~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
July 2008

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

Thursday..31 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated at 5:20PM...Kinders is open for Breakfast

Picture of the Day

 

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River Picture and e-mail of the Day...........

 

Bill,

I drove the open cockpit boat at the Lake of the Ozarks Sat morning. We cruised at 90 and got up to 125 before we had slow down because of some kids on wave runners pulling in front of us.

The boat will run in the 150's and drive's and rides like Cadi.

 

Capt'n Dennis Carrol
 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007........ were from Joel.  He seen some strange looking boats on a trip to Minnesota and sent us some pictures..

 

Bill,

  Hello, my name is Joel and these are pictures I took on my trip up to Iowa to look at a boat.  

   Happened to come across these and I thought you would like to see.

   After talking to them they said they were from Minnesota and all were headed down to New Orleans.  There was a total of 4 boats but only saw 3.

   Well here you go,  its a site to see and the last one is made out of a skate board half pipe.   I got a huge kick out of it along with the rest of my family that was with me.

Joel

 

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CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed...Opening around the beginning of Aug

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Northeast, Missouri

Salt River Closure

By order of Colonel Rad Talburt of the Missouri State Water Patrol, the Salt River is closed to recreational boating traffic. The Salt River will remain closed from the Clarence Cannon Dam to the Mississippi River. This closure is effective from July 30th until further notice. Boats found operating in the affected area will be stopped and removed from the water. The flooding is a result of the large release of water from Mark Twain Lake into the Salt River, creating large amounts of debris, strong current and unsafe boating conditions. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to release water until the lake level returns to the desired level.
Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol are assisting local agencies with flood relief. Officers will remain in the effected areas until the threat of flooding is reduced. Tributaries of the Salt River may see minor flooding as a result of the Mark Twain Lake release. Everyone is advised to use extreme caution around the flooded areas. Do not cross roads covered by water or enter swollen streams and creeks.



News Release ID: N07080151
Release Date: 20080730

 

 

The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notices ......

 


NAVNOTICE #1258     7/30/08    
SALT RIVER CLOSED

NAVNOTICE #1257     7/30/08     BUOYS OFF STATION

NAVNOTICE #1256     7/30/08     ILLINOIS RIVER SHOALING

NAVNOTICE #1255     7/30/08     RIVER DEBRIS

NAVNOTICE #1254     7/30/08     DREDGING OPERATIONS UMR

NAVNOTICE #1253     7/30/08     Waterways Action Plan Update

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

 

  

 More Rainfall, Increased Releases
 at Mark Twain Lake

 

Mark Twain Lake – July 30, 2008 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an update at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. Mark Twain Lake is currently experiencing record elevation levels as a result of above normal rainfalls throughout the spring and summer. Recent heavy rainfalls within the watershed have resulted in increased lake elevations.

The weather forecasts predict that the remnants of Hurricane Dolly have the potential to continue to introduce precipitation into the local watershed. The dam is currently releasing 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the lake level is 640.27 NGVD. We are operating at Induced Surcharge. Releases will be increased throughout the day. The Corps of Engineers could potentially increase releases to 78,000 cfs or greater due to current and future rainfall.
Mark Twain Lake is a flood control reservoir. It provides flood protection for areas downstream of the dam and reduces flood on the Mississippi River. The power plant provides hydroelectric power for peak demand periods.


We are working closely with local, State, and other Federal officials in emphasizing safety to the public and providing updated information. Additional information will be released as promptly as possible. Lake elevations may be monitored on the internet at: http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/trans/gages.html by clicking on the Salt River link and cursoring down to the Clarence Cannon-Mark Twain Lake Pool. Interested parties may also call the Mark Twain Lake project office at (573) 735-4097 for 24-hour information.


 

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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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Updated at 5:25PM

 Kinder's Restaurant Update.........

 

Aug 23...3rd Degree Band  9PM -1AM

Sept 20..Jack or Better Band 9PM - 1AM

 

Now Serving Breakfast on Sundays.. 9:00 - 10:30 AM

 

 

  


Check out Kinder's No Wake Inn

 Sundowners Update......

Hello Everyone,
Well the downstairs is finished up and we are going to get the bar rockin this weekend. Friday Night with The Stacey Collins band @ 9:00 p.m. (this is one truly good rock and roll band for those of you who haven't heard them.) Then Saturday Nite everyone's favorite THE SHARKS @ 9:00 p.m. We appreciate everyone's continued support and are looking forward to a great second half of the summer.

Karaoke is starting in August instead of September.


Thanks,
Jon & Kelley

 

 Pictures of the Flood Water at Mark Twain Lake..........

Capt'n Bill Majors, who hails out of Two Branch marina, sent a link to some flood pictures at Mark Twain Lake on NewAgTalk.com
 

http://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=60299
 

 Pictures of the Flood Water at Mark Twain Lake..........

Capt'n Mike Gilmor sent us a link to more pictures of the flood waters at Mark Twain Lake.

 

 

Hi Bill,

I found this link http://southlakedesigns.com/mtlake.html while looking for info for the flood at Mark Twain Lake. It has some really good pic's and I thought it might interest some Riverbills fans. It's been a rough year for all of us.

 

Thanks and see you on the water or down the road,

Capt'n Mike of the fishing vessel SHAD Runner.
 

 

 Power Plant In Ralls County Saved By Sandbaggers......

Volunteer sandbaggers have come to the rescue to save the power plant in Ralls County , Missouri . The organizers for this project is very appreciative for the help they received. There are still about 30 homes that they are asking residents to stay out of due to the high waters. They have taken water from the flooded Mark Twain Lake and released it into Salt River .

 

To read more about this and see the full story, click here on STLtoday.com,
 

Concert For Flood Relief.......

 

 

 

 

News Release ...........

 

Free Concert for Flood Relief

Saturday August 2 in St. Charles

Enjoy Four Musical Groups, Plus Magicians, Jugglers & Family-Friendly Exhibits

from 2 pm til 10 pm

 

  

JULY 28, 2008, St. Charles, Missouri… ”The Concert for Flood Relief,” a free public event featuring four different musical groups, plus additional entertainment and exhibits, is set for Saturday August 2 from 2 pm until 10 pm at Frontier Park along the Missouri River in St. Charles, Missouri.

 

All profits from sales of beer, food, beverages and snacks will be donated directly to the American Red Cross St. Charles County Service Center , a unit of the St. Louis Area Chapter, to assist victims of recent flooding in St. Charles County , including homeowners and businesses.

 

The family-friendly event will feature bands Jasha & The Sixty Minute Men, Contagious, The Rough Ryders and Country Folk performing live on the Jaycee Stage at Frontier Park . The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking and enjoying the festivities.

 

Matt Neustadt, a resident of St. Charles County’s Portage des Sioux and star of the hit reality TV show “Farmer Wants a Wife” on the CW Network, will pose for pictures at the event and sign autographs.

 

Magicians, jugglers and other performers will entertain people of all ages. The Concert for Flood Relief also will feature informative exhibits, new boat displays and representatives from The American Red Cross and other organizations discussing flood relief efforts and public safety. The American Red Cross will staff a donation bin and information booth.

 

In addition, tickets will be available to win a “Fantasy Date Night for Two” with a gourmet dinner, a Fox Theater concert, luxury hotel overnight accommodations, spa treatments and free limousine service for the lucky winners.

The Concert for Flood Relief is sponsored by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the St. Charles Jaycees, the St. Peters Jaycees, the St. Charles County Association of Realtors, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, U.S. Title Guaranty Company and Ameristar Casino.

 

Scott Tate, president of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce said, “The free Concert for Flood Relief guarantees great entertainment and fun for all who attend, and is an opportunity to help families and businesses struggling to recover from devastating Mississippi River floods which wrecked their lives this summer.

 

“We encourage people in all walks of life to attend the Concert for Flood Relief in Frontier Park on August 2 to enjoy a great time and support a very important cause,” Tate said.

 

The band performance schedule is:  Country Folk - 2 pm; The Rough Ryders - 4 pm; Jasha & The Sixty Minute Men - 6 pm; Contagious - 8 pm. Other performers and displays will be at Frontier Park throughout the afternoon and evening.

 

The sponsors offer special thanks to Powerline Public Relations; MonkeyShine Design; Allegra Print & Imaging; Heartland Boating Magazine; RiverBills.com; Stratus Building Solutions; The Limo Company; The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 1, St. Louis Chapter; The American Red Cross and to all the entertainers for their support of The Concert for Flood Relief.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925 or Scott Tate at 636.946.0633.

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Bud Light Champ Boat Series Grand Prix......
 

August 2nd & 3rd, 2008, Creve Coeur Lake
http://stlgrandprix.net/

        

Fire destroys rare car on Mississippi River............

 

Capt'n Matt Burrows, one of the great bartenders at, now de-funked, Capt'n Jacks and North Shore Oasis, has sent us a link to a news story about an unusual amphibious car caught fire and was destroyed on the Mississippi River near Dubuque, Iowa

Click here and then scroll down

        

Petitions Signed About The Pollution In The Gulf Of Mexico – The “Dead Zone”....

Eight states bordering the Mississippi River that are petitioning to stop pollution in the Mississippi River . The Dead Zone in the Gulf of the Mexico is the second largest one to date. They have signed a petition to help to stop the pollution which is causing the dead zone. The dead zone is an area that does not receive enough oxygen to keep fish and wildlife alive.

 

 

Click here to read more about the dead zone on hurricane-katrina.com
 

        

 

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SuperBrightLEDs Has Moved

Correction:  Supe rBright LEDs is an internet company.  The new building doesn't have a showroom and is not open to the public as was indicated on yesterday's edition of RiverBill's. Sorry for the confusion.......

Please visit superbrightleds.com on-line !

click here

 

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

RiverBills.com Visitor Map  07-30-08.....

 

   The above is yesterday's (partial day) map from MapLoco showing where in the world visitors logged on to RiverBills.com

 Pacific Mo Officials Asking For State Assistance For Recent Flood Victims....

Many of the Pacific city officials are upset. They are trying to get assistance for the 187 homes that were flooded this spring. In a recent vote, the city elected that they would either like a buy out plan or money to elevate their homes. So far, the state is denying most of the requests that have been sent in. The city officials are questioning where these “rainy day” funds are and wondering why this couldn’t be the perfect time to use them.

 

To read more about this very controversial article in STLtoday.com, click here
 

   Free 12 Slip Wooden Docks ..........

 

From:       "Amy Spencer" <amycspencer@hotmail.com>
To:           "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:    FREE 12 Slip Wood Docks
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:10:10 -0500
We are replacing our wood docks with new metal docks............
The 12 slip wood docks with a metal roof which do need repairing are free to the taking. Must go soon!

11 -32 foot
1-40 foot (Separate from the other 11.)

Anyone you wants them please contact Amy @ 314-706-2313.

River History....

 

August 31, 1989 In River History


The city of St Louis traded the MacArthur Bridge for the Eads Bridge with the Terminal Railroad Association

 

 

Click here for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday..30 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery

(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

 

Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

Click here to go to Marine Canvas & Upholstery website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

Click here and check out the gotboatgear.com website

Picture of the Day

 

Dog Days of Summer

 

 

River Dawg "Kieka"

River Picture and e-mail of the Day........... is from Capt'n Tauni Shuck.......  It's a picture of his river dawg....Kieka !
 

 

Hey Bill,

I was out in the Chris and had my newest River Dog, Kieka, with me.
She is a Siberian Husky and 9 months old and loves to ride on the boats.

Have a great day Bill.

Tauni

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006......... was from Captain Brian Muenks, of the boat and web site named  Called In Sick .  

 

Brian wrote;

 

Bill,

 

My son Zack just sent me some pictures of him standing in the middle of the Mississippi!!  Thought it was pretty funny when I opened the pictures thinking about what it looks like around here.  This weekend he'll be running the waverunner in this part of the old Miss...quite a difference! 

 

Brian

Called In Sick

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Northeast, Missouri

Boat Operation Restriction at Mark Twain Lake

By order of the United States Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, Mark Twain Lake will close to all boating traffic. The closure will be put in effect 7/30/2008 and will remain until further notice. Water levels at Mark Twain Lake are currently above records levels observed in 1993. Boats found operating in the affected area will be stopped and removed from the water. These measures are necessary to protect life and prevent property damage.

The Clarence Cannon Dam will generate power from the release of the lake water. Mark Twain Lake is a flood controlled lake and is regulated U.S. Corps of Engineers. The water being released will affect water levels and conditions on the Salt River and other tributaries. Effected residents downstream from the Clarence Cannon Dam should be prepared to evacuate if necessary. The Missouri State Water Patrol and U.S. Corps of Engineers want to remind visitors to use extreme caution around flooded areas. The release of water through the dam has caused a dangerous amount of debris to surge into the channel and branches of Mark Twain Lake.

Please visit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District website at http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/dresriv.html for lake levels and notices. You may also contact Mark Twain Lake Project office at (573) 735-4097 or email at MarkTwainLakeinfo@usace.army.mil for more information.
Other Important Contact: Ralls County Sheriff's Department 573-985-5611


News Release ID: N07080148
Release Date: 20080729

The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notice ......

 

 To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/30/08
Subject: Ferry Operations (BNM 0328-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1252

NEWLY ESTABLISHED FERRY OPERATIONS WILL BEGIN AT MM 226.0 MOR ON
04AUG08. HOURS OF OPERATION WILL BE BETWEEN 0630 AND 1830 CDT. ALL
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AND TO
CONTACT THE M/V A-TEE ON VHF-FM CHANNEL 13 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND PASSING INSTRUCTIONS.
 

 

 

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 To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/29/08
Subject: BOAT DOCK ADRIFT
NAVNOTICE # 1251

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0324-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0324-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON 29JUL08 AT 1400 CDT THE CG RCVD A REPORT OF A 30 X 20 FT BOAT DOCK DESCRIBED AS HAVING WHITE WOOD WITH A TIN ROOF IS ADRIFT IVO MM 198 UMR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

 

  

 Corps at Mark Twain Lake issue Update.

 

Mark Twain Lake – July 28, 2008 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an update at 8:00 p.m. Monday. Due to the unexpected heavy inflows received last evening, it has been determined that an increased rate of release from the Clarence Cannon Dam is necessary. When the lake level surpasses 638.0 NGVD, a state of Induced Surcharge begins. This means that the dam is discharging water at a rate higher than 12,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Releases above a rate of 12,000 cfs at Clarence Cannon Dam is unprecedented.


Currently, the lake level is at a record elevation of 639.23 NGVD and the dam is currently releasing at 32,000cfs. The Corps of Engineers is planning to increase releases to 38,000cfs. The lake level is expected to crest at an elevation of 639.6 NGVD on Wednesday, July 30th. More precipitation may increase the lake level and make it necessary to increase releases. The Corps is in contact with emergency responders to inform them of any changes. Personnel at the lake are continuing to emphasize that public safety is the priority mission at all times. They are also advising people in the Salt River valley to monitor media updates and to follow the advice of local emergency response personnel.

Lake elevations may be monitored on the internet at: http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/trans/gages.html by clicking on the Salt River link and cursoring down to the Clarence Cannon-Mark Twain Lake Pool. Interested parties may also call the Mark Twain Lake project office at (573) 735-4097 for 24-hour information.


 

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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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

   Proposed Grafton, Illinois Buy Out........

According to the Alton Daily News, there will be a meeting held this week to discuss a possible buy out program for the residents and businesses in Grafton, Illinois, who have been hit several times this year with flooded waters.

This buyout program will be offered by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and will be totally voluntary. The residents will have to fill out the application and it will be worked out with IEMA.

To find out more about this process, click here

   Free 12 Slip Wooden Docks ..........

 

From:       "Amy Spencer" <amycspencer@hotmail.com>
To:           "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:    FREE 12 Slip Wood Docks
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:10:10 -0500
We are replacing our wood docks with new metal docks............
The 12 slip wood docks with a metal roof which do need repairing are free to the taking. Must go soon!

11 -32 foot
1-40 foot (Separate from the other 11.)

Anyone you wants them please contact Amy @ 314-706-2313.

 

   Alton Marina.......... Open House Celebration Aug 9th

Click here for larger view

 

  At Least Four Drownings In Missouri This Weekend......

The Missouri Water Patrol reports at least four people drowned in the state of Missouri this weekend. An 18 year old boy died in a cove in the Lake of the Ozarks when he and three of his friends tried to swim across a 250 foot cove. Divers found his body early Monday morning. A 17 year old died late Sunday when he tried to cross a low water creek in Bethany and he slipped l. On Saturday night a man died in a swimming pool during a birthday party at his home in Kansas City. Another man died in Columbia on Saturday night in a pool in the apartment complex where he lived .

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

Another Drowning This Week In Missouri.....

Grandparents from Festus, Missouri had taken four of their grandchildren to Branson for vacation. Their grandchildren were excited to go to the pool and went ahead of their grandparents. In spite of their grandparents insisting that they wait until they get there, they went ahead and jumped in. The eight year old was able to help the four year old and the five year old who were struggling to stay up. However, her six year old cousin was found at the bottom of the pool. Some of the workers came over when they heard the kids screaming. He brought the little girl up and tried to revive her, but couldn’t.

To read more about this horrible tragedy, click here on KSDK online
Information

Concert For Flood Relief.......

 

 

 

 

News Release ...........

 

Free Concert for Flood Relief

Saturday August 2 in St. Charles

Enjoy Four Musical Groups, Plus Magicians, Jugglers & Family-Friendly Exhibits

from 2 pm til 10 pm

 

  

JULY 28, 2008, St. Charles, Missouri… ”The Concert for Flood Relief,” a free public event featuring four different musical groups, plus additional entertainment and exhibits, is set for Saturday August 2 from 2 pm until 10 pm at Frontier Park along the Missouri River in St. Charles, Missouri.

 

All profits from sales of beer, food, beverages and snacks will be donated directly to the American Red Cross St. Charles County Service Center , a unit of the St. Louis Area Chapter, to assist victims of recent flooding in St. Charles County , including homeowners and businesses.

 

The family-friendly event will feature bands Jasha & The Sixty Minute Men, Contagious, The Rough Ryders and Country Folk performing live on the Jaycee Stage at Frontier Park . The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking and enjoying the festivities.

 

Matt Neustadt, a resident of St. Charles County’s Portage des Sioux and star of the hit reality TV show “Farmer Wants a Wife” on the CW Network, will pose for pictures at the event and sign autographs.

 

Magicians, jugglers and other performers will entertain people of all ages. The Concert for Flood Relief also will feature informative exhibits, new boat displays and representatives from The American Red Cross and other organizations discussing flood relief efforts and public safety. The American Red Cross will staff a donation bin and information booth.

 

In addition, tickets will be available to win a “Fantasy Date Night for Two” with a gourmet dinner, a Fox Theater concert, luxury hotel overnight accommodations, spa treatments and free limousine service for the lucky winners.

The Concert for Flood Relief is sponsored by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the St. Charles Jaycees, the St. Peters Jaycees, the St. Charles County Association of Realtors, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, U.S. Title Guaranty Company and Ameristar Casino.

 

Scott Tate, president of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce said, “The free Concert for Flood Relief guarantees great entertainment and fun for all who attend, and is an opportunity to help families and businesses struggling to recover from devastating Mississippi River floods which wrecked their lives this summer.

 

“We encourage people in all walks of life to attend the Concert for Flood Relief in Frontier Park on August 2 to enjoy a great time and support a very important cause,” Tate said.

 

The band performance schedule is:  Country Folk - 2 pm; The Rough Ryders - 4 pm; Jasha & The Sixty Minute Men - 6 pm; Contagious - 8 pm. Other performers and displays will be at Frontier Park throughout the afternoon and evening.

 

The sponsors offer special thanks to Powerline Public Relations; MonkeyShine Design; Allegra Print & Imaging; Heartland Boating Magazine; RiverBills.com; Stratus Building Solutions; The Limo Company; The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 1, St. Louis Chapter; The American Red Cross and to all the entertainers for their support of The Concert for Flood Relief.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925 or Scott Tate at 636.946.0633.

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Mark Twain Lake Closed To Boat Traffic.....

As of Wednesday of this week, boat traffic will be off limits on Mark Twain Lake until further notice. This order comes from the Army Corps of Engineers. Mark Twain Lake has record levels above the 1993 levels. If boats are found on the lake, they will be stopped and removed from the lake. Officials are warning people to be careful because a lot of debris has made its way into branches and coves of the lake since they have removed water from it and dumped it in Salt River. In fact, there are a few residents that have had to be evacuated in that area.

To read this full article on KSDK online, click here

Metro East Flood Program Meetings.....

There will be three separate meetings held this week to talk about Monroe, St. Clair and Madison Counties. The program they will discuss is called “American Bottoms.”  These meetings held at Collinsville, Belleville and Waterloo will allow residents see the new floodplain maps, learn more about the risks of possible flooding and its affects on them and also how it is going to affect their flood insurance in the near future. To find out more about this program and the meetings visit www.swillinoislevees.org .

To read this full article in the Alton Daily News, click here

        

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

RiverBills.com Visitor Map  07-28-08.....

 

   The above is yesterday's (partial day) map from MapLoco showing where in the world visitors logged on to RiverBills.com

River History....

 The Flood of '93  ........ 

 

The 1993 midwest flood was one of the most significant and damaging natural disasters ever to hit the United States. Damages totaled $15 billion, 50 people died, hundreds of levees failed, and thousands of people were evacuated, some for months. The flood was unusual in the magnitude of the crests, the number of record crests, the large area impacted, and the length of the time the flood was an issue.

 

Source: http://www.weather.gov/oh/hrl/papers/area/great.htm

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

 Salt River

    Ralls County Residents May Have To Evacuate.....

More residents were scheduled to evacuate on Monday evening while the U.S. Corps of Engineers pours 90 thousand gallons of water a second from the Clarence Cannon Dam into the Salt River Basin. This is due to the flooding going on in Mark Twain Lake. At last check, the Corps had already emptied 180,000 gallons of water in the Salt River. The Ralls County officials warned about 15 more residents in the area to evacuate because they didn’t know what would happen with the swollen rivers.

To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday..29 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated at 3:15PM...Mark Twain Lake Close ....free 12 slip wooden docks

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery

(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

 

Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

Click here to go to Marine Canvas & Upholstery website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

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Picture of the Day

 

    

 

  

Click on pic to enlarge

 

River Pictures and e-mail of the Day........... were sent in by Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat...'Last Call."

 

 

Bill,
If you didn't come to the Grafton Harbor Luau, you missed a really good time. The food was awesome. The band was fantastic and everyone had a great time with the body painting and a scavenger hunt. The pool has been a great addition to the marina this year and provides a location for a great party. Once again, thanks to Jan and Joe and the Grafton Harbor staff for a good time.
By the way---I tried to find a bird or two to take a picture of. I know your readers are missing those great pictures. No luck this week-end but I'm sure I'll find some birds to photograph soon. :)

Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005......... was our very own Kelly T

 

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and here is our very own  Kelly T.....  posing for you and me right after taking a dip in the mighty Mississippi.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  

 

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CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed...Opening around the beginning of Aug

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102
 

Lake of the Ozarks Sobriety Checkpoint..  7/28/2008

   

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Updated at 3:15PM

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Northeast, Missouri

Boat Operation Restriction at Mark Twain Lake

By order of the United States Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, Mark Twain Lake will close to all boating traffic. The closure will be put in effect 7/30/2008 and will remain until further notice. Water levels at Mark Twain Lake are currently above records levels observed in 1993. Boats found operating in the affected area will be stopped and removed from the water. These measures are necessary to protect life and prevent property damage.

The Clarence Cannon Dam will generate power from the release of the lake water. Mark Twain Lake is a flood controlled lake and is regulated U.S. Corps of Engineers. The water being released will affect water levels and conditions on the Salt River and other tributaries. Effected residents downstream from the Clarence Cannon Dam should be prepared to evacuate if necessary. The Missouri State Water Patrol and U.S. Corps of Engineers want to remind visitors to use extreme caution around flooded areas. The release of water through the dam has caused a dangerous amount of debris to surge into the channel and branches of Mark Twain Lake.

Please visit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District website at http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/dresriv.html for lake levels and notices. You may also contact Mark Twain Lake Project office at (573) 735-4097 or email at MarkTwainLakeinfo@usace.army.mil for more information.
Other Important Contact: Ralls County Sheriff's Department 573-985-5611


News Release ID: N07080148
Release Date: 20080729

The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notice ......

 

 To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/28/08
Subject: PEORIA LOCK
NAVNOTICE # 1250

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0323-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0312-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT BNM NR 0323-08 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
PEORIA L/D AT MM 157.7 ILR HAS RAISED THE WICKET DAM UNTIL FURTHER
NOTICE. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
BT

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/28/08
Subject: UPDATE WAP 28JUL08
NAVNOTICE # 1249

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0322-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NM 0314-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0322-08 UM
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY: ...Click here to read entire NavNotice

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Updated at 1:15PM

   Free 12 Slip Wooden Docks ..........

 

From:       "Amy Spencer" <amycspencer@hotmail.com>
To:           "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:    FREE 12 Slip Wood Docks
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:10:10 -0500
We are replacing our wood docks with new metal docks............
The 12 slip wood docks with a metal roof which do need repairing are free to the taking. Must go soon!

11 -32 foot
1-40 foot (Separate from the other 11.)

Anyone you wants them please contact Amy @ 314-706-2313.

   29 July 2007 in River History..........

 

      On this day in 2007, Sharky's Cove closed it's doors !

 

Photo by Capt'n Darryll Weil

   Drowning AT Lake Ozarks..........

 

According to a news article in theLakeExpo.com....the Missouri Water Patrol Dive Team located the body of a Iberia teen at 1 a.m. Monday morning in 27 feet of water in Jackson Branch Cove.

 

Click here to read news story on Lake Expo.com     

 

   Alton Marina.......... Open House Celebration Aug 9th

Click here for larger view

 

Repairs Begin On Levee In Alton, Illinois....... 

Repairs have begun on the Wood River levee in Alton, Illinois to upgrade it to withstand a 500 year flood. They had started the work in April but had to stop because of the flooding. This levee protects about 23,000 people and is anticipated to cost about $34 million.

To read this full article on the Hawk Eye, click here

Repairs Will Begin on the Barkenhausen Levee .......

 

After a six year delay......the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has firmed up a repair plan for Sanganois - a waterfowl area located on the east side of the Illinois River between the towns of Beardstown and Bath .

 

 FEMA will be paying $1.1 million, the Fish and Wildlife Service has pitched in cash, and the Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp fund has given another $1.2 million.

 

The Barkenhausen Levee has endured six years of breaching and it has practically ripped the site in half.

To read more about this levee repair  click here

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 US Army Corps of Engineers Levee Maps

Missouri Levee Maps

Illinois Levee Maps
Information

Concert For Flood Relief.......

 

 

 

 

News Release ...........

 

Free Concert for Flood Relief

Saturday August 2 in St. Charles

Enjoy Four Musical Groups, Plus Magicians, Jugglers & Family-Friendly Exhibits

from 2 pm til 10 pm

 

  

JULY 28, 2008, St. Charles, Missouri… ”The Concert for Flood Relief,” a free public event featuring four different musical groups, plus additional entertainment and exhibits, is set for Saturday August 2 from 2 pm until 10 pm at Frontier Park along the Missouri River in St. Charles, Missouri.

 

All profits from sales of beer, food, beverages and snacks will be donated directly to the American Red Cross St. Charles County Service Center , a unit of the St. Louis Area Chapter, to assist victims of recent flooding in St. Charles County , including homeowners and businesses.

 

The family-friendly event will feature bands Jasha & The Sixty Minute Men, Contagious, The Rough Ryders and Country Folk performing live on the Jaycee Stage at Frontier Park . The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking and enjoying the festivities.

 

Matt Neustadt, a resident of St. Charles County’s Portage des Sioux and star of the hit reality TV show “Farmer Wants a Wife” on the CW Network, will pose for pictures at the event and sign autographs.

 

Magicians, jugglers and other performers will entertain people of all ages. The Concert for Flood Relief also will feature informative exhibits, new boat displays and representatives from The American Red Cross and other organizations discussing flood relief efforts and public safety. The American Red Cross will staff a donation bin and information booth.

 

In addition, tickets will be available to win a “Fantasy Date Night for Two” with a gourmet dinner, a Fox Theater concert, luxury hotel overnight accommodations, spa treatments and free limousine service for the lucky winners.

The Concert for Flood Relief is sponsored by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the St. Charles Jaycees, the St. Peters Jaycees, the St. Charles County Association of Realtors, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, U.S. Title Guaranty Company and Ameristar Casino.

 

Scott Tate, president of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce said, “The free Concert for Flood Relief guarantees great entertainment and fun for all who attend, and is an opportunity to help families and businesses struggling to recover from devastating Mississippi River floods which wrecked their lives this summer.

 

“We encourage people in all walks of life to attend the Concert for Flood Relief in Frontier Park on August 2 to enjoy a great time and support a very important cause,” Tate said.

 

The band performance schedule is:  Country Folk - 2 pm; The Rough Ryders - 4 pm; Jasha & The Sixty Minute Men - 6 pm; Contagious - 8 pm. Other performers and displays will be at Frontier Park throughout the afternoon and evening.

 

The sponsors offer special thanks to Powerline Public Relations; MonkeyShine Design; Allegra Print & Imaging; Heartland Boating Magazine; RiverBills.com; Stratus Building Solutions; The Limo Company; The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 1, St. Louis Chapter; The American Red Cross and to all the entertainers for their support of The Concert for Flood Relief.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925 or Scott Tate at 636.946.0633.

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Sober Captains  .....Lake Ozarks....

According to a news article on LakeExpo.com the Missouri Water Patrol conducted a surprise sobriety checkpoint of boats entering and exiting the Gravois Arm of Lake of the Ozarks last weekend..

A total of 68 boats were stopped resulting in only two arrests for boating while intoxicated.  On the prior weekend they cited eight of 119 captains with BWIs and on the last weekend in June ...three of 15.
 

Click here to read the entire news story
 

The New Issue of Heartland Boating is Out........The August edition of Heartland Boating is on the shelf at your local boat store.  Check it out

 

This issue contains some interesting articles that you might be interested in reading as a river boater: 

 

~  Eddy Arnold was a boater too !   He owned a 53 foot Hatteras, named "Sally K", and even wrote a story once for Heartland Magazine about his boat trip from Kentucky Dam Marina to Florida.

~  Tall Timbers Marina in Havana, IL.  It's about 120 miles up the Illinois River from the St. Louis area.  Check it out.

 

~  What's New in Boat Seating ? ....comfort !

 

~  Tall Ships in Chicago, IL...up the Illinois River....lots of pictures from the 2006 event.

 

~  New Marine Fuels......Automotive fuels, are they tested for marine use?

 

~ Our very own South Shore Marina got an honorable mention in an article named "You Can't Be Serious." It's about a river greenhorn who took off from South Shore Marina in St. Charles on a trip up the ole Mississippi in the mid 60's.

        

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

RiverBills.com Visitor Map  07-28-08.....

 

   The above is yesterday's (partial day) map from MapLoco showing where in the world visitors logged on to RiverBills.com

River History....

July 29, 1993 in River River History  ........ 

The 1993 flood water crested at Clarksville, Mo at 37.7 feet setting new record.
Old record was 36.4 feet set in 1973

 

Source: http://www.weather.gov/oh/hrl/papers/area/great.htm

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Flood Victims Killed In Car Accident

    Mother And 7 Year Old Daughter Perish.......

A car accident on Thursday evening in Foley,Mo took the lives of a 28 year old woman and her 7 year old daughter.  They were killed in a head on crash on Hwy 47. The woman's son and the passengers in the other car were still in critical condition.

The family was just hit hard by the flood last month. In fact, they were on their way to go buy some clothes with flood vouchers they had received. Police still don’t know what caused the fatal crash. A trust fund has been set up.

To read the full article in STLtoday.com, click here

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

 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.

 

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

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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 Salt River

    Ralls County Residents May Have To Evacuate.....

More residents were scheduled to evacuate on Monday evening while the U.S. Corps of Engineers pours 90 thousand gallons of water a second from the Clarence Cannon Dam into the Salt River Basin. This is due to the flooding going on in Mark Twain Lake. At last check, the Corps had already emptied 180,000 gallons of water in the Salt River. The Ralls County officials warned about 15 more residents in the area to evacuate because they didn’t know what would happen with the swollen rivers.

To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Monday..28 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery

(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

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Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

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Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

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River News of the Day

 

 

Lori Ann Hennkens and Steve Nicholas Miller Marry on Iowa Island .....

 

 

RiverBill

This is not a photo of River Dawgs or River Birds.
It is a photo of a beautiful River Couple get married on the River.
About 5 or 6 years ago Lori Ann Hennkens met Steve Nicholas Miller on Iowa Island. Yes, love at first site. On July 26, '08 they returned to the site of their first meeting and got married. It was a great weather day, family and friends watched as Rev. Gary Meinershagen preformed the marriage ceremony, with boats as a back drop and sand between their toes. Best wishes for the young lovely newly weds.
Now that's a real River story.

Gary L. Meinershagen

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Pick on picture to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005......... was of a tug below Clarksville Dam on the Missouri side of the river that was sent in by John Thomas, who is in the U.S. Air Force.  

In his e-mail, John wrote:

  " I was recently back home on leave (Pleasant Hill, IL , which is near the Clarksville Dam) and I took these pictures. It was good to get back on the river for a little while! "

 

   .John also sent a picture of him fishing in a slough below the dam and a picture of the lower side of the dam, probably looking towards Clarksville.. 

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

Falls within boat / Table Rock - 07/27/2008
~  2 boat collision / Bull Shoals - 07/26/2008
Falls within boat / Lake of the Ozarks - 07/25/2008
2 boat collision / Table Rock - 07/25/2008
Flooding / Table Rock - 07/25/2008
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Corps at Mark Twain Lake issue caution for Salt River area below lake

Mark Twain Lake – July 27, 2008 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is cautioning citizens, especially those below the lake’s Clarence Cannon Dam that precipitation during recent days has pushed elevations at the lake to above-record levels. As a result, discharges from the dam are currently at 12,000 cubic feet per second (about 90,000 cubic gallons per second.)

Corps officials add that any additional rain, certainly over coming weeks will require high discharges which could cause areas in the Salt River Valley below the dam to be flooded. Higher inflows would require commensurately higher discharges, flooding larger areas.

The Corps of Engineers is working closely with local emergency providers to ensure that everyone has accurate information about possible threats, including providing them with maps of areas that would be flooded at a series of increased discharges.
Local officials are informing citizens in potentially threatened areas. They will make recommendations and decisions about evacuations should they become necessary.
 

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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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 

 

 

   Drowning AT Lake Ozarks..........

 

The Missouri Water Patrol, Lake Ozark Fire and Mid-County dive teams conducted a search on Sunday evening to try and locate the body of an 18-year-old man believed to have drowned near the 3-mile marker.

 

Click here to read news story on Lake Expo.com     

   Fuel Additives..........

 

According to a news article in the Soundings Trade Only, The Boating Industry Newspaper, fuel additives manufacturers have seen a sharp increase in business since the introduction of ethanol-supplemented fuels.

 

  Click here to read this news article.

       

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........

  dated 24 July is available on-line for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

       

"Boaters for Multiple Sclerosis" ..........

 

"Boaters for Multiple Sclerossis"  is only about two months away. This event will be held at Palisades Yacht Club and the booths are renting out fast. This event will have some exciting things going on all day long. During the day we will have a very talented magician, Brian Boyd. He will have two magic shows that day at 2:00 and 4:00. He will also be walking around doing magic tricks, making animals with balloons and telling his very funny jokes. We will also have a face painter there, Ms. Jessica Hicklin. She is a local artist, photographer and graphic designer.

Booth rentals will be from 1:00 pm through 7:00 pm. They are only $30 and it is a tax-deductible fee which goes to the M.S. Society. The silent auction will be held from 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. We have gotten hundreds of dollars worth of great items to be auctioned off. We will have music 50/50 ticket drawings, hula hoop contests and limbo competitions. It will be fun for the whole family. All of the proceeds will go the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Gateway Area Chapter. If you would like to rent a booth, donate some items for the auction or volunteer your time at all, please contact me. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,


Sherri A. Stanczak
4334 Hineman Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
314-304-8105
sherri0526@aol.com

Flood Victims Trying To Recover........

There are some angry residents in the St. Charles County area right now. Inspectors have been going around putting stickers on flooded houses. A green sticker means it needs no repairs, white means a few repairs are needed and orange means that it is inhabitable unless major repairs are made. Many people are arguing that their home is in better shape than what the inspectors are saying. The inspectors say that they are only concerned about safety, however, many residents don’t agree. Not to mention, they won’t turn their power on if there are repairs that need to be made. Residents say that it is hard to make repairs with no electric. The battle is hard on everyone.

To read this full article, click here in the STLtoday.com

Cleaning Up From The Flood......

Now that the water has gone down, mud is not the only thing that homeowners and business owners have to contend with. Mold is a big factor. Many people find that bleach helps when cleaning up. Not only does the bleach help to clean and make everything whiter and brighter; it also kills a lot of the mold that develops after flooding. Children, the elderly and people with asthma or respiratory problems really have problems with mold.

To find some good tips on cleaning up after the flood and things to consider when replacing items are listed in an informative article in the telegraph.com. To read it in full, click here

Chicago River Flatwater Classic 2008......

 

  The’ 9th annual Chicago River Flatwater Classic canoe and kayak race will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2008.  This year's event includes new boat classes, expanded finish line festivities and exciting new prize opportunities.

 

Join in on the competition or jus float along the 7.25 mile course, enjoying the beautiful and varied landscape along the Chicago River.

Click here for more information

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

River History....

July 28, 1993 in River River History  ........ 

The 1993 flood water crested at Louisiana, Mo at 28.4 feet setting new record.
Old record was 27.0 feet set in 1973

 

Source: http://www.weather.gov/oh/hrl/papers/area/great.htm

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

St. Charles County Resident Who Lives On The River and Didn’t Get Flooded

A man in St. Charles County who built a house on a barge didn’t sweat the flood because his barge just goes up with the river. He lives on the river, but does not have to buy flood insurance. He pays taxes on his home..... as a boat – personal property tax.

   He is so content how he lives and really has an interesting life and way to look at life. To read this news story about a very interesting man, click here

Grandmother & Her Grandson Die After Last Week's SUV Crash Into The Meramec River.......

The 69 year old grandmother and her 5 year old grandson have both died after their SUV crashed into the Meramec River last Wednesday.

To read the full news story, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Sat, Sun..26, 27 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated at 8:30AM ...New pic for 410 SeaRay in Classifieds....Pic of the day and Pic of Yester Years, river level charts

Updated Sat at 3:30 PM ..news and local benefits

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery

(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

 

Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

Click here to go to Marine Canvas & Upholstery website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

Click here and check out the gotboatgear.com website

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

  

 

The River Pictures of the Day ..... Were sent in By Larry Demko, who hails out of the Duck Club.

 

 

Bill:

River boaters sometimes need to get away. All that brown water running amuck!

Last week my wife, Susan, and I went to Orange Beach, AL with Madge and Jerry Koerner.
Blue water & white sand are hard to beat! Stayed at a great condo in the marina at San Roc Cay.

I thought of you when I saw some Red Stripe beer in a store!

Here are a few pics.

As much as I hate to admit it, even the seagulls in Orange Beach were great! (I understand that Riverbills has been bird-free for 86 consecutive days --but who's counting?)

We're back now and looking forward to getting on the river.

Larry Demko
Fastrac Media

Picture of the Day

Saturday

River Dawg Fido says  "Can't we go any faster ?"

 

 

Fido can't wait any longer, jumps in and pulls them to shore.

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Pictures of the Day ..... Were sent in By Mike Halley, Who hails out of Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser  "Over Exposed".

 

Bill,

Here are a couple more shots of a boat that passed in the front of our line of boats. I thought it looked like it may happen & it did, the dog jumped from the front of the boat and then it looked like the dog was pulling the boat. I don't know who it was in the boat but take a look at the pictures & they'll make you laugh. I guess the boat just wasn't going fast enough for the dog.

 

Mike Halley

Over Exposed

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

Pick on picture to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006---Sun--    was of the hosts of one of the 2006 Jamaca Daze Planning Parties.......Bob, Pat, Bernie and John of Eagles Landing Marina

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006---Sat--was sent in by Scott Clark.......It's a picture of River Dawg name Gilli  looking cool with those shades on....while floating in the water  behind Two Branch Island !

 

 

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CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed...Opening around the beginning of Aug

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

Navigation Notices ......

 

Updated Sat at 11:25PM

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/26/08
Subject: Peoria L/D (BNM 0320-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1248

SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 7 (MILE 180.9 - 145.6 ILR) DUE TO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WITH
THE PEORIA LOCK AND DAM, ZONE 7 IS IN THE LOW WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE ILLINOIS RIVER WAP ANNEX. VESSELS OVER 9 FEET IN DRAFT ARE
RECOMMENDED TO HOLD UP UNTIL THE POOL RETURNS TO NEAR NORMAL
LEVELS. THE COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS ESTABLISHED ONE WAY
TRAFFIC IN PEORIA LAKE BETWEEN MILE MARKER 162.5 TO MILE 166.5 OF
THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY. ALL DEEP DRAFT VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO
DEPART AREAS OF LOW WATER AND PLACE ALL HEAVY BARGES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOW. VESSELS ARE TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED NEAR FLEETING AREAS TO MINIMIZE IMPACT DUE TO NARROW CHANNEL CONDITIONS.
B. ZONE 28 (MILE 109.9 - 185.4 UMR), IS IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH
PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE
CAUTION AND MINIMIZE WAKE WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED UNLESS THE VSL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FT IN LENGTH AND HAS A MINIMUM OR 1800 HORSEPOWER.
C. ZONES 24 AND 25 (MILES 241.4 - 301.1 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER
WATCH PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
D. ZONE 21 (MILE 324.9 - 343.1 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER RECOVERY
PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
E. ZONE 18 (MILE 410.5 - 437.0 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER ACTION
PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

Updated Sat at 11:30 AM

  

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

~ Falls within boat - Lake Ozarks - 07/21/2008
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Updated Sat at 10:45 PM

  Kinder's Restaurant..........

         

     Kinder's Restaurant opens at 10:00 AM on Sunday now !

Updated Sat at 3:30 PM

  Oil Spill Update...New Orleans..........

       

  Traffic started moving again on the Mississippi River after a massive oil spill in New Orleans earlier this week.

 

  Click here to read the new story on the Mad mariner magazine

Updated Sat at 3:30 PM

  United States' Bridges Need Billions in Repairs..........

       

According to a news story in USA Today our countries' bridges need Billions of Dollars in repairs .  According to the news article 12% of the nations bridges are rated structurally deficient by the Federal Highway Administration. 

 

Click here to read this news story.

Updated Sat at 2:30 PM

     BENEFIT FOR WILL CALLOW..........

       

FRIENDS,

A GOOD FRIEND OF OUR FAMILY, WILL CALLOW, 25 YRS OLD, WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTENING ON JUNE 17TH . WILL IS A 25 YEAR OLD, SELF EMPLOYED RESIDENT OF THE DEERFIELD SUBDIVISION. HE HAS AN 18 MONTH OLD SON, AND REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT SLU HOSP. WILL HAS NO MEDICAL INSURANCE. ANY THING YOU CAN DO TO HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED. PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, MAYBE PRINT A FEW COPIES AND HELP DISTRIBUTE THEM .
THE BENEFIT IS AUG 9TH AT SHIRLEY'S RESTAURANT , 3605 N HWY 94, ST CHARLES MO. FROM 2PM TO 6 PM.
PLEASE OPEN AND PRINT THE ATTACHED FLYER.

THANKS A BUNCH,
DALE AND LYNNE WILLIAMS
AND ALL OF WILLS' FRIENDS AND FAMILY

 

Click here for More Info and Flyer

Updated Sat at 11:55 AM 

Saturday,  6 Sept  2008..........

     The 3rd Annual Casey Campana Memorial Golf Tournament

       

The date is quickly approaching again. We have two great years in a row and hope to make it a third. The only change is that we have moved the tournament to Incline Village. For those of you that don't know, this tournament is to raise money for my nephew since the passing of my sister a couple of years ago. The last two years, we have had a huge amount of participation and had a blast. So come on out and swing the clubs around a little.

If you have any questions, my cell phone number has changed - call me at 314.486.3964.

Thanks,
Doug

 

For more information, please contact Doug Bierman at 636.887.4237 or via email at biermandoug@yahoo.com.

 

Click here for more info

Updated Sat at 11:55 AM 

Saturday    9 August  2008..........

        Polestar – Friends and Neighbors  Annual BBQ Pig Roast and Social

 

 

August 9, 2008
Polestar – Friends and Neighbors

Annual

BBQ Pig Roast and Social

Required for admission is: bringing your family and friends.

Everyone is welcome 12 Noon to 3 pm

 

Menu: Roast Pig, Grilled Sweet corn,

Sides by Chef Mark Bachman, Soft Drinks, Beer

Please RSVP by Aug 2 – 636-250-3008

 

Sponsored by:

Wahoo Marine Sales

Bloch Marine

Safe Harbor Yacht Sales

Marine Max

 

Updated Sat at 11:55 AM 

Missouri Dept of Conservation News....July 25 All Outdoors

  Below is part of an e-mail RiverBIll's received from Missouri Dept of Conservation  

 

 

Date:        Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:53:18 -0500
From:       "Jim Low" <Jim.Low@mdc.mo.gov>
Subject:    [Mdcnews] July 25 All Outdoors


1. Bull Shoals yields state-record striped bass (w/pic)
2. Missouri River 340 spawns another crop of winners
3. Citizen-corporate partnerships: The bread and butter of Missouri
stream conservation

Visit www.missouriconservation.org/news to access text and
illustrations for these stories and Conservation Department news
archives or to subscribe to this weekly news release package. Visit
www.mdc.mo.gov/news/images/fullsize/20071208.jpg for a
high-resolution jpg file of this week’s photo. Go to
www.missouriconservation.org/seasons for the Conservation
Department's weekly "Outdoor Calendar."


News contact: Jim Low, Jim.Low@mdc.mo.gov, 573/522-4115, ext. 3243

 

St. Louis Riverfront

   U.S. Bank Rubber Duck Derby  ........

 

Race Schedule
Saturday, July 26, 2008 on the Riverfront

Family Fun starts 2:00 p.m.

Ducks hit the water at approximately 3:30 p.m.

 

Presenting/Benefiting Organization
All proceeds from the U.S. Bank Rubber Duck Derby support programs for youth at Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club. The Club's mission is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.


Click here for more info on the race and how to adopt a duck
 

Hannibal, Mo.......

   The Sandbagger’s Ball

A musical "Thank You"  for the sandbaggers of the Tri-States

This Saturday, in the Y—Men’s Pavilion on the 100 block of Main, Hannibal, Mo......the Sandbagger’s Ball will take place ! The event will start at 11:00 am playing ball. Then  several bands from Quincy, Hannibal and Chicago will entertain the sandbaggers.

   Costs $10 per person. T-shirts also available.  Proceeds will go toward the Marion County Red Cross.

 To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

 

RiverBills.com Visitor Map  07-24-08.....

 

  Capt'n Gary Bowers, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis, hooked us up with some software named MapLoco that creates a map showing where RiverBill's webpage visitors are coming from. 

 

   The above is a map from yesterday (partial day).  It shows where visitors to RiverBills'com are located in the US and the world !

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

81 degrees, falling, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 7/24/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

79 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on natural baits and cut shad; all other species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 7/24/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Correction........

   Sundowners Phone Number..

 

The correct telephone number for Sundowners is  636-250-3042 !

 

We previously had the Yacht Club's number listed in...

 

Sorry for any inconvenience.
Bill

 

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

River History....

Missouri Water Patrol History

In 1959, the State of Missouri passed legislation to create the Missouri Boat Commission.  The Boat Commission's charter was to make the state's waters safe for boating and other water-related activities through the enforcement of laws, registration, inspection and education.

 

 In 1974, the Omnibus State Reorganization Act moved the Missouri Boat Commission under the Department of Public Safety while renaming the agency as the Division of Water Safety.

 

In 1989, the agency was once again renamed.  This time to the Missouri State Water Patrol.

 

In 1959 the number of officers was.....8,  today they are 99.

 

 Click here to read more on the Missouri Water Patrol's website.

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Aerial View Of Clarksville Lock & Dam From One Month Ago.......

To see an aerial view of Clarksville Lock and Dam taken one month ago, click on the following website from the telegraph.com   http://www.scanews.com/2008/07/s933/93309/

This site also contains information about FEMA and how to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday..25 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Tony's on Main in St. Charles

is Cooking for Andy at Longshots !

Buffet All Weekend !

$11.95 All You Can Eat !

Chicken Modeda, Chicken Nachos and All the Fixings

Salad and Fruit Bar

 

New Hours Too !

Thur & Fri  4PM - Close

Sat & Sun Noon to Close

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery

(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

 

Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

Click here to go to Marine Canvas & Upholstery website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

Click here and check out the gotboatgear.com website

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of the Day .....

 

 

Hi Bill,
We took a little evening cruise on the Blonde Moment Wednesday and ended up at Grafton Harbor. I took the picture right at sunset inside the harbor.

Steve Thompson.
"Shark Bait"

 


RiverBill says.... Thanks Steve, for sharing the great sunset with us all !

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006----- was sent in by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net.  It's a picture of some eerie looking reddish colored clouds from the storm that rolled through the area.

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

 

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Open for Business

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open for Business

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed...Opening around the beginning of Aug

Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/24/08
Subject: ST LOUIS HARBOR RUBBER DUCK RACE
NAVNOTICE # 1244

COTP SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
ON 26JUL08 BETWEEN 1500 AND 1730 LOCAL, A RUBBER DUCK RACE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN MILE MARKER 180.0 AND 179.5 UMR ON THE RIGHT
DESCENDING BANK. VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.
 

 

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/24/08
Subject: WAP UPDATE 24JUL08
NAVNOTICE # 1245

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0314-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0303-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0314-08 UM SECTOR UPPER
MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 28 (MILES 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER RECOVERY
PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND MINIMIZE WAKE WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED UNLESS THE VSL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FT IN LENGTH AND HAS A MINIMUM OR 1800 HORSEPOWER.
B. THE FOLLOWING ZONE IS IN THE HIGH WATER RECOVERY PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX: ZONE 25 (MILES 241.4 - 273.3 UMR).

 

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

United States Coast Guard Press Release ...........

 

 

COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO HOLD CHANGE OF COMMAND  ......

 

ST. LOUIS - Coast Guard Capt. Sharon Richey will transfer command of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River to Capt. Steve Hudson in a chage-of-command ceremony at the Missouri Athletic Club, Friday, June 25, at 10 a.m.

Richey has served as commanding officer of Sector Upper Mississippi River since July 21, 2006. Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, is scheduled to preside over the event.

Sector Upper Mississippi River's area of responsibility is the largest of any Sector in the lower 48 states, covering Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa, as well as parts of Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. It encompasses over 2,000 miles of navigable rivers and 1,800 miles of tributary waterways including the Missouri, Illinois and Upper Mississippi Rivers. The Sector's area of responsibility includes 33 locks and dams, 238 bridges, and 7 major population centers. Sector personnel administer a large number of programs in support of the Commandant's mission statement goals of Maritime Safety, Maritime Mobility, Maritime Security, National Defense, and Environmental Protection.

Captain Hudson is reporting from 17th Coast Guard District in Alaska where he served as Chief of Prevention and was responsible responsible for marine safety, waterways management and the USCG Auxiliary in Alaska, including direct supervision 6 Buoy Tenders, and 6 Loran Stations.

Following the change-of-command ceremony, a retirement ceremony for Richey will be conducted..
 

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U.S. Coast Guard - Saving lives since 1790

 

 

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The above info re-printed from the US Coast Guard website

 

Click on link below to go to the US Coast Guard website for more information:
http://www.d8externalaffairs.com/go/doc/425/218065/
 

St. Louis Riverfront

   U.S. Bank Rubber Duck Derby  ........

 

Race Schedule
Saturday, July 26, 2008 on the Riverfront

Family Fun starts 2:00 p.m.

Ducks hit the water at approximately 3:30 p.m.

 

Presenting/Benefiting Organization
All proceeds from the U.S. Bank Rubber Duck Derby support programs for youth at Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club. The Club's mission is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.


Click here for more info on the race and how to adopt a duck
 

Friday,  25 July, 2008  

        The Point Party at Kinder's ..........

 

Friday   July 25....8PM -10PM. 

The Point will be broadcasting live from Kinder's Restaurant ! 

Enter a drawing that night to win a Harley Sportster to be given away in August.

 

After 10:00 the party continues on with a DJ until 1:30AM

 

Boating News From Afar

   Memory Lane Walk Restored at Wappapello Lake.........

 

Wappapello, Mo., July 23, 2008 - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake is proud to announce the reopening of Memory Lane Historic Walk at the Greenville Recreation Area, which is located approximately two miles south of Greenville, Missouri. Sections of this one-mile trail were heavily damaged due to the spring flood. Restoration work consisted of repair of the boardwalks; clearing limbs, debris, and silt from sidewalks; and weed trimming along the trail. Memory Lane was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 1990. This site is the location of the town of Greenville, Mo., which was relocated to present-day New Greenville when the lake was built. Numerous original concrete foundations and sidewalks still exist. Some foundations are identified with wayside interpretive markers with photographs and text depicting former buildings and structures which once stood in those locations.
 


[ More ]

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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.

 

RiverBills.com Visitor Map  07-24-08.....

 

  Capt'n Gary Bowers, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis, hooked us up with some software named MapLoco that creates a map showing where RiverBill's webpage visitors are coming from. 

 

   The above is a map from yesterday (partial day).  It shows where visitors to RiverBills'com are located in the US and the world !

Lawmakers Are Asking For Money For Levees.....

Since the near-record breaking floods last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers has found 41 levees in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana that were either breached or topped. Most were local maintained levees. This has caused the U. S. Corps of Engineers to take a better look at levees everywhere. To inspect and repair levees would be cheaper than the money they use to repair, replace and relocate homes and businesses that have been flooded.

    Another problem is there is water still standing in farm fields in Illinois. There needs to be some kind of system to pump water out of these areas. This whole situation has caused lawmakers to take a serious look at our levees before we have another major flood.

To read this full article in the telegraph.com, click here

 

 

Little John's Motorsports Update.....

 

 

A very bad weekend in Augusta

After three days of intense racing, Ashly was in the Semi Finals IN TWO RACES
This intales 12 passes, in full gear, at a temperature of 102 degrees.
With no indication, the motor just exploded
Thanks to Ashlys training, common sense, and our safety equipment, She and the boat are just fine.
When Ashly knew something was very wrong, she pulled the emergercy shut down, that turns off the fuel (about a gallon per second) and the ignition.
This was not the fire and light show, that you see so many times, when things go wrong.
Ashly, and the boat are both cleaned up and looking fine. (10 QT of hot oil, and Methane alchol)

We were # 1 in the nation, and maybe made enough points to hold that for now.
We have three weeks to be ready for our next race in Litchfield Ill.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP

I have sent a picture of what was left of the motor.
I have also sent a picture of Terrie, driving the rig of 70 Ft.long.
Terrie does so many things in the back ground, that no one knows about.
I can not describe the pride that I have in our team.
 

Little John

 

 

Correction........

   Sundowners Phone Number..

 

The correct telephone number for Sundowners is  636-250-3042 !

 

We previously had the Yacht Club's number listed in...

 

Sorry for any inconvenience.
Bill

 

August 9, 2008

   National Marina Day.....

 

Celebrating America's Gateway to Boating
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In 1928, the word "marina" was used, for the very first time, by the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers to define a recreational boating facility. Since then, marinas have become an integral part not only of American recreation, but also American life. National Marina Day 2008 celebrates not only the rich history of the marina industry, but its bright future as well.


Mission and Method

The goal of National Marina Day is the education of politicians, civic leaders and the public about the important role the marina industry plays in cities and towns across the nation as family-friendly gateways to boating and stewards of the environment.

This goal is achieved through the promotion of nationwide marina focused events with local flavor that educate politicians, civic leaders, and the public about the value of the marina industry to cities and towns across America. Make plans today to support this mission by planning a National Marina Day event at your facility.


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The above re-printed from the National Marina Day website

Click here for more information

Spiders Everywhere ......

   From RiverBill's Message Board

 

Name:      Tauni (taunicdn@sbcglobal.net)
Date:        Thu 24 Jul 2008 12:10:40 PM EDT
Subject:    SPIDERS SPIDERS SPIDERS - How to get rid of them and their "poop"


For all those dealing with excessive spiders I have a solution for you. Jim Blizzard who hails out of Eagles Landing has a pesticide business. He came by our over infested dock at woodland ( 4 docks ) and sprayed his magic chemicals and we now have very few spiders. Jim assures me by the second month we will see little to no spiders or the dreaded Spider Poop.

 

You can reach Jim at 314 518 1426. Very reasonable and very reliable.

 

Tauni
.

The Clean Boating Act of 2008......

 

From:       "Darryll Weil" <captainweil@sbcglobal.net>
Subject:     Con Trios update on Clean Boating Act
Date:         Thu, 24 Jul 2008 06:52:39 -0500
 

Posted the following on the Con Trios Yacht (www.contriosyachtclub.org) website.

Good News for Recreational Boaters!

Both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on July 22, 2008 passed S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, relieving boaters of the need to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act permit for their overboard incidental discharges. The bill now heads to the President for his signature into law. Click on the link below for more information.

http://www.boatblue.org/news.aspx?id=17420

Darryll Weil,

webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

River History....

Missouri Water Patrol History

In 1959, the State of Missouri passed legislation to create the Missouri Boat Commission.  The Boat Commission's charter was to make the state's waters safe for boating and other water-related activities through the enforcement of laws, registration, inspection and education.

 

 In 1974, the Omnibus State Reorganization Act moved the Missouri Boat Commission under the Department of Public Safety while renaming the agency as the Division of Water Safety.

 

In 1989, the agency was once again renamed.  This time to the Missouri State Water Patrol.

 

In 1959 the number of officers was.....8,  today they are 99.

 

 Click here to read more on the Missouri Water Patrol's website.

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Hannibal, Mo.......

   The Sandbagger’s Ball

A musical "Thank You"  for the sandbaggers of the Tri-States

This Saturday, in the Y—Men’s Pavilion on the 100 block of Main, Hannibal, Mo......the Sandbagger’s Ball will take place ! The event will start at 11:00 am playing ball. Then  several bands from Quincy, Hannibal and Chicago will entertain the sandbaggers.

   Costs $10 per person. T-shirts also available.  Proceeds will go toward the Marion County Red Cross.

 To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

Woman And Boy Pulled From Meramec River.......

On Wednesday evening a car plunged in the Meramec River in Fenton, Missouri. A woman around 60 years old and a four year old boy were rescued from the submerged vehicle. Both unconscious when taken to the hospital. Their identities have not been released..

To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

Aerial View Of Clarksville Lock & Dam From One Month Ago.......

To see an aerial view of Clarksville Lock and Dam taken one month ago, click on the following website from the telegraph.com   http://www.scanews.com/2008/07/s933/93309/

This site also contains information about FEMA and how to apply.

Village Of About 100 Families Are Still Homeless From Flood....

There are about 100 of the 130 families in the northern, Illinois village of Machnesy Park who are still homeless after last month’s flood !

The utilities have been turned back on for only about 30 of the original 130 homes there. Village officials are working on assistant programs for each of these families to make sure they get the help that they need. About 700 homes in that district that were affected by the flood.

To read this full story in telegraph.com, click here

Fish News From Afar.......

   The Six Millionth Customer At The Branson Trout Hatchery

Branson is well known for the country-western shows and entertainment. One of the other tourist places is the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. Each year they draw about 250,000 customers. This past Sunday they welcomed their six millionth customer. The Branson Trout Hatchery is the biggest trout producer in the state of Missouri. It has about 10 million trout on any given day. To read more about this place in the KHQA online, click here

To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday..24 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Marine Canvas and Upholstery

(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

 

Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

Click here to go to Marine Canvas & Upholstery website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

Click here and check out the gotboatgear.com website

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Pictures of the Day ..... are from Capt'n Mike Halley, who hails out of Polestar Marina in the cruiser....Over Exposed.

 

  It's the boat line in Mason Chute (3rd Chute) last Sunday afternoon.

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Mike !
 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006----- was sent in by Cindy Blaylock, secretary of the Two Rivers Boat Club.  She also sent us all an invitation to the carbopard boat races and the annual Two Rivers Labor Day party (2006)  and cardboard boat races !  

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

 

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Open for Business

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open for Business

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed...Opening around the beginning of Aug

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

~ Collision / Objects- Meramec River.....07/23/2008
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notices ......

 

 

1243 7/23/08  SNAG LOCATED AT MM 337.1 MISSOURI RIVER
1240 7/23/08  SNAG LOCATED AT MM 394.2 MISSOURI RIVER
1238 7/23/08  STANDOUTS ON THE MISSOURI RIVER
1236 7/23/08  UPDATE WAP

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

United States Coast Guard Press Release ...........

 

 

COAST GUARD COMMANDANT TO VISIT QUAD CITIES ......

 

 ST. LOUIS - Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, is scheduled to visit local Coast Guard units in the Quad Cities, Iowa region on Friday, July 25, 2008.

The Commandant will visit with crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Scioto and the Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) in Quad Cities about this summer's Midwest flood response and recovery operations. Allen will also discuss the future of the Western River's vital role in the nation's marine transportation system with local marine industry representatives.

The Cutter Scioto is a 65-foot river buoy tender, homeported in Keokuk, Iowa. The Scioto's area of responsibility includes the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 200.8 near Alton, Ill., to mile marker 522.5 in Clinton, Iowa.

Allen is scheduled to meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Rock Island District Director during a visit to Lock 15.

Media are invited to accompany the Commandant during portions of the visit and will be able to conduct interviews regarding the Coast Guard's role in the marine transportation system and inland river operations.
 

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U.S. Coast Guard - Saving lives since 1790

 

 

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The above info re-printed from the US Coast Guard website

 

Click on link below to go to the US Coast Guard website for more information:
http://www.d8externalaffairs.com/go/doc/425/217666/
 

Clean Boating Act.........

 

According to a news report on Lake Expo.com  both the House and Senate passed  "The Clean Boating Act of 2008."

  

This  legislation reinstates a long-standing exemption that recreational boats had from the Clean Water Act.   The legislation must now  go to the White House for President Bush's signature.

 

Click here to read this news story.
 

Flood Victims Needs Cleaning Items.........

 

Lincoln County is doing a good job cleaning up their homes and businesses after the flood waters have receded.  They are in desperate need of a lot of things right now, especially cleaning items.  They need items such as bleach, brushes, reusable towels, pine cleaners, sponges, paper towels, etc.

 

To donate, you can drop items off at the Crestwood, Kirkwood and Shrewsbury Fire Departments, the Brentwood Ice Rink and the Webster Groves Recreational Center. You can also mail items to the Winfield Foley Fire Department, PO Box 118, Winfield, MO 63389.......  For more info call 962-0818.

 

Click here to read this full article in the STLtoday.com

A Fishing Club For Inner City Kids........

The Ark of Safety Christian Church in St. Charles, officially called Fishers of Men Anglers Club, is reaching out to 7-15 year old boys by taking them fishing.

They had their first fishing trip this past Saturday and they feel like it was a big success. They took the young anglers to a four-acre lake and plan on making this a weekly event.

To read more about this program, click here on the St. Charles Journal

Dead Zone Is Bigger Than Ever......

The “Dead Zone” along the Texas-Louisiana Coast is expected to be bigger than ever.

A dead zone is a place where the fresh water and salt water doesn’t mix well.  This stops oxygen from getting to the bottom of the ocean, thus killing marine life........ especially clams, shrimp and bottom dwelling fish.

Researchers say that this condition is worse than ever right now and is expected to continue worsening through August and into September.

The reasoning....... the floodwaters.

The cause......all of the fertilizers and other things flowing down rivers .

The affected area..... about 8,800 square miles.  That is about the size of New Jersey !

 Click here to read more article in the Dallas/Fort Worth Channel 9 News.

Spiders Everywhere ......

 

Hey Bill,


This e-mail is in response to the one from Glenn Kelly concerning spiders. I stumbled upon this website a year or two ago when I had some carpenter bee problems. I have never purchased anything from the site but it appears that they do sell "the good stuff". Plus, it is full of information on how to control pests (even birds, if you don't like birds). They even sell floating fake alligator heads to keep raccoons and other creatures out of your fish ponds.

 

This link takes you right to the spider product page. http://www.pestproducts.com/spiders.htm

Rick

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

River History....

July 24, 1993 in River History

Flood of 1993…..The Mississippi River at Quincy crests at a record 32 feet

 

Click here for more information

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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The following is re-printed from the save the delta website

 

James Oberstar challenged by Delta Queen supporter Michael Cummins
Jul 22, 2008

 

Delta Queen supporter Michael Cummins has been nominated to run for the congressional seat currently held by James Oberstar in the 8th District of Minnesota (www.cumminsforcongress.com).

Showing his support for the Delta Queen, Mike Cummins wrote in a letter to Time magazine, responding to its recent cover story featuring Mark Twain:

"It is ironic that you have chosen Mark Twain as your cover story of the week at a time when an institution for which he had little respect — the United States Congress — is on the brink of destroying the only remaining link to the era that inspired his greatest work.

The Delta Queen, the last authentic steamboat carrying overnight passengers on our inland waterways, is on the brink of being put out of operation because Congress is cowering before James Oberstar, the all-too-powerful chairman of the all-too-powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, who for reasons of his own wants to destroy this National Historic Landmark.

(…) It amazes me how we have gotten to the point in this country where we are willing to allow our historical icons to fall by the wayside for political gain. That is not the America that I love and appreciate.

If we do not protect our treasures in this country from special interests, then we are basically removing history from the hearts and minds of the American people. We need to stand up for America and we need to stand up for those who need our help and, yes, that includes steamboats. (…)"



 


 

 

 

Wednesday..23 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

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Picture of the Day

Hats Off To Scott and Amy !

 

 

 

  

Blessing @ Palisades Yacht Club

 

The River Picture and e-mail of the Day ..... is from Capt'n Darryll Weil.

 

hi bill,


long time no see. hope you all are doin well. it certainly looks like everybody was saturday at the margaritaville party! thought i would send some pics from the blessing of the fleet @ palisades and one of the american queen, which was docked in alton early sunday morning.
one is of scott and amy (owners of palisades) finally taking a little well deserved break from a very long and stressfull week. a lot of work went into getting everything cleaned up and ready in time, and in the end everything worked out and a good time was had by all. everyone should tip their hat and their glass to scott and amy. WELL DONE! oh, and there's one of me setting on the beginings of the new "somebeach" enjoy when you can-endure when you must. keep up all the good works,

 

hope to see you soon

tyler mitchell @ PYCS
 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005-----

We have the best women in the world boating Alton Lake.  Here are 6  Rivermaids ~ soaking up some of that summer sun and making the boys smile at the same time.   Welcome to Pool 26 of the Mississippi River !   

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

 

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Open for Business

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open for Business

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed...Opening around the beginning of Aug

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

~ Drowning / Nodaway - 07/21/2008
~ Falls within boat / Longview - 07/20/2008

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

From the US Army Corps of Engineers website

    Current Topics ...in St. Louis

 


 

Welcome to Current Corps Topics in St. Louis


Col. Thomas O'Hara

 

The flooding we have experienced this spring in the Mississippi River Valley above and past St. Louis has rekindled a lot of interest in the work that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engages in on our Nation’s rivers.  I want to welcome you to an effort we are launching in St. Louis to respond to that interest. 

The purpose of this site is to address the current water resource management topics of interest to our partners and the public. We will strive to provide timely, accurate and thorough answers to those topics identified by the people and organizations that we serve.       

The genesis of this site has been the increased public interest that has resulted from the 2008 flood.  With the rising water levels we saw renewed interest in the relationships between two critical Corps of Engineer missions - navigation and flood control.  A great deal of what the Corps does locally and nationally involves supporting navigation and reducing flood risks and damage. 

Our first hot topic will look at an issue that crosses both of these missions – the question of whether river engineering structures do or do not lead to higher flood stages. We then plan to broaden our effort to provide accurate and understandable information about the careful balance we strive always to bring to the various interests in the Midwest water resources that are so vital to the region.

Please visit this site often.  It is going to grow and change.  If you have
questions you would like to see discussed here, please address them to: CEMVS-PA@usace.army.mil.  We’ll try to answer your interests as truthfully and completely as we can.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a learning organization.  Part of that learning process is listening and then responding in a professional dialog.  I promise you that dialog in return for your interests and ideas.

COL Tom O’Hara, USA
Commander - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis, Mo.

 

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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.

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Tax Cut Proposed For Iowa Flood Victims........

In Iowa, they are trying to give the flood victims a break. Not only are they trying to get their property tax waived for one year, but they are also proposing that sales tax be dismissed for flood victims for a year. This will help them while they are trying to buy new materials to repair and replace items in their home.

To read more about this, click here on the KHQA online

Adopt A Furry Flood-Victim Friend......

There are many pets including dogs, cats and kittens that have been left behind from the flood. The Humane Society have a lot of them ready to be adopted. To find out more about these furry friends or learn what you can do to help, go to their website at www.heartlandhumanemo.homestead.com or you can call them at 636-922-0569. Or you can contact the St. Charles County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center at 636-949-7387 or the St. Charles City Animal Control office at 636-949-3395. Sometimes pets are available for adoption at Petsmart in O’Fallon on Hwy K or at Petco in St. Charles on Zumbehl.

To read this full article in the St. Charles Journal, click here

My River Home...2008 Poker Run

   

   The 2008 Poker Run has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 6th !

 

And

 

 Gitlo will be back providing the entertainment !

Check him out on GiltoBlues.com

Lookinjg For History Along The Mississippi River.......

Before the new $640 million Mississippi River Bridge is built in downtown St. Louis, archeologists will be using shovels and backhoes to dig on the Missouri and Illinois sides of the river. They believe there is history to be found there dating back as far as 10,000 years.

  There is a lot to be learned from the ground.  When they locate old wells, they usually unearth things that folks didn’t want others people to find. They also learn about agriculture, floods and the lifestyles of others that were here before us.

Whatever the archeologists find, they must preserve or excavate and document. On the Missouri side, they expect to find out more about the Irish and German immigrants. Early maps show them where houses and businesses were. On the Illinois side of the river, archaeologists are hoping to unearth items from prehistoric civilizations.
 

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

Spiders Everywhere ....Yikes !

 

From:       "GLENN KELLY"
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    spiders
Date:        Tue, 22 Jul 2008 08:29:57 -0500

Sey Hey Bill
i just looked at the live came from winfield lock and noticed the SPIDER on the lens ... It seem the docks are not the only ones infested,, any suggestions on what product to use to UN-INFEST our docks. Maybe some one out there knows the good stuff to use.. HELP!!!.. I ask one of the pros. to spray after I used two gal. of store bought stuff. but dont know if he got around to it.. it is raining spider doo and im in a one year old dock
 

Thanks

Dave
the GYPSY ROSE Too

 

Con Trios yacht Club Update............

   Boaters For MS

From:          "Darryll Weil" <captainweil@sbcglobal.net>
Subject:       Con Trios website update
Date: Tue,    22 Jul 2008 11:55:13 -0500


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

Boaters for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Boaters for MS is having its first ever "Boaters for MS Day" at Palisades Yacht Club to benefit the Gateway Area Chapter and the individuals that they serve. All proceeds of this event will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Gateway Area Chapter for research, programs and services. Sherri Stanczak, fellow boater and freelance writer for River Bills and Heartland Boating Magazine, is chairing this event. Sherri knows the disease first hand as she has it.

Con Trios Yacht Club is donating some items for their silent auction.
Go to the Con Trios website for more information.

Darryll Weil, webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club
 

North Shore Oasis Update.....

From:          "Dave Zerweck"
To:             "'River Bill'" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:       RE: NorthShore
Date:           Tue, 22 Jul 2008 04:49:52 -0500
 

Bill;

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but it has been a little busy to say the least. I will be sending out an official statement later this week but I can tell you as much that I am currently serving as the interim Harbor Master. At this time we have the gas dock and boat ramp open and are looking for the bar to return to normal operation as soon as possible.

Dave Zerweck
 

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday..22 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated at 12:45AM...My River Home 2008 Poker Run......New Town Dog Parade......Spider Problems

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

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(636) 288 - 3621

Marty Wexler

 

Boat Covers, Custom Canvas, Bimini Tops, Cockpit Sun Shades, Camper Enclosures, Hatch Covers, Windshield Sun Shades, Upholstery

 

Quality Workmanship

Certified by the Custom Canvas Training Workshop

 

Call (636) 288 - 3621  To Schedule an Estimate, Pick up or Delivery

 

Click here to go to Marine Canvas & Upholstery website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

An eBay store with thousands of boating accessories and gear

Click here and check out the gotboatgear.com website

Picture of the Day

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Margaritaville Party

 

The River Picture and e-mail of the Day ..... is from Capt'n Darryll Weil.

 

Bill,

  Updated the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) with pictures from Christa, Mary Beth and Maureen from the Margaritaville Party at Grafton Harbor on Saturday and Alan Deutschmann winning the Con Trios Yacht Club award at the Blessing of the Fleet (www.blessingofthefleetstl.com). It was one fun day all around.

 

 

Added a short video of the Margaritaville Party festivities. It's about 2 minutes and 6 MB. You can go directly to it at the link below:
www.contriosyachtclub.org/video/margaritaville2008video.wmv


Darryll Weil,

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club
 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005----- was an action shot taken by Steve Schulte of a jet ski doing some serious air time.    Check out Steve's website by clicking on his link on the right hand side of this web page.

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

 

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Open for Business

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open for Business

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ......................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed ????? Lots of Rumors going around !

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed

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

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

~ Sobriety Check Point at Lake Ozark - 07/21/2008
~ River Saturations Dallas and Laclede Counties - 07/21/2008

~ 2 Boat Collision Meramec River - 07/21/2008

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notice.....

 


To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/21/08
Subject: ATON Discrepancies (BNM 0305-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1235



UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
A. THE FOLLOWING LIGHTS ARE EXTINGUISHED....Click here

 


 

Click here to go to the CG/ COE Hot Topics website

Updated at 12:45PM.....

 

My River Home...2008 Poker Run

   

   The 2008 Poker Run has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 6th !

 

And

 

 Gitlo will be back providing the entertainment !

Check him out on GiltoBlues.com

Updated at 10:10AM.....

 

4th July ...River Dawg Parade... New Town !

 

 

Hey Bill,

We had to settle for "Parade Dawg's" on the Fourth of July!    This was fun, there were 12 Dachshounds, minus Mark Nystroms 3, (Miss you Mark). Here's our Chipper all grown up with his 3 pups to the left of him and Uncle Max in front of course. The only female from our litter of 6 now belongs to Steve Huelsmann & Cheri Hunter also pictured is her backside. She walked with us in the parade. See all of the parade photos, lots of river people live there in New Town.

 

Fran & Marty Kennedy



Click here and check it out

 

RiverBill says.... This one got lost in my in-basket...It has been flooded lately ...Sorry!

Updated at 9:20 Am

Spiders Everywhere ....Yikes !

 

From:       "GLENN KELLY"
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    spiders
Date:        Tue, 22 Jul 2008 08:29:57 -0500

Sey Hey Bill
i just looked at the live came from winfield lock and noticed the SPIDER on the lens ... It seem the docks are not the only ones infested,, any suggestions on what product to use to UN-INFEST our docks. Maybe some one out there knows the good stuff to use.. HELP!!!.. I ask one of the pros. to spray after I used two gal. of store bought stuff. but dont know if he got around to it.. it is raining spider doo and im in a one year old dock
 

Thanks

Dave
the GYPSY ROSE Too

 

North Shore Oasis Update.....

From:          "Dave Zerweck"
To:             "'River Bill'" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:       RE: NorthShore
Date:           Tue, 22 Jul 2008 04:49:52 -0500
 

Bill;

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but it has been a little busy to say the least. I will be sending out an official statement later this week but I can tell you as much that I am currently serving as the interim Harbor Master. At this time we have the gas dock and boat ramp open and are looking for the bar to return to normal operation as soon as possible.

Dave Zerweck
 

Palisades Yacht Club Update.....

  RiverBill's received an e-mail from Amy Spenser of Palisades Yacht Club fame. They are "CLOSED" and hope to re-open at the beginning of August

Ferry Rates.....

 Capt'n George Shindel reported that the cost of a round trip ticket for a land yacht on the Golden Eagle Ferry is now $13.00.

RiverBill says.....Thanks for the info George !

FEMA Does Not Plan On Buying Out Homes & Businesses In Lincoln County

The County Commission announced on Friday their decision not to participate in any government buyout of properties that were damaged in the 2008 flood, although some towns in  that area may still apply for the program.  

FEMA mainly runs buyout programs to clear properties of buildings and structures to prevent future flood damage, but local governments must agree to take title of the  purchased homes and businesses. Lincoln County acquired 575 homes and businesses after the 1993 flood, mainly owned by duck hunting clubs.

There will be a public meeting for flood information this Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm at 43 Eagle Avenue, Winfield.

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

 

LOST......

Yellow Beach towel with Black writing of
"Jimmy Buffet Tour 2008"
Owner: Mary Beth Tiemann
Would so appreciate getting it back
Could even be a cold beverage as a REWARD
Last seen at Grafton Marina Pool Side
hanging on the fencing at CTYC Party July 19th

Send an e-mail to RiverBIll@prodigy.net

Y2Katy II.......

 

Greetings!
Guess who's new boat is pictured on the front page of the Metro section in Sundays Post Dispatch. It's the Y2Katy II, we did not win first place in our category, but we're hoping for second or third, which haven't been announced yet.

Rick Estes

Lake Center Marina

 

Click here and take a look !
 

We Are Getting A Break From The Heat.......

The rain is gone for awhile, the heat and humidity hit us right after that, however, we are getting a nice break for awhile. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80’s for the high for the next week or so. Recreational boats have been able to get back on the river for a couple of weeks now. It’s time to enjoy your summer.

To read more about this great forecast on the Alton Daily News, click here

Capt'n Darryll Weil Website Update..... 

   

Spent the weekend of July 18th to 20th, 2008 at Grafton Harbor in Grafton Illinois on the Illinois River.  Friday was mostly hanging out by the pool.  Saturday was the Blessing of the Fleet at Portage des Sioux MO on the Mississippi immediately followed by the Con Trios Yacht Club Margaritaville Party back at Grafton Harbor.  We took some friends, Dave and Mary Ann Schmidt, John and Terry Bowles along with a photographer and reporter from the Alton Telegraph Newspaper (click here for the article) to the Blessing.  Click here to see some random pictures at Grafton on my website.  To see the others go to the Blessing of the Fleet website, www.blessingofthefleetstl.com and the Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org .  All in all a very busy and fun weekend.

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
www.riverbirds.net (a spoof of RiverBills.com)

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Home-Made Levee.........

According to the St. Charles Journal, a couple in Old Town St. Peters decided to protect their house with a home-made levee after the floodwater came up and wiped out their crops.  They brought in sandbags and stacked them about six feet high around their home.

Now that the flooding is over and the waters have receded, they are trying to get rid of the sandbags. They thought that FEMA would help them dispose of them, but they didn’t. They have about three truckloads of sand around their house. With the high cost of fuel, no one wants to come and pick it up – not even if  they are free. The couple claims that they wouldn’t do it again, especially since there was only a small portion of their home that would have been hit with the water.

To read more about this story in St. Charles Journal, click here

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

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois


 

Western Regional Barefoot Championship.......   

From: "ABC Western Region" <heeney@barefoot.org>
Subject: Western Regional Barefoot Championship
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 23:45:53 -0600


U.S. and Canadian Western Regional
                                                    Barefoot Championship



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

July 25 - 27, 3008 At Lake Silverado, in Adna, Washington.

This is the site that hosted the 2006 World Championships offer a well protected lake and extra length giving barefooter the conditions to ski well. The fact this event will feature skiers from USA, Canada and Australia will add some excitement not usually seen at a regional championship.

Skiing will start on Friday, July 25th at Noon with the jump event and then continue through the week end. The entry fee is:

$100.00 USD for skiers who are skiing only slalom and tricks.
$120.00 USD for skiers who are skiing all three events.
$250.00 USD for a family of 3 or more.
Please make the Checks payable to "Lake Silverado"
Please send entry forms to:
Tenley Cederstrand
304 North Stadium Way
Tacoma, WA 98403
cederstrand@harbornet.com
253-627-1660 Home

Contact for questions: Tenley Cederstrand

This event will feature both American and Canadian Barefooters
One round of everything and if time permits a 2nd round pick/choose
Raffle/BBQ Saturday night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday..21 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of the Day .....

 

The Blessing of the Fleet website (www.blessingofthefleetstl.com) has been updated with some pictures of this years event along with the winners list by boat name. Pictures above is Captain "Dutch" Hauhe's boat "Scoundrel" that lead the downstream parade and then released helium balloons after passing the statue. More pictures and information will be posted as it becomes available.

2008 Blessing of the Fleet Winners
The Best Decorated Cruiser award was "Night-N-Gale"

The Best Decorated Houseboat was "Aquatraz"

The Best Decorated Sailboat was the "Kontaloa"

Best Decorated Pontoon Boat was "Misbehavior"

The Best Decorated Runabout had no name

Best Decorated Con Trios Yacht Club member boat was "Sound of Pleasure"

Darryll Weil

webmaster www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006----- were of some of the folks who hail out of Grafton Harbor on F Dock ( the party dock). 

  From left to right....Mark Kennedy, Bill Moyer, Bev Teuebaugh, Patrick Teuebaugh (standing) and Norma Wickenhauser.

 

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Palisades Yacht Club

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

 

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Open for Business

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open for Business

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed ????? Lots of Rumors going around !

 

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

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASES
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

~ Falls within boat / Longview - 07/20/2008
~ 2 boat collision / Meramec River - 07/20/2008
~ Grounding / Table Rock - 07/19/2008
~ 2 boat collision / Lake of the Ozarks - 07/19/2008
~ Hit by propeller / Blue Springs - 07/19/2008
~ Drowning / Meramec River - 07/19/2008
~ Capsizing / Other - See below - 07/19/2008

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Navigation Notice.....

 


To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/20/08
Subject: ATON UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1233

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0304-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0304-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG HAS RCVD A RPT THAT THE FOLLOWING LIGHTS ARE EXTINGUISHED:
A. AMERICAN COMMERCIAL DOCK LIGHTS (LLNR 16630) MM 172.1 UMR
B. BUSSEN TERMINAL LIGHT (LLNR 16645) MM 168.2 UMR
THE CG HAS RCVD A RPT THAT THE FOLLOWING AID IS MISSING:
C. BARNHART LIMESTONE DOCK LIGHT (LLNR 16715) MM 156.2 UMR. ALL
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION.
BT

 

Click here to go to the CG/ COE Hot Topics website

 Good Run......


Dubbed "Good Run" this short film will be the centerpiece of Discover Boating’s 2007 viral marketing campaign. The movie is a joyful, touching testament to the truth that "Life is better with a boat".

Underwritten by General Motors, the film was directed by Wally Pfister. He is best known for his work on the films Batman Begins and The Prestige, having earned back-to-back Academy Award nominations for Cinematography for both films (2005 and 2006). Wally also can add the Italian Job to his list of accomplishments.

Good Run (Duration 3:47 min)
 

 

 

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Brian Nolan for sending us the link to the above video.

The Blessing Of The Fleet Had Another Successful Year.......

In spite of the flooding, Portage des Sioux was still able to have their annual “Blessing of the Fleet.” This event has been in limbo since the rivers have been so high. In fact, the owner of Palisades Yacht Club, Amy Spencer, said that the restaurant still had four feet of water in the restaurant only 10 days beforehand. It was last minute planning but the parade still carried on. With the theme this year “Margaritaville,” boats decorated with grass skirts, blow up palm trees and other tropical decorations. The DJ at Palisades played Jimmy Buffet songs, such as “Margaritaville,” to set the mood. This year Deacon Robert Klostermann blessed the boats as they went by. There were only about 100 boats which is not as many that usually parades by. However, with the threat of rain and the worries of the high waters, many boats did not show. It was still a wonderful time and a beautiful day. Many of the boats headed up river to Grafton Harbor after the parade and awards ceremony at Palisades. Amy was happy to be able to have some customers and finally kick off summertime and boating season. Even though it was a late start, it was still good.

To read this full story on STLtoday.com and read how the blessing of the fleet was started, click here

 

The Flood May Be Over But The Recovery Is Not........

Even though the floodwaters have gone down, close to normal; however, the recovery period still has a way to go. There are many places reaching out to help those in need, such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, FEMA and many other smaller organizations. Flood victims are still in need of canned goods, non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, bottled water and health kits including toiletries. They will be needing these items until they get their houses rebuilt or get the money to relocate.

 

 To find out more about this issue and read the full story in STLtoday.com, click here

R_E_S_P_E_C_T ------      "Respect those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them"  

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

  

Note: The above was the subject and lead-in of an article that Kathy Flippo of  Tow Talkin'  wrote a few years back.  

21 Year Old Man Drowns In Meramec River

On Saturday evening, a group of people were on a float trip on the Meramec River near Meramec State Park when one of the men jumped in the water at about 7:00 pm to take a swim. He didn’t yell out or seem to be in trouble, so no one thought there was a problem. However, he never came back up.

 Authorities warn people that the sun, the extreme heat, plus paddling and swimming can wear a person out – no matter how well they can swim or how good of shape they are in. The man’s friends say that he was drinking, but they don’t believe he was intoxicated.

Click here to read the new article on www.ksdk

 

 

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Subject:     Update- Drowning at Meramec Caverns
Date:         Sun, 20 Jul 2008 10:27:14 -0500
From:        Amighetti, Lou


Divers are on scene at Meramec Caverns on the Meramec River, searching for a 21 year old male from Greenfield, IL. Subjects name has not been released.

Officer Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
 

 

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Clean Up Or Clean Out........

It seems that many of the people living in Illinois and Missouri have a choice if they have been flooded out. They are either going to have to clean up their homes or clean out of their homes and move somewhere else. The hard part is the waiting. They have to wait for the inspector to mark their home. Some of the homes along the riverbanks are owned by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Since they already own the land, they have to decide whether it is worth fixing up or not. To read more about this flooding issue and find out more about the programs out there to help flooded victims, click here on the St. Charles Journal.

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois


 

Man From St. Charles Drowned In A Farm Lake In Central Missouri    

Two men fishing in a farm lake in central Missouri capsized their boat and thrown into the water. Neither was wearing a life vest.  One of the men swam to the shore and looked back; he noticed that the other man had gone under water. The police found the man’s body about 3:30 in the afternoon on Saturday.

Click here to read the news story on ksdk.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Edition

Sat, Sun..19, 20 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of the Day .....was taken by Sherri Stanczak at last year's Blessing of the Fleet. I believe that is her husband, Mike, in the powered parachute above the bluffs, near the sailboat mast.


Good picture Sherri !


Click here to check out more of Mike and Sherri's pictures from the 2007 Blessing of the Fleet.

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006----- was from Captain Glenn Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.

 

It's a action shot of Kent Boyer showing off his stuff !....

Glenn wrote in his e-mail:

RiverBill,

 

This is a photo that I snapped in the back yard (Snake shoot) this evening (06-29-06).

Kent is out of Woodland Marina and handles himself pretty well on the board .

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Palisades Yacht Club..........................Opening This Weekend

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor.................................Opening this weekend

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

 

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Open for Business

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open for Business

CLOSED  ...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed for the season

North Shore Oasis..........Closed ????? Lots of Rumors going around !

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. Charles

Blessing of the Fleet - Mississippi River



It is Blessing of the Fleet time again. The Missouri State Water Patrol wants to remind all spectators and participants of a few common violations to avoid:

1. Seating violations- Bow, gunwale, seat-back, and deck riding is prohibited.

2. Registration violations- Make sure that all documentation decals, numbers, and names are clearly visible. Boats with registration that is not visible are subject to being stopped.

3. Littering- Make sure that decorations affixed to your vessel are secure. Any decorations that fall into the water are considered litter.

4. Anchoring in the channel- Pick areas away from traffic. Think safety when selecting a resting spot. It is illegal to obstruct or impede the flow of traffic.

5. Alcohol consumption- Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Alcohol and boating can be a deadly combination. Be responsible and designate a sober operator. Also remind passengers to be responsible with their alcohol consumption.

The Missouri State Water Patrol does monitor and respond to calls on channel 16 of the marine band on the Alton Pool. If you do not get a response, contact the Water Patrol dispatch at 573-751-3333, or the Coast Guard Sector Upper on channel 16, who will relay the call to our officers.

Ultimately, the Missouri State Water Patrol wants the Blessing of the Fleet to be a continued success. Remember that safety should be your number one priority.



News Release ID: N07080119
Release Date: 20080715The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

More Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 


News Release N070
80122

 OTHER - SEE SUMMARY - 07/18/2008

Waterway:

     Meramec River 
Summary : 

Victim dove into shallow water and struck his head on the bottom.

Injury Type  : 

Moderate


News Release N070
80120

Drowning / Lake of the Ozarks - 05/17/2008

Location:

     Lake Ozark 
Summary : 

SUBJECT WAS LAST SEEN ON THE STEPS OF A RETAINING WALL. FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER THE VICTIM WAS FOUND IN THE WATER. DAVID OGDEN, A NEIGHBOR OF THE VICTIMS, PREFORMED CPR. THIS INCIDENT WAS UNWITNESSED.

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 Good Run......


Dubbed "Good Run" this short film will be the centerpiece of Discover Boating’s 2007 viral marketing campaign. The movie is a joyful, touching testament to the truth that "Life is better with a boat".

Underwritten by General Motors, the film was directed by Wally Pfister. He is best known for his work on the films Batman Begins and The Prestige, having earned back-to-back Academy Award nominations for Cinematography for both films (2005 and 2006). Wally also can add the Italian Job to his list of accomplishments.

Good Run (Duration 3:47 min)
 

 

 

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Brian Nolan for sending us the link to the above video.

 Riverside Harbor.......

 

Hello Bill,

Cathy from Riverside asked me to email you to let you know that
they will be open this weekend.

They will have 2 docks out and 1 ½ ramps will be operational.
Storage customers may bring their boats back.
They have a porta potti on site.
There is still much cleanup to be done, but the season must go on.
They can be reached at 636-946-5535 for additional information.

Thanks,
Jennifer Knox
Sales Representative
AMI Metals, Inc. Q

 

 Kinder's Restaurant.......  Open every day of the week now !

 

    Sun thru Thurs......11AM - 9PM Kitchen

    Fri   thru Sat..........11AM - 10PM Kitchen

 Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis....

 

Sundowners Grand Re-Opening

The grand reopening of the downstairs bar & grill will be this Friday with Gary Sluhan playing at 9pm (calling all Parrotheads!)     Saturday will feature Rail at 9pm.

 

Hours this week:

Main restaurant ....5-10pm on Friday & Saturday,

Bar & Grill .............Friday 5pm-1:30am, Saturday 12-1:30am, Sunday 12-12.

Cabana Bar ..........will be open Friday-Sunday.

 

The pool is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-8pm.

We're back and better than before.
Thanks,
Jon & Kelley

Saturday  July 19......

2008 Blessing of the Fleet

The awards are at Pallisades Yacht Club.

Cash bar, food and entertainment by David the Canadian immediately following.

For more info go to:  http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

Blessing Of The Fleet – 51st Anniversary......

 

This year is the 51st anniversary for the Blessing of the Fleet in Portage des Sioux. Every year boats decorate with a specific theme. This year's theme is “Margaritaville.” Go to this website to read the history about the Blessing, view photos and find out the winners from last year. You can also view some new aerial photos from last year which were taken by Mike Stanczak from his powered parachute. His wife, Sherri Stanczak took photos from the ground as she covered the story for Heartland Boating Magazine.

 

Click here to see the full website

 

Blessing Of The Fleet ......

 

From: "Darryll Weil" <captainweil@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Blessing of the Fleet update
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 11:06:44 -0500




The Blessing of the Fleet website (www.blessingofthefleetstl.com) has been updated with some terrific aerial shots of last year's parade of boats taken by Mike Stanczak from his powered parachute. Come on out Saturday, July 19th, 2008 and join in the fun and excitement! Decorate your boat to this year's theme "Margaritaville" to be eligible for the awards for best decorated in several categories.

Darryll Weil, webmaster www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

R_E_S_P_E_C_T ------      "Respect those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them"  

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

  

Note: The above was the subject and lead-in of an article that Kathy Flippo of  Tow Talkin'  wrote a few years back.  

Governors Ask For More Flood Aid.........

More help for flood victims could becoming to our area later this year. Several midwest governors are calling for more federal aid to help flood communities

  To read this news article on the Alton Daily News....click here
 

 

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

79 degrees, falling, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 7/17/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

79 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on natural baits and cut shad; all other species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 7/17/2008)
 

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

RiverBill's July Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Safety Partnerships at Wappapello Lake


Wappapello, Mo., July 16, 2008 -

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake has developed partnerships with several local businesses, gas stations, and grocery stores in Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Puxico, and Wappapello, Missouri, to help promote public safety. These partners have allowed safety messages to be placed on their gasoline pumps or in their windows during the 2008 Recreation Season. The message is simple: “Make the Right Choice. Stay in the Safety Zone and Buckle Up!”


[ More ]

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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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 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.

 

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

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois


 

 Four Organizations Honored with Anglers' Legacy Leadership Award.....

  The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation announced the recipients of the Anglers' Legacy Leadership Awards

 Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, ESPN Outdoors/BASS and North American Fisherman were honored for outstanding promotion of the program and exceptional achievement in encouraging anglers to "Take the Pledge."

Click here for more information

 

 

 

 


 

 

Friday..18 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

  

click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of the Day ..... is from Paul and Tammy Amizich, it is of:
 

Bandit the River Rat Terrier
 

 

         

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

     

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006 ----- were from Steve Schulte and Barbara Rhoades. They are pictures of 2006  Blessing of the Fleet.

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Riverside Harbor.................................Opening this weekend

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

Golden Eagle Ferry.......The ferry opened on 7-16-08 for business about

                                   3PM with about 6" of water on the road

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open

CLOSED  DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed for the season

Palisades Yacht Club.....Cleanup in process 7-11-08

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Riverside Harbor.............Closed this week for cleanup

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. Charles

Blessing of the Fleet - Mississippi River



It is Blessing of the Fleet time again. The Missouri State Water Patrol wants to remind all spectators and participants of a few common violations to avoid:

1. Seating violations- Bow, gunwale, seat-back, and deck riding is prohibited.

2. Registration violations- Make sure that all documentation decals, numbers, and names are clearly visible. Boats with registration that is not visible are subject to being stopped.

3. Littering- Make sure that decorations affixed to your vessel are secure. Any decorations that fall into the water are considered litter.

4. Anchoring in the channel- Pick areas away from traffic. Think safety when selecting a resting spot. It is illegal to obstruct or impede the flow of traffic.

5. Alcohol consumption- Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Alcohol and boating can be a deadly combination. Be responsible and designate a sober operator. Also remind passengers to be responsible with their alcohol consumption.

The Missouri State Water Patrol does monitor and respond to calls on channel 16 of the marine band on the Alton Pool. If you do not get a response, contact the Water Patrol dispatch at 573-751-3333, or the Coast Guard Sector Upper on channel 16, who will relay the call to our officers.

Ultimately, the Missouri State Water Patrol wants the Blessing of the Fleet to be a continued success. Remember that safety should be your number one priority.



News Release ID: N07080119
Release Date: 20080715The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 Navigation Notice ...... .......

   

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 7/17/08
Subject: National Weather Service Daily River Stage Broadcasts
NAVNOTICE # 1225

Due to the recent fall in river levels, Sector UMR will be changing broadcast times for Daily River Stages back to 1500 and 2100 CDT effective immediatley. For further information contact the Sector UMR Command Center at 314-269-2332.

 

 

 

Check the ITCS website for most current memos
 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Safety Partnerships at Wappapello Lake


Wappapello, Mo., July 16, 2008 -

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake has developed partnerships with several local businesses, gas stations, and grocery stores in Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Puxico, and Wappapello, Missouri, to help promote public safety. These partners have allowed safety messages to be placed on their gasoline pumps or in their windows during the 2008 Recreation Season. The message is simple: “Make the Right Choice. Stay in the Safety Zone and Buckle Up!”


[ More ]

~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~

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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 Good Run......


Dubbed "Good Run" this short film will be the centerpiece of Discover Boating’s 2007 viral marketing campaign. The movie is a joyful, touching testament to the truth that "Life is better with a boat".

Underwritten by General Motors, the film was directed by Wally Pfister. He is best known for his work on the films Batman Begins and The Prestige, having earned back-to-back Academy Award nominations for Cinematography for both films (2005 and 2006). Wally also can add the Italian Job to his list of accomplishments.

Good Run (Duration 3:47 min)
 

 

 

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Brian Nolan for sending us the link to the above video.

 Riverside Harbor.......

 

Hello Bill,

Cathy from Riverside asked me to email you to let you know that
they will be open this weekend.

They will have 2 docks out and 1 ½ ramps will be operational.
Storage customers may bring their boats back.
They have a porta potti on site.
There is still much cleanup to be done, but the season must go on.
They can be reached at 636-946-5535 for additional information.

Thanks,
Jennifer Knox
Sales Representative
AMI Metals, Inc. Q

 

 North Shore Oasis.......

    Correction:

 

     North Shore Oasis has not re-opened for business. 

     

     Keep your anchor right here for information as it becomes available

 

 Kinder's Restaurant.......  Open every day of the week now !

 

    Sun thru Thurs......11AM - 9PM Kitchen

    Fri   thru Sat..........11AM - 10PM Kitchen

 Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis....

 

Sundowners Grand Re-Opening

The grand reopening of the downstairs bar & grill will be this Friday with Gary Sluhan playing at 9pm (calling all Parrotheads!)     Saturday will feature Rail at 9pm.

 

Hours this week:

Main restaurant ....5-10pm on Friday & Saturday,

Bar & Grill .............Friday 5pm-1:30am, Saturday 12-1:30am, Sunday 12-12.

Cabana Bar ..........will be open Friday-Sunday.

 

The pool is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-8pm.

We're back and better than before.
Thanks,
Jon & Kelley

Saturday  July 19......

2008 Blessing of the Fleet

The awards are at Pallisades Yacht Club.

Cash bar, food and entertainment by David the Canadian immediately following.

For more info go to:  http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

Blessing Of The Fleet – 51st Anniversary......

 

This year is the 51st anniversary for the Blessing of the Fleet in Portage des Sioux. Every year boats decorate with a specific theme. This year's theme is “Margaritaville.” Go to this website to read the history about the Blessing, view photos and find out the winners from last year. You can also view some new aerial photos from last year which were taken by Mike Stanczak from his powered parachute. His wife, Sherri Stanczak took photos from the ground as she covered the story for Heartland Boating Magazine.

 

Click here to see the full website

 

Blessing Of The Fleet ......

 

From: "Darryll Weil" <captainweil@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Blessing of the Fleet update
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 11:06:44 -0500




The Blessing of the Fleet website (www.blessingofthefleetstl.com) has been updated with some terrific aerial shots of last year's parade of boats taken by Mike Stanczak from his powered parachute. Come on out Saturday, July 19th, 2008 and join in the fun and excitement! Decorate your boat to this year's theme "Margaritaville" to be eligible for the awards for best decorated in several categories.

Darryll Weil, webmaster www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Flood Victims Are Starting To Clean Up & Evaluate .....

Some of the flood victims are starting to evaluate the damages and begin the major clean up. Many of them did not have any insurance because they didn’t know they needed it by having a levee protecting them. Others may not have enough insurance. With premiums going up every year, they just took out the minimal. Now they are paying for it. It is sad. There are a few people who were able to stay in there house and take a canoe back and forth to their homes. One man said that he wasn’t able to stay because of the smell. This Mississippi mud or some call it muck, is very difficult to clean up. It needs to be hosed down and scrubbed. Bleach is also used to help clean it up. One man had spent so much time fertilizing his lawn and taking care of it so he could have a beautiful lawn this year. Now he is looking at a yard full of mud. Many of the people blame it on the levees. They protect some people, but the water still has to go somewhere. It also give people a false sense of security.

To read more about these flood stories, click here on the St. Charles Journal

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Help Is Still Available For Those In Winfield & Foley, Missouri.......

 

The FEMA disaster relief agency has opened up at the Winfield Foley Fire Protection Department (WFFPD) station. They will be open from 8 am through 7 pm on Monday through Saturday until they are not needed anymore. To register with the Disaster Relief Center (DRC), you can either call 1-800-621- FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585. They offer all kinds of assistant programs such as low interest loans for homes and small businesses. They also offer assistance on building techniques and ways to build to protect your place from future flooding. They even help out with flood insurance. If you would like to volunteer your time to help out people muck and restore their homes, you can contact Operation Blessing at volunteer@ob.org. The Salvation Army is set up at Ashberry Methodist Church and the Red Cross also has resources for lodging, clothing and even food.

 

To find out more information, click on this full story on KSDK online

Catfish out Walking.....     

 

Capt'n Gary Bowers, who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis,  sent us a link to a news story on Yahoo News about walking catfish...click here and check this one out.

 

Take A Boat Ride In St. Louis

The Taylor family renovated the Boathouse in Forest Park about five years ago. Right there, you can get food, drinks, and entertainment – year round. Plus, some say it has the best view in town. The boats are rented out and they hold four people. I’ve also heard that you can’t ride one without getting a good workout.

To read this article in KSDK online, click here

 River Effects....

    The Dead Zone May Increase Because Of The Flood This Year

The “Dead Zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas is usually about 6,000 to 7,000 square miles; however, this year it is expected to be as large as 8,800 square miles. The reasoning for this increase of the dead zone is because of the flooding this year. There is an increase in nitrogen-based fertilizers brought on by an increase in corn production in the Midwest. The nutrients from these corn fields have washed into streams from the heavy rains and these streams feed into the Mississippi River. As it flows down to the Gulf it is creating a larger dead zone. This is causing the fishermen to go farther out to do any fishing. With the high cost of fuel, this is affecting the cost of seafood. According to the national fisheries data, the Gulf 72 % of the U.S. shrimp, 66% of oysters and about 16% of commercial fish.

 To read this full article in the Daily Advertiser, click here

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

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Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them; they are not reflective of the views or opinions of RiverBills.com LLC.

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Name:      Darryll (captainweil@sbcglobal.net)
Date:        Thu 17 Jul 2008 12:11:09 PM EDT
Subject:   Blessing of the Fleet


The Blessing of the Fleet website (www.blessingofthefleetstl.com) has been updated with some terrific aerial shots of last year's parade of boats taken by Mike Stanczak from his powered parachute. Come on out Saturday, July 19th, 2008 and join in the fun and excitement! Decorate your boat to this year's theme "Margaritaville" to be eligible for the awards for best decorated in several categories.

 

 Darryll Weil,

webmaster www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

 



 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 

 

 

Thursday..17 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

  

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture of the Day ..... Is from Little John of Little John's Marine Service.  It's titled

 

YEP WE DO HAVE A FEW REDNECKS IN THE AREA

 

 

 

Yesteryears Pictures of the Day

 

 

     

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005 ----- was one of the boats decorated for the  "Annual Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet" . The theme that year was.....

 

JUST DECORATE - WE'LL JUDGE"

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

Golden Eagle Ferry.......RiverBill's called yesterday.  The ferry opened for

                                   business about 3PM with about 6" of water on the road

The

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open

CLOSED  DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed for the season

Palisades Yacht Club.....Cleanup in process 7-11-08

North Shore Oasis..........Closed

Riverside Harbor.............Closed this week for cleanup

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

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. Charles

Blessing of the Fleet - Mississippi River



It is Blessing of the Fleet time again. The Missouri State Water Patrol wants to remind all spectators and participants of a few common violations to avoid:

1. Seating violations- Bow, gunwale, seat-back, and deck riding is prohibited.

2. Registration violations- Make sure that all documentation decals, numbers, and names are clearly visible. Boats with registration that is not visible are subject to being stopped.

3. Littering- Make sure that decorations affixed to your vessel are secure. Any decorations that fall into the water are considered litter.

4. Anchoring in the channel- Pick areas away from traffic. Think safety when selecting a resting spot. It is illegal to obstruct or impede the flow of traffic.

5. Alcohol consumption- Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Alcohol and boating can be a deadly combination. Be responsible and designate a sober operator. Also remind passengers to be responsible with their alcohol consumption.

The Missouri State Water Patrol does monitor and respond to calls on channel 16 of the marine band on the Alton Pool. If you do not get a response, contact the Water Patrol dispatch at 573-751-3333, or the Coast Guard Sector Upper on channel 16, who will relay the call to our officers.

Ultimately, the Missouri State Water Patrol wants the Blessing of the Fleet to be a continued success. Remember that safety should be your number one priority.



News Release ID: N07080119
Release Date: 20080715The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 North Shore Oasis.......

    Correction:

 

     North Shore Oasis has not re-opened for business. 

     

     Keep your anchor right here for information as it becomes available

 

 Kinder's Restaurant.......

 

Kinder's Restaurant was closed Mon and Tuesday of this week.   7-14 and 7-15
 

They will be open every day of the week starting on Wednesday !

 

Sun thru Thurs......11AM - 9PM Kitchen

Fri   thru Sat..........11AM - 10PM Kitchen
 

 Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis....

 

Sundowners Grand Re-Opening

The grand reopening of the downstairs bar & grill will be this Friday with Gary Sluhan playing at 9pm (calling all Parrotheads!)     Saturday will feature Rail at 9pm.

 

Hours this week:

Main restaurant ....5-10pm on Friday & Saturday,

Bar & Grill .............Friday 5pm-1:30am, Saturday 12-1:30am, Sunday 12-12.

Cabana Bar ..........will be open Friday-Sunday.

 

The pool is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-8pm.

We're back and better than before.

Thanks,
Jon & Kelley

 Cedar Hill Resort Closed for the Season....

  Bill,
Would you please let everyone know that we had 2 ft of water in the restaurant and will not open until next spring. By the time we get back in our house (the basement had 4 ft) and get everything redone at the bar the season will almost be over. I am really sorry we won’t be opening until next year.
Carrie

 Riverside Harbor....

   Recording states they are closed for cleanup this week

 US Army Corps of Engineers.......

 

 Recreational Activities Throughout the District....Click here

Saturday  July 19......

2008 Blessing of the Fleet

The awards are at Pallisades Yacht Club.

Cash bar, food and entertainment by David the Canadian immediately following. Extra parking at Long Shots per Tim Tighe.
 

For more info go to:  http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

Hannibal Makes TV Again.......

A 13,500 square foot mansion, listed for about $1.45 million, was put on the market. Rockcliffe Mansion, one of Hannibal’s attractions, aired on cable TV Monday afternoon from 4:30 pm through 5:00 pm on HGTV. It was on the show, “If Walls Could Talk.” If you missed this show, it will be on the air again on September 17th at 4:00 pm. This mansion was built between 1898 and 1900. It is a bed and breakfast right now, a bistro/cabaret and a touring mansion.

To find out more about this mansion, which has already had three qualified buyers fly out to look at it, go to www.rockcliffemansion.com or go to KHQA online

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Bud's Place........

   We received a couple of reports that there is a "For Sale / Lease" sign out in front of Buds Place.  RiverBill's called and was told they are considering relocation.

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Boating News From Afar........

   Man Drowns In Lake Of The Ozarks

A 69 year old man drowns in the Lake of the Ozarks. He fell off a dock in the Niangua arm of the lake about 9:30 pm Monday evening. Some neighbors and the sheriff’s deputy found him before 11:00 pm.

To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

Boating News From Afar........

  Jet Ski Collision In The Ozarks Kills A Man From O’Fallon

 

On Sunday afternoon, there were two jet skis, which were both rented from Osage Beach company. They were both traveling down stream at the 17 mile marker when the two collided. A 32 year old driver from O’Fallon hit the left side of another jet ski, driven by a 29 year old man from Chesterfield. The jet ski that was hit also had a 28 year old passenger from O’Fallon. He died at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital and was treated.

 To read this full report, click here on STLtoday.com

Boating News From Afar........

   Missouri State Water Patrol News Release

   Lake of the Ozarks

 

News Release   N07080116

 2 Boat Collision- 07/14/08

Summary:

     BOAT 2 WAS PULLING ALONG SIDE BOAT 1 WHEN IT STRUCK PASSENGERS LEG.

 

News Release   N07080117

 Other - See Summary- 07/14/08

Summary:

    SUBJECT JUMPED OFF 50' CLIFF AND STRUCK THE WATER.

Injury Type:

     MODERATE
 

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 .  

RiverBill's July Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

 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.

 

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

 River Effects......

     Largest Dead Zone Area On Record In The Gulf

It is predicted this year that the “dead zone” area in the Gulf of Mexico on the coast of Louisiana and Texas, will be the biggest one on record. They have been keeping track of this dead zone since 1985. The dead zone is an area where the oxygen levels drop too low to support any marine life at the bottom or near the bottom of the ocean. This happens from high nutrient levels which stimulates an overgrowth of algae which sinks and decomposes. The prediction for the dead zone area this year is 8,800 square miles. The largest record since then was 8,481 square miles back in 2005.

To read more about this issue and also find several links about this topic, click here on the Science Daily,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday..15 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

 

Gas Rebate.. What an Idea

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of the Day ..... was sent in by Capt'n Gary Hunt who hails out of the Ivy Club in Peoria, IL ........in the cruiser "Lien On Me"

 

 

Bill,

 I took this picture last Saturday afternoon. There was a couple of jon boats with a few young couples bow hunting for asian carp near Paradice Beach. Looked like they were having a riot. I'm for making bow hunting gear mandatory on boats and a gas rebate for each carp brought to the dock with an arrow in it.
Hope the boating season has finally turned around for you all down stream.

Gary

 

Yesteryears Pictures of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2006 .........  was from Bob & JoAnn Tucker of the boat "Tunes 2".

 

Bob and Jo Ann wrote in their e-mail:

 

RiverBill,

 

Tuesday night  was a spectacular evening for boating.  The temperature was perfect!   As we were heading back -  we took this picture, thought it was worth sharing.

Thanks for the great web site - it is very helpful for those of us that are NEW boaters.

 

Bob & Jo Ann Tucker

"Tunes 2"

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing........................................ Open for Business

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina.

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon

Luttrell Marine

North Shore Oasis

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Hope to Open in the middle to the end of the week

Grafton Ferry............... Open for Business

Brussels Ferry............. Open

CLOSED  DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed for the season

Palisades Yacht Club.....Cleanup in process 7-11-08

Riverside Harbor..............Closed this week for cleanup

 From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

Stored Flood Water Being Used to Generate Hydropower at Mark Twain Lake


Clarence Cannon Dam at Mark Twain Lakeon the Salt River in northeastern Missouri.
 

St. Louis, July 14, 2008 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District announced Thursday that it was beginning 24 hour power generation at its Clarence Cannon Power Plant at Mark Twain Lake, Mo. The multi-purpose reservoir located in northeast Missouri has been storing excessive amounts of storm water since June 11, aiding in reducing river stages on the Mississippi River south of Louisiana, Mo. Mark Twain Lake is located on the Salt River, which enters the Mississippi River just north of Louisiana.

The lake had been cleared to begin power generation only after river stages on the Mississippi River were within a safe, acceptable level. Close coordination has been made with downstream communities, the St. Louis District’s Water Control Office, and the Southwestern Power Administration. The power plant has a 58 megawatt unit, capable of generating enough power to sustain a town of 20,000 people.

Mark Twain Lake’s crest for this recent flood event was 628, utilizing about 60 percent of its flood storage capacity. Approximately 8,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water is being released from the dam as part of the power generation. One cfs is approximately 7.5 gallons per second.

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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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 Kinder's Restaurant.......

 

Kinder's Restaurant is closed Mon and Tuesday of this week.   7-14 and 7-15
 

They will be open every day of the week starting on Wednesday !

 

Sun thru Thurs......11AM - 9PM Kitchen

Fri   thru Sat..........11AM - 10PM Kitchen
 

 Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis....

Bill,

The grand reopening of the downstairs bar & grill will be this Friday with Gary Sluhan playing at 9pm (calling all Parrotheads!)     Saturday will feature Rail at 9pm.

 

Hours this week:

Main restaurant ....5-10pm on Friday & Saturday,

Bar & Grill .............Friday 5pm-1:30am, Saturday 12-1:30am, Sunday 12-12.

Cabana Bar ..........will be open Friday-Sunday.

 

The pool is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-8pm.

We're back and better than before.

Thanks,
Jon & Kelley

 

 Cedar Hill Resort Closed for the Season....

  Bill,

Would you please let everyone know that we had 2 ft of water in the restaurant and will not open until next spring. By the time we get back in our house (the basement had 4 ft) and get everything redone at the bar the season will almost be over. I am really sorry we won’t be opening until next year.

Carrie

 Riverside Harbor....

   Recording states they are closed for cleanup this week

 Calhoun County Is In Clean UP Mode........

Calhoun County is located between the Mississippi River and the Illinois River. That means that the flooding hit the towns with both rivers. Since the waters have started receding, it is time to start cleaning up. The three inches of rain this weekend, actually helped to wash some of the mud off. Many places have opened back up for business, such as the Barefoot Restaurant in Hardin, Illinois. Volunteers and inmates are working hard right now to take down the sandbag walls down and clean up the river mud. They are in need of sandwich items to feed the workers. They have done a lot, but there is still very much work to do.

To read more about this, click here on myjournalcourier.com

 

Volunteers Are Still Needed.......

Flood victims are still trying to recover. There are some residents in Louisiana, Missouri who spent a lot of money to bring sand in and spent hours packing it around their homes. Now they have the job of removing the sand and trying to salvage what they can from their homes. There are many repairs to be done as well as clean up. If you are interested in volunteering any of your time or money, some people could really use it. To find out more about this call 573-754-4116.

To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

Missouri State Water Patrol News.....

 Water Rescue on Meramec @ Franklin County

 

 This was dispatched as a water rescue, non-emergency. Subjects' boat broke down and need assistance getting back to the ramp. No injuries or arrests made.

Officer Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

More Flooding Is Predicted For The Future...........

We have been seeing more flooding in the Midwest and scientists say there is a reason for that. For one, they say that global warming is a contributing factor. With warmer temperatures, there is more precipitation in the air, which creates more rain. They say that heavy rainfalls have increased by 20% within the last 30 years. They also predict that by the end of the century, big storms that used to happen every 20 years, will happen approximately every five years. Illinois has had the wettest six months since they started keeping track of rainfall back in 1895. Scientists also say that people have false protection with levees. These levees will not always protect us from these heavy rains. However, because of these levees, more development is happening within these flood plains. That gives people false hopes of being flooded.

To read more about this issue, click here on telegraph.com
 

Not So Happy Campers.........

With all of the flooding in Winfield and Foley, many people were pushed out of their home. Some couples are stuck in a campground, about 12 miles away from their home. Their first story was filled with water and their second story is packed with river mud. At one time, they would love the fishing, hiking and camping scene, but after three strokes and being heavily medicated, one of these couples is not enjoying their camping trip at all. Not to mention, they don’t know what kind of decision is going to be made about their home. If their insurance doesn’t total their home, they will have to worry about cleaning it up and trying to get assistance to help rebuild it. Waiting is the hardest part. Since gas is so high, they try to make as few trips as they have to. Actually, the flood is not technically over from them. In the meantime, they are not such happy campers.

To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

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 .  

RiverBill's July Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

River Factoids....

Elevation of Mississippi River

At Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. The river drops to sea level as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

 

More than half of  the 1,475 foot drop takes place in the state of Minnesota..

 

Click here for more information

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois


 

 Iowa Landslide Derailed Train into Mississippi River

A train ended up in the Mississippi River after a landslide hit it. The danger of the train being in the river is the fuel leaking in the railroad. They have blasted the boulder that caused the derailment and have also set off other explosives further up the cliff to prevent any future landslides. This especially was important since there was more rain that came, which could cause more landslides. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources have been very careful to remove the engine from the river while preventing the fuel leakage to become a hazard.

To read this full article in the KHQA online, click here

 Instead Of A Vacation, How About A Staycation?

Usually this time of the year, there are many tourists who come to visit Missouri. Whether it’s Main Street in St. Charles, the Casinos or even the Gateway Arch. However, with the gas price increase, many people are not going far from home. They are finding things in their own town to do. Because of this, St. Charles has spent a little money on advertising. They are trying to get the residents to check out the events going on close to home. There are many sites to see right here in town. By doing this, vacations can turn into staycations. This means you can stay around town and see all of the events and sites close to you. To find out some of the things going on in St. Charles and other areas close by, click on the St. Charles Journal online. There are actually some historical, interesting and entertaining things to do for the whole family.

 Flood Victims In Pacific Missouri Are Still Waiting For Help......

According to the Tri-County Journal, there are still many Pacific residents who are still waiting on answers from FEMA and the state to get assistance for their home. They have been waiting for quite some time and they still have not received any answers. They don’t know if they will get assistance, if their insurance will pay or if there will be a buy out. The waiting game is not any fun and is very frustrating.

To read this full article, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday..14 July 2008

 

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of the Day ..... is from Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Gafton Harbor in the boat......"Last Call"
 

 

Bill,

We were out for a ride today--Sunday the 13th. It was nice to see boats in 3rd chute and lots of people at the Loading Dock. There wasn't a great deal of trash in the river and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. It was a perfect day for a boat ride!!!!!

 

See everyone on the river soon!!!
Valerie Aulabaugh

 

Yesteryears Pictures of the Day

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2005 .........  was a  sunset behind Two Branch Island taken by Captain Darryll Weil

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing........................................ Opening Next Weekend 7-19-08

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing.......................................Open

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant....................................Open

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina

Little John's Marine Service

LongShot Saloon.......................................Open

Luttrell Marine

North Shore Oasis.....................................Open

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina.......................................Open

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis ...... Open

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Closed due to high water on the Missouri side of river

Grafton Ferry............... Grafton Ferry office phone message

                                   "Boat should be reopening the week of July 14"

 

Brussels Ferry............. Open

CLOSED  DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club.....Cleanup in process 7-11-08

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

 

 RiverBend Marina Open for Business

 

From:         Debbie House <debbie@riverbendmarina.com>
To:             River Bill <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:      RE: Open for business
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 23:00:07 -0500

 

We are accessible by taking Silvers Road to Hwy C. Starting at Blue Wing for ½ mile there is water over road with deepest being about 5”. (You can definitely get here by truck and I took my Jeep thru it today). After that ½ mile mentioned above, it is dry all the way to marina.

 

Can’t use Hwy B to get here...still flooded.

We have also decided to keep doing public ramping .

Debbie House

RiverBend Marina

636 - 946- 2073

 Grafton Bounces Back........

After one of the five largest floods in history in Grafton, Illinois, many of the businesses have opened back up for business. They claim that they just need high powered water, bleach, paint and a lot of hard work to get things back to normal. Being a river town, they are used to floodwaters. Even though this was one of the highest floods – about seven feet lower than the 1993 flood – it has only had a short term affect on this strong community. Business was slow for about a month due to high waters and road closures, but they are already bouncing back. The Loading Dock is one of the businesses that have already opened back up.

To read this article in full STLtoday.com, click here

 What Are They Going To Do With All Those Sandbags?

Now that the flooding is over and the waters have receded, there are many sandbags left over. The National Guard helped put them up and stacked them, but they will not be the ones to take them down. They have to depend on the communities to take care of hauling off the thousands of tons of sand that is on the levees and the streets. The bags deteriorate within just a few weeks from the sunlight. The sand is not exactly toxic, but it has had floodwaters flow through it. Many times they use the sand to make concrete or spread over the roads after some winter storms. A lot of the bags will be used in landfills.

To read more about this story on STLtoday.com, click here

 Alton Cancels September Fireworks....

   The Telegraph.com has a news story about Alton, IL canceling their

September fireworks....... that were originally planned for the 4th of July

 Reason......Cost would be too high in overtime for police, firefighters and Public Works Department.

 

    Click here to read the news article

 Quincy Cleaned Up Their Historic Part Of Town.......

The town of Quincy, Illinois spent the weekend cleaning up their historic little town after the flood. They mainly concentrated on the 500 and 600 block of Main Street, which is the most historical part of town. They are hoping to bring in more businesses and tourists as well.

To find out more about this clean up or about their little river town on KHQA online, click here

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

   Fatality....2 Boat Collision....Lake of the Ozarks

 

NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080113  
Incident Type : Incident Date :
2 BOAT COLLISION
07/13/2008
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
LAKE OF THE OZARKS
2
5:10:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
17 MM LAKE OZARK CAMDEN
Summary :
BOTH JET SKIS WERE HEADING DOWNSTREAM, THEY CROSSED EACH OTHERS PATH AND STRUCK. BOAT # 1 HIT THE PORT SIDE OF BOAT # 2 GOING UP AND OVER BOAT # 2.
Boat(s) Involved Listing:
Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
2001 KAWASAKI PWC MINOR $250
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

BRIDGEPORT RENTAL OSAGE BEACH
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
THIRUGNANASAMBANDAM, ARUN 4/16/1976 OFALLON, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
RIZVI, SATIR 10/21/1981 OFALLON, MO
Boat Number : 2
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
2006 KAWASAKI PWC MINOR $250
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

BRIDGEPORT RENTAL OSAGE BEACH
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
SIDDHAREDDY, KISHORE 3/7/1979 CHESTERIELD, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
PADGAONKAR, AMOL 12/15/1979 OFALLON, MO

Injuries:
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
SIDDHAREDDY, KISHORE 3/7/1979 CHESTERIELD, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Serious LAKE REGIONAL

Fatalities:
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
PADGAONKAR, AMOL 12/15/1979 OFALLON, MO
Nearest Relative: City/State :
   
Taken to : Coroner :
HEDGES FUNERAL HOME,OSAGE BEACH DR JUNGLES
Date Body Recovered : Time Body Recovered : Location :
     
Recovered by : Depth : Swimmer : Unknown
   
Method : Wore PFD : YES

 

The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07080113

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Kinder's Restaurant....

   Kinder's is open this week  (Call 1st   618 -883-2586 )


 

Alton Is Finally Below Flood Stage

According to the Alton Daily News, the Mississippi River has finally dropped below flood stage. This happened around noon time on Sunday afternoon. Areas such as Hardin and Grafton, Illinois are still just above flood stage, but are supposed to be below flood stage by the end of the week.

To read this full article, click here

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

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 .  

RiverBill's July Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

River Factoids....

Length of Mississippi

The length of the Mississippi River is a difficult measurement to obtain because the river channel is constantly changing.  Measurements vary from  2,300 to 2,552 miles.

 

Click here for more information

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

An e-mail RiverBill's received last week from the Save The Delta Queen Team:

 

 

To:              riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:      Save the Delta Queen: Time Magazine features Mark Twain
Date:           Tue, 8 Jul 2008 21:27:01 +0200
From:          Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team

 

 


Dear RiverBill,

this week's cover story in Time Magazine is featuring Mark Twain. This gives us a great opportunity to pitch the Delta Queen's cause to a national audience!

I'd like to kindly ask all of you, really everyone - Can you please write letters to the editor reminding him that Mr. Clemens must be throwing fits in his grave right now because Congress is on the brink of destroying the last remaining link to his greatest inspiration.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain took his pen name from a common river term; he worked as a steamboat pilot for years; and most remarkably: The today's bell of the Delta Queen origins from a steamboat Mark Twain rode in 1883. What a link between the Delta Queen and Mark Twain himself!

All we need is to give the editor of Time Magazine the impression that there is something worth having a closer look at. Maybe they do a story about saving the Delta Queen. But at least they'll print one or more of our letters in their next edition - and that's all we need to reach a huge audience, nationwide!

Let's make this the biggest number of letters to the editor Time Magazine has ever got on a single story. We are thousands of individuals, we can do this!

How to write a letter to the editor of Time Magazine?

Simply send an e-mail to: letters@time.com -- Don't forget to refer to the cover story of the current magazine's issue.

And/or go to one of the stories of the recent issue of the magazine online:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1820144,00.html
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1820166,00.html
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/a! rticle/0 ,9171,1820162,00.html
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1820123,00.html

On these web pages, click on the story author's name and a new window will pop up where you can write your letter in.

In the name of the Delta Queen, thank you very much for your help!

Yours Sincerely
Franz Neumeier
Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team Member
www.save-the-delta-queen.org


P.S.: For news and updates on the Save the Delta Queen Campaign, also check www.save-the-delta-queen.org and the news on the front page of www.steamboats.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Sat, Sun..12, 13 July 2008

 

Over 1.6 Million Visitors Strong !

 Updated Sun at 3:30 PM ...Added RiverBend Marina to the Open List,  Correction    Eagles Landing... Opening Next Weekend 7-19-08

Updated Sat at 10:00 AM... My River Home's Poker Run

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of the Day ...Sunday.. was sent in by Tom Schaffner

Bill..

  How ya been?    Took a ride down Hwy B Friday evening ..took this
picture right after storm came thru.. still couldn't get through to (Hyw) C

Tom Schaffner
 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

  1st Place Winner

1997, The 40th Anniversary of

 "Blessing of the Fleet Parade"

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of the Day ...Saturday.. Update IN PROCESS ..Pic of the Day will be uploaded in a few short river minutes

Hi Bill!

Re: Picture from the past..

In sync with.............
"Blessing of the Fleet" coming up... July 19th, 2008.

First Place "Alan's Ark" 1997 / The 40th Anniversary of "Blessing of the Fleet Parade".
Boat: "Sound of Pleasure"

Attached is a picture of my boat from the 1997 Blessing of the Fleet Parade.


See ya soon!
Alan D
 

Yesteryears Pictures of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Yester Year's River Picture on this Day in 2007 --  Sunday-- was of (left to right).....Scott Nienhaus, Karen Crawford and Pat Liston performing at Capt'n Jack's Bar and Grill.  The place was packed !

 

    Liston, Nienhaus & Crawford is acoustic music and three-part harmony at it's very best .....good, clean, crisp rock and roll.   

   

    Scott was a former member of the Byrds and Pat, a founding member of Mama's Pride.  The three played as a trio and each performed solo. Every song these artists played was a cut above the last and it just kept getting better, better and better !   

 

 

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Yesteryears Pictures of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture and e-mail on this Day in 2007 --Saturday-- were from Murphy Ackers, of the houseboat "Murphy II". 

 

Bill,

   Attached are some pics of some good boater friends who hang out with me at the Sandbar at the top of Two Branch Island.  The Red Buoy was found by us a few years ago (Oct 2003) and we " Planted it" in the Sand but the High water washed it away.   We found it again last weekend  and we "planted it" AGAIN!!  This time we signed the Buoy with are Boat names.  Hope she makes it thru Jamaica Daze 2006 and the High waters!!

 

Have a nice day!!

Murphy  

 

 

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Open For Business...........

 

Alton Marina

Block Marine

Eagles Landing....................................... Opening Next Weekend 7-19-08

Great River Road 

Graftons Landing......................................Opening this Weekend

Kilroys Restaurant.

Kinders Restaurant....................................Opening Friday 4 PM

Lighthouse Inn @ Two Rivers Marina

Little John's Marine Service....   (636) 541-2962

LongShot Saloon.......................................Opening Fri night

Luttrell Marine

North Shore Oasis....................................Open

Port Charles Marina 

RiverBend Marina.......................................Open

Sundowners @ Yacht Club of St. Louis ......  Open Fri, Sat & Sun

 

 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry.............. Closed for Business

Golden Eagle Ferry.......Closed due to high water

Grafton Ferry............... Grafton Ferry office phone message

                                   "Boat should be reopening the week of July 14"

 

Brussels Ferry............. Open

CLOSED  DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club.....Cleanup in process 7-11-08

 

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

 

Added a few new pictures from   Frances Kennedy

 

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough, Wayne Reinwald, The Carroll Family, Frances Kennedy, Dave Diederich

 

 

Update from East of South Shore and Seaburger in the Dardenne Slough ...... From FrancesKennedy

   Here’s http://flickr.com/photos/danchess46/sets/72157605872508671/ from the high point of the flooding on the 28th in the Dardenne Slough.

   Then, as of Saturday the 5th, http://flickr.com/photos/danchess46/sets/72157606001600073/ .

Alton Marina........Here are some flood pictures of Alton Marina.
http://flickr.com/photos/diederich/tags/flood2008/
Alton Marina has remained open during the flood, however we can't go anywhere since the river is closed.     Island-Dave     Wind Dancer
 

Flood Video........www.contriosyachtclub.org and then click on the "Photo Galleries" link.....Darryll Weil, webmaster

Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn  ....... Click here and check them out.....

Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures  ..... Click here and check them out.....

RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures  ...  Click here and check them out.....

Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

FEMA Diaster Assistance.......1-800-621-FEMA   

                                             http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

United States Coast Guard Press Release ...........  

 

 

  DATE: July 03, 2008 11:43:00 CST   

 

Office of External Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

 

Press Release

Date: July 09, 2008

Contact: LCDR Tim Whalen

(314) 269-2568

COAST GUARD REOPENS RIVER TO RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC 

ST. LOUIS - Due to improved conditions the Coast Guard has lifted the previous high water restrictions effecting recreational vessel traffic.

The restrictions being removed are those which prohibited recreational vessel traffic on the Upper Mississipi River between mile markers 168.7 (Jefferson Barracks Bridge) and 301.2 (Lock & Dam 22), the Illinois River between mile markers 0 and 24, and the Kaskaskia River between mile marker 0 and 21.
For the most up-to-date information regarding river closures on these rivers, vessel operators should monitor the Coast Guard's daily marine information broadcasts at 3:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.

 

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U.S. Coast Guard - Saving lives since 1790

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact:

Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  St. Louis

Mississippi Reopen to Recreational Boating

The United States Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to recreational boating traffic from River Mile 168.7 Jefferson Barracks Bridge, to River Mile 301.2 Lock and Dam 22 at Saverton. It is important to remember that major flooding can dramatically affect water depth of the main channel, and sloughs behind islands. Areas that were once deep enough to operate in may not be after the flooding. Watch for submerged debris and check the water depth. Be mindful that the water level is still higher than normal causing strong currents that boaters need to take into account when near stationary objects.
The Mississippi River may be open to recreational traffic but remain courteous to surrounding property owners. Clean-up after flooding can take businesses and residents many weeks. The wake from any vessel can damage property still submerged under water. Remember that you are responsible for your vessel wake. Take it slow and operate at idle speed around flooded structures.
The closing of the Mississippi river has forced many water enthusiasts to travel to other bodies of water or not boat at all. The summer boating season is nearly half over but safety should still be your first priority. Remember to wear a life jacket while on or near the water. Boat smart. Use a designated driver or avoid alcohol use all together while enjoying water activities.



News Release ID: N07080110
Release Date: 20080708

 

The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Updated Sun at 7:40AM

 Businesses in St. Charles Access Flood Damage

  According to a news story in the St. Charles Daily Journal local farmers and marina owners along the Mississippi River are assessing the damages from the recent flood and looking towards to recovery.
 

  Click here to read the news story

Updated Sun at 7:30AM

 Heavy Rainfall Slows Fall of River

  According to a news story in the AltonDailyNews.com the rate the river is falling has slowed because of recent heavy rain to the north of the St. Louis area.   Heavy rainfall is reported in Southern Wisconsin, Central and Northern Illinois.

 

  Click here to read the news story

 Updated Sun at 1:30AM

B.O.A.T----- Break Out Another Thousand  (from 2005)  

This definition of boat was on an e-mail that I received and as most of us know it sure fits sometimes.  I am not sure of the source, but whoever created the definition must of been having boat problems at the time.

 

 Updated Sat at 8:15 AM

Alton Cancels September Fireworks....

   The Telegraph.com has a news story about Alton, IL canceling their

September fireworks....... that were originally planned for the 4th of July

 Reason......Cost would be too high in overtime for police, firefighters and Public Works Department.

 

    Click here to read the news article

 Updated Sat at 8:00 AM

Possible Cougar Sighting In Alton....

   The Telegraph.com has a news story about a several reports of a cougar sighting in Alton IL.  People reported seeing a large black cat  5 to 5.5 feet long and about 38 inches tall in the area.

        

      According to the article, cougars have been migrating from the Western United States during the past decade.  Mainly to the states of South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. A dead cougar was found  in 2000 on the railroad tracks in Randolph County, IL.
 

      Police shot a cougar in Chicago earlier this year that had migrated there from Wisconsin.
 

    Click here to read the news article

Updated Sat at 8:00 AM

Calhoun County Towns Clean Up After Flood....

   The Telegraph.com has a news story on the cleanup going on in Calhoun County, IL.

 

    Click here to read the news article

Palisades Yacht Club....

   Amy Spencer, of Palisades Yacht Club Fame, e-mailed me that

 

The cleanup is in process at Palisades !


 

Kinder's Restaurant....

   Kinder's will open today at 4 PM