saint Louis, was closed to all recreational boaters. The U.S. Coast Guard press release noted, "This closure is a result of the difficulty of navigating towing vessels through the Saint Louis area and dangers to small craft due to the extreme high water and heavy debris." The Corps is cooperating by restricting recreation vessel passage southward from the Chain of Rocks locks at Granite City until the Coast Guard lifts this restriction.

At Cape Girardeau the Mississippi River is forecasted to crest on Sunday at 44.5 feet. The Cape Girardeau Floodwall is built to provide protection to 54.3 feet. While the Corps does not anticipate issues with the flood wall, they do have personnel available to provide assistance or technical advice for the city.

Forecasts for the Meramec River at the Valley Park gage have not changed since yesterday. The river is still forecasted to crest on Saturday at 40 feet and St. Louis District personnel remain available to Valley Park officials for technical advice and assistance. 

Army Corps of Engineers personnel are also closely monitoring agricultural levees in the southern reach of the St. Louis District in Illinois and Missouri. The Kaskaskia Lock and Dam in Modoc, Ill., is expected to cease service once the Kaskaskia River reaches an elevation of 380.5 elevation at the lock. At this elevation, lock personnel remove the lock's gears and motors to protect them from flood damage. This is being closely coordinated with local businesses that use the lock. 

The District's southernmost lake, Wappapello Lake in Wappapello, Mo., is experiencing high water from the St. Francis River and other impacted tributaries. Wappapello Lake, and surrounding areas, experienced a 100 year rain event for a 24 hour time period this week. The lake's inflow yesterday was 110,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and today they increased the discharge of water at the dam to 10,000 cfs. The storage of this rainwater has prevented destructive flooding downstream. The release of 10,000 cfs has been carefully coordinated with downstream residents and property owners, as well as Congressional representatives. High water discharges are necessary due to this extreme weather event. Currently the lake's elevation is
384 feet and it is forecasted to crest at 388 feet, which is still 7 feet below
the emergency spill way. 

In Illinois, Lake Shelbyville and Carlyle Lake are working successfully as a system, reducing flood levels on the Mississippi River south of Chester, Ill.  Yesterday inflows at Shelbyville were 8,380 cfs and 20,000 cfs at Carlyle Lake. Controlled releases of that storm water, currently 2,000 cfs at Shelbyville and 5,000 cfs at Carlyle, are restoring future flood capacity of both lakes while moderating flooding that would otherwise result downstream.

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Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley - St. Louis District
Comm: 314-331-8002/8068/8095
Fax: 314-331-8005
www.mvs.usace.army.mil 

Con Trios Yacht Club Website Update .........   Capt'n Darryll Weil e-mailed us some information about a "BoatUS Alert"  that he received from Ron Hering with the boat "Say Steel" out of Woodland Marina.  

 

 

BoatUS Alert: Your help is needed in: MO, MN, MT, OK,

   Your help is needed to pass new federal legislation that would provide a permanent exemption for recreational boats from the upcoming EPA discharge permit requirement. 

 

  Go to www.contriosyachtclub.org for more info.

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There Are At Least Five People Dead Now From Flooding.........

    Throughout southern Missouri and Illinois, there have been five people reported dead. Many of them were swept away in their vehicles. According to St. Louis Today on March 20th, there were people stranded in their truck because they tried to drive through impassable waters. After sitting there for about 30-45 minutes they decided to swim to safety, however, they didn’t make it. A 35-year old man and a 20-year old man were swept away and drowned. 

   To read more about these flooding accidents on STLtoday.com, click here

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Marine Theft Prevention....

 

    The Missouri Water Patrol has put out a document about how to prevent marine theft. They have some safety tips, how to record and photograph items on your boat and other good ideas to keep your boat safe. 

 

   To read this helpful article, click here

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

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Flood Safety Week.......

 

   According to the National Weather Service, this week is "Flood Safety Week".  To find the areas which are under a flood watch, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday...20 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Hope Everyone is Staying Dry !

Spring arrives today at 5:48 AM

 Updated Thurs At 8:15...Palisades Yacht Club update 

click on pic to enlarge

  

Our River Picture of the Day -----  is from Capt'n Gary Lucy, our river artist who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the houseboat....The River Rover  

 

Bill,

  The photo was taken from outside the chapel at Principia College on the bluff. I always saw the chapel up there as I traveled on the river. It was to cold to hang out at the dock the other day. I decided to take a ride. I got a visitors pass at the gate and toured the campus.

Gary

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

  

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2007-----   was named 

First Light

 

 It was taken on a Sunday morning up around Two Branch Marina.  The river came alive as the sun started to rise ....pelicans, gulls everywhere and the silhouette of a southbound tow.

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   This property has: 3 New Septic Tanks, 3 Water Tanks, 3 Electric Hook-Ups, Regular Bathroom at Ramps........About 300 ramping in season.   

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

 Updated Thurs At 8:15 

Palisades Yacht Club Update.....

 

From:     "Amy Spencer" 
Subject:  Trivia Night @ PYC 
Date:      Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:58:28 -0500

Water is on the parking lot..............no Trivia. Most likely will not reopen until Saturday morning.

Welcome To The First Day of Spring !

 

    Spring arrives at 5:48 AM today.  This is the day when the direct rays of the Sun are over the Equator, marking the Vernal Equinox.   

    This is also the day when the daylight hours are just about equal to the nighttime hours......and from now until the Summer Solstice, around June 20, the hours of daylight will continue to increase each day....Come on Summer time ! 

 

   Click here for more information.

Annapolis Boaters Welcome Spring With A Ceremonial Burning of the Socks

   In Annapolis, it is customary for the boaters to gather at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and celebrate the coming of spring with a "Ceremonial Burning of the Socks."     

    Why you ask ? .....It signifies that it will be warm enough soon to wear boat shoes without socks....Hah !

 

  Click here for more info on yesterday's event .

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LEWIS ENGINES WILL SOON MAKE THE  BIG MOVE ...to the old Toyota building....4030 North Service Rd, St. Peters, Mo..     Click here for map from Map Quest ..   Stay Tuned For Updates    

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joins Flood Fight.........

 

Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District has joined partners in the fight against flooding in Missouri and Illinois.

 

The Corps’ first step came late yesterday when the District stood up its Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

 

The purposes of this step were to begin the process of establishing funding requirements for follow on activity and to bring a team to heightened readiness and preparedness and to establish necessary reporting procedures to keep everyone well informed.

 

The District has also deployed two flood fight teams into the field.

One team has gone to Valley Park to assist that city on the Meramec River to prepare for an expected crest sometime Saturday, March 22. Valley Park is protected by a levee that was completed in 2005. While the city has conducted drills to exercise preparation to use the levee, this marks the first time the system will be tested under actual flood conditions. Corps experts are coordinating with the city to review procedures and processes for closing access gates and drains in the levee.

The Corps also responded to a request from the city late yesterday by providing some 11,000 sand bags to be held in readiness if they are needed.

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Yacht Club of St. Louis Update........ 

 

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


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636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

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River History......

    Boy Giant in Alton, Illinois

 

   Many of you have probably seen information about the Alton Giant. One of his shoes is even displayed in Fast Eddie’s. Sunday’s edition of Topix News for Alton, Illinois had an article on Robert Wadlow, when he was 16-years old. He was nearing for the world’s record for the tallest man at time. The doctors were keeping an eye on him and he was already 7 feet 10-1/2 inches tall and weighs 365 pounds.  

  

To read more and see a photo of Robert, click here on 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

The First Big Test For The New Valley Park Levee......

    The new $49 million levee in Valley Park will be put to its test as rising waters affect the Meramac River. The Mayor feels confident that they will be ok, however, this is the first test. There are about 2,000 people who live in the old town of Valley Park who are protected by this levee. Missouri seems to be hit more to the south than the north by about 2 or 3 inches. The most rain reported in Missouri was in the Ozark area, with 5 inches of rain. Jack’s Fork River in Eminence, Missouri had 10 inches of rain in the area. 

   To read more about the Missouri and Illinois areas of flooding in St. Louis Today, March 19th, click here

Yacht Club of St. Louis Update........ 

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Report of 80-Year Old Man Drowning......

    The 80-year old man was last seen walking across Logan Creek on a foot bridge in Ellington, Mo . It is believed that a washed away camper trailer struck the bridge and hit the victim.     

 To read the Water Patrol report   click here

 

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Piedmont, Missouri Was Evacuated Due To Flooding.....

   

   According to KSDK issue on March 18th, Piedmont was evacuated on Tuesday because of flood waters. One of their bridges was also knocked down. This bridge carries one of their water lines, so there are some of the people without water. Many of the residents have gone to stay with friends or relatives. There hasn’t been any shelters set up for these people as of yet. 

   To read more, click here

 

 

   There were also about five homes in Cedar Hill, Missouri who were evacuated from their homes on Tuesday because of flood waters. 

   To read more, click here

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From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

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Information and opinions expressed on RiverBill's Message Board are not necessarily that of RiverBills.com LLC.

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Name:        rvrrunner (rvr@bum.com) 
Date:         Tue 18 Mar 2008 05:46:43 PM EDT 
Subject:     bikinis 

Yea Bill you have not added anyone to the Girls of Alton Lake lately. You need to add some more . Not just a couple a lot ! 

 

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Name:       River Bill (RiverBill@prodigy.net) 
Date:         Thu 20 Mar 2008 05:09:59 AM EDT 
Subject:     Pictures of River Girls 

Come on guys ...Send us a picture of your favorite River Girl....and I will post it on RiverBill's 


 
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Missouri Flooding Kills Two Men......

 

    With the flooding going on across the Midwest, it has caused many evacuations. In Southern Missouri, many streams and rivers are flooding. There was an 80-year old man who was swept away and drowned in Ellington. A pickup was swept away in Marble Hill. There was also a 21-year old worker for the Department of Transportation, who was killed while helping out with the flooding. The firehouse on St. Louis Avenue is even moving their equipment to higher ground in case of rising waters. 

 

To read more about the flooding, click here  for the March 18th issue of St. Louis Today

Wednesday...19 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

1 Day Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

 

1 Day  Til' Spring

 

 

Our Boating Pictures of the Day -----  are from John and Kelli Eisele's recent trip to Florida....... 

 

Bill, 

  Here are some pictures of our recent trip to Southern Florida.. We always have to go to this Island called Key Waden, it is near Marco Island. It's always better to go to the beach by boat. We got out on my parents Whaler every day we could (5 out of 8 days) to get our boating fix till summer. My lovely wife Kelli is soaking up some rays on the bow. 

See ya soon on the river!!! 

John & Kelli 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

  

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2005-----   was an "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   

 

What a beautiful photo !   That water looks dead calm.

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Flood Warnings.........

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for Doppler Radar,Winfield Dam, Grafton and Alton Dam flood forecasts

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

River History......

 

On March 10th, 1993 in River History
The National Weather Service issued a statement predicting below average precipitation for the coming summer. The flood of 1993 is indeed river history.

Flood Warnings Throughout The State of Illinois......

   The National Weather Service has issued a severe flood watch throughout the whole state of Illinois for Tuesday and Wednesday. Places like Chicago are spared from these floods; however, towns such as Watseka, Pontiac and the Quad Cities are already flooding. Since 2008 winter was one of the wettest on record, it has created a lot of flooding already this year. This last storm that has come through the area has increased the chances of flooding. The states of Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky and Indiana are other areas of concern. 

To read more about the flood warnings in the March 18th edition of the Alton Daily News, click here

Trivia Night at Palisades Yacht Club.........

     

Subject:     Trivia Night @ PYC 
Date:          Tue, 18 Mar 2008 09:57:53 -0500 

Just a reminder Trivia is held every third Thursday of the month 
therefore this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. will be our next Trivia @ PYC!
See you there.

Amy @ Pyc

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FYI.....

Palisades Yacht Club Hours

     Open Wed - Sun... Serving Lunch & Dinner opening 11:30AM 

     Happy Hour ...........Wed - Fri.....  4 PM - 7 PM

Click here for more info

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

A Little History About Our Army Corps of Engineers.....

   The Army Corps of Engineers started out with a captain, two lieutenants, a math instructor and 10 cadets. Now there are about 35,000 members with a $38 billion budget each year. Congress organized the Corps of Engineers in 1802 as the design and construction crew for our nation. 

   To read more about the history of the Army Corps of Engineers and what they do, click here

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


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636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

River News From Afar......

   Third Vehicle Falls Through the Ice in SE Minnesota

    On March 17th, Channel 13 News in SE Minnesota reported that law enforcers have made it against the law to run any vehicles on the ice on the Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers tests the ice, but there have been three vehicles fall through the ice in the past few weeks. 

   To read more, click here

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This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

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News From Afar......

   Invasive Species Are Invading Lake Onalaska 

   Species such as the Asian Carp has already invaded the Mississippi River as well as Lake Onalaska. However, now the zebra mussels, faucet snails and purple loosestrife, which have already been in the Mississippi River, are trying to get into Lake Onalaska. According to the March 17th issue of Onalaska Community Life, there will be a public meeting to address this problem. The Lake Onalaska Protection and Rehabilitation District will meet with the invasive species experts to discuss this issue. 

 

To read more about this problem growing in the Mississippi River, click here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday...18 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

2 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

2 Days Until Spring

Our Picture of the Day -----  Is a "River Bench With A View". 

 

    Pack a picnic lunch, some cold drinks, a little music, a some good company and spend some time just watching the river flow.  

 

   This one is waiting for "You" at Hide Away Harbor park in St. Charles County.

 

  Look at those bluffs !

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

  

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2007-----  was of Dutch....Seems as if he found the "Fountain Of Youth" in his travels around the Loop.

  

The caption under the picture on his website, The Scoundrel, was as follows 

Failure of the fountain of youth  

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Flood Warnings.........

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for Doppler Radar,Winfield Dam, Grafton and Alton Dam flood forecasts

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Something Special To Watch For During Eagle Season.........

    A pair of Bald Eagles, who were seen last year in Sangamon Co., raising a family together, was spotted this year. This particular pair of Eagles is also part of a group that makes its path along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers each year. 

 

  To read more about these Eagles, some history about them and when they became endangered, click here

 

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Something Fishy Is Going On In Iowa.....

    The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources put a limit to how many fish were caught between Dubuque and Bellevue. They claimed that the walleye and bass had more mercury in them than the suggested levels are. Fish such as carp, catfish and panfish were not included in this warning. 

  To read more about this advisory, on March 17th, in the KHQA online, click here

 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Boat Gas.....

   An Explanation For Rising Gas Prices

   The average gas price at filling stations in Illinois is about $3.26 per gallon. This price is about $.23 higher than February, which was about $3.03 per gallon. Comparing to last year at this time, it is about $.74 per gallon more, from a price of $2.52 per gallon. A spokesperson for Triple A Motor Club, there are two reasons for the jump at the pump. For one, oil costs are about $100 a barrel. Also, the value of the U.S. dollar, compared to foreign countries, has gone down. 

   To find out more about this very upsetting story in March 17th of the Alton Daily News, click here

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Boating News From Afar......     

   WWII Mysterious Ship is Found

     The HMAS Sydney was at war with a German vessel when it sank, on November 19, 1941. This Australian navy battle cruiser was found by an American-lead search team, just off of the west coast of the country. This ship weighed about 7,300 tons and it was the largest vessel lost during the war, that had no survivors. For 66 years, this ship was a mystery. No one knew what had happened to it or where it was. 

 

To read more about this historical find in March 17th issue of Mad Mariner, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day

Monday...17 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

3 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

 

A St. Patrick's Day Sunrise

Our Picture of the Day -----  is a shot of a St. Patrick's Day... River Sunrise from last year.   Look at those colors !

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

  

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006-----  was another great photo by Steve Schulte that RiverBill's named  Reflections of Dinner.    Awesome photo !

  

Make to sure to visit Steve's website at http://www.steveschulte.com

 

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Chicago River....Dye It Green ---  The Chicago River has been dyed green for St. Patrick's Day since the 60's. 

Click here for info on who, where, why and when they turned it green.

Click here to watch a video of them turning it green.

Safety Educational Classes ---   

    The Missouri Water Patrol has some safety educational programs coming up in the near future. Even though, the one on March 29th in St. Louis is already full, there are still plenty of openings in other areas close by. Signing up early helps your chances of getting in. 

To check the schedule for the 2008 spring classes, click here.

Three More Areas Are Participating In The Life Jacket Loaner Program .....

    

    The BoatUS support a program called the ‘life jacket loaner program.’ This program allows people to rent life jackets for the day at no charge. They provide several different sizes. This program also educates people on the safety of wearing life jackets and stresses how the right size life jacket is very important. Mark Twain Lake, Kaskaskia Lock & Dam and Shelbyville Lake are three of the newest participants in this program. Right now this program rents out 50,000 life jackets per year, but hopes to increase this number since there are more people participating. 

 

  Click here to read more about this program on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

The Recreational Boating Act of 2007  .......    RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Capt'n Brad Hefferon of Dan's Boat's Fame...

    

Subject:     "The Recreational Boating Act of 2007" 
Date:          Sat, 15 Mar 2008 12:16:45 -0500 
From:         "Brad" <Brad@dansboats.com> 

Hello Everyone,

   If you had received Thursday I sent out an article about this and the effects its going to have. If you go to the website http://www.boatblue.org it will allow you guys to look up your state and federal contacts for this situation! It also has a pre-written letter to send. I know we are all extremely busy but if you could at least send the pre-written letter it could help! For most of us we are River-Boaters and could be required to have 2 discharge permits since we boat in both Missouri and Illinois water. 

I have attached the letter in Word Format for anyone who would like this!

Thank You,
Capt. Brad Hefferon

Dan's Boats
Your Regal Select Dealer
Office: 636-970-3267

Levee Repairs Are In The Plans  .......     

    

   The new sales tax in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties is to pay for levees that are in desperate need of repair. Senator Bill Haines is supporting this issue all the way. If these levees aren’t repaired, there may be more flooding in the surrounding areas and it would also be included on the FEMA flood plain maps this year, that come out this spring. The estimated repairs are about $180 million. 

  

   To read more in the Alton Daily News, click here.

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Illinois To Be Tested For Pharmaceutical Drugs In Their Drinking Water  ....... 

   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be testing the Illinois drinking water for the presence of pharmaceutical drugs. There have been 24 major cities in the local area that had traces of different types of prescription drugs in their water. The Alton Daily News claims that the state’s groundwater will be tested and there will also be an alternative way to dispose of old prescription drugs. 

   To read more about this very talked about issue, click here

River Reading.......

   It’s Still Standing – After More Than A Century

 

    The book, “Rails across the Mississippi” is a book written by Robert W. Jackson. It is about the determination of James B. Eads, who designed a bridge made out of steel - a bridge that would transport cars and trains across the Mississippi River. Not one engineer in the U.S. or Europe thought that this bridge of triple arches would ever work. In spite of the arguments, politics and lack of funds, Eads was determined to build this bridge. It was completed on July 4, 1874, which was three years later than expected and $6 million over budget. However, this bridge was built and is still standing today, more than a century later. It was the first bridge built over the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Today it is still a national landmark. 

 

   To read more about this historical bridge, click here

 

   To order this book from amazon.com, click here

Mo Dept Conservation Sturgeon Monitoring Project  ---   

   If you catch a "tagged" shovelnose sturgeon in the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers please report your catch to the Missouri Department of Conservation.  

    

Click here to  find out what information they are asking you to report and to read about the program..  

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

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Gas In Maui Is $4 Per Gallon.....    

 

    We have heard the rumors that gas may reach $4 a gallon by summer, however, it is already happening in Maui and some places in California. Mad Mariner’s article on Friday, says that this increase has affected residents and offices, but it is also having an affect on boaters. 

 

   To find out more about this gas increase, click here

 

Drinking and Boating Trial.......   

  

   According to a news article in yesterday's edition of the LakeExpo On-line.....a man stood trial in North Carolina in a potentially precedent-setting case on a second-degree murder charge for a fatal boating collision in which alcohol was a factor.....

  Prosecutors hoped for a jail sentence of at least 12 years, but the man was was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced  19 to 23 months.

    Authorities hope the trial will shed light on the problem of boating while impaired.

   Click here to read the news story.

Dead Shad In The Harbors ..Yikes !  ....  

  

   The harbors are loaded with dead shad this time of the year.....

   It seems as if  shad are a very delicate species that are highly susceptible  to shock from sudden changes in environmental conditions. 

  The main reason for the "Shad Kill" is low oxygen levels and cold water temperatures. Shad die in water below 42 degrees. As the water cools in the Fall of the year, the shad seek out the warmest water available.  Apparently, a lot of them head for the warmer harbor waters, but this leads to their demise as winter sets in and the temperature of shallow harbor water drops.   And.. we all know some harbors around here are a lot shallower than others !  (Hah) 
    

  As the ice in the harbors melt, the shad that died over the winter float to the top.  

  

  The good news is that the dead shad provide food for other river creatures such as catfish and eagles. 

 

  Shad that spend the winter in the deeper / warmer waters of the river survive.

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun...14, 15, 16 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

As of Sun .... 4 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

 

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Picture of the Day...

Palisades Yacht Club

 

Click on pic to enlarge

Updated Sun At 8:50AM

Our Picture of the Day ---Sunday-- a shot of Palisades Yacht Club

 

Updated Sat at 7:00AM

Our Bird Picture and bird-mail of the Day ---Saturday-- Was sent in by Capt'n Darryll Weil. 

 

Bill,

Helped move Bill and Liz's boat "Brigadoon" from Woodland to the Yacht Club. As we were leaving Woodland I thought of Larry "The Birdman" Demko and had to add a few captions about him and his "LOVE" of birds on River Bills!

Posted a few pictures of the move on my website, here's a direct link:

http://www.captainweil.com/20080314_brigadoon_move/default.htm

Darryll Weil

 

BirdBill says.... Thanks for the picture Darryll !....Larry, thanks for being a good sport and allowing us to post it and poke some bird fun at you.  See ya on the river...soon!

 

Picture of the Day...

 

Spending a Warm Afternoon

Watchin The River Flow

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day ---Friday-- is a shot taken last Summer on a warm sunny day ....... of a sailboat and a powerboat heading up-river in the Two Branch Island area of the Mississippi River.

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

  Sunday

 

Updated Sun At 7:45 AM

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006---Sunday--  was sent in by Devin Lause.  It's a picture of the Labadie Power Plant on the Missouri River.

  

Devin wrote in his e-mail:

    

This is a shot of the Labadie Power Plant (Ameren) on the Missouri River .

 

Picture taken from Klondike Park boat ramp in Saint Charles County just down river from Augusta .

 

Picture was taken in January of this year. (2006)

We run it (the Missouri River) mostly from Washington up to the Gasconade and Osage Rivers .

Once a year (8-9 boats) we put in at Washington and run up to Alton. We put in Saturday morning and pull out Sunday evening back at Washington . Last year we camped out on the island below Iowa Island.

 

Devin Lause  

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

  Saturday

Pontoon Boat Float 

 

Updated Sat at 6:30 AM

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006---Saturday--  was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser "After You".   It is a picture of a pontoon boat float (including fishing poles) in the  St. Patrick's Day Parade that was held in Dog Town in 2006.

   

RiverBill says...... What a good idea for a parade float !  All you need is a parade route, riders and you are ready to go.

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

Lewis and Clark Keelboat Replica

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2005---Friday--  was of the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica and tow vehicle sent in by Capt'n Darryll Weil.   Darryll wrote in his e-mail that he and his friend, Ron, were returning from Woodland Marina on Highway 94 heading towards St. Charles.   As they passed Highway B they came upon the restored 1954 Chevrolet truck that was hauling the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica broke down on the side of the road. They stopped to see if they could help.   They found out they were only out of gas and that the escort vehicle had already left to get some.   The driver gave them an impromptu tour of the boat and then Darryll took some pictures of the keel boat,   the Discovery Expedition logo on the door of the truck, of his friend Ron Hering posing with the driver and finally Darryll got his picture taken with the driver. Thanks for the story and the pictures Darryll !

 

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Updated Fri at 7:10 PM

Duck Club Update.....….
 

Date:       Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:45:28 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Jim & Barbara Svoboda
To:          riverbill@prodigy.net

Hi Bill,

Just want to clarify for your readers that the Duck Club Restaurant is
a private members only restaurant and is not open to the general
public.

Social Memberships are available for $350 per year – these
memberships include use of the restaurant, our swimming pool and all social
events. Social memberships are capped at 100 members and we currently have
over 70, so there are not many memberships remaining.

Anyone interested should contact Mark Bachman, Duck Club Executive
Chef, at (636) 250-4333.

 

Thanks,

Jim Svoboda
Duck Club Treasurer

News Flash ~~~~~  Updated Friday at 11:45 AM

North Shore Oasis Update.....….
  Just talked to the manager at North Shore Oasis.  They are not opening for business this weekend as previously reported on RiverBill's !

 

Keep your anchor right where it is for more information as it becomes available !

Updated Sat at 8:00AM

Little John's and Gibson.....….
 

 Hey Bill

Thought you might want to see this.
After many hours of work, we have returned from the Gibson Factory in Portland Tenn.
We were a part of building the first hard top, on the first 59 ft Gibson.
People are used to seeing our radar arches, and rails.
BUT, take a close look at the rail on the circular stair for the deck to the swim platform.

The boat will be in The Louisville Expo this weekend
Represented by Wahoo Marine Sales wahoomarine@aol.com
I am told, the boat will then come to the St. Louis area for a little while.
The boat will be hard to miss on the water, and when you see it, you will understand our pride.

Little John
www.LITTLEJOHNSINC.com


New Bridge Needs A Name And Funds To Go With it .....….

   A proposed bridge, over the Mississippi River in Downtown St. Louis, has been thought about since Reagan was in his second term. In fact, at that time, the bridge was going to be named the Ronald Wilson Reagan bridge. Today they are still trying to find a name for it, but they are also trying to find the funds to build it.

  To read more in March 13th issue of STLtoday, click here

Duck Club Yacht Club.....….  We received some more e-mail about the Duck Club's opening this coming weekend.

Date:        Thu, 13 Mar 2008 04:32:06 -0700 (PDT)
From:       Mike and Rosie Holaus
Subject:   Duck Club Yacht Club
To:          riverbill@prodigy.net
 

Hi Bill,

   Your source was right regarding the Duck Club opening this weekend, it opens at noon Friday-Sunday. They are having a fish fry from 5-8 on Friday, March 14th, and a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Sunday, March 16th.

See ya on the river!

Rosie

 

RiverBill says....FYI .....Jim Vineyard sent me yesterday's info...Thanks Jim

River Destinations, Alton, IL.....….
   Alton May Be Greener

    According to the March 13th edition of the Alton Daily News, there is a move to make Alton more environmentally safe. They are going to take a step to help global warming one city at a time. This campaign is called, “Cool Cities,” and it is catching on throughout the country.

 

   To read more about this great effort, click here
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LEWIS ENGINES WILL SOON MAKE THE  BIG MOVE ...to the old Toyota building....4030 North Service Rd, St. Peters, Mo..     Click here for map from Map Quest ..   Stay Tuned For Updates    

Calhoun County, IL Meeting With Other Small Illinois Counties......

     According to the Monday edition of the PJStar.com, public officials from Calhoun County, IL  are expected to be attending the Illinois Association of Small Counties gathering in Peoria, IL, this Saturday to explore shared problems and issues with other small counties.   The IASC was created two years ago to benefit small counties that have populations of 10,000 or less.

 For more information click here
 

Sandbar Rumor......

     RiverBill's heard that there is a new river party in the works for this Summer ! 

    It's going to be called...  My River Party.......... a 3 day extravaganza hosted by My River Home....http://www.MyRiverParty.com
 

  Stay tuned to RiverBill's for more info as it becomes available.

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Commentary in STLtoday.......

   Corps' River Plans Are Fully Vetted, Sound

  Thursday's issue of STltoday contained a commentary about how the U.S. Corps of Engineers have become to be expert on the Mississippi River and hydrologic engineering. It was written in response to the "Flooding could be disastrous" news article published in March edition of STLtoday.com.

    Back in the mid 1900's a multi-acre model of the Mississippi River was developed in Vicksburg, Mississippi by the Corps of Engineers. This model helped them to learn more about the river and to become more acquainted with the field of river engineering. The river model has been replaced by today's computer models that are used by most public and private engineering organizations.

   The author pointed out in his response that St. Louis does not work in a vacuum, because all Corps of Engineers plans and designs are subject to technical review, and construction projects are dependent on Congress for funding.

  To read this controversial issue click here

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Barefooting....

   June-July Clinic with World Champion Keith StOnge ........ We received the following e-mail from Keith St. Onge

     
 

From:        World Champion Keith St. Onge
Subject:    June-July Clinic with World Champion Keith StOnge
Date:        Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:01:06 -0600

Come barefoot with the
Current World Champion!

The Rocky Mountain Barefoot Club will be hosting Keith St. Onge for a barefoot clinic the week of June 30, 2008 through July 3, 2008. This is the current World Champion! Come and ski the Montana State Barefoot tournament which is going to be held on June 28-29, 2008. This private two lake site in Helena , Montana will offer barefooters a chance to learn in ideal conditions.

The day long lessons will be available Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 5pm and will be limited to 5 skiers each day. This will allow skiers adequate water time in a comfortable environment. We want everyone to take home educational and memorable days of skiing.


There will be 5 students each day and all time slots on Monday and Tuesday will be in higher demand because of the tournament. Out of town reservations will be give preference on these days if the skier participates in the Montana State Barefoot Tournament and all reservation are on a "first come first serve" basis.

The cost will be $220 and will include:

Instruction from Keith St. Onge

Boat and Lake time from 9am to 5pm

Refreshments (lunch is not included)

A reservation will be made upon receipt of at check for each day of skiing. Time slots will be given out, after receipt of the check. Please write the check to the Rocky Mountain Barefoot Club and mail it to Claudia Landon 2655 N Stagecoach Dr., Post Falls, ID 83854
208-664-4298. Free accommodations at the lake are available upon request (with club members); if you want more information please contact Claudia Landon.

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

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River News From Afar.... St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

   St. Charles Parish Has Best Tasting Water In The State ........

     We have heard so much bad about our drinking water lately, it is good to hear something good once.

    In Wednesday’s issue of Times Picayune, they claim that St. Charles Parish on the east bank has the best tasting water in the state. Even though the water starts out muddy and brown from the Mississippi River and their plant is over 30 years old, they still have what it takes to filter the water and make it taste good.

  To read more about this interesting issue, click here

 

 


 

Thirsty Thursday,  13 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

7 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Picture of the Day...

What A Docking Job !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- What a docking job this guy did ! 

 

 It's a picture of the the Entertainment Cruiser on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort.    

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

The Other River Bill

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006-----  was sent in by Captain Greg Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  It is a good story about another River Bill.  

 

Greg wrote in his e-mail: 

 

CAN YOU FIND THE RIVER DAWG IN THIS PICTURE ?

 I took this picture in September of 2004, That's Before I met River Bill !!  

   Taken by the gas dock at Mud Island Marina - Memphis, Tennessee.  Mark Krull, Dolph Kraus, and I were on our way to Miami on the "Miami Magic".   This boater was on his way to Key West from Minnesota, and this was not his first time making the trip. (Different Boats).  He told us that he went by the name "River Bill".  Bill had lost an outboard motor in the Alton pool, hitting a large submerged log.  Grafton is where he replaced it with the one you see in the picture. 

   He rescued this puppy on its way to the dog pound, to become a river dog. This was just a few days earlier in the town of Caruthersville, MO.  I asked, What's the dog's name. He didn't have one yet. I suggested "Skipper".  He liked it and said That'll be his name.

True Story,

Greg Sadowski

Anyone out there have more info on this other River Bill? I'd like to hear about it. 

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  The following day in 2006 we received an e-mail from Steve Pogulis.  He remembers the other River Bill floating past his place across from Two Branch island.

 

Steve wrote in his e-mail: 

I can only backup the story of the guy in the picture and 'the lost motor'.. We saw him pass by our place across from Two-Branch Island a bit earlier in 2004.  He was asking if anyone had a motor for sale.. Had a hundred-fifty bucks to spend on it… when he said he had come down from MN… I thought one of us was drunk for sure! At that time it seemed weird and a story that did not totally add-up. Still felt sorry for the guy as he passed on, but he did not ask for anything else… Glad to hear he was enjoying his journey/was by plan! Have not seen him since, but will keep and eye out for him and get more info if he should pass by again. Some people that seem to not have anything… have it all in other ways!

He should write & publish a book on his journey and he could be floating by next time on a boat like the Miami Magic.

Have a great day!
Steve Pogulis

Thick Snow And Ice Are Killing Fish And Plant Life.....….

   According to the Gazette online, the Department of Natural Resources have reported thick ice and snow in northern Iowa is killing many of the fish and even plant life. They have had three months of winter and it has been a tough one. As much as 24” to 30” of ice and snow is sitting on the Mississippi River. It is really bad in the backwaters. Fish and plants are lacking sunlight and they are not getting the proper oxygen. 

To read the full story, click here

Duck Club Yacht Club.....….

   RiverBill's heard from a very reliable source that the restaurant at the Duck Club Yacht Club is opening for business this coming Friday. Keep your anchor right were it is for more info as it becomes available.

North Shore Oasis.....….

   Per last our report from Rick Ruiz, The North Shore Oasis (formerly Capt'n Jack's) is opening for business this coming weekend.  Keep your marine radio tuned to RiverBill's for more info as it becomes available.

St Patty's Day Celebration At Yacht Club of St. Louis.....….

   The Yacht Club of St. Louis is having their St. Patty's Day celebration is Saturday....

   Click here for more info.

Tax Increase In The Metro Area To Pay For Levee Systems.....….

   On Tuesday, Alton State Senator Bill Haines passed a proposal to raise the taxes in the Metro area to pay for the levee systems. Residents are actually paying higher flood insurance because of the poor condition of the levee systems. Now they are talking about raising the taxes as well. 

To read more in the Alton Daily News, click here.

Con Trios Yacht Club Update........

From:         "Darryll Weil" 
Subject:      Con Trios website update 
Date:          Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:33:14 -0500 


The Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) has been updated with information on the CPR Class scheduled for June 7th, 2008.

Grand Raffle tickets are selling well, get in contact with a Con Trios Board Member or go to the website to get yours before they are sold out, only 300 tickets are sold!

Next event is the Past Commodore's Party at Aeries Winery on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008.

Darryll Weil, webmaster

 

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The Nation Houseboat Expo in Louisville, KY........

From:      Wahoomarine@aol.com  
Date:       Sat, 8 Mar 2008 11:51:42 EST 
Subject:  National Houseboat Expo 

Just a reminder.

The Nation Houseboat Expo in Louisville, KY is next weekend, March 14th - 15th - 16th. The link for the show is; http://nationalhouseboatexpo.com/

If you need any information about the National Houseboat Expo 2008 or need more information on our Gibson houseboats, please contact my sales manager Tom Stiefvater at 636-949-2738 or you can email him at tomwahoomarine@aol.com

Please visit our web site at; www.wahoo-marine.com for a complete list of Gibson houseboats that are available for immediate delivery.


Sincerely,

Scott W. Bachman Owner
Wahoo Marine Sales
Your Gibson Houseboat Dealer

 

Pharmaceutical Drugs In The Drinking Water Is Hurting & Killing the Fish.....

   In today’s issue of Mad Mariner, they have done studies on fish in a Nevada reservoir and found that the pharmaceutical drugs in the drinking water are not only affecting people, but wildlife as well. They are finding that the drugs are hurting their reproductive systems and sometimes killing the fish. There are drugs such as over the counter pain pills and even anti-depressants. 

To read the full story, click here.

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History Of The Mississippi Valley Area........

     
  
     The Corps of Engineers have put together a downloadable book about the history, settlement and projects going on in the Mississippi Valley area. There are interesting facts and history in it. 

 

To read this historical book, click here

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Thick Snow And Ice Are Killing Fish And Plant Life.......

 

    According to the Gazette online, the Department of Natural Resources has reported thick ice and snow in northern Iowa is killing many of the fish and even plant life. They have had three months of winter and it has been a tough one. As much as 24” to 30” of ice and snow is sitting on the Mississippi River. It is really bad in the backwaters. Fish and plants are lacking sunlight and they are not getting the proper oxygen. 

 

To read the full story, click here.
 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Spring Kid’s Fishing Day – March 17, 2008......

 

    Roaring River Hatchery, in the Ozark Valley, is one of the oldest hatcheries for Rainbow Trout fish in Missouri. On March 17, 2008, they are having a Spring Kid’s Fishing Day. You can also take a tour of the hatchery, fish in the crystal clear water, feed the fish or just sit and relax at this beautiful nature park. 

 

To find out more about it and see the schedule for this summer, click here
 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Spring Trout Season Opens In Illinois......

 

       On April 5, 2008, trout season opens in Illinois at 5:00 a.m. More than 60,000 rainbow trout are released in the waters where trout fishing is allowed. To be able to participate, you must have a valid fishing license. 

To read the Illinois Department of Natural Resources press release, click here
 

How To Get An Illinois Fishing or Hunting License?......

       

To find out how to get your fishing or hunting license in Illinois, just click here
 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday,  12 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

8 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Picture of the Day...

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Our River Picture of the Day ----- is a Summer-Time shot of some of the boaters rafted-up in Mason Chute . 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2007-----  was from last year's  "Season Opener" at Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill

Front to back

~ Bob Bindner, one of the owners of Eagle's Landing Marina...(Red Shirt)

~ Cheryl and Dan.... who hail out of Grafton Harbor....(both in blue) 

~ Kinsey and Mark Bachman...behind the bar

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Missouri Conservation's Calendar of Events........

To find out some fun things going on in Missouri, including bow hunting classes, fishing day for kids and other things of interest from March 11 – July 9, 2008, click here.

Boat Safety Inspection........

   We are all anxious to get our boats in the water every spring. However, there is more to getting your boat ready than some may think. It is a good idea to get your boat inspected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or by the United States Power Squadron. They may find a small problem with your boat that may cause a major repair later in the summer. Just be sure that you are safe. We all want to get in the water quickly, but also safely.

Click here for more safety tips from the Mad Mariner’s March 10th issue
 

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Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

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Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

A New River Musical Duo.......   "GLO AND SANDI"

 

   We received the following e-mail from Glo Selvey.  She was part of the band, Neon Cadilac, but has since formed a new river duo called...... Glo and Sandi

 

 
Date:         Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:03:40 EDT
Subject:    Glo Here
To:             riverbill@prodigy.net


Hey Bill,

   Glo here formerly of Neon Cadilac. Just wanted everyone to know what's been happening since the band split up in December. We sure enjoyed getting to know all of you river folk and being a boater myself I plan on many weekends on the water. But, myself along with Sandi the keyboard player from Neon, have got a duo going called "GLO AND SANDI" consisting of keyboard and guitar and lots of great music just like what we did with Neon Cadilac. We love for the audience to get involved and even have an open microphone for anyone to sing along with us. We have been doing this since December and got lots of positive feedback!
We have contacted a lot of the yacht clubs there and everyone is excited about having us for those awesome summertime parties! We'll have you dancin and singin and ready to kick off the season in style!
So, look for us to be playing that way most of the summer and we are looking forward to meeting everyone and having an awesome time!

 

See you on the river!

Glo Selvey

Sandi Hartmann
 

VIZION 3AAA E-LED HEADLAMP

    Product Review by Sherri Stanczak



    The Vixion 3AAA eLED Headlamp is a waterproof all-weather LED Headlight. It has three selected beam patters, which are spot, diffuse and red diffuse. It has two settings for high or low. It is lightweight and has an extra wide headband. This headlamp only takes 3 AAA batteries and the way it is designed, it transfers the heat back into the batteries. This makes it burn longer. It is not on a hinge, the rotating beam has an adjustment knob instead. The on/off control switch is so large that you can even use it while wearing gloves. This handy headlamp can also be removed from the headband and used for camping. The light burns for 150 hours and can be used in 33’ of water. This is a handy gadget for boating and camping.

 

To find out more about it:

Underwater Kinetics
13400 Danielson Street
Poway CA 92064
(858) 513-9100
www.underwaterkinetics.com
 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Mississippi River Facts......….

    Did you know if a raindrop falls in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, it will take 90 days to travel the length of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico?

  To find more fun facts about the Mississippi River click here.
 

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Mississippi River Wildlife........

     
  
It is estimated that there are about 8,000,000 birds, such as ducks, geese and swans, that use the Mississippi River as their flyway. Bald Eagles are also seen on the Mississippi River. There are also over 100 different species of fish that have their home in the Mississippi.

 

  Click here to go to 4 Rivers Reality's website and read about the Mississippi River Wildlife.

http://www.4rivers.com/mississippi/info-wildlife.html

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Ferry News From Afar.......

   Bainbridge Island, Washington

 

    We are lucky to have the ferry systems that we do in the Alton Pool area. One of the biggest ferry systems in the U.S., carrying ¼ of the passengers of the whole nation, is hurting for funds. Ever since 1999, Bainbridge Island, Washington has struggled with funds for their ferry systems. This has caused delays, detours and lack of repair costs. It has become a huge inconvenience for the area.

 

To read more about this historical ferry system, click here
 

 

 

 

Tuesday 11 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

We are in the single digits now !

9 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Picture of the Day...

The Birds

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ----- our picture of the day was sent to us by Capt'n Johnny Hornung on an e-mail chain originally from Abe Schemmer.  I e-mailed Abe and he fired a note back that it was OK to publish it.

 

  The picture was taken in Eagle River, Alaska.   How would you like to drive up to your house and see something like this ?  

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2007-----  was a picture from one of the early Jamaica Daze Parties... probably the year 2000 .

  It was the 1st year for the blue banner an maybe the palm trees.....Notice it's Jamaica Daz......not....Daze.  

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Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Roberson's Marine Repair 

3502 Hwy 94 North

St. Charles, Mo 63301

Ph: 636- 916- 0036

www.robersonmarine.com

Click here for map from MapQuest

Traveling the Mississippi River ........

   

     If you are planning a trip down the Mississippi River this year, you can find a information about every state that you will pass through at the official website for Mississippi River travel named ........."Experience Mississippi River..ten states....one river"

    The website includes information about towns along the river, dining, entertainment, recreation and more

 

Click here and check-it-out !

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A bit of info about the Great River Road

from the The Experience Mississippi River website....


   According to the Mississippi River Travel website, the Great River Road was established in 1938 and runs about 3,000 miles, through 10 states, parallel with the Mississippi River. It is considered to be the national parkway of Mississippi River.

 

The Midwest Corn Crop Contributes to The Dead Zone ........

    With the high demand for corn to make ethanol the Midwest is contributing to what the March 10th issue of UK Reuters calls a “dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.

  Farmers are fertilizing their corn crops with nitrogen, it is running off into the Mississippi River and making its way to the Gulf of Mexico. This run off is hurting bottom dwelling animals in the gulf, such as crawfish and shrimp, because it creates an algae on top of the water that is taking away their oxygen..

 

To read more about this dangerous issue click here
 

THE ULTRA BOX

    Product Review by Sherri Stanczak

 

   

  The Ultra Box is a waterproof storage box. These boxes come in six different sizes and in three different colors: black, yellow and dark earth. The inside of the box is lined with a removable rubber liner which may protect delicate items. The lids come in clear to see the items inside or in a solid color. It also has a removable mesh pouch attached to the lid of the box. These boxes are perfect boating items because they are waterproof and they are also safe in altitude and temperature change. They can store fishing gear, keys, wallets, and even paperwork.  To find out more about them or place an order:

Underwater Kinetics

13400 Danielson Street

Poway, CA 92064

(858) 513-9100

www.underwaterkinetics.com

New River Band On the Horizon.......   Furious Vixen

 

   We received the following e-mail from Jack Vixen.  He used to be the drummer for Sharky's house band..The Sharks,  and later on the drummer with the band....Neon Cadilac.  He is now part of a brand new river band, Furious Vixen.

 

From:      "Perry, Jack"
To:          "riverbill@prodigy.net"
Date:        Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:40:54 -0500
Subject:    Neon Cadilac broke up..

Hi Bill,

  This is Jack Perry,, the new band is about ready to launch, we were in the studio all night Friday, Neon Cadilac had a 15 year run but broke up in Dec ,I know you came out to hear us and a new group with basest Linda Rose and I have put together a group with 4 women and 2 men called Furious Vixen and can be found on Google or My Space,, we have some great talent we have hooked up with and they come from Vermont and Canada ,, this should be a pretty good group with lots of harmony and a new guitar player named Mike Olivier ,,, we will be doing new country and classic rock and some in-between so I hope to be booked on the river with this group and will let all the marinas know with a packet of information and CD.

 

Hope to see everybody out when it starts getting warm.

Jack Perry

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

They’ve Always Said That Water Is Good for Us, But......….

    According to a news story on KSDK dated March 10th, officials have found pharmaceutical drugs in a lot of the drinking water all across the United States. Water that comes from the nation's rivers, lakes and reservoirs. 

   The drugs include anti-depressants, antibiotics, anti-convulsants and even sex hormones.

Click here to find out whose water is affected and how the drugs are getting there.
 

Riding The Storm Out........

   

What to do if you are caught in a storm:

  With storm season right around the corner, there are some great safety tips on the Red Cross website. They offer suggestions for you while caught in the storm, what to do when you see lightning and ways to protect yourself outside. It’s very interesting.

 

Click here for more information.

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Monday 10 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

10 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Pictures of the Day...

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Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from Warren and Christa Spiller !

 

Hey,

We went to the river Sunday. To our surprise there was an abundance of pelicans, eagles and seagulls. I took a bunch of pictures and wanted to share a couple.

 

Scrappy (river dawg) loved it..

Warren & Christa Spiller
222 Yacht Club

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2005-----  is a shot looking up-river at the "lower side" of     Winfield Lock and Dam.    This picture was taken last year when the water levels were "up" and all of the gates were "up", except the three in the center.

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Spring Is On The Way

    Tuesday,  March 11

Lock at Dam #19 opens for 2008 season

LOCK NO. 19, UMR 364 – 
This winter’s closure is scheduled from 15 December 2007 until 11 March 2008.

 Source...... ITCS MEMO # 2596

 

     Saturday,  March 15th

Lock at Dam #11 opens for 2008 season

LOCK NO. 11, UMR Mile 583 - 
This winter’s closure is scheduled from 15 December 07 until 15 March 2008.

Source...... ITCS MEMO # 2596

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

 

Con Trios Update .......Received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll Weil.

 

Updated the Con Trios Yacht Club (www.contriosyachtclub.org) website with the following:

 

Icebreaker 2008 photos are up! 

  A great time was had by all!  Fleet Captain Denny and his lovely wife Pat did a terrific job on their first event.  Also a big "Thank You" to Tan-Tar-A and Marine Max for all they did to make this a very special event!  Click on the "Photo Galleries" link to see all the pictures.  Friday night we enjoyed a boat cruise to Shorty Pants Lounge aboard four new cruisers compliments of Marine Max.  Saturday several of us enjoyed a private tour of some new boats at Marine Max, a stop in the well stocked hospitality room in the Presidential Suite, a few special presentations, introduction of new members, dinner and dancing in the Crystal Ballroom with music by the Rail Band then the obligatory hot tub after party with Mr. Bubbles.  The photo above has been edited to show what it should have said on Saturday, the only glitch I am aware of all weekend.

Darryll Weil, webmaster

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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The following re-printed from the Save The Delta Queen website

 

Is this really about safety?
Mar 9, 2008

In this whole discussion, the topic should be; "How safe is the Delta Queen, and is she safe enough to allow her to carry overnight passengers?" Well, I would say that not even this should be the question because free people in a free country can decide for themselves. But for the sake of discussion, let’s assume it’s necessary to protect the people from such risks by law.

How big is the risk to your life when taking a cruise on the Delta Queen? Not just the risk of a fire - well, yes, the Safety at Sea Act affects the Delta Queen only in terms of fire safety, but is it right to say: "We do care about people potentially burning to death, but we don’t care about the same people drowning?" Even worse, is it right to say: "We don’t care about people potentially burning to death only if it’s 50 or more people"? That’s actually what the Safety at Sea Act states.

Aren’t there other risks than fire, too? Does anyone care about these? Just for example - what about a collision with other boats–namely the numerous towboats that are running up and down the rivers - this has happened to the Mississippi Queen before; and it happens between towboats from time to time.

Is anyone seriously thinking of outlawing the running of a boat because it can possibly hit another boat and sink? No, of course not, because that’s part of the nature of boats. That is why we have and believe in navigational rules, in good technology, and in well-trained pilots. These three safety factors make collisions relatively unlikely.

Why is the risk of a fire being treated so differently? Because we’re still feeling like Neanderthal people, being afraid of fire? Because we’re not willing to accept that just because wood makes a great campfire doesn’t automatically mean a boat with a wooden superstructure will burst into flames like a dry fir in a hot summer? Is it because we don’t trust in fire detection systems? The Delta Queen has one of the most modern fire monitoring and powerful sprinkler system onboard ANY boat that is always being observed by two trained crew members in the pilot house, plus a watchman checking the whole boat every 15 minutes, day and night. Why do we trust in technology when it comes to navigational risks, but do not trust in technology for fire prevention and protection? I think you know the answer yourself - it doesn’t make any sense at all.

Let’s check some more facts: What makes a fire so dangerous? It’s not the flames or the heat that makes a fire so dangerous–especially in the beginning; it’s the toxic fumes. If you don’t believe me, please ask at your local fire department. Therefore, in case of a fire it’s extremely important to reach open space, leaving inside rooms as quickly as possible. Now, from this perspective, the Delta Queen is one of the safest boats you can be on. Why? Because almost every stateroom has a direct door to open decks. The few remaining cabins do have a big window to open decks (just smash them and climb out) and there are always at least two exit routes in totally different directions you can take from these cabins. Again, very important, these escape routes are extremely short. It takes you less than approximately 20 to 30 feet to the next door to open decks.

Let’s compare this to one of the mid-sized, ocean-going 3,000-passengers cruise ships. They’re made from steel. But again, ask your local fire department: What burns first? It’s furniture, bed linen, curtains and all the synthetic cloths and other plastic stuff you bring with you. This stuff causes toxic fumes and thick, dark smoke. You want to escape from this as quickly as possible. No difference than if you were on the Delta Queen. But the big difference is the length of the escape routes. They can be 10 times as long as ones on the Delta Queen can. In addition, they’re usually really narrow (not broad salons like on the Delta Queen) and thousands of passengers are using them at the same time. In many cases you’ll have to use a staircase to reach an outside deck, often several floors up. On the Delta Queen the cabins with no direct door to open decks are on the main deck, no staircases involved at all. All other staircases you may need to use are outside staircases.

What I want to say is; You’ll long have left not only your cabin, but have left the entire boat on the Delta Queen before the "wood or steel" question is even a relevant factor in case of a fire on this boat.

This alone should stop all discussions about the safety of the Delta Queen. There are many more factors that separate the Delta Queen in a most positive way from modern cruise ships in terms of safety. But I don’t want to bore you, as this has all been written before.

Just think about it: This is not a safety issue. It can’t be. The safety of the Delta Queen can only be questioned by someone who has no information. One who has never been on the boat, who hasn’t even spent just a couple of minutes on research to find out how safe the Delta Queen really is.

 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

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The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun 7, 8, 9 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

As of Sun...11 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Updated Sun At 10:40 AM.....More soon !

Pictures of the Day...

Sunday

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ----- is a shot of the floating building at Grafton Harbor that houses the marina office and the restaurant, Grafton's Landing.

 

Pictures of the Day...

Saturday

Countdown To Spring

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from Kim.  She sent us a picture taken from "Ski Chute" and one from around the area where the power lines cross the river.

 

Hi Bill !

   Here are 2 picture choices for the countdown to Spring! Man I cant wait! It's been a long cold winter... I love looking at these summer river pictures! 

 

Kim

 

Pictures of the Day...

Friday

Now You See It

Now You Don't

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from Captain Pete Zimmer.

 

Hey RiverBill,

   I was on Galveston Bay with my friend Capt. Glen Demont who owns the local SEA//TOW franchise down there.  We were in the ship channel heading towards Galveston for the morning when this big Fog bank rolled in and obscured 1000 ton vessels right in front of us. Lucky the radar was working.

Captain Pete Zimmer
Master 100 Ton Inland

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

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More Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2007---Sunday was of Andy (Blue Marlin) and RiverBill "hamming it up" for the camera at Kinder's Restaurant.

 

Andy was there with some of the "

What's Up On The River" crew.  

   

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

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More Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006---Saturday--  was of a Winter wake boarder was sent in by Tauni Shuck. 

  Bill, 

   I was out on March first enjoying the afternoon and snapped this pic of some wake boarders in Ski Chute... Water is cold ?  38 Degrees !! 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

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Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2007---Friday--  was from  Steve Schulte

 

     He sent us a picture looking up-stream at the chute between Bolter (left side) and Enterprise (right side) Islands...with the horseshoe dikes and the main channel in the distance.  Around the UMR 225 ...226 mile markers.

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CFeatured Classified of the Day

For Sale.. 1997 Gibson Cabin Yacht 14 x 50

1997 Gibson Cabin Yacht 14 x 50
Twin Crusaders 7.4 liter w/ 326 hours
8.5 Westerbeke generator
New carpet & couch
2 heads, stern has a tub/shower
New canvas
WAS $105,000....NOW $101,000

Click on pic to enlarge        

located at Alton Marina, J dock
slip paid for thru March of 2008
"Careymehome"
email at careymehome@gmail.com or call 314-229-1080

 

New Price 

 

Click on pic for more info

FEAST ON A DELICIOUS LUNCH PREPARED BY OUR EXPERIENCED CHEF BEFORE TAKING YOUR BOAT OUT FOR THE AFTERNOON, OR ENJOY AN INTIMATE DINNER AND WATCH A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET WHILE DINING ON OUR RIVERSIDE PATIO.   BE SURE TO WATCH FOR OUR WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS, SPECIAL EVENTS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT !

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Closed For The Season

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Updated Sunday at 10:55 AM

Sandy Island Eagle Sanctuary ------ Did you know that there is an eagle sanctuary near Winfield Lock and Dam ?     The "Sandy Island Bald Eagle Sanctuary" is located on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River just south of the Dam.   It is 28 acres in size, has a quarter mile of river frontage and provides critical habitat for wintering bald eagles. For more information click here.

Updated Sunday at 10:40 AM

River news From Afar

   High Ammonia levels in the Mississippi River
 

   KHQA online reported that there are high levels of ammonia in the Mississippi River in Ohio. The people there are experiencing the smell of chlorine and ammonia in their homes.

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

Updated Saturday at 9:50 AM

River news From Afar

   High Ammonia levels in the Mississippi River
 

   KHQA online reported that there are high levels of ammonia in the Mississippi River in Ohio. The people there are experiencing the smell of chlorine and ammonia in their homes.

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

Updated Saturday at 9:50 AM

Martin Strel.....Mississippi River Swimmer,  Big River Swimmer 

 

   Mentioned in the March/April issue of Big River Magazine, is Martin Strel who swam the Danube River in 2000, the Mississippi River in the year 2002, the Yangtze River in 2004 and in 2007 he swam the Amazon River.

 

    To find out more about Martin and the book that he wrote, “The Man Who Swam the Amazon,” go to www.amazonswim.com.

Updated Saturday at 9:50 AM

Boating 101 Course Online ........... 

 

   Do youo want to take a boating course, but don’t want to go anywhere to do it. Try Boating 101 Course. Just go through the registration and take the course on line.

 

  For more information, click here

Updated Saturday at 9:30 AM

Melt Down to Spring........... 

 

   According to last week's Alton Telegraph the snowfall results for Jerseyville was 5 inches, 10.2 inches in Godfrey and 7 inches in Alton.

  The snow melt is contributing the the higher river levels we are seeing right now.

 

    As of Saturday....there’s only 12 days until Spring

Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Roberson's Marine Repair 

3502 Hwy 94 North

St. Charles, Mo 63301

Ph: 636- 916- 0036

www.robersonmarine.com

Click here for map from MapQuest

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Lewis Engines

Marine Sales & Service

 

We pledge to treat our customers with respect, honesty, and friendliness, and to provide products of quality and value.

1602 North 4th St.     St. Charles, Mo     63301       (636) 949-9926

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LEWIS ENGINES WILL SOON MAKE THE  BIG MOVE ...to the old Toyota building....4030 North Service Rd, St. Peters, Mo..     Click here for map from Map Quest ..   Stay Tuned For Updates    

Updated Fri at 1:40 PM

February Visitor Stats......

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for February 2008

 

50,342 unique visitors  -  Up 23,637 from the February 2007 numbers

 

Click here to look at the visitor stats chart.

 

Thanks for Logging On !

ITCS Memo 2637......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:

      

From:         itcs@ribb.com 

To:             riverbill@prodigy.net

Subject:      High Water Broadcast for Illinoins and Mississippi River

Date:          Thu, 06 Mar 2008 06:14:12 -0700

    ITCS MEMO # 2637

 

SUBJ:  WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 00XX-08 UM

SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED

CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NM 00XX-08 UM USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 00XX-08 UM SECTOR UPPER  MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:

A. ZONES 3-7 (MILES 50 - 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE  OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.  INCREASED FLOWS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO SIX RECENT  ALLISIONS WITH THE PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE. ALL MARINERS ARE REMINDED TO  EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN OPERATING AND TRANSITING IN THIS  RESTRICTED MANEUVERING AREA.

B. ZONE 28 (MILES 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE  OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. 

C. DOWNSTREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING  IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORESPOWER.

D. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS MAY BE AN ISSUE WITH  NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.

E. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MOORED VESSELS AND  BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED  CURRENTS  AND HIGH WATER.

F. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA  CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK  APPROACHES  IN THESE HIGH WATER ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS. 


Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2637  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

Palisades Yacht Club

  

River Breakup Photos........... 

 

   The on-line Telegraph.com  has an awesome slideshow of the ice breaking up on the river by this week, Ed Preston.    

  Check it out ...Click here



   He also has some beautiful photos of the Eagles. This is a perfect time of the year to see them.  

   Click here and Take_A_Look !

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Missouri Water Patrol Safety Education Classes.....

  

   Below is a list of  the Missouri Water Patrol's classes in the St. Louis area.

 

HAZELWOOD, MO

04/05/2008

CABELAS (please register for class in store) 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (314)225-0100

9:30am - 4:30

HAZELWOOD, MO

04/19/2008

CABELAS (please register for class in store) 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (314)225-0100

9:30am - 4:30pm

St Charles, MO

04/12/2008

Bud's Place (The Boating Center) 3550 West Clay Stree, St Charles, MO 63301 - (636)916-4411

9am - 4pm

St Charles, MO

05/10/2008

Bud's Place (The Boating Center) 3550 West Clay Stree, St Charles, MO 63301 - (636)916-4411

9am - 4pm

St Louis, MO

03/29/2008

St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (314)487-6003

9am - 3pm

St Louis, MO

05/17/2008

St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (314)487-6003

9am - 3pm

Click here to go to the Missouri Water Patrol's website for more information

Click here to check out the United States Power Squadron’s Classes 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Click on Ad to go to Bloch Marine website

No Smoking In Illinois Bars........... 


    According to the March 4th edition of KHQA Online, it appears that there are still people trying to fight the non-smoking law in the Illinois bars, but it has been thrown out. They are also not allowing private owned bars, such as the VFW hall, to smoke either. 

 

To read more about this, click here.

Help Wanted !    Garden Center Merchandisers 

 

  Create ad maintain great looking plant displays in local home center stores.  Full and part time positions available.

  Metro St. Louis and West County ...Other areas also available

  Call (618) 223- 9185   or   FAX (636) 922- 2102

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell PhonE:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Security......National MARSEC Level

Click on Icon for more info

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON DRI-PORT MARINE

 

 

 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

  RiverBill's Message Board is a public service for the boaters who frequent this website.  

Information and opinions expressed on RiverBill's Message Board are not necessarily that of RiverBills.com LLC.

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Name:     Over Exposed (Rumybebe@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:      Tue 04 Mar 2008 05:15:51 PM EST 
Subject:   Happy Birthday RiverBill 


Mike & Karen weren't able to be there but wish you a happy belated birthday and hope you have a great year. 


Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun 7, 8, 9 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

As of Sun...11 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Updated Sun At 10:40 AM.....More soon !

Pictures of the Day...

Sunday

 

Click on pic to enlarge pic

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- is a shot of the floating building at Grafton Harbor that houses the marina office and the restaurant, Grafton's Landing.

 

Pictures of the Day...

Saturday

Countdown To Spring

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge pic

 

Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from Kim.  She sent us a picture taken from "Ski Chute" and one from around the area where the power lines cross the river.

 

Hi Bill !

   Here are 2 picture choices for the countdown to Spring! Man I cant wait! It's been a long cold winter... I love looking at these summer river pictures! 

 

Kim

 

Pictures of the Day...

Friday

Now You See It

Now You Don't

 

Click on pic to enlarge pic

 

Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from Captain Pete Zimmer.

 

Hey RiverBill,

   I was on Galveston Bay with my friend Capt. Glen Demont who owns the local SEA//TOW franchise down there.  We were in the ship channel heading towards Galveston for the morning when this big Fog bank rolled in and obscured 1000 ton vessels right in front of us. Lucky the radar was working.

Captain Pete Zimmer
Master 100 Ton Inland

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

Click on pic to enlarge

 

More Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2007---Sunday was of Andy (Blue Marlin) and RiverBill "hamming it up" for the camera at Kinder's Restaurant.

 

Andy was there with some of the "

What's Up On The River" crew.  

   

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

Click on pic to enlarge

 

More Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006---Saturday--  was of a Winter wake boarder was sent in by Tauni Shuck. 

  Bill, 

   I was out on March first enjoying the afternoon and snapped this pic of some wake boarders in Ski Chute... Water is cold ?  38 Degrees !! 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2007---Friday--  was from  Steve Schulte

 

     He sent us a picture looking up-stream at the chute between Bolter (left side) and Enterprise (right side) Islands...with the horseshoe dikes and the main channel in the distance.  Around the UMR 225 ...226 mile markers.

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Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Updated Sunday at 10:55 AM

Sandy Island Eagle Sanctuary ------ Did you know that there is an eagle sanctuary near Winfield Lock and Dam ?     The "Sandy Island Bald Eagle Sanctuary" is located on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River just south of the Dam.   It is 28 acres in size, has a quarter mile of river frontage and provides critical habitat for wintering bald eagles. For more information click here.

Updated Sunday at 10:40 AM

River news From Afar

   High Ammonia levels in the Mississippi River
 

   KHQA online reported that there are high levels of ammonia in the Mississippi River in Ohio. The people there are experiencing the smell of chlorine and ammonia in their homes.

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

Updated Saturday at 9:50 AM

River news From Afar

   High Ammonia levels in the Mississippi River
 

   KHQA online reported that there are high levels of ammonia in the Mississippi River in Ohio. The people there are experiencing the smell of chlorine and ammonia in their homes.

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

Updated Saturday at 9:50 AM

Martin Strel.....Mississippi River Swimmer,  Big River Swimmer 

 

   Mentioned in the March/April issue of Big River Magazine, is Martin Strel who swam the Danube River in 2000, the Mississippi River in the year 2002, the Yangtze River in 2004 and in 2007 he swam the Amazon River.

 

    To find out more about Martin and the book that he wrote, “The Man Who Swam the Amazon,” go to www.amazonswim.com.

Updated Saturday at 9:50 AM

Boating 101 Course Online ........... 

 

   Do youo want to take a boating course, but don’t want to go anywhere to do it. Try Boating 101 Course. Just go through the registration and take the course on line.

 

  For more information, click here

Updated Saturday at 9:30 AM

Melt Down to Spring........... 

 

   According to last week's Alton Telegraph the snowfall results for Jerseyville was 5 inches, 10.2 inches in Godfrey and 7 inches in Alton.

  The snow melt is contributing the the higher river levels we are seeing right now.

 

    As of Saturday....there’s only 12 days until Spring

Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

  Roberson's Marine Repair 

3502 Hwy 94 North

St. Charles, Mo 63301

Ph: 636- 916- 0036

www.robersonmarine.com

Click here for map from MapQuest

Updated Fri at 1:40 PM

February Visitor Stats......

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for February 2008

 

50,342 unique visitors  -  Up 23,637 from the February 2007 numbers

 

Click here to look at the visitor stats chart.

 

Thanks for Logging On !

ITCS Memo 2637......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:

      

From:         itcs@ribb.com 

To:             riverbill@prodigy.net

Subject:      High Water Broadcast for Illinoins and Mississippi River

Date:          Thu, 06 Mar 2008 06:14:12 -0700

    ITCS MEMO # 2637

 

SUBJ:  WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 00XX-08 UM

SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED

CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NM 00XX-08 UM USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 00XX-08 UM SECTOR UPPER  MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:

A. ZONES 3-7 (MILES 50 - 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE  OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.  INCREASED FLOWS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO SIX RECENT  ALLISIONS WITH THE PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE. ALL MARINERS ARE REMINDED TO  EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN OPERATING AND TRANSITING IN THIS  RESTRICTED MANEUVERING AREA.

B. ZONE 28 (MILES 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE  OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. 

C. DOWNSTREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING  IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORESPOWER.

D. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS MAY BE AN ISSUE WITH  NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.

E. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MOORED VESSELS AND  BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED  CURRENTS  AND HIGH WATER.

F. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA  CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK  APPROACHES  IN THESE HIGH WATER ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS. 


Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2637  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

Palisades Yacht Club

  

River Breakup Photos........... 

 

   The on-line Telegraph.com  has an awesome slideshow of the ice breaking up on the river by this week, Ed Preston.    

  Check it out ...Click here



   He also has some beautiful photos of the Eagles. This is a perfect time of the year to see them.  

   Click here and Take_A_Look !

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Missouri Water Patrol Safety Education Classes.....

  

   Below is a list of  the Missouri Water Patrol's classes in the St. Louis area.

 

HAZELWOOD, MO

04/05/2008

CABELAS (please register for class in store) 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (314)225-0100

9:30am - 4:30

HAZELWOOD, MO

04/19/2008

CABELAS (please register for class in store) 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (314)225-0100

9:30am - 4:30pm

St Charles, MO

04/12/2008

Bud's Place (The Boating Center) 3550 West Clay Stree, St Charles, MO 63301 - (636)916-4411

9am - 4pm

St Charles, MO

05/10/2008

Bud's Place (The Boating Center) 3550 West Clay Stree, St Charles, MO 63301 - (636)916-4411

9am - 4pm

St Louis, MO

03/29/2008

St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (314)487-6003

9am - 3pm

St Louis, MO

05/17/2008

St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (314)487-6003

9am - 3pm

Click here to go to the Missouri Water Patrol's website for more information

Click here to check out the United States Power Squadron’s Classes 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

No Smoking In Illinois Bars........... 


    According to the March 4th edition of KHQA Online, it appears that there are still people trying to fight the non-smoking law in the Illinois bars, but it has been thrown out. They are also not allowing private owned bars, such as the VFW hall, to smoke either. 

 

To read more about this, click here.

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell PhonE:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

 

 

 

Thirsty Thursday, 6 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Daylight Savings Time begins..2:00am, March 9th

14 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Pictures of the Day...

"I got to go where it's Warm"

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge pic

 

Our River Pictures of the Day ----- are from our good river friend, Tyler Mitchell, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club.

 

Bill,
   After (1)seeing your pics from Jamacia, and (2)hearing Buffett sing "boat drinks" -"I got to go were its warm" one too many times and (3)shooting 6 holes in my freezer.    I "forced" Debi to South FL. though-not Jamacia-it was still 75 to 85 degrees every day, which quite possibly saved my life!

    Along the way we met a "friend"-(pic 1).  Can't say who.  Look familar ?   (pic 2)-Check out the boat name? 

 

   Bill, why do vacations have to end? Keep up the good work! And come on SUMMER!!!!!!! 
 

Still Alive, Tyler Mitchell (PYC)



RiverBill says...Wow Tyler..... I am IMPRESSED !  You have to tell us more.

 

  I say we all vote in Jimmy Buffet as President this coming election.  I'm sure we will all have Endless Summers then and  Vacations will never end.

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Cold Weather Boaters

 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2007-----  were from Steve Schulte of Steve Schulte Photography. He sent us a picture of one of the Missouri Water Patrol's boats out in the cold weather doing their job, a lone towboat on "glass smooth water" and a pic of the Grafton Ferry and a towboat with the bluffs in the background.

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Welcome New RiverBill's Advertiser !

 

  Roberson's Marine Repair 

3502 Hwy 94 North

St. Charles, Mo 63301

Ph: 636- 916- 0036

www.robersonmarine.com

 

Click here for map from MapQuest

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Stay Tuned For More Info......

Trying To Buy More Time To Repair Metro East Levees.......

 

     According to a news article on 5ksdk.com, Metro East officials are in our nation's capital trying to buy more time to make repairs to the levees that protect them from the Mississippi River before the area is declared as a flood-hazard zone.

   If the FEMA declares the region a flood hazard zone, as many as 150,000 residents will be facing mandatory flood insurance until the levees are repaired. 
Officials have been studying ways to finance the costly project.

Click here to read the news article.

Magazine Articles by Our Own Sherri Stanczak....

          

   This month's Heartland Boating magazine has an article by our own Sherri Stanczak titled, "Facts about the Mississippi River."   

 

   Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine has an article in this month's issue by Sherri about Chad Pregracke and the river clean up they did last summer down by the arch grounds.

  

  Check them out !

March 6, 1948 in Water Skiing History....

   

       Dick Pope Jr. was the first recorded person to ever barefoot waterski at Cypress Gardens, Florida. 

 

Click here for more information.

River History.....

   Eads' Carondelet Gun Boat Factory

 

   

   The Suburban Journal had an interesting article in yesterday's edition about James Eads' Carondelet gun boat factory and how it helped turn the tide for Union during the Civil War.

  Eads was already retired when the Civil War broke out, but he answered a call from the Union to build iron-plated gunboats for use to fight on the river.  He started by leasing the Carondelet Marine Railway on Davis Street near the river and later built his own factory nearby.

  Eads' iron gunboats helped to beat the Confederate Army along the Mississippi River, bringing back river commerce to the Midwest.   It also put James Eads in a position to do larger projects after the end of the war that included the building of the Eads Bridge and opening the of the mouth of the Mississippi River. 

 

Click here to read the news article.

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Anchor Yankers Dinner Dance....... 

 

We received the following e-mail from Rich Roberts, Anchor Yankers Program Director. 

 

From:       Richard Roberts 
To:           River Bill 
Subject:   Anchor Yankers Dinner Dance 
Date:       Tue, 4 Mar 2008 

Bill, 

  We would appreciate if you could mention the March 15, 2008 Anchor Yankers Dinner/Dance on the website. This is a first class event dress up event with 5 hour open bar, hor d' oeuvres, sit down dinner, great music and valuable silent auction items which help support our club. All this for only $39.95 per person. Advance reservations are required and will be accepted on a first come/first served basis until the room is sold-out. 

 

 The reservation form can be found at our www.a-y.us website or click here

 

 Bill, thank you for your help. 

 

 Rich Roberts, 

 Anchor Yankers Program Director. 

Help Wanted !    Garden Center Merchandisers 

 

  Create ad maintain great looking plant displays in local home center stores.  Full and part time positions available.

  Metro St. Louis and West County ...Other areas also available

  Call (618) 223- 9185   or   FAX (636) 922- 2102

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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River Stages On Your Cell PhonE:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 5 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Daylight Savings Time begins..2:00am, March 9th

15 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Picture of the Day...

"LOST Something"

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- is from Kelsie.  

 

Bill,

  I seem to have lost something! 

 

  Its called summer ...description of it would be HOT, Fun, and Beautiful!  It was lost about 5 months ago!!!   I cant seem to find it but it better get here soon!   Here is a picture to help describe it a little better. :)   see ya on the river soon bill!

Stay warm
Kelsie


 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2007-----  was from Sharon Gwillim.  She captured a very colorful river sunset last Summer.......and...... she is sharing it with us !

 

Bill, 

 

   Here is a beautiful red sunset taken near Hamburg, IL on the Mississippi last summer. Ok, there's 2, I couldn't decide which one I like better.

Sharon Gwillim
aka rvrbndr 

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Sharon.....They are awesome ! 

...I posted the one above as "Pic Of The Day"  (2007) and the other is RiverBill's March Calendar (2007)

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Hey You RiverRat ParrotHeads.......

 

Jimmy Buffett Is Finally Coming Back to St. Louis ! 

Thursday April 24th 

at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.....

 

Tickets go on Sale on Monday !

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Stay Tuned For More Info......

COULD THERE BE A THREAT TO THE ST. LOUIS METRO EAST RIVER CORRIDOR?

 

   The Corps of Engineers are challenged in their decisions about the river and its flooding. There are three main points that will be discussed with them. For one, the type of structures that are built that may increase flooding. Secondly, the Corps failing to address some of the problems in design, planning and implementing a process. Lastly, the long-term planning with the Corps’ decisions.

 

  Click here to read the news commentary on STLtoday.com

RC FISHING VIDEO: 

 

    Captain Gary Bowers sent us a link to a neat video titled RC Fishing !   That's Remote Control Model Boat Fishing

    Start with a remote controlled model boat, add a few kids at their favorite fishing hole, a piece of fishing line and a hook… 


Click here to watch this unique video on Franksemails.com

SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: 

 

  This week is severe weather preparedness week. There are many things we can do to get ready for this time of the year. Between tornadoes, hail, lightning, and flooding, there are many dangers we need to be aware of. 

   

Take a look at the website below and find a checklist to help you get through this season safely:

http://www.state.il.us/iema/disaster/pdf/severeweatherpreparedness.pdf 

 

Failures on flood prediction and climate change: a cover-up by NWS exposed:

  

    It appears that the National Weather Service has not learned their lesson from past flood prediction. They have covered up their mistakes and have promised to change their ways of doing things. However, it is being found that this is not true. For one, they are not educating the public about global warming and climate change. This has been going on for years. 

 

Click here to read this interesting news article on the Chicago Independent Media Center website.

WHERE TO EAT ALONG THE RIVER ROAD :  

 

    Anytime of the year is a good time to go visit the Great River Road. And if you’re hungry, there are plenty of places to stop in and eat. Whether you are biking, hiking, boating, sight seeing or just hungry, go to the website listed below to find all kinds of restaurants. Just be sure to call for their hours. 

http://stlplaces.com/stleats/grafton_il/ 

STATEAMIND's NEW WEBSITE : 

 

    We received an e-mail from "Joel Rauch" about  Stateamind's New Website.

 

Click here and check-it-out !

BOATING CLASS ONLINE

 

    It seems there’s not enough time in the day anymore. Go to this website and you can take the Missouri safety boating class online. It is very user friendly, so any can do it. It has interactive movies to watch about boating safety. Plus you can take your boating course online for only $15. 

 

Click here for more more details.

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

ANCHOR YANKERS DINNER DANCE: 

 

We received the following e-mail from Rich Roberts, Anchor Yankers Program Director. 

 

From:       Richard Roberts 
To:           River Bill 
Subject:   Anchor Yankers Dinner Dance 
Date:       Tue, 4 Mar 2008 

Bill, 

  We would appreciate if you could mention the March 15, 2008 Anchor Yankers Dinner/Dance on the website. This is a first class event dress up event with 5 hour open bar, hor d' oeuvres, sit down dinner, great music and valuable silent auction items which help support our club. All this for only $39.95 per person. Advance reservations are required and will be accepted on a first come/first served basis until the room is sold-out. 

 

 The reservation form can be found at our www.a-y.us website or click here

 

 Bill, thank you for your help. 

 

 Rich Roberts, 

 Anchor Yankers Program Director. 

WEATHER CHAT: 

 

   Mad Mariner Magazine has come up with a new feature for the weather forecast. You don’t have to wait for the forecast; you can chat with the Weatherman on Deck. With this service you will be able to chat live with meteorologist, Douglas Hilderbrand from the National Weather Service. He teaches at weather predictions in Washington D.C. and will also be assisting people with their weather questions. 

 

Check out this new forum at:
http://www.madmariner.com/blogs/mad_mariner/7591 

Help Wanted !    Garden Center Merchandisers 

 

  Create ad maintain great looking plant displays in local home center stores.  Full and part time positions available.

  Metro St. Louis and West County ...Other areas also available

  Call (618) 223- 9185   or   FAX (636) 922- 2102

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell PhonE:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

RIVER HISTORY: 

 

Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

  Featured in the February 20, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of the PRIDE building.  The organization was developed in 1965 and one of its earliest accomplishments was the cleanup of the Great River Road and Alton Lake.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

BOATING NEWS FROM AFAR:

    

TWO OUT OF THREE SURVIVED A FISHING TRIP AFTER THEIR BOAT SUNK OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA:

  One fisherman swam 12-hours to land after the sinking of a fishing boat.  12 hours ! 

 

  A second man was found by a rescue team, after 30 hours of being in the water.  Luckily, he had found something to hang onto and stay afloat. They never found the third fisherman

  Click here to read the news article in the Mad Mariner Magazine.

 

 

 

Monday 4 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Daylight Savings Time begins..2:00am, March 9th

16 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Picture of the Day...

 

Click on pic to enlarge

  

Our River Picture of the Day ----- is from Mary Beth.  

 

It's 

River Rat Night @ The Blues Game

 

 

Went to the Blues game last Saturday night for the 1st annual RiverBill's night at the Blue's Game.
Got a bus and even a hot off the press' A RiverBill's T-shirt. We had a great time even though the Blue's lost 
BUT boy did we have great time. 
A BIG thanks to Ernie Moretti and everyone who helped for putting it together.


MaryBeth Tiemann

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

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The River Picture on this Day In 2007-----  was a family effort. Ron Halloway sent us the e-mail below and his son Russell sent us the picture.  Thanks Ron and Russell !   

 

$125000 a piece if you ruin one of these babies

 

Hello Bill! 

 

   They are located in south Florida. Dimensions are 66' diameter, pitch unknown, bore 5.5" spline, probably cast by Rolla Propeller, Italy. Reportedly, They were mounted on huge Arneson surface drives that were mounted on aprox. 3500 H.P Caterpillar power (X-2) that were mounted in a 140' aluminum yacht. Cruse speed would have been over 30 Kt. and fuel consumption @ cruise about 1800 pounds per hour (300 Gal.). Hope I helped, 

 

Capt. Ron Holloway
Hallandale Beach, Florida 

 

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Hey You RiverRat ParrotHeads.......

 

Jimmy Buffett Is Finally Coming Back to St. Louis ! 

Thursday April 24th 

at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.....

 

Tickets go on Sale on Monday !

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Stay Tuned For More Info......

My First Picture Book of Boating Words............. I was cruising around on the internet late last night and a boating book for kids showed up in the spotlight.  The book contains a vocabulary of things commonly seen on a boat and around the water.

   May be that one of a kind gift for that special child.

 

   Click here and check it out

Grafton's Landing Update.............  We received the following e-mail from mark Bachman of Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill.

 

Date:         Mon, 3 Mar 2008 
From:        MARK BACHMAN 
Subject:    Graftons Landing 
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net 

    Thanks to all those you came out this past weekend to the "Landing". The weather was perfect and it was great to see everyone. We look forward to another amazing boating season, please join us for breakfast , lunch , dinner , or cocktails on the deck.



HOURS OF OPERATION 
WEATHER PERMITTING

TUESDAY THRU FRIDAY OPEN @ 11:00 A.M.
NOW SERVING BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OPEN AT 8:00 A.M.
BUFFET STYLE
SCRAMBLED EGGS , BACON , SAUSAGE , HASH BROWNS
BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY , PANCAKES.
$7.25 ALL YOU CARE TO EAT.
SO JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST
BLOODY MARY'S AND MIMOSAS

 

Click here to go to Grafton's Landing website

River Destinations

   Alton, IL ........ 

   According to a news article on 5ksdk.com........ The redevelopment work at Alton's riverfront is almost complete.  The amphitheater will be finished this summer and a pedestrian bridge will be added to Riverfront Park next year.  A landing for large riverboats is the only part of the redevelopment at the riverfront that is undone.

 

    The city is planning to update the downtown area next. They have hired a  firm to develop a beautification plan for the streets carrying U.S. 67 through the downtown area.

  Click here to read the news article

National Fishing and Boating Week .......  National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual, national celebration of fishing and boating coordinated by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. It coincides with the " free fishing days" of most states.

   

 National Fishing and Boating Week occurs the first full week of June. 

June 1st - 7th, 2008

  Click here for more information

 

MVS Figure 8 Tournament  .......  We received the following e-mail from the MVS Barefoot Team

 

Subject:    MVS Figure 8 Tournament 
Date:        Mon, 3 Mar 2008 

    Here’s some more info on our Figure 8 Tournament coming up in July, 2008. We have lots of activities planned for the entire weekend and one of the local organizations has already raised the prize money for the open division ($1,000 to the winner). Mark your calendars and plan to join us. It’s going to be a good time. Check out the attached flyer for more details.

Regards,
MVS Barefoot Team

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

The RiverBills.com Calendar ------ is back ! 

  

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

RiverBill says...Thanks Capt'n Carl Seidler for the great picture !

                       Art work by John Hornung

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone........  Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 3 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Daylight Savings Time begins..2:00am, March 9th

17 Days Until Spring Arrives on March 20th

Picture of the Day...

 

 

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day ----- are a few shots from Kinder's Season Opener this past Friday night.

Pic #1 .....It's the Rock & Roll River Band....Rail

Pic #2......Jill, Jeni and Amanda behind the bar 

Pic#3.......Some of the crowd on opening night

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2006----- was sent in by Betty Bannister.  She wrote in her e-mail:

Bill,

They have moved the Marina building down to the ramp in Grafton while they are doing some more digging. We also went down to Liberty Harbor to see the docks in progress.

 

Betty Bannister

 

 

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Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Spring Flooding .... According to a news article in Saturday's edition of STLtoday.com ...... the National Weather Service is predicting that there is a good chance of flooding this coming Spring on the Mississippi River and Missouri Rivers.  This is because of the soggy landscapes and a heavy snow pack in the upper Midwest region of the United States.  

  They are predicting minor to moderate flooding if we have normal spring rainfall.    Major flooding is unlikely.

 

Click here to read the on-line news article.

Spring Rise on Missouri River .... According to a news article in Saturday's edition of STLtoday.com ...... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to conduct a scaled-down version of its annual spring rise on the Missouri River starting on March 17th or 18th.  The extra water will be released from upstream dams and no flooding is expected.

 

Click here to read the on-line news article.

Con Trios Yacht Club Update .... We received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll Weil.

 

 

From:       Darryll Weil
Subject:   Con Trios Yacht Club website update 
Date:        Fri, 29 Feb 2008 14:46:08 -0600 

  Richard Roberts, Anchor Yankers Boating Program Director, sent a flyer inviting all Con Trios Yacht Club members and their guests to their Annual St. Patrick's Dinner and Dance on Saturday Evening, March 15th, 2008. 

 

For more information click on the link below.

http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/anchor_yankers.htm

Darryll Weil

CaptianWeil.com Website Update .... We received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll Weil.

 

 

From:       Darryll Weil
Subject:   website update 
Date:        Sun, 2 Mar 2008 11:15:11 -0600 

Boating season has officially begun, Kinder's is open!


Went up to Kinder's Restaurant on the Mississippi Friday night for our friend River Bills' 60th Birthday and then back up to the river on Saturday for our Yacht Club's "Boatwatch".
Wasn't really sure what a "Boatwatch" was when I first heard about it. Turns out it is just a good excuse for fellow boaters to get together and talk about how close it is to boating season!
The Yacht Club of St. Louis had their "Boatwatch" on Saturday, March 2nd, 2008 at the Club. Everyone was to bring a covered dish to share along with some things from Chef Andy. Rich had the upstairs bar open with Kirsten serving us beverages and then had DJ Ray come in about 3 to play music the rest of the afternoon.
Great to see our fellow boaters after a seemingly long winter. Got to see the new decorating in the Club, looks real nice. Took a few pictures, click on the link below to see them.

http://www.captainweil.com/20080301_boatwatch_ycsl/default.htm

Darryll Weil
Computer repair, upgrades, tech support and
Webmaster for the following websites:
www.captainweil.com
www.contriosyachtclub.org
www.blessingofthefleetstl.com
www.littlejohnsinc.com 

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Corps Lakes - Fish Habitat Days....

 

 

Every year Christmas trees collected at Corps of Engineers lakes and are bundled together and sunk to create underwater fish structures. The Corps of Engineers, along with natural resource agencies and local organizations, use these trees to provide an effective and economical means of providing fish habitat at the lake. These fish shelters provide fish with breeding areas, resting places, and protection. They give young fish much needed living spaces where they can feed on plankton and avoid being preyed upon by larger fish. The protection provided by the trees allows for a large number of fish to grow to maturity and provide more fish for anglers.

 

Click here to go to US Army Corps website for more information

 

 

Reprinted from the 

US Army Corps of Engineers website

The RiverBills.com Calendar ------ is back ! 

  

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

RiverBill says...Thanks Capt'n Carl Seidler for the great picture !

                       Art work by John Hornung

Houseboat Adventures Magazine .... 

 

From:       Wahoomarine@aol.com  
Date:        Fri, 29 Feb 2008 05:48:27 EST 
Subject:   Check out Houseboating Adventures - Issue 19 

Houseboating Adventures - Issue 19 

Here is the latest issue of Houseboat Adventures Magazine. Take a moment and check out the Profile section on pages 14 -17 and let us know what you think about this new addition to the magazine. 

We strive to keep our customers updated with the latest information from the best, most reliable sources. If there is anything we can do for you just let us know. 

Sincerely,

Scott W. Bachman Owner
Wahoo Marine Sales
Your Gibson Houseboat Dealer

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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The following re-printed from the Save the Delta Queen website

 

Delta Queen: a public and political affair?
Mar 1, 2008

 

There is some arguments going on in the background whether the Delta Queen issue mainly is a private problem of a cruise ship company or whether we see a political and public scandal going on here. That is, do we have the right to fight for the Delta Queen, address politicians, call for action to support a bill to save the Delta Queen, blame Unions and other organzations for being negatively involved in this situation?

Let me give you some arguments why I think it’s a highly political issue we’re talking about here:

There is a Representative, namely Rep. James Oberstar (Minnesota), claiming to represent the people of the United States. Being the Chairman of the House’s Transportation Committee, Mr. Oberstar is blocking a bill to exempt the Delta Queen from the Safety at Sea Act in this very committee, not allowing the full House to vote on it at all. Did I mention Mr. Oberstar receives a good share of his fundings from Unions (see Opensecrets.org for details)?

I shoud have, because one of these Unions, the SIU, claims to have nothing to do with the Delta Queen issue, while you can read between the lines in their press release from November 2007 that they very well seam to be involved in this. SIU: "This union has the only pool of unlicensed mariners with special training and a long history of meeting the needs specifically associated with the Delta Queen". Our comment: From many former DQ employees we know that the SIU did not train the majority of the crew - actually most of them just signed their Union contract in the very moment they started working on the boat. SIU: "Our role in helping safely operate the vessel is one reason why the waiver had been granted in years past". Our comment: Now, as they don’t hold an exclusive contract with the operator of the boat any more, their role obviously is a different one, while it’s still the job of the US Coast Guard to make sure the boat is being operated safely, not the job of the SIU.

Rep. Oberstar has discredited himself several times by claiming that his opposition is only based on safety concerns while comparing the Delta Queen with Boing 747 airplanes and a 1904 excursion boat (the General Slucum, which without needing an exemption could still run today, by the way). His comments are demonstrating more than clearly that he has no idea about the DQ’s safety status and features nor does he care much about such details.

Rep. Ron Kind (Wisconsin) in the first place did support Rep. Steve Chabot’s initiative to safe the Delta Queen by co-sponsoring bill H.R. 3852. Just a few days ago, all the sudden, he backed out (according to the LaCrosse Tribune). The reason he is giving for this is "safety concerns", but he doesn’t specify what concerns these are which he must not have been aware of when he signed up to co-sponsor the bill. Fact is, Rep. Kind, like Rep. Oberstar, has been very well funded by the Unions over years (see Opensecrets.org for details).

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted a 2008 nomination of the Delta Queen for the list of "America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" and also has chartered the Delta Queen for her potentially final voyage in November 2008. But the National Trust is not using its power to support saving the Delta Queen in any way, so far. Why? Probably because the President of the National Trust, Richard Moe, is a close friend of Rep. James Oberstar and therefore prevents the Trust from taking any further action on behalf of the Delta Queen. We’ve got this information from reliable sources from within the National Trust.

This is not just a private issue!
These are just a few examples of why I think this in fact is a political issue and why I even think this is a high-ranking political scandal.

Where is this country standing in terms of democratic principles when the influence of a Union and/or one single man from Minnesota can decide for a whole nation, by-passing the elected representation of the people?

The foundation of the United States Constitution is the principle of devided powers. Don’t give any single person the power to make decisions on behalf of this country just on his own. Having a well-balanced system of powers in the political system is one of the basic ideas of this Constitution.

If someone tells me that it’s not our business to do and try everything we can to save the Delta Queen, how can he/she look in the mirror the next day? Isn’t one of the basic ideas of this country to defend our freedom, against all odds, no matter what? Isn’t it also about the basic principles of this country to stand up and fight if something is going wrong? That’s what we’re doing here.

We simply don’t accept that dirty political games are the reason for grounding the Delta Queen, a national historic Landmark, an important part of American history, a last-of-its-kind treasure. We only ask for fairness: Let the elected representatives of this countries’ people vote, let them do their job, let them represent the interests of their constituents. That’s all we’re asking for.

Yes, it’s a political issue, no doubt

 

 

Click here to go to the Save The Delta Queen website for more information

River Stages On Your Cell Phone........  Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Palisades Yacht Club Update.....

From Sunday's Edition of RiverBill's...

 

Who Needs Locks ....  Capt'n Ron Rubel, who hails out of Two Branch Marina,  sent us a slide show of a cool engineering feat in Falkirk, Scotland.....The Falkirk Wheel.

   

   The Falkirk Wheel was named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland.  It's a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.  The wheel rotates two water-filled caissons  78.7 feet to move boats from one level to the other.

  Click here to view the slide show.

Falling Overboard .....    

Do You Know How to Survive in Cold Water? 

The Number One Tip: Don't Panic

 

Click here and check out the article in the Mad Mariner on-line Magazine

 

 

 

 

Fri, Sat, Sun, 29 Feb... 1, 2 March 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated Sun AT 9:45 AM 

Picture of the Day...

Sunday

The Ice Is Gone

 

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day ---Sunday-- is a shot from the Winfield Lock and Dam RiverCam...

 

The ICE Is Gone

What a difference a few of warm days makes !

 

Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

 

Picture of the Day...

Saturday

Opening Night At Kinders

 

 

 

 

Our Boating Pictures of the Day ---Saturday-- are from Rick Dorn.

 

Hey Bill,

Here are a couple of photos from last night ( 02/29/08 ) at Kinders. I'm sure you probably have a ton of them, but wanted to send you a few anyway. Two of them are of the general crowd and one is of Sharrie ( A.K.A. REDDEY FREDDY)