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September 2008

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

Tuesday

 

September 30 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Picture of the Day

 

 

 

    Click on pics to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day......  Are from Capt' Rick Estes, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the boat Y2KATY II

Hey Bill,

 

Another great day on the mighty Mississippi. Saturday we cruised on down to Palisades Yacht Club for the M.S. benefit. We almost didn't stop since there was only one small spot left at the courtesy dock. But thanks to the help of some friendly folks gazing at the river, we squeezed the 31 foot Y2Katy II into a 32 foot space. I found out later that one of those friendly folks was Mike Stanczak, husband of Sherri, the organizer of the benefit. We had a great time, lots of friendly people, good food and drink. My brother actually won one of the 50/50 drawings. I guess you know who bought the next couple rounds of drinks. Then we had the pleasure of meeting Scott Lewis and Amy Spencer, proprietors of Palisades YC. We were introduced by my sister Linda, who's husband, Eric, volunteers at the City of Cottleville, where Scott and Amy are both employed. So sis offered Scott and Amy a boat ride, which we were happy to supply, and we cruised up to Grafton and back. Somehow I ended up in a 5K challenge ( a 3.1 mile foot race) in the city of Cottleville's annual 5K Run/Walk, which my bro-in-law Eric organizes. It was my fault, Amy said she came in last in the '07 event and I knew I could go slower than that, so here we go! Fellow boaters, join us next Saturday, October 4 for some fresh air and exercise (then go boating). Info is available at http://www.cityofcottleville.com/

 

The attached pics are of:

Scott and Amy in the Y2Katy in front of Palisades

my brother KC, daughter Katy, sister Linda, me, Amy and Scott, floating downriver

Amy, Mary and Linda in front of the DJ at Palisades

 

Rick, Mary, Katy

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007----  was sent in by Capt'n Bill Moyer, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser "Copier Cat".......  It's some of the party crew on "F" Dock

 

THERE'S NO PARTY

 LIKE 

AN "F" DOCK PARTY !

Grafton Harbor 

 

RiverBill says....If you want to party like a rock star all night long..... ask for a transient slip on "F" Dock the next time you travel to Grafton Harbor.  These boaters really know how to have fun !


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/29/08
Subject: ILR WAP (BNM NR 0499-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1412

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 1 THRU 8 (MM 0.0-199.9 ILR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE OF THE
ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL ZONES ARE NOW OPEN TO RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC.
ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ALL VESSELS ENGAGED IN DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN HIGH WATER AREAS. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THIS ZONE DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS.


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/29/08
Subject: Hydraulic Dredging Operation MM 147.6 ILR (BNM NR 0497-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1410

HYDRAULIC DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE AT MM 147.6 ILR ON
04OCT08 AT 1200 CDT AND CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 03NOV08.
DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE BUXTON II ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 82, 30 MINUTED PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
 


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

       

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 300111
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
811 PM CDT MON SEP 29 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE ILLINOIS RIVER...

AT LA GRANGE LOCK AND DAM TAIL WATER AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY

AT MEREDOSIA AFFECTING MORGAN AND PIKE COUNTIES

AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES

AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES


 
Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080207

 Waterskiing Accident / Bull Shoals - 09/27/08

Location:

     Point 36, Kirbyville 
Summary : 

SUBJECT FELL WHILE WAKEBOARDING. HE WAS RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS, WITH A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY. HE WAS PULLED INTO THE BOAT BY FAMILY MEMBERS WHERE CPR WAS ADMINISTERED UNTIL EMS ARRIVED. PATIENT WAS THEN AIRLIFTED TO COX SOUTH SPRINGFIELD. HE THEN UNDERWENT SURGERY FOR A CLOSED HEAD INJURY.
 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Winneberg Estates Community......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

080927-G-Patrol-Under-I35
Minneapolis, Minnesota

A reserve crew from Sector Upper Mississippi River patrols underneath the new I-35 bridge in Minneapolis, just over one year after the existing bridge collapsed on August 1, 2007 during rush hour traffic, killing 13 and injuring 145 people. Boat crew: PSC Mark Mirsch, MK1 Eric Gadbois, BM2 Brandon Kuske (Coxswain), BM2 Mike Arney (Coxswain), BM3 Ryan Beecher, BM3 Pat Olmstead, FA Mike Kelleher - several were on the initial crew that responded to the collapse a year earlier. The new bridge was built in just a little over a year, two months ahead of schedule.
September 27, 2008
U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Kevin Rofidal
 

Yacht Club of St. Louis Dock Hop...

 

Saturday Oct 4th 

Click here for .pdf flyer

Wind Turbine Blades On Barges......

Keep an eye out for new cargo on those tows going up and down the river.  According to a news article in the Waterways Journal, the Alter Barge line has started transporting wind turbine blades on their barges.  

A lot of folks are betting that wind power will be a key energy resource in the future.

Click here to read more
 

RiverBill's September Calendar :    

 

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

 

Missouri Hunting and Fishing Permit Changes............

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation website the following changes are scheduled to g into effect for the 2009 hunting season:

  • Eliminating some youth hunting permits in favor of discounts for youth hunters.

  • Phasing out permit exemption for senior citizens and replacing them with one-time purchase “forever” permits.

  • Allowing nonresident college students to buy resident permits.

  • The Commission also approved the first significant increase in hunting and fishing permit prices in 10 years. Other changes are aimed at bringing in a larger share of federal fish and wildlife funding
     

Click here to go to MDC online and read more...

Approach Catfish Tournament........
 

   Oct. 18, 2008 at Pere Marquette State Park

   8AM to 3PM

   Call (217) 942-6655 for more info
 

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

American Queen Trapped Above Clinton RR Bridge Last Week..........

According to the September 29th edition of Kathy Flippo's Tow Talkin, the American Queen Riverboat was trapped above the Clinton, Iowa Railroad Bridge last week. The bridge across the Mississippi River was out of commission on the 23rd and 24th.

The Queen made her way to the CLinton riverfront and her passengers where transported to Davenport by bus. It was the first time the riverboat has stopped in Clinton....

Click here to read this week's edition of Tow Talkin.......

 

 

 


 

 

Monday

 

September 29 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

The Big Muddy

Mark Your Calendar !

Don’t Miss The Celebration Week!

What:          The Big Muddy Celebration

When:         October 6 - 11

Where:        3761 New Town Blvd., near the New Town

                   Boulevard exit off Highway 370

More Info:   636-724-7920

The Big Muddy will donate 5 percent of all sales during the celebration week to the Forgotten Heroes charity.

Live music Wed nite (the anchor nite) at 8 pm

 

 Pictures of the Day

 

 

      

 

      

Denny's Plane in harbor                               Denny's plane in slough

 

Click on pics to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day...... are from Sherri Stanczak...Boaters For MS

 

Thanks Bill for all of your advertising with my event. It went really well. We made about $1500 for M.S. with the auction, booth rentals, 50/50 ticket drawing, and barbecue. Denny Schwandt donated a 1/2 ride on his Piper J-3 Cub and he also bought over a hundred dollars worth of items from the auction. Everyone was very nice and generous. We all had a great time and met some great people.

We had several booths with my youngest son, Kyle promoting his event in November, "Rock out for M.S.", baked goods, gourmet foods, candles, Shaklee vitamins, Face Painting, Jewelry, Skin care products, financial advisor/insurance and my book. Dwain Jensen our DJ played throughout the day with great music. Robert Cope and his friends played music from 7:00 - ??? They were awesome! The Portage des Sioux Fire Department came out and sat there on the parking lot with their Fire Truck and showed a lot of kids around in it. We appreciate them coming out and hanging out with us.

 

Robert McAteer from Collinsville won the ride in the airplane with Denny Schwandt.

My family was really great. They got there early with me, helped me set up and did a great job with everything throughout the day. I love them all : my three sons, my parents, brothers, their girlfriends, my nieces and nephews and my loving husband Mike, who showed off his ultralight while taking some aerial photos of the event. Amy & Scott were great as usual by working so hard to get their place looking good and letting us have this event. Thank you everyone for all of your support. We appreciate it and love you all!!

Bests,
Sherri
 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005 ----  was of a row of sailboats silhouetted against last  Saturday's sunset......What a picture......Look at those magnificent colors !

    The pic  was taken by Captain Harry Ragland, of the sailboat "Tapacolo".   Harry wrote in his e-mail:

" Saturday was a good day for sailing, with steady winds out of the East.   I sailed "Tapacolo"  from Portage Des Sioux to Alton and back.   By the time I got docked the sun was setting, and this is how it looked from the back porch of Palisades Yacht Club."


  
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United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 24, 2008 12:33:20 CST                                                        

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 26, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
 

Coast Guard closes portions of the Illinois River

 

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) for the Upper Mississippi River has reduced the river closure on the Illinois River Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 and has re-opened another portion.

The last closure from mile marker 50 to 180.9 has been changed to mile marker 80.3 to 101.9. The additional closure between mile markers 136 to 138 has been reopened to all traffic.


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Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
The United States Coast Guard -- Proud History. Powerful Future.

 

   Click here to go to US Coast Guard news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/28/08
Subject: Dredging Operations MM 270.0 UMR (BNM 0493-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1407

DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 270.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 16, OR WORKING CHANNEL 8, 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.


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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/28/08
Subject: Hydraulic Dredging Operation MM 257.0 UMR (BNM NR 0492-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1406

HYDRAULIC DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 257.0 UMR AND WILL  CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13 OR 16, 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT A SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/28/08
Subject: Light Showing Improper Characteristics MM 281.8 UMR (BNM NR 0491-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1405

THE BUNGE DOCK LIGHT (LLNR 15950) MM 281.8 UMR RIGHT DESCENDING BANK. THE LIGHT IS SHOWING IMPROPER CHARACTERISTICS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 


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

       

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 290113
 FLSLSX
 FLOOD STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
 813 PM CDT SUN SEP 28 2008
 
 ...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS..
 
 
   ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE LD TW AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY
 
   ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA AFFECTING MORGAN AND PIKE COUNTIES
 
   ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES
 
   ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES



 
Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

 

News Release N07080206

 Collision/objects / Lake of the Ozarks - 09/26/08

Location:

     25 MM Main Channel, Osage Beach 
Summary : 

THE OPERATOR OF THE BOAT WAS TRAVELING UP STREAM AT THE 25 MILE MARK. DUE TO THE FOG, THE OPERATOR STRUCK A DOCK ARM THAT WAS ADRIFT.

 

Comedy Night at Sundowners ........  

 

Live comedy comes to the river on Friday, October 10th @ 8pm featuring nationally touring comedian David Graham as seen on The tonight show, Comedy central, and HBO.

David's shows are sold out every time. Tickets are $10.00 and available at the restaurant or by telephone @314-250-3042. Reservations are advised as seaeting is limited.

After the comedy show DJ Ray will spin some great songs to finish out the evening.

 

Hope to see you there

Jon & Kelley Klipp

Winneberg Estates Community......

According to a news article in TheTelegraph.com... residents of Winneberg Estates, located on the Mississippi River just up-river from the Golden Eagle ferry landing, work hard and take great pride in keeping their community running smooth and looking beautiful .

Homes with a river view, wildlife, peaceful countryside living and that real neighborhood feeling !

Click here to read a bit of history about Winneberg Estatesand what is all going on there today

Captains Of The River Bend Awards......

According to a news article in the Alton Daily news... the River Bend Growth Association is hosting the Captains of the River Bend award luncheon on October 23rd.  The event honors organizations, businesses and municipalities that are making a difference in the river bend area.    

Click here to read the news story.

Yacht Club of St. Louis Dock Hop... Sat Oct 4th 

Click here for larger .pdf file

West Nile Is The Mildest In Seven Years......

Even though our country has had above normal rainfall many areas, several damaging hurricanes, a tremendous amount of tornadoes and several flooding issues, we have had a very mild case of the West Nile Virus. In fact it is the mildest it has been in seven years.

According to an article on KSDK online, we have had one-third of the severe cases of the virus compared to last year. So far there have been 368, with 18 deaths. Mississippi and California combined had half of these cases. They seem to have been the hardest hit. Usually there are more cases in August or September, so officials seem to think that the worst of this is over. The statistics show that 1999 was the first time that the U.S. had human cases of the virus and that was only in New York. The virus was the worst in 2002 & 2003 where there were almost 3,000 cases and there were more than 260 deaths. In 2007, there were about 1,200 severe cases and about 124 deaths. The stats have never been this low since 2001 when the virus was just beginning and there were only 10 states who reported this. The virus usually makes 1 out of 5 people sic and about 1 in 150 will have severe cases.

To read this full report, click here on KSDK online

RiverBill's September Calendar :    

 

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

 

Update on Man Who Fell From Alton Bluffs Last Week.....

According to a news article in the Alton Daily news... the young man who fell off the Alton bluffs his death last week did so just after celebrating his 19th birthday.

Andrew Eichen, of Alton, was walking alone when he to his death fell from the bluffs near the Illinois American Water Treatment plant and Piasa Park along the Great River Road.

Click here to read the news story.

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

 

September 27, 28 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sunday At 11:AMAM....Addded new Boat for Sale, news, River levels

Updated Saturday At 7:15PM....News

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

The Big Muddy

Mark Your Calendar !

Don’t Miss The Celebration Week!

What:          The Big Muddy Celebration

When:         October 6 - 11

Where:        3761 New Town Blvd., near the New Town

                   Boulevard exit off Highway 370

More Info:   636-724-7920

The Big Muddy will donate 5 percent of all sales during the celebration week to the Forgotten Heroes charity.

Live music Wed nite (the anchor nite) at 8 pm

 

 Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

River Dawg "Stella"

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... was sent in Steve Nonn who hails out of Alton Marina
 

 

Hi Bill

Here are two photos of riverdawg Stella, one as she sits on her favorite spot on my boat, “Nothin’ But A Good Time”......and the second as she sleeps it off on a cooler after a hard day of partying on the river!

See you on the river soon.

Steve Nonn
Alton Marina
 

 

River Dawg Stella has been added to "The River Dawg" page

Click here and check them all out !

 Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... was sent in by Tina Bohrer
 

 

Bill,

 

Before the water came up, Cabo Wabo Dreamin' Clan Cruised Up The Illinois to Enjoy The Wonderful Food At Mel's.
 

Another successful day, left too full to move.

Tina Bohrer

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2006 ----  was from Kurt Jaeger, who hails out of the My River Home harbor in the boat "Patricia Ann".  He sent us a picture of his wife enjoying a beautiful river-sunset:

 

Kurt wrote: 

Bill,
In keeping with the sunset theme, here is a picture I titled "Cocktail Hour @ River Mile 214". This is my wife Patricia aboard our boat "Patricia Ann", enjoying the view. We are lucky to have such a great place to cruise so close to home. Really enjoy your website Bill.

Kurt Jaeger (My River Home)


  
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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2006 ----  were from Terrie and Brian Bert,  of the boat Gulliewash.  They snapped a shot of one of those marvelous sunsets we have this time of year.  

Bill,

  A few of us "River Rats" decided to camp out on Bolter Island last weekend (09/16/06) and this was our sunset--- you don't get to see one like this very often!! WONDERFUL!! 

 

Terrie & Brian Bert 

"The Gulliewash"


  
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United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 24, 2008 12:33:20 CST                                                        

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 26, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
 

Coast Guard closes portions of the Illinois River

 

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) for the Upper Mississippi River has reduced the river closure on the Illinois River Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 and has re-opened another portion.

The last closure from mile marker 50 to 180.9 has been changed to mile marker 80.3 to 101.9. The additional closure between mile markers 136 to 138 has been reopened to all traffic.


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Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
The United States Coast Guard -- Proud History. Powerful Future.




 

   Click here to go to US Coast Guard news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/26/08
Subject: Updated - WAP Message
NAVNOTICE # 1402

USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 4 (MM 80.3 - 101.9 ILR) IS IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION
PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS
PROHIBITED WITHIN THIS ZONE. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT
THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATIONS SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY LIVERPOOL MM 127.0 TO 129.0, COPPERAS CREEK MM 136.0 TO 138.0 AND PEORIA/ROME MM 166.5 TO 178.0 IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 1 THROUGH 3 (MM 0.0 - 80.2 ILR) AND ZONES 5 THROUGH 8 (MM
102.0 - 199.9 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.
C. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH
NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.
D. ALL VESSELS ENGAGED IN DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN HIGH WATER AREAS.
E. ALL TOWING AND RECREATIONAL VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE
SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS.

 


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

       

Updated Saturday At 7:15PM

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 271450
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
949 AM CDT SAT SEP 27 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE ILLINOIS RIVER...

AT LA GRANGE LOCK AND DAM TAIL WATER AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY

AT MEREDOSIA AFFECTING MORGAN AND PIKE COUNTIES

AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES

AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES

 

  Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

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

News Release


      Release No. PA-08-08    

     For Release: Sept. 23, 2008       Contact:

 

Doug Garman   202-761-1807

doug.m.garman@usace.army.mil

World Wide Web: www.usace.army.mil

News Release: www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/newsrel.htm

Alan Dooley    314-331-8002

alan.j.dooley@usace.army.mil 


 

Corps waives recreation fees for active service military

personnel and DoD civilians on leave from

Global War on Terror deployments


 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will waive day
use and camping fees for active service military personnel and DoD civilians who are on
mid- or post-deployment (reintegration) leave from duty in a hostile fire zone to include
Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other deployments to support the Global War on Terror.
 

The Corps began waiving recreation fees for active service personnel on temporary leave
from duty in Iraq in 2003. Today’s announcement expands the waiver to cover DoD
civilians and active service military personnel on mid or post leave from all deployments in support of the Global War on Terror.


"Our intent is to recognize the selfless service of these men and women to our nation and the world,” said Steve Stockton, the Corps Director of Civil Works. “The 2,476 Corpsoperated recreation sites nationwide provide excellent opportunities to find renewal,
solace, and inspiration, and to reconnect with families and friends.”


Active service military personnel and DoD civilians on leave will be required to show
identification and leave orders/forms upon arrival to the recreation sites to obtain the
waiver. The waiver will also apply to all immediate family members accompanying them
on their visit. The waiver will be applied to day use and camping fees. Fees will be waived
on a walk-up and space available basis, as well as for reservations made through the
National Recreation Reservation Service call center. However, fees will not be waived for
on-line reservations made through Recreation.gov.


In addition, state, local and other managing entities of recreation areas located on Corps
lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of fees in the areas
they manage.


The Corps is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing 423
projects (mostly lakes) nationwide and hosting more than 372 million visitors per year.
Additional information about the Corps recreation program is available at
www.CorpsLakes.us.


St. Louis District availability:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, operates five multi purpose lakes at
which this benefit will be made available to eligible personnel. Three lakes are in Illinois
and two are in Missouri. Specific information and availability information for these lakes
may be obtained at:
          Illinois:
                   Shelbyville Lake - 217-774-3951
                   Carlyle Lake - 618-594-2484
                   Rend lake - 618-724-2493
         Missouri:
                  Mark Twain Lake - 573-735-4097
                 Wappapello Lake - 573-222-8562
or on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis web site at: www.mvs.usace.army.mil
 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers e-mailing

Information presented on Corps Web 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 Saturday At 7:15PM

House Approves Compact For Great Lakes.....

 

According to the news article in the Prairie State Outdoors... The US House has has ratified a compact to prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes.

 

The eight states that border the Great Lakes negotiated the compact over a 4 year period by involving the science community, business and environments. Supporters wanted the protections in place to guard the lakes from future depletion.

 

The compact goes to the president for his signature next.

 

Click here to read the news story..

 

Updated Saturday At 7:15PM

$1 Million Grant For Boat Access Point At Pere Marquette Withheld.....

 

According to the news article in the Prairie State Outdoors... A $1 million federal grant is being withheld from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources until it explains what happened to almost $600,000 it received from hunting and fishing license. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withholding the grant that is slated to help build a boat-access point at Pere Marquette State Park.

 

For states to receive a share of federal excise taxes on sporting goods, they must agree to spend the moneys received from hunting and fishing license only on wildlife and sport fish restoration projects.

The problem was discovered in a 2003 - 2004 audit.

Click here to read the new story.......

 

Fall Colors Predictions......

 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation this Fall is shaping up to be one of many splendid colors !   We received an unusually large amount of rain this year and that is good for the trees.

 

The foresters from around the stat think it will be one to remember.

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

Prairie State Outdoors Website Fishing Reports.........

 

 

Click here for a comprehensive fishing report covering the entire state of Illinois !

 

Click here for a comprehensive fishing report covering the entire state of Missouri !

 

 

Comedy Night at Sundowners ........  

 

Live comedy comes to the river on Friday, October 10th @ 8pm featuring nationally touring comedian David Graham as seen on The tonight show, Comedy central, and HBO.

David's shows are sold out every time. Tickets are $10.00 and available at the restaurant or by telephone @314-250-3042. Reservations are advised as seaeting is limited.

After the comedy show DJ Ray will spin some great songs to finish out the evening.

 

Hope to see you there

Jon & Kelley Klipp

River News From Afar

   Gulfport Illinois Hard Hit By The Floods....

One of the hardest hit areas of this spring’s flood was Gulfport, Illinois. They got 14 feet of rain. To watch a short video click here on KHQA online

 

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

September 26 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

The Big Muddy

Mark Your Calendar !

Don’t Miss The Celebration Week!

What:          The Big Muddy Celebration

When:         October 6 - 11

Where:        3761 New Town Blvd., near the New Town

                   Boulevard exit off Highway 370

More Info:   636-724-7920

The Big Muddy will donate 5 percent of all sales during the celebration week to the Forgotten Heroes charity.

Live music Wed nite (the anchor nite) at 8 pm

 

 Picture of the Day

 

 

  

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of the Day...... were sent in by Mikey and Joy Ehlmann, who hail out of Lake Center Marina in the boat ..."Our Happy Place."
 

 

Bill,

 

These Pics where taken on Iowa Island July 19, 2008 - Blessing of the Fleet Day! It was a PERFECT Day on the Big Riv. We were anchored next to a great family we had met before - Allen, Audrey and their daughter Ronnie. Some sill boy celebrating his 34th birthday dared Ronnie to stand in the sludge and ....well the pics say the rest - her adorable Mom Audrey jumped in to "defend" her daughter and they were a hell of a Mother Daughter team - that poor boy didn't have a chance. It was all in good- but nasty smelly fun!!

 

Only on the river!

 

Mikey and Joy Ehlmann

"Our Happy Place"

Lake Center Marina

 

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007 ----  was from Jay Haefele.

 

It's The Nina

 

Bill, 

   Here are a couple of photos of The Nina, as it entered Grafton Harbor this morning. The Nina is billed as the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus ship. It's heading up to Peoria, where it will be on display until October 14.


Regards,
Jay Haefele


  
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United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 24, 2008 12:33:20 CST                                                        

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 24, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
(618) 580-2998

 

 Update: Coast Guard closes portions of the Illinois River

 

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) for the Upper Mississippi River has closed the following sections of the Illinois River due to high water levels Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2008:

The Illinois River is closed to all recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 180.9.

The Illinois River is closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic near Copperas Creek, Ill., from mile marker 136 to 138.



 

   Click here to go to US Coast Guard news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/25/08
Subject: Waterways Action Plan and River Closure Update Correction
NAVNOTICE # 1400


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0486-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0484-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0486-08 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 4 THROUGH 7 (MM 80.3 - 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE EXTREME HIGH
WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL
TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED WITHIN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATIONS SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY LIVERPOOL MM 127.0 TO 129.0, COPPERAS CREEK MM 136.0 TO 138.0 AND PEORIA/ROME MM 166.5 TO 178 IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 1 THROUGH 3 (MM 0.0 - 80.2 ILR) AND ZONE 8 (MM 181-199.9
ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.
C. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH
NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.
D. ALL VESSELS ENGAGED IN DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN HIGH WATER AREAS.
E. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS.
BT

 


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/25/08
Subject: DREDING OPERATIONS
NAVNOTICE # 1401


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0470-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0470-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 290.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 29 SEP 08. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HRS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHNL 13, 16, OR WORKING CHNL 8, 45 MINS PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.



 

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

       

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 260203
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
902 PM CDT THU SEP 25 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN
ILLINOIS...

ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES

ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE LD TW AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY

ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA AFFECTING MORGAN AND PIKE COUNTIES

ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES

 

 

  Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

Major Part Of Illinois Rivers Are Still Closed........

There is still a large part of the Illinois River that is still closed to recreational boaters. In fact, people that violate this rule will be ticketed. The reason that it is closed is because of the quick speed of the current and large debris that is still floating down the river. There is actually about 130 miles of the Illinois River that is still closed. From about Montezuma to about the north and east is the area that is closed. Hurricane Ike had closed about 75 miles of the Mississippi River was closed also, but is now reopen.

To read this full story, click here on Alton Daily News, click here

Boaters For MS Auction !

 

A Ride in Denny Schwandt's

1945 Piper J-3 Cub 2 Seater

Boaters For MS Update.......

 

One of the special items that will be up for auction at Boaters for M.S. is a 1/2 hour plane ride. Denny Schwandt  will auction off a ride on his Antique 1945 Piper J-3 Cub, 2 Seater. This plane is the only straight float plane in the St. Louis area. He keeps this beauty at Polestar. Denny's mom had M.S. before she passed away. He wanted to do something for the event.

Thanks,


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

19-Year Old Boy Fell Off Mississippi Bluffs......

The Alton Police are investigating the death of a 19-year old boy that evidently fell from one of the city's bluffs along the Mississippi River.

Firefighters had a hard time getting to his body. Not only was it dark but the plant growth around that area was so thick, that they had to cut it with a chainsaw.

To read this full article in the nbc15.com, click here

 

Saturday, 27 September, 2008

Boaters For MS ...at Palisades Yacht Club

 

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

70 degrees, normal, muddy; drum good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/25/2008)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

70 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish and carp fair on worms; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/25/2008)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

68 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish slow with some success on worms and cut baits; black bass slow but striking on jigs and spinners; bluegill slow but biting on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/25/2008)

 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

69 degrees, normal, muddy; crappie good on jigs and minnows below Clarence Cannon Dam; drum good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; walleye fair on jigs; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/25/2008)


 

 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Palisades Yacht Club Update...

 

The water is down and we have begun clean up again.

BOATERS for MS this Saturday 9/27/08 is still on!!
Sherri A. Stanczak has planed for sometime the Boaters for Multiple Sclerosis Event.
She has worked hard and would like to still have the event on the grounds of PYC.
We will do our best to get it cleaned up. Below if the activities for the day.

Saturday September 27, 2008

DJ 1-6 p.m.
Beer/Soda Tent
BBQ Until its gone!
Magician Show 2 & 4 p.m
Face Painting
50/50 Drawing
Silent Auction Booth @ 5:00 p.m.
12 Vendor Booths
Live Music by Robert Cope @ 7:00 p.m.

Contact Sherri for more info
4334 Hineman Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
314-304-8105
sherri0526@aol.com

Thanks
Amy@PYC

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 !

Mark Twain State Park To Hold Informational Meeting........

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting on October 11th. This meeting will be open to the public and it will be about the status of the park. They will also answer any questions that the public may have about the state park. This park is on 107 near the village of Florida, Missouri in Monroe County. If you need special accommodations to the park, you can call 573-655-2280. You can also call the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946. You can visit www.mostateparks.com for further information.

To read this full article, click here on Missouri Department of Natural Resources

 

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Comedy Night at Sundowners ........  

 

Live comedy comes to the river on Friday, October 10th @ 8pm featuring nationally touring comedian David Graham as seen on The tonight show, Comedy central, and HBO.

David's shows are sold out every time. Tickets are $10.00 and available at the restaurant or by telephone @314-250-3042. Reservations are advised as seaeting is limited.

After the comedy show DJ Ray will spin some great songs to finish out the evening.

 

Hope to see you there

Jon & Kelley Klipp

River News From Afar

   Gulfport Illinois Hard Hit By The Floods....

One of the hardest hit areas of this spring’s flood was Gulfport, Illinois. They got 14 feet of rain. To watch a short video click here on KHQA online

 

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

2nd Annual Palisades Yacht Club.... Car Show.....

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

 

September 25 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

The Big Muddy

Mark Your Calendar !

Don’t Miss The Celebration Week!

What:          The Big Muddy Celebration

When:         October 6 - 11

Where:        3761 New Town Blvd., near the New Town

                   Boulevard exit off Highway 370

More Info:   636-724-7920

The Big Muddy will donate 5 percent of all sales during the celebration week to the Forgotten Heroes charity.

Live music Wed nite (the anchor nite) at 8 pm

 

 Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

Angie

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... was sent in by Capt'n Mike Myers, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis.

 

 

Bill:

I picture of Angie on our boat on the way upstream just before 512 on the way back to our marina, Yacht Club of St. Louis. Look at the date, maybe this could be a longer late season, hopeful. That weekend had great water, weather and company.

Mike Meyers
SeaRay Sundancer owner
 


 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007 ----  was from Kelsie Brown who hails out of Grafton Harbor.

River Dawg "Billy"

 

 

Hey Bill!
I got a new River Dawg for you. 

 

This is Billy! He went for his first boat ride last night and He had a blast. When we took him back to Grafton Harbor he ran up and down the docks a few times. He's just like his Owners.... he loves to be by or on the water.

See You on the river!
Kelsie


  
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United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 23, 2008 12:49:40 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 23, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
(618) 580-2998

 

 Coast Guard closes portions of the Illinois River

 

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard captain of the port at Sector Upper Mississippi has closed the portions of the Illinois River due to high water levels Tuesday, Sept., 23, 2008.

The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 199.

The Illinois River is also closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic from mile marker 136 to 138 near Copperas Creek, Ill.

The Mississippi River has reopened to all recreational traffic from Chester, Mo., from mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce all of the above zones that are restricted to recreational and commercial vessel traffic.
.

 

   Click here to go to US Coast Guard news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/24/08
Subject: Shoaling and mm 332.0-331.5 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1398

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0485-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0485-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RCVD A REPORT OF SHOALING BETWEEN MM 332.0-331.5 UMR MID-CHANNEL. A M/V BUMPED BOTTOM AT THIS LOCATION WITH A DRAFT OF 9 FT AND L/D 21 UPPER POOL GAGE READING 11.99 FT ON 24 SEP 08 AND ACOE SOUNDING 8 FT 8 INCHES IN THAT AREA. BUOYS HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED OFFSTA IN THIS AREA. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTRA CAUTION
BT  

 


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/24/08
Subject: Waterways Action Plan and River Closure Update
NAVNOTICE # 1397

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0484-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0482-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0484-08 UM UPPER
MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
.....Click here to read more


 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol .....

 

  


Missouri 2008 Buoy Guidelines

2008 Buoy Guidelines and Application (pdf)
2008 Guideline Changes FAQ
Proper Buoy with Markings Photo
Dock Sign Photo Example and Specs (pdf)
~  Contact the State Buoy Coordinator

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 241555
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1054 AM CDT WED SEP 24 2008


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES ALONG THE ILLINOIS RIVER...


AT LA GRANGE LOCK AND DAM TAILWATER
AT MEREDOSIA
AT VALLEY CITY
AT HARDIN

 

  Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

St. Louis Route 66 Fall Festival To Be Held On

    Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge........

On Saturday, October 4th, there will be a Route 66 Festival held on the Chain of Rocks Bridge. This festival will have live music, including Butch Wax and the Hollywoods, author meetings, free fun festivities all day long.

To read more, including the schedule of events, click here on St. Louis Front Page

As You Know.....Ike Just Passed Through The Area,

    Now Here Is Your Chance To See Tina !

 
I have 2 tickets to Tina Turner in Chicago. Oct 3 Friday Night. Great Seats. 20th row Center.  The ticket value for them is $150.00 each.

Susan
314-954-1982
Susotoo4@aol.com

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 23 2008

Flooding Prompts Changes in 2008-09 Waterfowl Season Operations for Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area


GRAFTON, ILL. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced changes in this year’s waterfowl hunting program at the Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area caused by significant flooding at the site.

Flooding at the site has occurred several times during the spring and summer, most recently last week following heavy mid-September rainfall. The changes in the IDNR waterfowl hunting program will be in effect for all blinds in Mississippi River Pools 25 and 26 under the management of the Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area.

The new operating rules for the 2008 waterfowl season are outlined below:
 

  • If all sites are at or within 12 inches of normal managed hunting season water levels by Monday, October 6, blind inspections will occur between October 6 and October 11. The inspection will be for structural safety and dimensions. Brushing and dog hide requirements will not be reason to reject approval of a blind. Those blind holders whose blinds fail inspection will be notified by letter and have until Sunday, October 19 to make repairs with the final inspection on October 20.

  • There will be no “red tag drawing” at the Mississippi River SFWA this year.

  • If all sites are not at or within 12 inches of normal managed hunting water levels by Monday, October 6, there will be no blind inspections this year. Hunting will be allowed from either the blinds or the staked site.

  • If all sites are not at or within 12 inches of normal managed hunting season water levels by Monday, October 13, there will be no check station operations at Mississippi River SFWA this season.


For more information on waterfowl hunting at Mississippi River SFWA, phone 618/786-3492.

For more information on Illinois waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations, check the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2008-09 through the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/waterfowl/Digest_08-09.pdf.
 

 

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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Boaters For MS Auction !

 

A Ride in Denny Schwandt's

1945 Piper J-3 Cub 2 Seater

Boaters For MS Update.......

 

One of the special items that will be up for auction at Boaters for M.S. is a 1/2 hour plane ride. Denny Schwandt  will auction off a ride on his Antique 1945 Piper J-3 Cub, 2 Seater. This plane is the only straight float plane in the St. Louis area. He keeps this beauty at Polestar. Denny's mom had M.S. before she passed away. He wanted to do something for the event.

Thanks,


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

Part Of The Mississippi River Has Been Reopened.......

After Hurricane Ike came through St. Louis several days ago and left high waters and lots of debris, there were a few areas on the rivers that were closed to recreational boaters. The Coast Guard has announced that a 75-mile stretch of the river, from Chester, Illinois to just north of St. Louis has reopened. There is still about a 150-mile stretch of river that is still barred to recreational boaters. This area is from Montezuma in western Illinois to the north-central part of the state. The Coast Guard and local police will enforce these closures.

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

 

Saturday, 27 September, 2008

Boaters For MS ...at Palisades Yacht Club

 

Palisades Yacht Club Update...

 

The water is down and we have begun clean up again.

BOATERS for MS this Saturday 9/27/08 is still on!!
Sherri A. Stanczak has planed for sometime the Boaters for Multiple Sclerosis Event.
She has worked hard and would like to still have the event on the grounds of PYC.
We will do our best to get it cleaned up. Below if the activities for the day.

Saturday September 27, 2008

DJ 1-6 p.m.
Beer/Soda Tent
BBQ Until its gone!
Magician Show 2 & 4 p.m
Face Painting
50/50 Drawing
Silent Auction Booth @ 5:00 p.m.
12 Vendor Booths
Live Music by Robert Cope @ 7:00 p.m.

Contact Sherri for more info
4334 Hineman Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
314-304-8105
sherri0526@aol.com

Thanks
Amy@PYC

 Kinders' Halloween Party

Sat , Oct 25th..

Music by... Rail

Tour Of River Explorer.........

Most people who go on a cruise, usually go on the ocean on the beautiful Caribbean. However, there is a new kind of cruise ship. It goes on the Mississippi River. Not to mention, it is on a barge. Many people may not think a barge would be the nicest cruising conditions, but this is very unique. It has 100 rooms and two hot tubs. There is also plenty of rest, relaxation and history along the way. What better way to learn about our ancestors who came here before us. The rivers were the first highways in this country and there is so much history along the way.

To find out more about these interesting cruises and see photos of a barge like you have never seen before, click here on KSDK online 

 

Saturday 4 October  2008

 

The Karen Weidinger Foundation....

 

 

Click here for full size .pdf flyer

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Comedy Night at Sundowners ........  

 

Live comedy comes to the river on Friday, October 10th @ 8pm featuring nationally touring comedian David Graham as seen on The tonight show, Comedy central, and HBO.

David's shows are sold out every time. Tickets are $10.00 and available at the restaurant or by telephone @314-250-3042. Reservations are advised as seaeting is limited.

After the comedy show DJ Ray will spin some great songs to finish out the evening.

 

Hope to see you there

Jon & Kelley Klipp

River News From Afar

   Levee Maintenance Costs Are Going Up.......

Due to the high gas prices and the recent floods, the Sny Island Levee & Drainage Districtin New Canton, IL. is talking about raising their maintenance cost. What used to cost $8.25 per acre, could go up to $18.25 per acre. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will go up to this amount, but that the maximum it will go up is to this amount. This increase would generate about $2 million to help out for maintenance and repair costs. Diesel fuel is used to run some of the equipment, such as the water pumps. They also need more money for the repairs, parts and service on their machinery.

To read this full article on KHQA online, click here

 

2nd Annual Palisades Yacht Club.... Car Show.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

September 24 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day...... was sent in by Capt'n Tony Trice, who hails out of Woodland Marina in a very, very red boat.

 

  I think this picture is of the US Army Corps of Engineer's Dredge Potter, but some US Army Corps photos show the Dredge Potter having two stacks, not one large stack.

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007 ----  was a shot of some of the boats in Mason Chute this time last year..  
  
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United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 23, 2008 12:49:40 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 23, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
(618) 580-2998

 

 Coast Guard closes portions of the Illinois River

 

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard captain of the port at Sector Upper Mississippi has closed the portions of the Illinois River due to high water levels Tuesday, Sept., 23, 2008.

The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 199.

The Illinois River is also closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic from mile marker 136 to 138 near Copperas Creek, Ill.

The Mississippi River has reopened to all recreational traffic from Chester, Mo., from mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce all of the above zones that are restricted to recreational and commercial vessel traffic.
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   Click here to go to US Coast Guard news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/23/08
Subject: WAP UPDATE for UMR, ILR, MOR
NAVNOTICE # 1395

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0482-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0480-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0482-08 UM UPPER
MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:  .......Click here

 


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/23/08
Subject: REPORT OF INACCURATE BRIDGE CLEARENCE AT MM 181.9 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1396
......Click here


 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

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

For further information contact: Patrolman Kimberly D. Davis
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: kim.davis@mswp.dos.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake Ozark, Missouri

Water Patrol to Issue Citizen Service Citation Awards


The Missouri State Water Patrol and the US Army Corps of Engineers will be honoring several citizens with Citizen Service Citation awards for their heroic actions on Missouri's Waterways. The ceremony is planned for Thursday, September 25, 2008, at 7 PM at the Jerry Litton Visitor's Center at Smithville Lake.

On June 22, 2007, Evan Engbroten and Cody Caraway (from Lawson, MO), Eric Coffman and Robert L. Sims (from Kansas City, MO), all risked their lives to save four people. At around 10:30 PM, a strong storm with 60 mile per hour winds quickly hit Smithville Lake (causing 6 foot waves). Unfortunately, several boats, which had been tied to the pillars at the W Highway Bridge sank, leaving the occupants struggling to stay afloat in the rough water. Without regard for their own safety, Engbroten, Caraway, Coffman, and Sims pulled four stranded boaters (two of which were children) out of the water. To make matters worse, Engbroten's boat also became swamped and then damaged when he was forced to pull it to shore to avoid sinking.

On August 6, 2007, David Reeve and Mike Reeve (from Independence, MO) were boating at Blue Springs Lake, when they saved two people from drowning. Adrian Perez had jumped into the water to retrieve a toy boat but he began struggling for his life. Felix Ponce then jumped in to swim a life jacket over to Perez but he was also struggling. David and Mike Reeve saw what was happening, navigated their boat to the struggling swimmers and pulled both Perez and Felix into their boat, saving their lives.


On June 15, 2008, Joseph F. Dorcy, Sr. and Joseph F. Dorcy, Jr. (from Smithville, MO), Steve Read (from St. Joseph, MO), & Jeff Claycomb, all risked their lives to save two boaters. At around, 11:50 AM, a sudden storm once again hit Smithville Lake with winds near 40 miles per hour causing large waves. A boat, which, had been tied to a pillar at the W Highway Bridge was capsized due to the wind and waves and Deborah & Terry Olsen were thrown overboard. Deborah Olsen was barely clinging to a rope (which was tied around a pillar) when Dorcy Sr., and Dorcy Jr., were able to pull her out of the water and safely navigate their boat to shore. Terry Olsen was struggling to stay a float, when Read and Claycomb were able to get him in their boat. Read also helped to pull Olsen's boat to shore. The quick actions and boating knowledge were instrumental in avoiding a tragedy.

The State of Missouri is honored to have citizens who are willing to step up and help others in their time of need. Please join us while we honor those whose acts of heroism helped save the lives of others.

News Release ID: N07080201
Release Date: 20080922

 

 

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News Release N07080203

 Fire Explosion / Missouri River - 09/22/08

Location:

     New Haven, MO
Summary : 

Operator had started his boat and began backing out of the dock when he heard a loud "pop" sound come from the engine compartment. Operator stated he saw flames coming from the compartment and he jumped out of the boat on the dock. While still on fire, the boat floated down the shoreline. New Haven Police and Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire and was attempting to secure the boat at the New Haven ramp when the boat sank in 12-15 feet of water.

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 240244
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
944 PM CDT TUE SEP 23 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS..

ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE LD TW AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY

ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA AFFECTING MORGAN AND PIKE COUNTIES

ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES

ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES

 

  Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

Comedy Night at Sundowners ........  

 

Live comedy comes to the river on Friday, October 10th @ 8pm featuring nationally touring comedian David Graham as seen on The tonight show, Comedy central, and HBO.

David's shows are sold out every time. Tickets are $10.00 and available at the restaurant or by telephone @314-250-3042. Reservations are advised as seaeting is limited.

After the comedy show DJ Ray will spin some great songs to finish out the evening.

 

Hope to see you there

Jon & Kelley Klipp

Metro East Residents Will Not Be Required To Carry Flood Insurance......

FEMA decided on Tuesday that businesses and residents in the Metro East area – Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties – will not be required to carry flood insurance. This means that low-income residents in the Metro East will not have to buy flood insurance until both sides of the Mississippi River have had time to appeal the new flood maps.  The new flood plain maps are expected to show an increased size to the existing flood plain.

The Missouri flood plain maps are about two years behind the Illinois maps, so this allows Missourians a little more time before they have to pay mandatory flood insurance.

To read this article in its entirety, click here on STLtoday.com

 

Aid For Missouri Has Been Approved......

About $8 million has been approved for Missouri flood victimscovering the flooding from June 1st through August 13th. This also includes $3.7 million for temporary housing and also home repairs. This even includes $4 million for low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Association. There will be some new damage assessments for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

To read more about this, click here on KHQA online

 

Oasis Restaurant News ..... 

    The Oasis Restaurant will be open all year long, at least on weekends.

 

   Starting Sept 24th, they will be open for lunch from 11-3 weekdays Friday & Saturday 11am-1 30am and Sundays serving breakfast from 9am-1pm, closing for the day at 11pm.

 

   Some things to look forward to ....... Meat Shoots on Saturdays, live entertainment and a great Halloween party on Nov 1.

 

Raye Anne

 

The Karen Weidinger Foundation....

 

Bill,
Karen was a very well known boater whom I am sure you know as well. I wanted to pass this onto you as many people on the river knew and loved Karen. Its Free and a for a great cause.
In memory of the Worlds best Sister-in-law and friend, Karen Weidinger.
Thanks

Tauni
 

 

Good afternoon,

I hope that this finds you doing well. I wanted to take a moment to send you an invitation to an upcoming "fun"raiser that is being put on to benefit the Karen Weidinger Foundation (KWF), St. Charles County's Breast Cancer Foundation. The owners of The Chocolate Cafe and Ensemble Salon in O'Fallon decided to get together and put on an event to recognize October as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month", support a local charity, and have some fun all at the same time. The event they came up with is the

"got pink? party"! A party on the patio!

It costs nothing to attend this event, but all of the proceeds from food, beverage and t-shirt sales will go to the KWF. The t-shirts will simply read "got pink?" on the front of them along with the event sponsors on the back. The entire amount raised from those sales, in addition to some fabulous raffle items, will go to the KWF as well. There will be live music, wine tasting, delicious food and fabulous drinks, as well as a hair and fashion show. Bring your friends...bring a date....bring your date's friends...and help support those in our community whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Each and every dollar that is raised will be staying right here in our community!

You will not want to miss this, and we encourage you to bring anyone who likes to have fun! The event will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 3-10 at the patio of the Chocolate Cafe near Highway K & 40. See the attached invitation for more information, and invite everyone you know


If you'd like to find out more information on the event or would like to donate a raffle item, please call Kelly Lamm at 636.300.1388


WEAR SOMETHING PINK!


Thank you in advance for your support.
The Karen Weidinger Foundation
"Empowering St. Charles and neighboring communities by providing
knowledge and support to win the fight against breast cancer"
www.karensfoundation.org

Looks Like A Beautiful Fall On The Way.....................

Even with the unusually wet year, we are supposed to have a beautiful fall. It should be very colorful. Even the Missouri Department of Conservation says, “Conditions are right for a colorful fall.” They say that the rain has nothing to do with the colors. Temperatures are what affect the colors. Since we have had warm days and cool nights, we should have many reds and oranges.

To read more about the fall colors forecast  click here on Hannibal.net

Fall Colors Predictions......Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

 

  According to the Missouri Department Conservation website... the season of fall colors has arrived.  The conditions are right for a colorful fall this year. Plentiful spring rains and a mild summer should produce a great year for fall colors.

 

St. Louis Region:
The St. Louis Region has a small amount of fall colors at this time. There is a some color on a limited number of dogwoods and sumac trees. The area is about a week behind schedule compared to the past few years.
 

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

Pike County Illinois Is Looking For Funds For The Levees

There has been about $2.7 million that the district received in federal flood-reimbursement funding for Pike Co., IL. However, they expect that the costs will be somewhere around $5 million. They are talking that they may raise assessments. Right now it costs residents about $8.50 per acre, but they may try to raise the cost to $18.50 per acre. This will affect 550 to 600 property homes on about 110,000 acres.

To read more about this, click here on Hannibal.net

 

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

Palisades Yacht Club Update...

 

The water is down and we have begun clean up again.

BOATERS for MS this Saturday 9/27/08 is still on!!
Sherri A. Stanczak has planed for sometime the Boaters for Multiple Sclerosis Event.
She has worked hard and would like to still have the event on the grounds of PYC.
We will do our best to get it cleaned up. Below if the activities for the day.

Saturday September 27, 2008

DJ 1-6 p.m.
Beer/Soda Tent
BBQ Until its gone!
Magician Show 2 & 4 p.m
Face Painting
50/50 Drawing
Silent Auction Booth @ 5:00 p.m.
12 Vendor Booths
Live Music by Robert Cope @ 7:00 p.m.

Contact Sherri for more info
4334 Hineman Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
314-304-8105
sherri0526@aol.com

Thanks
Amy@PYC

Saturday, 27 September, 2008

Boaters For MS ...at Palisades Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

September 23 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Pictures of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day...... were sent in by Sherri Stanczak.

 

Hi Bill,

Here are some friends that Mike and I met Sunday night. They were a lot of fun. We had a beautiful sunset to finish off the last day of summer.

 

Talk to you soon.

Sherri

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

  

  

   

   

   

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007 ----  were sent in by Scott W. Bachman of  Wahoo Marine Sales. Take a good look at them....every picture has more "Stuff"  in it.  Very interesting.    

Miss Rockaway Armada

 

Found some new photos titled "Miss Rockawa Armad - St. Louis"

by Tod Seelie.

Click here
  
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United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 17, 2008 17:15:58 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 22, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
(618) 580-2998

 

 Coast Guard continues restrictions on Mississippi and Illinois rivers

 

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard captain of the port at Sector Upper Mississippi continues waterway restrictions for the Mississippi and Illinois rivers due to high water levels Monday, Sept., 22, 2008.

Restrictions for the Illinois and Mississippi rivers are listed below:

The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 253.

The Illinois River is closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic from mile marker 136 to 138 near Copperas Creek, Ill.

The Mississippi River is closed to all recreational traffic from Chester, Mo., from mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce all of the above zones that are restricted to recreational and commercial vessel traffic.

 

   Click here to read entire news release
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/22/08
Subject: Drilling Operations MM 181.1 UMR LDB (BNM NR 0475-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1387

DRILLING OPERATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED AT MM 181.1 UMR APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET FROM THE LEFT DESCENDING BANK. WORK WILL BE CONDUCTED 24 HOURS A DAY MONDAY THRU FRIDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE BARGE WILL BE LIT AT NIGHT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE M/V AL GOULT ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13 OR 16. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/22/08
Subject: Hydraulic Dredging Operation MM 243.0 UMR (BNM NR 0474-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1386

HYDRAULIC DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 243.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 26SEP08. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE POTTER ON VHF FM CHANNEL'S 13 OR 16, 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT A SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/22/08
Subject: CORRECTION WITH WAP MESSAGE FOR UMR, ILR, AND MOR
NAVNOTICE # 1384

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0472-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0468-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0472-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS USCG COAST GUARD
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:  .......Click here

 


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/22/08
Subject: DREDGING AT MM 290.0 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1382

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0470-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0470-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 290.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 29 SEP 08. DREDGING WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HRS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHNL 13, 16, OR WORKING CHNL 8, 45 MINS PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

 

 

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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

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

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake Ozark, Missouri

No Wake Zone Established for Off Shore Series Races at Lake Ozark


The Off Shore Series Championship power boat race is coming to Lake of the Ozarks Saturday and Sunday September 27th and 28th. The event is being hosted out of the Horny Toad Entertainment Complex. The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a permit to establish a no wake zone to maintain a safe environment for the race course on Lake of the Ozarks. The no wake zone will run from the five to the nine mile marks of the main channel and from the main channel to the one mile mark of the Gravois Arm. The no wake zone will be enforced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th. There will be designated mooring areas for spectator boats. Boats navigating through the restricted area will be allowed to do so at idle speed on either side of the course.

There is a link to a viewable version of the course map on the Missouri State Water Patrol website.

News Release ID: N07080202
Release Date: 20080922

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

News Release


      Release No. 60-08      Point of Contact: Public Affairs - 601-634-5760

Email: cemvd-pa@ usace.army.mil


For Release: IMMEDIATE – September 22, 2008


www.mvd.usace.army.mil 

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey
Host River-Rainfall Joint Summit in St. Louis, Oct. 7-9

       Vicksburg, Miss. – Three federal agencies, state representatives and members of the public will gather in St. Louis Oct. 7-9 to discuss several flood events that occurred this year in the Lower and Upper Mississippi River basins.


      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service and the U.S.
Geological Survey will host a River-Rainfall Forecast Summit in St. Louis at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel at 400 South 14th Street. Topics to be discussed at the summit include what went well with forecasting during the flood events, what did not go well, and forecasting improvements that could be made by the agencies for future floods and low water events. A public meeting will be held in conjunction with the summit on Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

      Some of the key discussion topics at the public meeting include river gauge data
collection, computer modeling, agency responsibilities, lessons learned from a river and rainfall forecasting perspective, and flood forecast communication for communities and individuals along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.


      The meeting will also allow key stakeholder groups to provide federal and state agency representatives direct feedback regarding how forecasts are used, the effectiveness of the forecasts during both floods and low water events, forecast accuracy needed, and future needs.


Who: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service and U.S. Geological
Survey
What: River-Rainfall Forecast Summit Public Meeting
When: October 8
Where: Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel at 400 South 14th Street
Why: Discuss lessons learned from recent flood events and forecasting
improvements that could be made by the agencies for future floods and low water
events


      For more information about the Summit, please contact Don Cool at 601-634-5711 or via e-mail at Don.F.Cool@usace.army.mil.


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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers e-mailing

Information presented on Corps Web 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.

 

 

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 230218
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
918 PM CDT MON SEP 22 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE ILLINOIS RIVER IN ILLINOIS..


AT LA GRANGE LD TW

AT MEREDOSIA

AT VALLEY CITY

AT HARDIN...
Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

Palisades' Redneck Fishing Tournament ....

 

Quite a few readers ask about the yesterday's picture of the day. 

 

All of the fish in the picture are flying carp that were caught without the use of  fishing poles !  Everything else that is legal was allowed. 

 

These were the rules of the contest:

1). PFD’s must be worn while the boat is moving under its own power.
2). No fishing poles.
3). Must attend boaters meeting 10 minutes before take off or be disqualified.
(Large fish landing nets are encouraged, but not required to catch the fish)

 

Click here for a video on YouTube of a Redneck Fishing Tournament.

Palisades Yacht Club Update...

 

The water is down and we have begun clean up again.

BOATERS for MS this Saturday 9/27/08 is still on!!
Sherri A. Stanczak has planed for sometime the Boaters for Multiple Sclerosis Event.
She has worked hard and would like to still have the event on the grounds of PYC.
We will do our best to get it cleaned up. Below if the activities for the day.

Saturday September 27, 2008

DJ 1-6 p.m.
Beer/Soda Tent
BBQ Until its gone!
Magician Show 2 & 4 p.m
Face Painting
50/50 Drawing
Silent Auction Booth @ 5:00 p.m.
12 Vendor Booths
Live Music by Robert Cope @ 7:00 p.m.

Contact Sherri for more info
4334 Hineman Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
314-304-8105
sherri0526@aol.com

Thanks
Amy@PYC

Saturday, 27 September, 2008

Boaters For MS ...at Palisades Yacht Club

 

A Bit Of River History

   23 September, 2006.......

 

The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford, Illinois was dedicated to mark the 200th anniversary of the return to St. Louis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from the West. 

 

Click here to read the archive news story in the Telegraph.com

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

 Ferry Update..........

The phone recording for the Grafton Ferry stated that the ferry is open for business again

A Floodwater Rescue In O’Fallon.........

Two men were riding their ATV’s last week in O’Fallon when they spotted something in the floodwaters. At first they thought it was a log, but then they saw it waving. It was a man lying in knee deep water, trying to keep his head above the water. They helped the 66 year old man out of the water and drove their ATV’s to higher ground so they could get cell phone reception. However, they couldn’t get any and then drove him to the clubhouse and called 9-1-1 from there.  The paramedics could not get their vehicle down to the clubhouse, so they had to ride in on the ATV’s.  When they arrived the gentleman was resting and refused medical treatment.

He said that he had drove down the road and got his truck stuck in the flooded waters. When he got out and started walking, his knees buckled and he was not able to walk any further. The rescuers said they didn’t feel like heroes. They just hoped that someone would do the same thing for them if they were in the same situation.

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

 

Flood Fishing.......

Since there were some roads closed in the West Alton area, there were a few guys who took advantage of it and did a little fishing. They just sat in the parking lot of the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area in West Alton.

To read about it and see a photo of the fishermen in the flood, click here on the telegraph.com

 

 Kinders' Halloween Party

Sat , Oct 26..

Music by... Rail

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 !

The Karen Weidinger Foundation....

 

Bill,
Karen was a very well known boater whom I am sure you know as well. I wanted to pass this onto you as many people on the river knew and loved Karen. Its Free and a for a great cause.
In memory of the Worlds best Sister-in-law and friend, Karen Weidinger.
Thanks

Tauni
 

 

Good afternoon,

I hope that this finds you doing well. I wanted to take a moment to send you an invitation to an upcoming "fun"raiser that is being put on to benefit the Karen Weidinger Foundation (KWF), St. Charles County's Breast Cancer Foundation. The owners of The Chocolate Cafe and Ensemble Salon in O'Fallon decided to get together and put on an event to recognize October as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month", support a local charity, and have some fun all at the same time. The event they came up with is the

"got pink? party"! A party on the patio!

It costs nothing to attend this event, but all of the proceeds from food, beverage and t-shirt sales will go to the KWF. The t-shirts will simply read "got pink?" on the front of them along with the event sponsors on the back. The entire amount raised from those sales, in addition to some fabulous raffle items, will go to the KWF as well. There will be live music, wine tasting, delicious food and fabulous drinks, as well as a hair and fashion show. Bring your friends...bring a date....bring your date's friends...and help support those in our community whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Each and every dollar that is raised will be staying right here in our community!

You will not want to miss this, and we encourage you to bring anyone who likes to have fun! The event will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 3-10 at the patio of the Chocolate Cafe near Highway K & 40. See the attached invitation for more information, and invite everyone you know


If you'd like to find out more information on the event or would like to donate a raffle item, please call Kelly Lamm at 636.300.1388


WEAR SOMETHING PINK!


Thank you in advance for your support.
The Karen Weidinger Foundation
"Empowering St. Charles and neighboring communities by providing
knowledge and support to win the fight against breast cancer"
www.karensfoundation.org

A Hazardous Algae Is Blooming In Lake Eerie....

Giant algae fields are blooming in Lake Erie again this year. Scientists are puzzled by it because Lake Eerie is so clean, yet it has so much algae. This particular type of algae is toxic to fish and can be irritating to humans. The algae blooms are so large that they are showing up on the satellite pictures. Nine out of eleven samples recently tested are more toxic than guidelines set by the  World Health Organization.

To read more about this algae problem, click here on the Mad Mariner

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Palisades Yacht Club Update........  

 

 Palisades Yacht Club has new docks coming in Oct and we will have some available for lease.

 

Amy Spencer

Hurricane Ike Uncovers Mystery Ship......

After Hurricane Ike, Archeologists discovered a two-mast Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862. They feel that this ship is called the Monticello. It is 136.9 feet long and 25 feet wide. According to Navy records, this ship ran aground in 1862 after sailing from Havana. It is also possible that this ship is an early 20th century ship that ran aground on the Alabama coast in 1933.

 To read the full story about this mystery ship, click here

 

 President Casino Is Reopens........

The President Casino had been closed since September 14th because of the flooding. According to KMOV.com, it had reopened on Monday September 22nd.  The casino, restaurant and venue were all closed. The President is located just north of the Gateway Arch and Laclede's Landing.

To read the full report, click here

 

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 Ocean Debris Is Getting Worse.......

Birds and turtles developing digestive problems because of the garbage in the ocean. Sometimes they mistake plastic for food. There are many ways that the debris is collecting in the ocean. Sometimes it is from flooding, from navigational vessel discharge and littering.

A recent report from the National Research Council recommended that the United States take the lead in the management of marine debris and address problems like the dumping of ship waste into the ocean, derelict fishing gear, and abandoned vessels.

To read more about this issue click here on the Mad Mariner

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

 

September 20 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated Sun at 12:50 PM......Whiskey River Boat Crash...Nav Notice....Sun pic of the Day ....river levels

 Updated Sat at 7:30PM........River Levels, News..Rotten Apple Info

 

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 17, 2008 17:15:58 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 18, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
(618) 580-2998

 

 Coast Guard closes portions of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River has closed the following sections of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers, in addition to previous closures:

  • Copperas Creek, Ill. is closed to all recreational and commercial traffic from mile marker 136 to 138.

  • The Illinois River is closed to all recreational and commercial traffic from Peoria, Ill. mile marker160.0 to Chillecothe, Ill. mile marker 181.

  • The Upper Mississippi River is closed to recreational traffic from Chester, Mo. mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

  • The Missouri River is closed to recreational traffic from mile marker 200 near Boonville, Mo. to the mouth of the Missouri River mile marker 0 to 200.

  • The Illinois River is closed to recreational traffic from Grafton, Ill. mile marker 0.0 to 9.9 and Liverpool, IL mile marker 129.0 to 199.9.

The COTP has opened the following portions of the Upper Mississippi River Missouri and Illinois rivers to recreational traffic:

  • mile marker 273.4 at Clarksville, Mo. to mile marker 301.1 on the Upper Mississippi River.

  • mile marker 300 at Waverly, Mo. to mile marker 200.0 on the Missouri River.

     

   Click here to read entire news release
 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS

RELEASE


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

 

Colonel Rad C. Talburt, Commissioner

 

For further information contact:

Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333

Fax: (573)-522-1287
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

Number of Pages: 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Affected Areas of Missouri and Mississippi Rivers


By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from 109 mm to 185 mm and 273 mm to 301 mm.   The Missouri River will be closed from 0 mm to 300 mm.  The Mississippi River and Missouri Rivers are still open to limited commercial traffic.  The closure was put in effect 9/15 and will remain until further notice by the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper.  These measures are necessary to prevent property damage, looting and life preservation

 

 

 

 

MISSOURI STATE WATER PATROL

Telephone (573) 751-3333

Home Page http://www.mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

CoverYourBass.com

 Home of the BASSROOM

The Bassroom is a unique portable bathroom, portable toilet if you will, for your boat. Our product has been developed with your privacy and a clean water initiative in mind. The Bassroom is an extremely versatile, extremely compact, and environmentally safe option to making continous trips back and forth to shore when a member of your fishing party has an emergency. The Bassroom sets up in minutes for those moments when the need for a bathroom is immediate. Our product can be left on the deck of your boat while you continue to fish if necessary. Nobody really wants to make that mad dash for the nearest boat launch when the urge arises especially when you're on top of a good school of actively feeding fish. Now, with the Bassroom, you don't have to!

 

Check them out at www.CoverYourBass.com

 

 Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Jaxx R Better

 

Our River Picture of the Day......Sunday. Is the band Jaxx R Better !

These guys belted out the tunes last night at Kinder's Summer Dance party.


 

 Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day......Saturday... was sent in by Capt'n Tony Trice, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the red boat.

 

Bill,
Took this picture Friday after repairing a pump on my boat.. The water was high and the trash kept on coming down the river!

TOnt

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2004 ----  Sunday   was Red Sky over Two Branch Island taken 4 years ago while heading back up- river after a Kinders trip a Wednesday evening.

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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ----  Saturday   were from Bob and Jo Ann Tucker of the boat "Tunes - 2".  They sent us some really good river wildlife shots !

 

Bob wrote: 

 

Bill,
Just wanted to share some photos that my 
wife (Jo Ann) has taken of her "critters" on 
the river. I'm always amazed at what we see
each time we go boating.

Thanks Again for the great site!
Bob & Jo Ann Tucker (Tunes-2)

"A day not spent on the boat... Is a wasted day!!!!
.

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Updated Sun at 7:50AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/20/08
Subject: UPDATE WAP
NAVNOTICE # 1378

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0464-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0463-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0464-08 UM UPPER
MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY: .......Click here

 


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

       

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 


News Release N07070210

 Collision/objects / Mark Twain lake- 09/18/2008

Location:

     PT C ....Perry, Mo 
Summary : 

The vessel was travelling upstream at approximately 50 MPH when it struck a log, causing the outboard motor to break off and flip upright onto the vessel before falling off the stern


 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners Update..........

Hello everyone,

We are above the water and doing great! We have a wonderful line up of
entertainment this weekend. Friday night features Janet & Bruce. This is
one great dance band that you won't want to miss. Saturday night features
Harmony who can be seen with some of the best bands in St. Louis. The
weather channel girl with her weather channel curl predicts A+ weather for
this weekend. Hope to see you at Sundowners. Don't forget about our $10.95


Fried Chicken dinner every Sunday from 3pm -close.

Jon & Kelley

 Updated Sun at 12:45PM

Whiskey River Hydroplane Discinogrates and Crashes....

 

According to a news story on CNN......  The driver of the Whisky River hydroplane only suffered minor injuries after the the raceboat disdinagrated and crash during a practice run last Friday in San Diego, California.   The was pulled from the water in about 20 seconds , taken to an ambluance and later walked away.

 

The Hydroplane generates 8,000 horsepower and is capable of reaching speeds of  240 mph. The accident took place about one-third of the way into the qualifying run when the boat was traveling about 145 mph.

 

Click here to watch news report and video on CNN.

Click here to read the newss tory on NBCSandieago.com

 Updated Sat at 7:30PM

Generatte River Electricity At Quincy ???

 

 According to a news article on 7KHQA, Quincy city officials and engineers toured three possible sites to construct a hyro-electric facility on the Mississippi River.  The sites under consideration are Lock and Dam 20 in Canton, Lock and Dam 21 in Quincy and Lock and Dam 22 in Salverton.

 

Quincy officals plan to submit a report to the Federal Energy Regulation Commission to attempt to obtain licensing.

 

Click here to read the news article.
 

 Updated Sat at 7:30PM

Illinois Receives Federal Money For Flood Recovery..........

 

 According to a news article in the TheTelegrapgh.com .... the state of Illinois received $500,000 from the federal government last Thursday during a ceromony at Melvin Price Lock and Dam. 

 

  The funding will be distributed by the Illinois Long Term Recovery Council which is setup to help communities in the state recover from the recent floods with the costs of such things as flood preparations, flood response, debris removal, repair and replacement of roads and bridges and other public property damages.

Calhoun and Jersey counties were approved for Federal assistance in our area. 

 

Click here to read this news story.

 Small Electrical Fire At Alton Marina..........

 

  RiverBill's received a report from Karen Brncic, the manager of the Alton Marina.

 

   They had a small electrical fire last night underneath the dock near the privacy gate by the marina office.  The fire knocked out all the utilities.  (electricity, water & phone )

 

  Karen said everything is under control and they are busy making repairs.  Meanwhile the marina open for business ....and up and running on backup generators.  They are working to get everyone's utilities back on. The pool and hot tub are closed for now but should be re-opened sometime on Sunday.

 

The marina's internet and phone service is down too. To contact them, call Karen at 618-791-5109.

 

More info as it become available.

Saturday, 20 September

Kinder's Restaurant Dance Party

 

The Jacks or Better Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

 Longshot Saloon Update ..........

Come out to Longshot Saloon to see the flood this weekend

Buy 1 pizza...And....Get one of equal or same topping FREE !

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 201629
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1128 AM CDT SAT SEP 20 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE ILLINOIS RIVER IN ILLINOIS...


AT LA GRANGE LD TW

AT MEREDOSIA

AT VALLEY CITY

AT HARDIN.... Click here to read entire warning

 

 

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Source...National Weather

Cedar Hill Resort ...For Sale

   New Price !

Approximately 16 acre + business + 2 houses  $400,000.00 

 

25 acres, business + 3 houses......$500,000.00 

 

Will owner finance to right buyers

Call Dave at 314-280-8997 or go to  www.Cedarhillresort.net.

  Updated Sat at 10:30 AM

The Rotten Apple in Grafton, IL..........Hey Everybody,

The Great River Road reopened today thanks to our friends at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Come up and celebrate this accomplishment with us at the Rotten Apple.

Here is a list of our current drafts: Founder's Brewing - Rubaeus, Founder's Brewing - Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Lagunitas Brewing - Gnarly Wine, Avery Brewing - Maharaja Imperial IPA, Lagunitas Brewing - IPA, Jever Brewing - Pilsener, Lefthand Brewing - Black Jack Porter, Founders Brewing - Breakfast Stout, Avery Brewing - Ale to the Chief, Lagunitas Brewing - Censored Copper Ale, Dogfish Head Brewing - India Brown Ale, Stag - Always $1.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... dated 12 Sept 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.

       

 Golden Eagle Ferry Update..........

RiverBills called the Golden Eagle Ferry Office on Friday (09-19-08).  As of 11:50 AM Friday morning the Ferry was running again.

The Grafton Ferry and Brussells Ferry are closed due to high water

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

 

St. Louis District Supports National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27

St. Louis, September 19, 2008 - Thousands of local volunteers at more than 100 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project sites around the country will participate in this year’s 15th annual National Public Lands Day Sept. 27, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind. Activities include clean up, repairs, refurbishments and other volunteer events in parks, forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, cultural and historic sites and other public lands and waters and involve more than 120,000 volunteers at 1,500 sites nationwide.

Volunteers at Corps of Engineers’ sites will take part in tree planting, erosion control, bank stabilization, building trails, restoring recreation areas, trash pickup, removing invasive species, removing non-native plants, improvements to wildlife habitats, harvesting prairie plant seeds and rehabilitating playgrounds.

The Corps’ St. Louis District is federal steward to over 300,000 acres of public lands and waters. This includes five multipurpose reservoirs, 5 navigational projects, 80 miles on the Illinois river, 36 miles on the Kaskaskia River and 300 miles on the Mississippi River. Carlyle, Rend and Shelbyville lakes are in Illinois. Mark Twain Lake and Wappapello lakes are in Missouri. The individual projects will be hosting events in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.
 

[ 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.

 

 River Road Reopened on Friday..........

An article in TheTelegraph stated that the Great River Road reopened on Friday.  It has been closed for several weeks to replace two large culverts in Godfrey.  

The article stated that Route 100 was still closed from from Rouute 3 in Grafton to Illinois Route 16.

Click here to read the entire article......

Click here to read more........

Mississippi River Flood Video ..... 

   

STLtoday has a on-line video, dated 17 September,  of the Mississippi River's flood waters at downtown St. Louis.

 

Click here and check-em out !

Palisades Yacht Club Update........  

 

 Palisades Yacht Club has new docks coming in Oct and we will have some available for lease.

 

Amy Spencer

 

 

 

 

 

Riv 'aarh Bill's

Talk Like A Pirate Friday

 

September 19 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated at 12:15PM.. Small Electrical Fire Alton Marina......Golden Eagle Ferry Running..Grafton Ferry & Brussels Ferry closed

 

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 17, 2008 17:15:58 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 18, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562
(618) 580-2998

 

 Coast Guard closes portions of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River has closed the following sections of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers, in addition to previous closures:

  • Copperas Creek, Ill. is closed to all recreational and commercial traffic from mile marker 136 to 138.

  • The Illinois River is closed to all recreational and commercial traffic from Peoria, Ill. mile marker160.0 to Chillecothe, Ill. mile marker 181.

  • The Upper Mississippi River is closed to recreational traffic from Chester, Mo. mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

  • The Missouri River is closed to recreational traffic from mile marker 200 near Boonville, Mo. to the mouth of the Missouri River mile marker 0 to 200.

  • The Illinois River is closed to recreational traffic from Grafton, Ill. mile marker 0.0 to 9.9 and Liverpool, IL mile marker 129.0 to 199.9.

The COTP has opened the following portions of the Upper Mississippi River Missouri and Illinois rivers to recreational traffic:

  • mile marker 273.4 at Clarksville, Mo. to mile marker 301.1 on the Upper Mississippi River.

  • mile marker 300 at Waverly, Mo. to mile marker 200.0 on the Missouri River.

     

   Click here to read entire news release
 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS

RELEASE


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

 

Colonel Rad C. Talburt, Commissioner

 

For further information contact:

Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333

Fax: (573)-522-1287
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

Number of Pages: 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Affected Areas of Missouri and Mississippi Rivers


By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from 109 mm to 185 mm and 273 mm to 301 mm.   The Missouri River will be closed from 0 mm to 300 mm.  The Mississippi River and Missouri Rivers are still open to limited commercial traffic.  The closure was put in effect 9/15 and will remain until further notice by the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper.  These measures are necessary to prevent property damage, looting and life preservation

 

 

 

 

MISSOURI STATE WATER PATROL

Telephone (573) 751-3333

Home Page http://www.mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

CoverYourBass.com

 Home of the BASSROOM

The Bassroom is a unique portable bathroom, portable toilet if you will, for your boat. Our product has been developed with your privacy and a clean water initiative in mind. The Bassroom is an extremely versatile, extremely compact, and environmentally safe option to making continous trips back and forth to shore when a member of your fishing party has an emergency. The Bassroom sets up in minutes for those moments when the need for a bathroom is immediate. Our product can be left on the deck of your boat while you continue to fish if necessary. Nobody really wants to make that mad dash for the nearest boat launch when the urge arises especially when you're on top of a good school of actively feeding fish. Now, with the Bassroom, you don't have to!

 

Check them out at www.CoverYourBass.com

 

 Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day......... were sent in back in August by RiverBill's daughter, Annie Fleming, who hails out of the Port of Caseyville, IL in  the boat soon to be named "RiverBrat".

 

A foggy Iowa Island sunrise

and

An Iowa Island sunset !

 

RiverBill says...... Good pictures Ann.

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ----  was sent in by Clarence... 

 

Flying Asian Carp..... Close Call !

 

  

Bill,

 

   The Asian Carp are taking over the Mississippi River in Illinois!! Doug Nikirk from Golden Eagle, IL was almost hit in the head when this 15lb carp jumped into his boat last week! 

  His wife Jeanne was taking pictures of the jumping fish when this one jumped. 

  I thought maybe you would find this interesting............

 

Clarence


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/18/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update (0461-08) 1500 CDT 18 SEP 2008
NAVNOTICE # 1374....Click here
 


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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/18/08
Subject: L/D CLOSURE KASKASKIA
NAVNOTICE # 1373

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0460-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0460-08 UM
KASKASKIA RIVER
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE KASKASKIA RIVER L/D (LLNR 9060) MM 0.8 KAS
IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC. FOR MORE INFORMATION MARINERS ARE REQUESTED
TO CONTACT KASKASKIA RIVER L/D ON VHF-FM CHNL 14 OR PHONE
(618)284-7160.
BT
NNNN

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

       

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners Update..........

Hello everyone,

We are above the water and doing great! We have a wonderful line up of
entertainment this weekend. Friday night features Janet & Bruce. This is
one great dance band that you won't want to miss. Saturday night features
Harmony who can be seen with some of the best bands in St. Louis. The
weather channel girl with her weather channel curl predicts A+ weather for
this weekend. Hope to see you at Sundowners. Don't forget about our $10.95


Fried Chicken dinner every Sunday from 3pm -close.

Jon & Kelley

 Updated Friday at 12:15PM

Small Electrical Fire At Alton Marina..........

 

  RiverBill's received a report from Karen Brncic, the manager of the Alton Marina.

 

   They had a small electrical fire last night underneath the dock near the privacy gate by the marina office.  The fire knocked out all the utilities.  (electricity, water & phone )

 

  Karen said everything is under control and they are busy making repairs.  Meanwhile the marina open for business ....and up and running on backup generators.  They are working to get everyone's utilities back on. The pool and hot tub are closed for now but should be re-opened sometime on Sunday.

 

The marina's internet and phone service is down too. To contact them, call Karen at 618-791-5109.

 

More info as it become available.

 Updated Friday at 4:25 PM

Longshot Saloon Update ..........

Come out to Longshot Saloon to see the flood this weekend

Buy 1 pizza...And....Get one of equal or same topping FREE !

 

Thursday & Friday Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM

$1.50 Bush......$1.75 Budlight....  35 ¢ wings

 

Thursday Nights starting at 7PM

69 ¢ tacos and 35 cent wings

 Updated Friday at 12:10 PM

Golden Eagle Ferry Update..........

RiverBills called the Golden Eagle Ferry Office .  As of 11:50 AM Friday morning the Ferry was running again.

The Grafton Ferry and Brussells Ferry are closed due to high water

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

WGUS83 KLSX 190231
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
930 PM CDT THU SEP 18 2008


...THE FLOOD WARNING IS CANCELLED FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER...
AT HANNIBAL


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER...


AT LOUISIANA AFFECTING PIKE COUNTY

AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TAILWATER

AT WINFIELD LOCK AND DAM 25 TAILWATER

AT GRAFTON

AT ALTON LOCK AND DAM 26 TAILWATER

AT ST. LOUIS

AT CHESTER ILLINOIS .... Click here for more info

 

 

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Source...National Weather

The Great River Road Scheduled to Re-open Today.........

 

According to a news article in the Alton Daily News.... The Great River Road is scheduled to re-open today, September 19th.  The road was closed for repairs to culverts at Cliffton Terrace that were damage by this year's flooding.

 

The road is scheduled to be open by 5PM.

 

Click here to read the news article.

 

Cedar Hill Resort ...For Sale

   New Price !

Approximately 16 acre + business + 2 houses  $400,000.00 

 

25 acres, business + 3 houses......$500,000.00 

 

Will owner finance to right buyers

Call Dave at 314-280-8997 or go to  www.Cedarhillresort.net.

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

67 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/18/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

77 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair.

(Report made on 9/18/2008)

 

MeramecRiver (below Eureka)

70 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad and cutbaits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/18/2008)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

70 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad and cutbaits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/18/2008)

 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Prairie State Outdoors Website Fishing Reports.........

 

 

Click here for a comprehensive fishing report covering the entire state of Illinois !

 

Click here for a comprehensive fishing report covering the entire state of Missouri !

 

 

Illinois

  Area Road Closures......

  According to a news article in the Alton Daily News flooding caused Route 100 to close between North Church and North Edwards in Grafton, IL. 

The Brussels Ferry is also reported to be closed due to the high water.

Click here to read this news article.

River Dawg Sophie......

  We just found out that River Dawg Sophie and here owners, Cheryl and Dan Rauschkolb are now boating out of Alton Marina !

River Dawg Sophie has just been added to RiverBill's River Dawg Page. 

Click here and check them all out.

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 17, 2008

 

Illinois Celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 27-28

Traditional events being held at John A. Logan College and Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is helping to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Days with two popular festivals on September 27-28 at John A. Logan College in Carterville and Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area near Yorkville.

"National Hunting and Fishing Days help celebrate the traditions of outdoor recreation and the heritage of fishing and hunting here in Illinois,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. “Each September, thousands of youngsters and adults attend the southern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days event at John A. Logan College and the northern Illinois event at Silver Springs to join in the fun.”

 

click here to go to the IDNR website and read more

 

 

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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Port Charles Bottom Paint Special..........

 

Port Charles Harbor is once again offering their "Bottom Paint Special

 @ $40.00 per foot".

 


Click here to go to Port Charles  website

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

It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day !

 

 

Click here.... f 'arrh more info mate !

North Shore Oasis Update...........

 

We plan to be open this weekend water permitting. We should definitely be open Saturday 11am-1am and Sunday our breakfast starts at 7am and we will close at 9pm.

 

We are not sure about Friday yet but I will keep you updated.

 

Raye Anne Sullivan

Con Trios Yacht Club's Membership Party...........

 

The Membership Party at Duck Club Yacht Club on Saturday, October 18th flyer and reservation forms are available, get your reservations in to Fleet Captain Denny Galkowski as soon as possible. I know this will be a fun event as my good friend Larry Wilks will be entertaining us all afternoon while we chow down on Mike's World Famous ribs.

 

Darryll Weil

Click here to go to the Con Trios website for more information

Black Bear Found Dead Near Champaign, IL...........

 

According to a news article in the Prairie State Outdoors a young black bear weighing 150 -200 pounds was found dead near the small town of Hugo, IL.   Hugo is about 30 miles south of Champaign.

 

The contents of the bear’s stomach will be examined to try to determine if it was wild. Wild bears are not believed to exist in the state of Illinois.

 

Click here to read the news story

Palisades Yacht Club Update........  

 

 Palisades Yacht Club has new docks coming in Oct and we will have some available for lease.

 

Amy Spencer

On-Line Petition To Save Illinois State Parks........  

 

 Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn announced that he is launching an electronic petition drive to try to save 11 state parks and 13 state historic sites in the state of Illinois from closing.  His goal is to show Governor Blagojevich how many people protest the idea.

 

Go to  www.SaveOurStateParks.org for more information.

 

The Illinois governor is planning to close the parks and historic sites because of the unbalanced budget the state lawmakers passed.

 

Click here to read the news article in the Alton Daily news.

 Minneapolis River Bridge Re-Opens.........

According to a news article in the examiner.com the 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis reopened yesterday !

 

Emergency vehicles with lights flashing led twin processions across the new bridge before dawn yesterday morning (Thursday). The previous bridge collapsed and fell into the river nearly 14 months ago. 

 

Click here to read the news article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

September 18 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: September 17, 2008 17:15:58 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: Sept. 17, 2008

News Release  

Contact:  Lt. Chuck Mellor
(314) 269-2562 or
(618) 580-2998

 

 UPDATE: Coast Guard closes portions of the Upper Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri rivers

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Upper Mississippi River has closed the following sections of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers to all recreational vessel traffic with the following restrictions:
 

  • The Upper Mississippi River is closed from Claryville, Mo., mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

  • The Missouri River is closed from Waverly, Mo. mile marker 0 to the mouth of the Missouri River at mile marker 300.

  • The Illinois River is closed from Grafton, Ill., mile marker 0.0 to 9.9 and from mile marker 129, near Liverpool, Ill. to mile marker 199.9.
     

The COTP Upper Mississippi River has opened the Upper Mississippi River at mile 273.4, near Clarksville, Mo., to mile marker 301.1 to all recreational vessel traffic.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce all of the above zones that are restricted to recreational traffic.

 

   Click here to read entire news release
 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS

RELEASE


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

 

Colonel Rad C. Talburt, Commissioner

 

For further information contact:

Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333

Fax: (573)-522-1287
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

Number of Pages: 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Affected Areas of Missouri and Mississippi Rivers


By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from 109 mm to 185 mm and 273 mm to 301 mm.   The Missouri River will be closed from 0 mm to 300 mm.  The Mississippi River and Missouri Rivers are still open to limited commercial traffic.  The closure was put in effect 9/15 and will remain until further notice by the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper.  These measures are necessary to prevent property damage, looting and life preservation

 

 

 

 

MISSOURI STATE WATER PATROL

Telephone (573) 751-3333

Home Page http://www.mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

CoverYourBass.com

 Home of the BASSROOM

The Bassroom is a unique portable bathroom, portable toilet if you will, for your boat. Our product has been developed with your privacy and a clean water initiative in mind. The Bassroom is an extremely versatile, extremely compact, and environmentally safe option to making continous trips back and forth to shore when a member of your fishing party has an emergency. The Bassroom sets up in minutes for those moments when the need for a bathroom is immediate. Our product can be left on the deck of your boat while you continue to fish if necessary. Nobody really wants to make that mad dash for the nearest boat launch when the urge arises especially when you're on top of a good school of actively feeding fish. Now, with the Bassroom, you don't have to!

 

Check them out at www.CoverYourBass.com

 

 Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day......... is of some of the boaters at the Eagles Landing Holiday Party at the begining of September.

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ----  was from Tyler Mitchell, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the boat..."Saint Somewhere"

 

 The top picture is of an E scow , "Irie Vibes",  leaving Palisades Yacht Club on their 2007 "Pirate Day" celebration .......... 

 

The 2nd picture is a great shot of the sailboats with the bluffs in the background.

 

 

Arrgh Matey !


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/17/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update (0457-08) 1515 CDT 17 SEP 2008
NAVNOTICE # 1367


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0457-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0456-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0457-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS
USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9 - 185.4) IS IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION
PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WATERWAY ACTION PLAN, DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING IN THIS ZONE UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED WITHIN THIS ZONE. THE COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR MILE 179.0 TO 184.0. ALL DOWN BOUND TOWS GREATER THAN 600 FEET IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE TOWBOAT, SHALL LIMIT TRANSIT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHALL HAVE A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER PER LOADED BARGE, AND SHALL PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. TO ENSURE SAFE NAVIGATION THROUGH ST. LOUIS HARBOR ALL OPERATORS AND MARINERS SHALL MONITOR CURRENT RIVER STAGES TO MAINTAIN PROPER BRIDGE CLEARANCES. ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS MUST HAVE ENOUGH HORSEPOWER TO MAINTAIN A MINIMUM SPEED OF 3 MPH ON APPROACH TO THE BRIDGES IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR. IT IS RECOMMENDED ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVE A PILOT ONBOARD WITH RECENT HIGH WATER EXPERIENCE WITH SIMILAR SIZE TOWS THROUGH THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR BRIDGES. ALL TOW BOATS ARE RESTRICTED FROM CARRYING BARGES ON THE HIP.
B. ZONES 22 THROUGH 26 (MM 200.5 - 324.8 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER
WATCH PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 - 9.9 ILR) AND ZONES 6 THROUGH 8 (MM 129.0 -
199.9 ILR) ARE IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE ILR
WAP ANNEX. RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED WITHIN THESE
ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE
OPERATIONS SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS, PRODUCING NO
WAKE BETWEEN MILES 162.3 TO 179.0 ILR AND BETWEEN MILES 136.0 -
138.0 ILR.

D. ZONES 2 THROUGH 5 (MM 10.0 - 128.9 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER
WATCH PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.
E. THE FOLLOWING REACHES ARE IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE MOR WAP ANNEX: BRUNSWICK REACH, JEFFERSON REACH, AND WASHINGTON REACH (MM 0 - 300). RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS
PROHIBITED WITHIN THESE ZONES.

F. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH
NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.
G. ALL VESSELS ENGAGED IN DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN HIGH WATER AREAS.
H. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS.
I. LOCAL STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE ALL OF THE ABOVE ZONES THAT ARE RESTRICTED TO RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC.
BT
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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 180249
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
949 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
ILLINOIS...MISSOURI...

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HANNIBAL

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT SAVERTON LD 22 TW

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LOUISIANA

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TW

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT WINFIELD LD 25 TW

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ST. LOUIS

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CHESTER.... Click here for more info

 


 

 

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Source...National Weather

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners Update..........

Hello everyone,

We are above the water and doing great! We have a wonderful line up of
entertainment this weekend. Friday night features Janet & Bruce. This is
one great dance band that you won't want to miss. Saturday night features
Harmony who can be seen with some of the best bands in St. Louis. The
weather channel girl with her weather channel curl predicts A+ weather for
this weekend. Hope to see you at Sundowners. Don't forget about our $10.95


Fried Chicken dinner every Sunday from 3pm -close.

Jon & Kelley

Flood Crests..........

The National Weather Service lowered the predicted flood crests for the St. Louis area by about 2 feet.

To read this full article in 4kmov.com click here

 

Cedar Hill Resort ...For Sale

   New Price !

Approximately 16 acre + business + 2 houses  $400,000.00 

 

25 acres, business + 3 houses......$500,000.00 

 

Will owner finance to right buyers

Call Dave at 314-280-8997 or go to  www.Cedarhillresort.net.

Moderate Flooding Closed Frontier Park......

There was some moderate flooding in the St. Charles area. This caused the Missouri River to go over the walk paths in Frontier Park. They closed the park on Tuesday. The predictions were that the Missouri River would crest on Wednesday at 33.1 feet, which is about 8 feet above flood stage.. They are in hopes that the waters will recede and the Irish Festival that is scheduled there will be able to go on. A few other places that have flooded this week is Hwy B, F and C. There are also some places on Hwy 94 in Augusta and Defiance. Winfield in Lincoln County has some moderate flooding as the Mississippi River rose about 4 feet above flood stage there. The Golden Ferry in Calhoun County, Illinois is scheduled to close as well.

To read this full article in STLtoday.com click here

 

River Dawg Sophie......

  We just found out that River Dawg Sophie and here owners, Cheryl and Dan Rauschkolb are now boating out of Alton Marina !

River Dawg Sophie has just been added to RiverBill's River Dawg Page. 

Click here and check them all out.

 

Metro East Flooding Update......

There are several roads closed in Illinois due to the flooding this weekend.

  • The Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT) announced some roads in Madison, Jersey and Randolph would be closed.
  • State Route 100 Road between Alton and U.S. 67 is completely closed.
  • State Route 16, which is north of Nutmeg will probably be closed until the weekend.
  • Water Street in Chester is closed and Kaskaskia is expected to close on Wednesday evening.
  • In St. Clair County, hwy 50 had been closed, but reopened on Wednesday.
  • The Brussels Ferry in Calhoun County is now closed.
  • State Route 100, between North Edwards and North Church Street, which is in Jersey County, near Grafton is closed, stated by IDOT.
  • In Randolph County, State Route 3, near the Chester Truck Bypass, is closed.
  • Northbound Lane of State Route 48 is closed at Eldorado Street in Decatur.

 

The Mississippi crested in Grafton at 25.5 feet and went slightly over their Main Street. They Mayor seems to think that it will go down rather quickly. They say that no homes or businesses have been affected by the flood so far and they will be monitoring the roads and streets that are closed.

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

 

Port Charles Bottom Paint Special..........

 

Port Charles Harbor is once again offering their "Bottom Paint Special

 @ $40.00 per foot".

 


Click here to go to Port Charles  website

Grafton's Landing Update..........

 

The hours for our restaurant have changed.

 

We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon until sunset. The hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. the kitchen will close at 9:00 p.m. and the bar will close when it is quiet. We no longer serve breakfast on the weekend. .

 

Thanks
Patricia Marcum
 

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

 

 

Click here.... f 'arrh more info mate !

North Shore Oasis Update...........

 

We plan to be open this weekend water permitting. We should definitely be open Saturday 11am-1am and Sunday our breakfast starts at 7am and we will close at 9pm.

 

We are not sure about Friday yet but I will keep you updated.

 

Raye Anne Sullivan

Con Trios Yacht Club's Membership Party...........

 

The Membership Party at Duck Club Yacht Club on Saturday, October 18th flyer and reservation forms are available, get your reservations in to Fleet Captain Denny Galkowski as soon as possible. I know this will be a fun event as my good friend Larry Wilks will be entertaining us all afternoon while we chow down on Mike's World Famous ribs.

 

Darryll Weil

Click here to g to the Con Trios website

St. Charles Flood Update...........

According to an article in the St. Charles County Journal....Homes were flooded near the Family Arena, St. Charles Fire Department responeded to calls for vechicles trapped in flood waters, firefighters evacuated residents at an apartment complex at Cole and Elm and the rainwater cut short the Lewis and Clark Marathon.

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

 

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Blake Hamilton Has Passed Away

  

Pittman Funeral Home,

909 Pittman Ave.

Wentzville (636-327-6600).

Visitation is Wed. 4 to 8.

The funeral will be at 11:00 Thursday.


 

Blake was a Pool 25 Boater

Our condolences go out to the Hamilton family.

Saturday, 20 September

Kinder's Restaurant Dance Party

 

The Jacks or Better Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

Missouri Float Streams ........

The Missouri Canoe & Floaters Association is hoping that the waters go down just as quickly as they come up. They have float trips on the weekends along the Meramec River at Ozark Outdoor Riverfront Resort near Leasburg.  They invite everyone to come down and enjoy it, since the fall is the prettiest time of the year to float.

To read more about them, click here on KSDK online

Lincoln County Flood Update...........

Poor Lincoln County got hit hard again by Hurricane Ike. Most of the flood victims have not recovered from the last couple of floods. Now they are facing it all over again. A spokesperson for the town stated that there are 79 residences with major damage, 11 residences with minor damage, two churches with damage and six businesses with major damage. The Lincoln County Health Department has warned everyone to get tetanus shots before they start any renovations. There are five locations that are giving these shots. For more information, you can call at 636-528-6117.

To read this full article in KSDK online, click here

 

Palisades Yacht Club Update........  

 

 Palisades Yacht Club has new docks coming in Oct and we will have some available for lease.

 

Amy Spencer

 SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

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

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Click here to view the Delta Queen's Last Cruises

 Save the Delta Queen Bill in the Senate......

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the "Save The Delta Queen Campaign Team"

 

 

Dear Bill ,

This is a big chance for the Delta Queen to survive: Senator George Voinovich of Ohio has introduced a "Save the Delta Queen" bill in the U.S. Senate (bill no. S. 3498) by exempting her from the 1966 Safety at Sea Law. Support comes from at least seven other Senators, both Republicans and Democrats, and there are more to join in soon.

While this bill alone will not save the Delta Queen directly, it raises enormous attention and is an important step. Newspapers, TV and radio stations and blogs are reporting about the Save the Delta Queen efforts frequently and the number of media coverage increases every day now.

Please, ask your Senator for support!
Let's utilize this momentum! Get on the phone, go to your Senator's local offices, fire up your fax machines and urge your Senators to support and co-sponsor this important bill (S. 3498) to give the Delta Queen a chance to survive. Contact your local newspapers and TV stations to report about what it means to you and your community if the Delta Queen disappears forever. Even if you did contact your Senator before, give them an update and let them know about the bill no. S 3498.
You'll find the contact information for your Senator at: www.senate.gov (in the upper right corner, just choose your state; phone numbers and addresses of your Senators will be listed).

The Delta Queen is safe!
Don't forget to point out that all this is not about safety, because the Delta Queen in fact is a very safe boat. Detailed information about the Delta Queen's safety can be found at deltaqueen.wordpress.com/deltaqueensafety/.

Already on the list of cosponsors of bill S. 3498 are: Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Thad Co! chran (R -Mississippi), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), Barack Obama (D-Illinois), Evan Bayh (D-Indiana), and Richard Lugur (R-Indiana).

You might also want to call these Senator's offices to let them know how much you appreciate their support. They need to hear from all of us that they're doing the right thing.

After a long period of struggles and doubts, I eventually do have the strong feeling that we can win this battle! The Delta Queen will be saved if we all work together. Please, contact your Senator right now. We don't have much time to loose. Thank you very much for your help!


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

September 17 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Parts of Mississippi & Missouri Rivers closed  

 

 The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Upper Mississippi River closed portions of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 to recreational vessel traffic within the following areas:

St. Louis Harbor mile marker 179.0 to 184.0 on the Upper Mississippi River.

Clarksville, Mo., mile marker 273.4 to 301.1 on the Upper Mississippi River.

From Waverly, Mo. to the mouth of the Missouri River mile marker 0 to 300
 

   Click here to read entire news release
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/16/08
Subject: Illinois Safety Advisory (BNM NR 0454-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1364

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HAS DISCOURAGED ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC ON THE ILR BETWEEN MM 0.0 - 187.4 DUE TO HIGH WATER AND HIGH FLOW CONDITIONS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AT (217) 524-2387.

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/16/08
Subject: Waterways Safety Advisoru update (BNM NR 0455-08 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1365

UPPER MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS
USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 24, 25, AND 26 (MM 200.5 - 301.1 UMR) ARE IN THE EXTREME
HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED WITHIN THIS ZONES.

Click here to read entire Nav Notice

 

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

       

Welcome New Advertiser !

CoverYourBass.com

 Home of the BASSROOM

The Bassroom is a unique portable bathroom, portable toilet if you will, for your boat. Our product has been developed with your privacy and a clean water initiative in mind. The Bassroom is an extremely versatile, extremely compact, and environmentally safe option to making continous trips back and forth to shore when a member of your fishing party has an emergency. The Bassroom sets up in minutes for those moments when the need for a bathroom is immediate. Our product can be left on the deck of your boat while you continue to fish if necessary. Nobody really wants to make that mad dash for the nearest boat launch when the urge arises especially when you're on top of a good school of actively feeding fish. Now, with the Bassroom, you don't have to!

 

Check them out at www.CoverYourBass.com

 

 Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

River Dawg Sophie !

 

Our River Picture of the Day......... is from Cheryl Rauschkolb, who hails out of Alton Marina in the cruiser....."Never Satisfied"

 

Bill,

 

Here is a pic of Sophie for River Dawgs. She is the "E" dock mascot at Grafton Harbor!


Cheryl Rauschkolb
Alton Marina
"Never Satisfied"
 

 

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website             Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ----  was from Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser named "After You".

 

Darryll wrote:

   

We took the boat down to Alton Marina over the weekend to attend the Con Trios Yacht Club Alton Getaway.  After getting the boat settled in our slip for the weekend we went up on land to enjoy the party.  Check out the pictures at:

CTYC Alton Getaway 2006

After turning in for the night we were awakened by someone pounding on our boat.  Come to find out a group led by Mark Miles had decided to go on a walk about in Alton.  Well, we got up and joined them of course.  First stop was "The Boat at the River Bend" where we enjoyed the piano bar for a while and Maureen and Terry ran into Karen Foss from Channel 5, then on to a place called Tacos (I think) and the last stop we made was "Bubby and Sissys", an "Open minded kind of place" according to their website.  Well, we did go upstairs there to "JP's Show Lounge" for the drag show!  Thanks to Mark for helping Maureen get me back to the Alton Belle Casino so we could catch the shuttle back to the Marina.

Boat at River Bend pics

JP's Show Lounge pics

Enjoy, Darryll

  
  
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Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 170257
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
957 PM CDT TUE SEP 16 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN ILLINOIS..
ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE LD TW

ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA

ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY

ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN .... Click here for more info

 


 

 

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Source...National Weather

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Sundowners Update..........

Hello everyone,

We are above the water and doing great! We have a wonderful line up of
entertainment this weekend. Friday night features Janet & Bruce. This is
one great dance band that you won't want to miss. Saturday night features
Harmony who can be seen with some of the best bands in St. Louis. The
weather channel girl with her weather channel curl predicts A+ weather for
this weekend. Hope to see you at Sundowners. Don't forget about our $10.95
Fried Chicken dinner every Sunday from 3pm -close.

Jon & Kelley

Coast Guard Closes Part Of The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers......

The Coast Guard closed part of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to recreational boaters due to flooding. The Mississippi River was closed from the St. Louis Harbor at mile marker 179.0 to mile marker 184.0, the Upper Mississippi River from Clarksville – mile marker 273.4 to 301.1 and the Upper Mississippi River from Waverly to the mouth of the Missouri River. The Coast Guard feels that the safety of boaters would be at risk with the high waters, strong currents and the debris floating in the water. They have not yet said when the waters will open back up to the public.

To read this full report on KSDK online click here

Hannibal Flood Gates Not Needed This Time.....

In spite of the floodwaters, it appears that the Hannibal Flood Gates will not be needed. The Mississippi River went up seven feet in 36 hours in but they don’t feel that it is necessary to use the flood gates at this time. On Monday, the water was at 19.8 feet and was expected to crest on Monday evening at 19.9 feet. The flood gates are usually used at 19.5 feet, but they feel that the waters will go back down as quickly as they came up.

To read this full report on KHQA online, click here

 

Port Charles Bottom Paint Special..........

 

Port Charles Harbor is once again offering their "Bottom Paint Special

 @ $40.00 per foot".

 


Click here to go to Port Charles  website

Grafton's Landing Update..........

 

The hours for our restaurant have changed.

 

We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon until sunset. The hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. the kitchen will close at 9:00 p.m. and the bar will close when it is quiet. We no longer serve breakfast on the weekend. .

 

Thanks
Patricia Marcum
 

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

 

 

Click here.... f 'arrh more info mate !

Lincoln County Flooded Again

Lincoln County has not even had time to clean up from the flooding earlier this year and now they are going through it again. Since the levees have not been repaired yet, they are still weakened. Flash flooding is on the Cuivre River. Some other areas that are being hit is Old Monroe and Moscow Mills. There are some shelters set up and also some tetanus shots available in Lincoln County. To find out more information, you can call 636-528-6117.

You can read this full article on CW 11 TV by clicking here

 

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Blake Hamilton Has Passed Away

  

Pittman Funeral Home,

909 Pittman Ave.

Wentzville (636-327-6600).

Visitation is Wed. 4 to 8.

The funeral will be at 11:00 Thursday.


 

Blake was a Pool 25 Boater

Our condolences go out to the Hamilton family.

Saturday, 20 September

Kinder's Restaurant Dance Party

 

The Jacks or Better Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

 

Vandalia’s Shrimp Festival......

The Largent’s from Vandalia has began raising shrimp in Missouri. He has his Shrimp Festival to raise awareness for the Mid-Missouri Shrimp Growers Association Co-op. Most people don’t realize that we have the perfect climate for raising shrimp. There are not many industries in the U.S. that raise shrimp. Included in this festival, they have a baby contest, a raffle and an archery contest. All of the proceeds from this festival will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. If you would like more information about this organization, you can call the Largent’s at 573-594-2397.

If you would like to read this full story on KHQA online, you can 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 !

Ike's Memorable Statistics For The Midwest.........

More than one million people were without power in St. Louis on Tuesday. Luckily Arnold, in Jefferson County, still had their sandbags up from their last flood, which helped tremendously. Ike dumped about eight inches of rain in Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. It brought through hurricane-strong winds through Ohio and tornadoes through Arkansas. Within 10 states from the Gulf Coast through the Ohio Valley area, it left over 40 people dead. It also left over 2 million people without power – with Ohio having the highest rate – 1.4 million. Some people are not expected to get their power back on until this weekend. Kentucky had the largest power outage on record. This storm made people evacuate, closed roads and even closed parts of the Missouri & Mississippi Rivers to recreational boating.

To read this full article, on KMOV.com click here

Brentwood Had Record Breaking Flood..........

One of the hardest hit areas in St. Louis this weekend was Brentwood. The Brentwood Title Company holds records dating back to the 1700’s. The water knocked out walls, destroyed computers and did thousands of dollars worth of damage.

To read more on KSDK online click here

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

September 16 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

CoverYourBass.com

 Home of the BASSROOM

The Bassroom is a unique portable bathroom, portable toilet if you will, for your boat. Our product has been developed with your privacy and a clean water initiative in mind. The Bassroom is an extremely versatile, extremely compact, and environmentally safe option to making continous trips back and forth to shore when a member of your fishing party has an emergency. The Bassroom sets up in minutes for those moments when the need for a bathroom is immediate. Our product can be left on the deck of your boat while you continue to fish if necessary. Nobody really wants to make that mad dash for the nearest boat launch when the urge arises especially when you're on top of a good school of actively feeding fish. Now, with the Bassroom, you don't have to!

 

Check them out at www.CoverYourBass.com

 

 Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of the Day......... are some photographs from the past, sent in by Lonero's Auto Body.

 

 

BILL,

 

FOUND THESE PHOTO'S OF MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER AND THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE COOL TO SHARE. NOT SURE WHAT YEAR THE BOAT IS BUT PHOTO SAYS 1979.  IF ANYONE HAS IFO ON THE TYPE OF BOAT I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

THE LAUNCHING  IS THE MISSOURI SIDE OF ALTON POOL. THE RUNNING PHOTO'S ARE FROM LAKE OF THE OZARKS. BOTH HAVE CHANGED QUITE A BIT.

 


 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ----  was from Courtney Turner, who hails out of Polstar Marina ..........

Courtney wrote:

   

Hey Bill -

I brought my nieces to their first "River" experience this past 
weekend. We thought we would send you a couple of pic's.   We enjoyed a day out on Iowa,  took the girls over to Grafton on the Ferry, (of course standing by the www.riverbills.com sign) 

 

We're trying to hold on to the summer as loooong as possible. 

Thanks,
Courtney-n-Matt @ Polstar Marina
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Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/15/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update (0452-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1362

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0452-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0451-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0452-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS
USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY: .........Click here to read more

 

 

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

       

Flood Warning

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

Flood Warning valid until September 22 1:00pm CDT

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1009 PM CDT MON SEP 15 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN
ILLINOIS...MISSOURI...

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT QUINCY
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HANNIBAL
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT SAVERTON LD 22 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LOUISIANA
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT WINFIELD LD 25 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ST. LOUIS
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CHESTER

.THIS FLOOD WARNING IS A RESULT OF RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL AND NO
ADDITIONAL RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST...

SAFETY MESSAGE...NEVER DRIVE CARS...TRUCKS OR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. THE WATER MAY BE TOO DEEP TO ALLOW FOR SAFE
PASSAGE.

THIS PRODUCT ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL WEATHER AND STREAM INFORMATION IS
AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=LSX /LOWER
CASE/

ILC119-MOC183-170308-
/O.EXT.KLSX.FL.W.0302.000000T0000Z-080922T1800Z/
/ALNI2.2.ER.000000T0000Z.080917T1800Z.080921T1800Z.NO/
1009 PM CDT MON SEP 15 2008

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW
* UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.
* AT 9:00 PM MONDAY THE STAGE WAS 26.1 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 21.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...CREST NEAR 31.4 FEET WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACT...AT 29.9 FEET...ROUTE 100 AT ALTON CLOSES. ALSO AT THIS
LEVEL THE NORTH AND SOUTH WOOD RIVER LEVEE STRUCTURES ARE CLOSED.
* IMPACT...AT 29.5 FEET...URBAN FLOOD DAMAGE BEGINS IN PERUQUE.
* IMPACT...AT 29.3 FEET...THE NORTH WOOD RIVER LEVEE MUST BE CLOSED
AT THIS LEVEL.
* IMPACT...AT 29.0 FEET...MODERATE FLOODING BEGINS.
* IMPACT...AT 28.5 FEET...THE SOUTH WOOD RIVER LEVEE MUST BE CLOSED
AT THIS LEVEL.
* IMPACT...AT 26.5 FEET...HIGHWAY 94 FLOODS FROM PORTAGE DES SIOUX TO
WEST ALTON.

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Source...National Weather

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 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

News Release


      Release No. 58-08

Points of Contact:  Alan Dooley   314-331-8002  (work)

618-719-9039  (cell)  

618-939-5985 (home)

Nicole Dalrymple, 314-331-8068  (work)


For Release:  IMMEDIATE


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103-2833       www.mvs.usace.army.mil
St. Louis area flooding

         Current high water and flooding in the St. Louis region shares some characteristics with events of June and July, but is much different in other aspects, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis.

         Weekend events in and around St. Louis were characterized as regional and local flash flooding, with amounts and timing of rainfalls simply exceeding capacities of creeks, smaller streams and drainage systems to carry the water away. Too much rain fell too quickly, much into areas that do not have flood damage reduction systems to protect them.

         While main rivers in the region, including the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Meramec and Kaskaskia Rivers are also flooding again, the overall picture in the St. Louis region is variable and complex.

         High water earlier this year was characterized by very high rainfalls for protracted periods over wide areas. Iowa and parts of Illinois experienced record or near record amounts of rain for several days. In the case of Iowa the rainfall was virtually statewide. As a result in June and July, the Mississippi River rose to flood stage, with higher gage readings in northern reaches of the St. Louis District, with lower crests south of the Missouri River.

         This weekend’s rain was more localized and has apparently ended for now. So while the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers are expected to flood, as well as major tributaries, the flooding is expected to feature rapid rises followed by rapid drops.

         The Illinois River, which drains northern reaches of the state, was heavily impacted by 8+ inch rainfalls and is at or near flood stages as a result. The Illinois River however, flows through relatively flat topography and will thus stay at high gage readings for a longer period of time.

         The rapid rise and fall on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers will reintroduce a problem for navigation and boating interests. Rapid rises tend to pick trees and logs, as well as other floating “drift” and carry in into the rivers. Much drift that has been pulled from banks following the August rapid river fall has not yet been burned or otherwise removed and this material may again become drift.

         In addition, the rapid rises and flow increases are scouring large quantities of sand from the river bottom, which will be dropped rapidly as the rivers fall. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to activate dredges early in August to restore sand-filled navigation channels and similar challenges may again arise as the river again goes up and down rapidly.

         As a result of the weekend’s rain and rapidly rising rivers, the Corps of Engineers is again consulting with drainage and levee districts to do all that is possible to ensure public safety and to reduce damage.

         In Pike and Lincoln counties where June and July flooding damaged levees which are still to be repaired, water is expected to flow through existing breaches into primarily agricultural areas again. Corps of Engineers flood fight experts are consulting today with local authorities to determine what, if anything can be done, and impacts of additional flooding.
         The Corps of Engineers in St. Louis reports that navigation locks closed during Mississippi River flooding earlier this summer are expected to remain in operation this time, but that in one case, at the Chain of Rocks Locks 27, they are restricting tows using the 600-foot auxiliary chamber there to 70 by 400 feet. This is necessary because work barges that were at the Locks for recent work had to be stored in the auxiliary chamber to protect them. The main chamber remains in operation for normal use.
         Corps reservoir lakes in the region are also performing their flood damage reduction assignments very well.
        One of the lakes, Mark Twain, that was in the news in July when it absorbed high rainfalls and discharges had to be increased to record flows, which flood property in the Salt River valley, has considerably lowered flood stages on the Mississippi River and southward past Pike and Lincoln Counties in Missouri and on both sides of the Mississippi River as it flows through the St. Louis area.
         According to Corps water control experts, Mark Twain Lake was able to safely take in and hold flows reaching 100,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Sunday. Throughout the rain, discharges at the Clarence Cannon Dam, which forms the lake, were held at 4,500 CFS to minimize damage in the Salt River below the dam, which was already being hammered by intense rain falls.
         As the Mississippi River’s crest passes the mouth of the Salt River north of Clarksville, Corps water control managers will increase releases from the Clarence Cannon Dam to approximately 12,000 CFS. This should will not exceed the capacity of the Salt River nor raise Mississippi River crest.
         In fact, by holding the 100,000 CFS inflows until the crest passed, Mark Twain Lake is estimated to have reduced crests southward on the Mississippi River by as much as five feet, lowering impacts on both sides of the river southward into St. Louis by that much.
         The Corps of Engineers is continuing to monitor events and to share information with levee districts and local authorities and will do so until flood threats pass.
         As many citizens learned again over the weekend, flooding can be very dangerous and is not confined only to areas that have flooded previously this summer. Safety lessons, including not driving into water covered roads, have again been retaught the hard way.
         The St. Louis District commander, Col. Thomas O’Hara, continues to emphasize that public safety must remain the number one concern. Citizens should monitor media reports during weather  events such as the region experienced over the weekend and follow directions of local safety officials,O’Hara says. There are “No Shortcuts to Safety,” he told his staff Monday morning.


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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.

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

September 15, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Rains From Ike Raise Rivers – Caution Advised
 

The torrential rains that the remnants of Hurricane Ike dropped across the region this past weekend have begun raising the rivers once again to significant levels; with crests forecast to be at or near the high levels of earlier this summer.

While no closures have yet been announced, recreational boaters should note that safety advisories have been issued and hazards exist which should be considered before planning any boating excursions on the rivers in the near future.

The sudden rise in river levels, as we are presently experiencing, produces swift and strong currents. Commercial tows will be operating more slowly, and their maneuverability and responsiveness will be diminished. Aids to navigation may be swept off station. Debris will be abundant, and hazards normally visible above water may now be submerged.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary recommends that recreational boaters avoid venturing out during these conditions. Please consider delaying your cruise, or tow the boat to safer waters.

While the water conditions of the 2008 Boating Season have been frustrating, safety should always be your first concern. Boat responsibly.

Whether you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, or would just like to learn more about the services offered to the boating public such as Safe Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Checks, information is available on the web at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or www.cgaux.org – or you can contact the Flotilla Commander at bcz@charter.net or 314-852-2909.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

 

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St. Louis Area Crest Predictions.........

The quick rising waters have caused all of the rivers to go up pretty much. Most of the rivers are expected to crest within the next few days. Alton is expected to crest on Thursday at 33 feet, which is 12 feet above flood stage. At Grafton the Mississippi River should crest at 27.5 feet, which is about 10 feet above flood stage. At Hardin, the Illinois River is expected to crest at 35 feet on Thursday and will probably stay there for several days. Hardin’s flood stage is usually about 25 feet. The Missouri River at St. Charles should crest on Wednesday at 36 feet which is about 10 feet above flood stage. The Mississippi River should crest in St. Louis later this week about 41 feet which is about 11 feet over flood stage.

To read this full report on Alton Daily News click here

 

Hannibal’s Crest Predictions..........

Hurricane Ike has also affected the rise of the Mississippi River in Hannibal also. The river crested Monday afternoon at 18.82 which is lower than its predicted crest level at 19.7 feet. The waters are expected to go down below flood stage on Wednesday between 6 pm and midnight. There is no more precipitation expected throughout the end of the week. So the waters should not go up any more.

To read more about the Hannibal area click here

 

Mixon Insurance..........

 

Bill Mixon is a certified flood insurance agent for both Illinois & Missouri.

Mixon Insurance Agency

618 874-1300

 

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

 

 

Click here.... f 'arrh more info mate !

Seven Illinois Counties Declared A Disaster Area.........

This weekend the governor declared seven Illinois Counties to be a disaster area. They have donated 130,000 sandbags and also some water pumps and have used boats to help evacuate the people. The American Red Cross has also set up some flood shelters to help those who have been evacuated from their homes. The counties that were declared disaster areas were Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will.

To read this full article on KSDK online, click here

 

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Blake Hamilton Has Passed Away

  

Pittman Funeral Home,

909 Pittman Ave.

Wentzville (636-327-6600).

Visitation is Wed. 4 to 8.

The funeral will be at 11:00 Thursday.


 

Blake was a Pool 25 Boater

Our condolences go out to the Hamilton family.

Saturday, 20 September

Kinder's Restaurant Dance Party

 

The Jacks or Better Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

 

St. Charles Flooding ..........

According to the STLtoday.com, flooding has hit St. Charles once again. The U.S. Corps of Engineers has predicted that the Missouri River will crest at 36.5 feet on Wednesday. The Silex School District has been closed and about 15 to 20 people in Silex has been evacuated. There are also nine homes close to the St. Charles Family Arena that has been affected by the flood. Some of them have mainly been flooded by sewer back up.

To read the full article about the flooding in St. Charles, click here

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Hurricane Ike


HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 13, 2008) Members of MSST Boston examine tanks which broke away durting Hurricane Ike and were pinned against a barge in Houston's shipping channel. Search and rescue remained a priority in the second day after the storm, but assessment patrols of the channel also began in order to identify hazards and obstructions, and ensure the channel reopens as quickly as possible. (Coast Guard photo by PA1 Alan Haraf).
 

Hamel, IL

    Girl Scouts Rescued From The Floodwaters

About a dozen girl scouts and a couple of chaperones were rescued by firefighters from the floodwaters this weekend from a camp in Hamel, northeast of St. Louis.
. They may get a badge for their bravery as the firefighters used their ladder as a bridge to allow the girls to get out of the flooded area. There were no injuries.

To read this full story in KHQA online, click here

Three Casualties In Missouri From Flooding........

There have been three casualties in Missouri from the flooding so far. A 49 year old woman was struck by a tree branch in the high winds. An elderly man from University City evidently drowned in a creek in his backyard and a 20 year old woman was found in her submerged car in Sunfish Lake in the Spanish Lake area.

To read this full article in the Alton Daily news click here

Alton, IL

  Mississippi Earthtones Festival.......

There will be a big festival in Alton this Saturday called the Mississippi Earthtones Festival. It's a celebration of the river through music, art and conservation. There are many great things going on throughout the day.....9AM - 4PM

To find out more go to the riverbender.com

 The President Casino Is Closed Again Due To Flooding.........

The flooding over the weekend has closed the President Casino. This is the first time this year that they had to close because of flooding. The Lumiere Place was not affected and is till open. The Mississippi River was predicted to reach flood stage on Monday and to crest at 41 feet on Thursday. By Thursday, they are also hoping that the President Casino will reopen.

To read more about this story click here on KSDK online

 

 

 

 

Monday

September 15 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated at 7:30PM....River Levels

 

 Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of the Day......... are from Rick, Mary & Katy Estes, who hail out of Lake Center Marina in the boat Y2Katy II

 

Hey Bill,

The five boat shot is from Labor day week-end. The water was so low even the little boats had a hard time getting into Two Branch slough, so we tied up in the small slough across from Yacht Club of St. Louis. Believe it or not, all of us that rafted together are related. The family that boats together...um...well....I guess, boats together! What else is there? We had a great time. The other shot is from Saturday. Mary and I are riding out "Ike" in Two Branch slough. Almost no one else was out and as you can see the water was very calm. The picture was taken by my "film production major" daughter, Katy, (from Y2Katy fame).

 

See you on the river!

Rick, Mary & Katy Estes

Y2Katy II

Lake Center Marina

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ----  were sent in by Capt'n Andy Schmitz ....

 

Dear Bill,

We haven't spoke in a while. Thanks again for your assistance in selling my 1996 Bayliner. The new owner is enjoying it thoroughly and I now have a new boat - A 2003 Sea Fox (looks like a MO State Water Patrol boat) You wouldn't believe the dirty looks I get. 

I though you might find these pictures interesting. We took these pictures a few weeks ago during the short flood over Labor Day weekend. It seemed like the river was ours. We sure had fun...

The first picture 009 was taken off the sandbar at Enterprise Island on Sept 3, 2009 (as were all the attached pictures) You can see the water was a bit murky, but that didn't hinder the fun. The boys are pictured front to rear: Joe Carley, Drew Schmitz, Spencer Pellant and David Carley. These guys are the epitome of boy. They spent at least 2 hours riding logs down the river. I can say for sure they had a great time, but only they would understand. Of course, they were wearing PFDs at all times. 

Picture 025 was taken off our dock, just down-river from Kinder's. Spencer and I were perfecting our back flips. Spenser moved on with life. I still haven't recovered. 

Picture 038 is my son Drew Schmitz jumping off the side of our new Sea Fox. Drew has been on the river since he was 3 days old; A true RiverRat. 

Finally, 049 was taken from our dock looking up towards Kinder's. It doesn't get any better!

Again, thank you for the great web site. Take care!

 

Andy Schmitz

  
  
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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: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov  lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statewide

Missouri Weather Advisory



The National Weather Service is reporting that Missouri will potentially receive a significant amount of rainfall throughout this weekend. This is particularly true in the southern half of the state. Heavy rains often cause flash flooding on creeks, streams, and rivers. Boaters and motorist alike are advised to pay close attention to weather conditions this weekend and avoid areas where water levels have increased. Motorist should never risk crossing a roadway with water flowing over it. Campers and boaters should be aware that water levels can rise significantly in a short period of time during and after periods of heavy rain.
According to the National Weather Service, flooding is likely in many parts of the state over the next several days. Missouri residents and guests are encouraged to closely monitor weather conditions as you travel the state.



News Release ID: N07080194
Release Date: 20080912
 

 

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News Release N07080195

 Hit By Propeller- 09/13/08

Location:

     5MM Gravois Arm of Lake of Ozarks 
Summary : 

THE VICTIM WAS PUTTING ON A COVER AND FALL OVERBOARD. HIS RIGHT ARM WAS CUT BY THE PROPELLER OF THE BOAT. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO LAKE REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. THE VICTIM WILL BE TRANSFERED TO COLUMBIA REGIONAL FOR SURGERY ON HIS ARM.

 

 

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News Release N07080196

 Drowning- 09/13/08

Location:

     Columbia, Mo
Summary : 

Victim witnessed a vehicle swept off the road. She went into the water to try and assist the subjects in the vehicle when she was swept away by the strong current.



 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/15/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update (0450-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1360

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0450-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0449-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0450-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI - ILLINOIS - MISSOURI RIVERS
USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 18 (MM 410.5 - 437.0 UMR) IS IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER
ACTION PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9 - 185.4) IS IN THE HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF
THE UMR WAP ANNEX. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WATERWAY ACTION PLAN, DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. THE COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR MILE 179.0 TO 184.0. ALL DOWNBOUND TOWS GREATER THAN 600 FEET IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE TOWBOAT, SHOULD LIMIT TRANSIT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD HAVE A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER PER LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
C. ZONE 21 THROUGH ZONE 26 (MM 200.5 - 324.9 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH
WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
D. ZONES 1 THROUGH 6 (MM 0.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER
WATCH PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.
E. THE FOLLOWING REACHES ARE IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE
OF THE MOR WAP ANNEX: BRUNSWICK REACH, JEFFERSON REACH, AND HERMANN REACH (MM 0 - 300).
F. OTHER AREAS OF THE UMR, ILR AND MOR ARE FORECASTED TO REACH THE
WAP ACTION STAGE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS DUE TO THE LARGE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THROUGHOUT THE AREA.
G. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH
NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM
THEIR MOORINGS.
H. ALL VESSELS ENGAGED IN DOWNSTREAMING OPERATIONS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN HIGH WATER AREAS.
I. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING
SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE
DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS.
BT
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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Flood Watch

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

 

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1114 AM CDT SUN SEP 14 2008

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED...

.THE HEAVY RAIN HAS MOVED OUT OF THE AREA.

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/O.CAN.KLSX.FF.A.0020.000000T0000Z-080914T2100Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
GREENE IL-MACOUPIN IL-MONTGOMERY IL-BOND IL-FAYETTE IL-CLINTON IL-
MARION IL-JERSEY IL-MADISON IL-ST. LOUIS CITY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LITCHFIELD...VANDALIA...SALEM...
EDWARDSVILLE...ST LOUIS
1114 AM CDT SUN SEP 14 2008

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS CANCELLED...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF ILLINOIS AND EAST CENTRAL
MISSOURI HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE REMNANTS OF IKE CONTINUES TO MOVE
RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARD. AS A RESULT...THE HEAVY RAIN HAS MOVED OUT
OF THE AREA.


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SCHROEDER

 

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Source...National Weather

Click here for more info

Flash Flooding In The St. Louis........

Hurricane Ike went right over St. Louis on Sunday. Some areas got over seven inches of rain, while many of the areas got around 4 or 5 inches.. Many of the rivers are swelling and flash flooding has occurred. It has even affected the Missouri, Meramec and Mississippi Rivers. Many people have been without power and there has been a lot of danger done also; including a 30’ tree falling in the Lake of the Ozark and a boat dock broke loose in Kimberling City on Table Rock Lake.

To read more about the flooding issues in St. Louis, click here

 

 

 

Click here.... f 'arrh more info mate !

Start Planning For Next Years Boating Season Now.........
 

Discover Boating has an article on how to start planning for next year's boating season.  

 

It's a few mental things to help boaters get through the on-coming fall and winter months....make a list of the boating items you would like for christmas, boating magazines, boat shows.........

 

Click here to read the article.

 

Saturday, 20 September

Kinder's Restaurant Dance Party

 

The Jacks or Better Band

 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

 

 

Sangamon River

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 

Illinois' Sangamon River .........
 

The Prairie State Outdoors website has an article on the Sangamon River that is located in central Illinois.  It's one of the main trubutaries of the Illinois River and flows through Decatur and Springfield. 

 

Abraham Lincol floated down the Sangamon River with companions on a flatboat.  They floated to the Illinois River and then down the Mississippi River all the way to New Orleans.

 

  The article is titled "Appreciating the Sangamon River"....... and revolves around a  canoe trip the author took with a local resident.  It's about canoeing, area history and the natural history of the river. .

 

Click here to read the article
 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Hurricane Ike


KATY, Texas - A Galveston marina is littered with damaged boats tossed around by Hurricane Ike. Coast Guard Assesment Teams are surveying the ports and waterways around Houston to document damage and develop plans to reopen the waterway to the flow of commerce. U.S. Coast Guard photo

 

Be Sure To Read The Fine Print On Your Insurance Policy.........

Many of the flood victims from this past spring are finished fighting the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers, but now they are fighting with their insurance company.  Some polices cover the main floor of the house, but not the basements and many flood victums  didn’t even have flood insurance because they were not in a flood plain. Most of those policies are turned over to the government, which they still are waiting on payment for.

Be advised to only buy flood insurance from sales people who are trained by the National Flood Insurance Program. To find out more information about flood insurance log on to the  www.floodsmart.gov website.

To read this full report on KHQA online, click here

 

Mark Twain Lake Is Still Above Normal.........

Mark Twain lake is still about eight feet above its normal height. There are many of the beaches, campgrounds and other areas that are closed still. Some areas on the lake are even closed to boat traffic. The boat ramps are all open, but boaters need to know where they are allowed to go. The U.S. Corps of Engineers that Mark Twain Lake was 614.5 feet on Friday. To find out what is going on at Mark Twain Lake, go to their website at marktwaininfo@usace.army.mil or call them at 573-735-4097. The Mark Twain Project Office is open from Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

To read this full article on Hannibal.net, click here

 

From the weekend edition 

Take Another Ride Accross the Old Clark Bridge.........

RiverBenders.com has a video of a car ride across the old Clark Bridge back in 1994 !  You can see the new bridge in the distance and it will instantly remind you of how narrow the old bridge was !   

 

Click here and take a ride back into history via RiverBender.com

 Music Festival Re-Creates The Days of Lewis And Clark.....

On Saturday, the Lewis and Clark Historical Site held a musical festival that recreated the music of Lewis and Clark days. Celtic, Bluegrass and American Indian Music.

  This year's event was held inside because of the weather and for concern of the very old and unique instruments the musican play.  One of the musicians played the rhythm bones.........  Thats cow rib bones, made smooth, placed between the fingers and creating a rythm by tapping them together.
 

To read more about this festival, click here on the telegraph.com

 

 

 

 

We Can Name This One !

Flood IKE of 2008

 

 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

September 13, 14 ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sun At 6:30PM....Nav Notice 1356,Flash Flood Watch, River Levels, Hurricane funny.....

 

 Picture of the Day

Sunday

click on pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day......... is from Capt'n Gary Hunt, who hails out of the Ivy Club in Peoria, IL.........in the Cruiser "Lien On Me."

 

Bill,

 

  Just thought I'd give you a heads up. As of Saturday evening, we're looking for the Illinois to rise to 23 feet by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning at Peoria. That's about 11 feet above normal pool here. I was up near Joliet this afternoon and the Des Plaines River was way up. The wx service says our heaviest rain will be from Ike on Sunday. I hope the predictions for the river are already reflecting that. I know you all don't need to relive the high waters so soon but I'm afraid it's coming.

 

Best wishes,

Gary

 Picture of the Day

Saturday

click on pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day......... is from Dawn and John Hentrich of RiverBender.com fame

 

Hi River Bill,

This is our daughter and niece on the River just north of Alton . Thought it was a fun shot of the kids enjoying it!

Thanks for your site!
Dawn & John Hentrich
Riverbender.com
 

 

 

RiverBill says... John and Dawn Hentrich own and operate RiverBender.com. .....a website for the riverbend community.     Check it out !   http://www.riverbender.com/

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

The Dangerous Flying Carp ....... 

 

    An article in the September (2007) issue of Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine , written by our very own Sherri Stanczak,  features pictures of some boaters from Pool 26 ! 

 

 

Page 46                                                  Page 47

Click on above magazine pages 

to open larger pdf file

 

 

Above article reprinted with permission

 from Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine

  
  
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 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ---- Saturday  was from Timothy Miller.......It's shot of the Delta Queen passing through Pool 26.

 

Bill,

 

I heard the calliope and knew the riverboat was coming!

Saturday's view was through the trees but Sunday was wide open from my dock.

Location, Harbor Point Yacht Club, Sunday

Timothy Miller

  
  
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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: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov  lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statewide

Missouri Weather Advisory



The National Weather Service is reporting that Missouri will potentially receive a significant amount of rainfall throughout this weekend. This is particularly true in the southern half of the state. Heavy rains often cause flash flooding on creeks, streams, and rivers. Boaters and motorist alike are advised to pay close attention to weather conditions this weekend and avoid areas where water levels have increased. Motorist should never risk crossing a roadway with water flowing over it. Campers and boaters should be aware that water levels can rise significantly in a short period of time during and after periods of heavy rain.
According to the National Weather Service, flooding is likely in many parts of the state over the next several days. Missouri residents and guests are encouraged to closely monitor weather conditions as you travel the state.



News Release ID: N07080194
Release Date: 20080912
 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 


Updated Sun at 6:30PM

Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/14/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update
NAVNOTICE # 1356

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0447-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0446-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0447-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
USCG COAST GUARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE
FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 18 (MM 410.5 - 437.0 UMR) IS IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER
ACTION PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONE 22 (MM 301.2 - 324.8 UMR), ZONE 24 (MM 273.4 - 301.3 UMR)
AND ZONE 28 (MM 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH
PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. ZONES 1-5 (MM 0.0 - 128.9 ILR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH
PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX.
D. THE FOLLOWING GAGES ARE IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE MOR WAP ANNEX: GLASGOW GAGE (MM 226.3 MOR), JEFFERSON CITY GAGE (MM 143.9 MOR) AND HERMANN GAGE (MM 97.9 MOR). THE FOLLOWING GAGE IS IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE MOR WAP ANNEX: BOONVILLE GAGE (MM 196.6 MOR)
E. OTHER AREAS OF THE UMR, ILR AND MOR ARE FORECASTED TO REACH THE UMR WAP ACTION STAGE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS DUE TO THE LARGE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL.
F.DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS
OPERATING IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS ESPECIALLY BETWEEN MM 160.0 - 201.0 UMR.
E. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS.
BT

 

 

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

       

Updated Sun at 6:15PM

Flood Watch

   National Weather Service St. Louis ......

 

 

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1114 AM CDT SUN SEP 14 2008

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED...

.THE HEAVY RAIN HAS MOVED OUT OF THE AREA.

ILZ058>060-064-065-069-070-099-100-MOZ064-141715-
/O.CAN.KLSX.FF.A.0020.000000T0000Z-080914T2100Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
GREENE IL-MACOUPIN IL-MONTGOMERY IL-BOND IL-FAYETTE IL-CLINTON IL-
MARION IL-JERSEY IL-MADISON IL-ST. LOUIS CITY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LITCHFIELD...VANDALIA...SALEM...
EDWARDSVILLE...ST LOUIS
1114 AM CDT SUN SEP 14 2008

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS CANCELLED...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF ILLINOIS AND EAST CENTRAL
MISSOURI HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE REMNANTS OF IKE CONTINUES TO MOVE
RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARD. AS A RESULT...THE HEAVY RAIN HAS MOVED OUT
OF THE AREA.


$$

SCHROEDER

 

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Source...National Weather

Click here for more info

Updated Sun at 10:13

Hurricane Prepardness .........

 

Received the following picture in an e-mail from Gabie the entertainer...... 

 

It's going around on the internet......

 

 

Hurricane Survival Kit

Toilet Paper..............................check

Bud Light.................................check

Keystone Ice............................check

Budweiser................................check

Red Dog..................................check

Misc. other bottles of alcohol.....check

Piece of plywood to float your old lady and booze on........................check

 

 

 

"...........Michael towed the boat ashore.....Hallelujah!"

 

 

More Weather Info...........

  Capt'n Matt Burrows , one of the best bartenders on the Mississippi River, sent us the following weather and flood info:

 

 

hi Bill,

today (9-12-08)  on kmox.com:


The National Weather Service says there could be significant rising along area rivers if tropical moisture from Hurricane Ike interacts with an expected cold front this weekend. Hydrologist Mark Fusch tells KMOX if the weather model comes to fruition the Meremac will reach above march levels. He also says it could be a flood of record for Steelville and Sullivan and reach 37.5 feet in St. Charles. Fusch says the flooding will depend on how much rain falls on Sunday and could occur between Monday and Wednesday evening

 

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

 

 

Click here.... f 'arrh more info mate !

Flooding and Wildlife.........
 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, this year's flood had varyiny effect on the area's wildlife.   Fish have had on of the best spawning seasons in years, but ground nesting wildlife had a difficult time.  Hunting oppuritunities will be cutailed in some areas as a result.

 

Click here to read the article
 

Quincy's Smoke on the River BBQ Contest.........
 

According to a news story on 7 KHQA ......Quincy, IL held it's 2nd annual Smoke on the River BBQ contest last weekend on the Quincy Riverfront.   
 

Teams from across the midwest BBQ'd up a boatload of pork ribs, pork shoulder, chicken and beef brisket for a chance at the $5,000 in prize money.  

 

Click here to read this news story
 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Storm clouds roll in


KATY, Texas - The storm clouds roll in at the Coast Guard Continuity of Operations location here, Sep. 12, 2008. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston has relocated their assets from the water in order to respond to post-storm incidents and emergencies. (Coast Guard photo/Public Affairs Specilaist 2nd Class Nathan Henise)

 

Raw Sewage Leaks Into Quackers Cove, Lake Ozarks


According to a news story on LakeExpo.com the Missouri Department of Natural Resources found a raw sewage leak from the Mickeyland development property into "Quacker's Cove" at the Lake of the Ozarks.

 

The test results are pending, but the owner was persuaded to fix the problem.

 

 

Click here to read the entire news story.

 

New Dike Down River From Anchor Yankers........

Capt'n Gary Bowers reported that there is a new dike under construction downriver from Anchor Yankers Island on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

Updated Sat at 6:20PM

 

Boaters For MS Update ........

 

Bill,

 

We have some real nice items that have been donated for our auction at Boaters for M.S. Here are some of them: Con Trios Yacht Club was one of our first donors. They have donated 4 chairs/bag, 2 medium coolers, 2 beach towels, 2 beach umbrellas & several coozies with their name on it. Thanks, Captain DarrylA Budweiser chair from Krey Dist.Mary Kay Basket from Riverbend Marina - with some free giveawaysAn extension pole with attachements for the boat from Shurhold Ind.Gift cards from: Chevy's, Pasta House, Macaroni Grill, Tubb's, Rumples, Giuseppes, Slacker's, Swing-Around Fun Town, Rainbow DollarBobber Cooler4 tickets to the River City RascalsFree Games at Plaza Lanes, St. Charles Lanes & Cave Springs BowlNice basket with hair products from Sport Clips with some free hair cut certificatesFree month of tans from the Tan CompanyTrain PhoneChristmas trainlarge cooler on wheelsSeveral baskets: Movies, Women's, Scrapbook, & several othersAnheuser-Busch Tackle Box We have also gotten some cash donations for the barbecue along with a $50 gift card from Dierberg's. We have many games and contests planned throughout the day for kids and adults. That evening there will be four musicians playing from 7:00-11:00. Come on out and join in the fun.

 

Thanks to everyone that has helped me out.


Sherri A. Stanczak...

 

 

 

Sherri e-mailed RiverBills.com yesterday that Summit Distributing has donated items for the "Boaters For MS" auction that is scheduled to take place on Sept. 27 at Palisades Yacht Club

Click here for Boaters for MS flyer

 

Rotten Apple........

    

Hi Everyone, if your plans are rained out this weekend come up and spend some time with one of your favorite beers at the Rotten Apple.

 

Rotten Apple Ciderhouse & Microbrewery
220 West Main Street
Grafton, Illinois 62037
618/786-2798
 

 

Oasis Bar and Grill........

     RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Wonderwmn113:

 

Just wanted to let everyone know Oasis Bar & Grill is reopening This Friday 9/12/08. They will be open From 5pm-1am Friday, 11am-1am on Saturday, And 11am-9pm Sunday. They are offering a limited menu but the beer will be cold and the drinks will be good. Stop by and say hello!!

 

 Take Another Ride Accross the Old Clark Bridge.........

RiverBenders.com has a video of a car ride across the old Clark Bridge back in 1994 !  You can see the new bridge in the distance and it will instantly remind you of how narrow the old bridge was !   

 

Click here and take a ride back into history via RiverBender.com

Megan Taylor Meier 1st Annual Golf Tournament ........


I would like to invite you to the 1st Annual 4 person Golf Tournament in
Memory of Megan Taylor Meier Oct. 25. As most people know. My daughter Megan lost her battle with depression Oct. 17, 2006 after being bullied on the
Internet. Since Megan's death I have been active with a local charity named
CHADS Coalition. Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide. I would
like your help to make a donation to CHADS Coalition in the name of "Megan
Taylor Meier". Help make a difference in the fight against adolescent depression
and suicide.

In addition to golfers, we need sponsors for the silent auction and to sponsor
holes. Your involvement is greatly appreciated. Get a team together and join the
fun. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

See the attached flyers for more information and the links below for CHADS
Coalition and the golf course.
www.golf-headquarters.com/play/pheasantrun.htm
www.chadscoalition.org

Thanks,

Ron Meier
636-485-9788
ronmeier@charter.net

For more information contact Ron Meier or Audi Williams:
ronmeier@ charter.net 636-485-9788
audiwilliams@charter.net 636-293-5765

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

September 12th ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

click on pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day......... Is from Little Johns' Motorsports

 

 

 

Hi All

A hard, but great week end in New Athens Ill.
After tuning problems in a new set up that we are using, we ended up qualifing
about 7th or 8th in a 16 boat field. on Sat.

We put that behind us, and went out on Sunday to take 3rd. place in the whole event.

After dealing with the flood (we are still not back in our house since June 18th)
The economy, and low sponsorship, money has been very tight.
We have also had three engines explode this season.
With two races to go, 1 is an outlaw race in Ark. 2ND IS THE WORLD FINALS

WE ARE STILL #2 IN THE NATION

I would also like to get back to safety for a moment.
Ashly was capsule certified this weekend.
This means that she has taken the first step to driving a 180mph boat.
What most people do not know,is the training, and safety equipment used, is unbelievable.

To do this, Ashly has taken a diving course.
The diving course is very helpful to get used to the breathing equipment used in a capsule boat.
BUT, by going on in the course, Ashly is qualified for search and rescue in an emergency.

She spent 15 to 20 minutes under water, locked in the capsule, learning the procedures
on a cold Sunday morning, before church services.
By looking at the pictures, you can see how this was done.

In our sport, about every team member is looking out for, not only their safety, but the safety and
enjoyment of the racers and spectators.

Our team wants to make sure that we do our part.



little John
www.LITTLEJOHNSINC.com
LITTLEJOHNSINC@aol.com

 

 

Click here to watch a slideshow of Ashley's Capsule Certification

 

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

The Queens in front of the Queen!

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ----  was from MaryBeth Tiemann, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina.   She sent us some pictures the Delta Queen and of their RAMS tailgate party on the beach last Sunday afternoon.

 Mary wrote:

 

Hi Bill,

Now this is the way to Tailgate for the Rams

Its the BEST of all worlds

River-Boating AND Watching a WINNING Rams Game on the Beach!

Had blast in our tailgating party!!  Good Friends & Food-We'll all be there next Sunday for another Rams football game! 

And then a special treat the Delta Queen came up river so course the Queens in front of the Queen!

What a beautiful boat!

See you soon

 

 

MaryBeth

  
  
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New Dike Down River From Anchor Yankers........

Capt'n Gary Bowers reported that there is a new dike under construction downriver from Anchor Yankers Island on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

Oasis Bar and Grill........

     RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Wonderwmn113:

 

Just wanted to let everyone know Oasis Bar & Grill is reopening This Friday 9/12/08. They will be open From 5pm-1am Friday, 11am-1am on Saturday, And 11am-9pm Sunday. They are offering a limited menu but the beer will be cold and the drinks will be good. Stop by and say hello!!

 

 

 

Click here.... f arrh more info mate !

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

73 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/10/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

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

(Report made on 9/11/2008)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

78 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass and bluegill good on jigs; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair.

(Report made on 9/11/2008)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

72 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair below Clarence Cannon Dam on jigs; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/10/2008)
 

 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Prairie State Outdoors Website Fishing Reports.........

 

 

Click here for a comprehensive fishing report covering the entire state of Illinois !

 

Click here for a comprehensive fishing report covering the entire state of Missouri !

 

 

Northern Pike Are Being Caught in the Chicago River....

   Fisherman are catching northern pike in the once polluted Chicago River !  Occasionally near the heart of the city within view of Lake Shore Drive.

One of the first verified catches from the river took place last April, 2000.  It was a 22 inch Northern Pike weighing in at 1.5 pounds, caught by a 17-year-old fisherman near the mouth of Bubbly Creek.

The Chicago River is coming back !

Click here to read this news story from the Chicago Sun Times

A New Tool For The River Kayakers.......

For those of you who enjoy being on the river, but either don’t have a power boat or maybe like a little exercise once in awhile, there is a new thing on the market. For years, the kayakers have tried to come up with a small sail to help them paddle up river easier or just give them a break from paddling. Recently, they have come up with a sail that folds up very small and compact – comparable with some of the sun visors that fit in the windshield of your car. The sail makes paddling upstream much easier, especially when there is a nice wind. This wind paddle is called the CLC SailRig. It comes in three colors: red, blue and yellow. It is very handy and really simple to use.

To read more about it and see a short video about the product, click here

Saturday, September 13

 

Palisades Yacht Club 2nd Annual

Redneck Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Sept 13th....11:30AM - 2PM

           Click here for .pdf flyer

Some Tips On Winterizing Your Boat......

Even though it doesn’t seem like fall is here already, it’s true. Unfortunately, we will be putting our boats away soon and winterizing them. According to an article on Hot Ribs website, there are some good tips on winterizing your boat. These tips may save you time when you are getting your boat ready again next spring. To sum it up, they say that you should 1) Flush the engine 2) Drain the fuel 3) Treat the outboard motor with marine storage fogging oil 4) Change the oils 5) Grease up the propeller and all moving parts 6) Wax the exterior of your outboard motor 7) Store your engine properly.

Battery: a) disconnect battery b) recharge battery c) clean battery d) apply grease e) story battery.

To read more detailed tips and find more info about winterizing your boat, click here

 

From The Bottom Up.........

There are several river clean up teams out there now, trying to clean up the rivers, streams and lakes. Some of the debris has gotten there from flooding, but a lot of it is there due to dumping and littering. One of the river clean up teams has been out there since about 1997. It was started by Chad Pregracke. Since he grew up on the river in East Moline, Illinois, he saw firsthand how dirty the rivers can get. He grew up diving for clams for extra money. He started around 1997 in his own backyard. He grew gradually and now has a few barges, several crew members and thousands of dollars in funds donated to help his organization become a success. Living Lands & Waters has cleaned up the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and even the Potomac River that runs through Washington D.C. Chad had a book published last year, “From the Bottom Up.” It is about his journeys and how his not for profit business has become a huge success.

To read more about him, find out how to volunteer, donate money or even how to order his book, click here on www.livinglandsandwaters.org.

 

Megan Taylor Meier 1st Annual Golf Tournament ........


I would like to invite you to the 1st Annual 4 person Golf Tournament in
Memory of Megan Taylor Meier Oct. 25. As most people know. My daughter Megan lost her battle with depression Oct. 17, 2006 after being bullied on the
Internet. Since Megan's death I have been active with a local charity named
CHADS Coalition. Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide. I would
like your help to make a donation to CHADS Coalition in the name of "Megan
Taylor Meier". Help make a difference in the fight against adolescent depression
and suicide.

In addition to golfers, we need sponsors for the silent auction and to sponsor
holes. Your involvement is greatly appreciated. Get a team together and join the
fun. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

See the attached flyers for more information and the links below for CHADS
Coalition and the golf course.
www.golf-headquarters.com/play/pheasantrun.htm
www.chadscoalition.org

Thanks,

Ron Meier
636-485-9788
ronmeier@charter.net

For more information contact Ron Meier or Audi Williams:
ronmeier@ charter.net 636-485-9788
audiwilliams@charter.net 636-293-5765

State of Illinois Illinois Sweeps DNR Funds.......

The Illinois House of Representatives  has approved using more than $16 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 2008 budget to help pay for budget deficits and to keep Illinois' state parks open as follows:

  • The Wildlife and Fish Fund $5 million
  • Conservation 2000 $3 million
  • The Illinois Habitat Endowment Trust Fund $2 million
  • Parks and Conservation Fund $2 million
  • Illinois Habitat Fund $1 million
  • Boating Fund $500,000
  • State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp $500,000
  • Forestry Redevelopment Fund $500,000
  • Fish and Wildlife Endowment Fund $500,000
  • State Parks Fund $500,000
  • DNR Special Funds $500,000
  • Illinois Pheasant Fund $250,000
  • Environmental Protection Fund $250,000


The Illinois Senate has yet to approve the controversial fund sweeps.
 

Click here to read the news article in the Illinois Prairie Outdoors website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

September 11th ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Picture of the Day

 

 

 

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Pictures of the Day......... Are from Amanda and Brad who hail out of Grafton Harbor in the boat AKA WHY NOT

 

Hey Bill... 

 This is Amanda and Brad from Grafton harbor  AKA  WHY NOT .
We were boating with a few friends Sunday evening on the Missouri River an
got some beautiful pictures  I wanted to share with the other boaters that
may have missed boating over the weekend.


Amanda

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

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Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2007 ----  was sent in by Michelle Mick.  It's a couple of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rangers on the river in a center console with twin 200hp Mercury's.  

 

  
  
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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release
September 9, 2008

Labor Day Weekend Enforcement Detail Produces 42 Arrests

IDNR Conservation Police concentrate on state Parks and Boat Launch Areas

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers made 42 arrests on charges of operating under the influence or driving under the influence during the recent Labor Day holiday weekend as part of an enhanced enforcement effort intended to improve safety at state parks and boat access areas.

The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement reports CPOs made 33 arrests for operating under the influence (OUI) and nine arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

“Making our state parks and waterways safe is our primary goal and this enforcement detail helps send a message that we are serious about arresting those motorists and boat operators who pose a threat to safety when they try to drive under the influence or alcohol or drugs,” said IDNR Office of Law Enforcement Director Rafael Gutierrez. “We are pleased to report there were no fatalities at our state sites that resulted from OUI or DUI offenses. We hope visitors to our sites – and all boat operators and motorists – get the message that if they drive drunk, they will be arrested.”

The Illinois Conservation Police has received more than $300,000 in state grant funding to combat motor vehicle driving under the influence (DUI) and boater operating under the influence (OUI) offenses. The grant funding was provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety.

Last year in Illinois, 507 alcohol-related traffic fatalities were reported. Two of the reported boating fatalities and two snowmobile fatalities in Illinois last year involved use of alcohol or drugs.

In addition to OUI and DUI enforcement at state parks and boat access areas, Conservation Police Officers also focus on traffic safety through enforcement of speeding and seat belt laws.


 

 

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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Tributes To Those We Lost on 9-11.......

There will be several tributes to the ones we lost on September 11, 2001. To mention a few, there will be a ceremony at O’Fallon Municipal Centre on Main Street at 8:30 am. This ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the O’Fallon’s 9/11 monument that was built using 22 tons of steel taken from the remains of the World Trade Center. This monument is right outside of the O’Fallon’s Police Department. That evening there will be another ceremony held at the Civic Park in O’Fallon, located at Hwy K and Civic Park Drive. The Cornerstone United Methodist Church will put on this ceremony. There will be music played by the Fort North Zumwalt Choir starting at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will begin at 7 pm with candle lighting and a moment of silence. The Wentzville Fire Department also will put on a ceremony at their station at 8:35 am.

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

Thursday, September 11

911 Boat Parade ... Grafton Harbor

5:30 Flag Ceremony on Dock A
6:00 Boat Parade
Bring your cooler, an appetizer and lawn chairs and join us on the deck following the parade. 
Decorate your boats American Style. A flag will do or fully decorating your boats will be wonderful too. Parade route will be to Elsah and back. 

Click here f
or more information

September 11th Memorial In Hannibal, MO........

On Thursday, September 11th, Hannibal will have it’s 7th annual memorial service for those who died on that tragic day and their families who were left behind. It will be held at the American Legion on Hwy MM in Hannibal, MO. There will be guest speakers there and the ceremony will post the colors, have the firing squad and they will play ‘Taps’. The fire department, police department and the National Guard will be the representatives.

To read more about this special event on Hannibal.net, click here

The USS New York   LPD-21........

    A ship built out of the steel salvaged from the World Trade Center

 

"On September 2001, our nations enemies brought their fight to New York....

The USS New York will now bring the fight to our nation's enemies well into the future."

Governor George Pataki

 

Click here to check out pictures of this unique ship

For more information go to http://www.ussnewyork.com/

RiverBill says thanks to Rkl295 for the e-mail about the USS New York

 Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

Investigation Of Alton's Poisoned Pigeons.........

There is an investigation going on right now on the pigeons that have been dying in Alton, Illinois. The flour mill in the city has used a pest control substance to eliminate the pigeons that have been coming on their property. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are checking into the matter to see if anything illegal has been done.

The City of Alton is looking into a product that serves as a birth control method for pigeons.

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


 

Megan Taylor Meier 1st Annual Golf Tournament ........


I would like to invite you to the 1st Annual 4 person Golf Tournament in
Memory of Megan Taylor Meier Oct. 25. As most people know. My daughter Megan lost her battle with depression Oct. 17, 2006 after being bullied on the
Internet. Since Megan's death I have been active with a local charity named
CHADS Coalition. Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide. I would
like your help to make a donation to CHADS Coalition in the name of "Megan
Taylor Meier". Help make a difference in the fight against adolescent depression
and suicide.

In addition to golfers, we need sponsors for the silent auction and to sponsor
holes. Your involvement is greatly appreciated. Get a team together and join the
fun. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

See the attached flyers for more information and the links below for CHADS
Coalition and the golf course.
www.golf-headquarters.com/play/pheasantrun.htm
www.chadscoalition.org

Thanks,

Ron Meier
636-485-9788
ronmeier@charter.net

For more information contact Ron Meier or Audi Williams:
ronmeier@ charter.net 636-485-9788
audiwilliams@charter.net 636-293-5765

New Green Recovery Study......

There is a new study going on right now called, “Green Recovery.” This study has been put together by economic professors in the University of Massachusetts. This study would call for $100 billion and should generate about 2 million jobs within about two years.

These workers would help to conserve energy in buildings, expand mass transit and freight rail and construct wind power, solar power and other factors to conserve energy. This system would go by a credit system. Companies would lose or gain credits depending on how much carbon the company vents in to the air.

To read more about this interesting study and see how they have broke down the figures for the state of Illinois, click here

Aerial Flood Photos........

More flood pictures. To view some aerial flood photos from this spring, click on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources webpage below.

http://www.dnr.mo.gov/flood2008-06photos.htm

 

The RiverBills.com September 2008 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture on the right for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.


Enjoy !

 

 

 

 

   RiverBill says...Thanks Pat Reid of Crystal Photography for the great picture !

                          Calendar by John Hornung

 

Invasive Species Has Made It To The Lake Of The Ozarks........

The Zebra Mussel is a very invasive species that is now very wanted at many of the lakes and rivers. For one, they eat a lot of the plankton at the bottom of the lake, which puts them in direct competition with bluegill, young bass and some of the sportsmen fish. They wash up on the beaches and their shells can be very sharp if they are stepped on. They also attach to the bottom of the boats’ drive units and can clog the water intakes, which can cause problems with the boat. In fact, these mussels can live out of the water for quite awhile. That is how they have probably gotten into the lake – by attaching themselves to the bottom of boats. They recommend that boats do a few things to help prevent this from happening.

  • Inspect your boats and trailers real good after taking your boat out of the water.
  • Drain all of the water from the bilge pump, live-well and motor.
  • Rinse off your boats and trailers real good.
  • Dry your boat in the hot sun before transporting it into another body of water.

The Missouri Steam Teams is trying to help out with this problem also. To find out more information on their website, go to www.mostreamteam.org. To read this full article on the Missouri Department of Conservation, click here

 

Some Interesting Facts About The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River borders the state of Missouri and Illinois for 361 miles. The river is the state line between Missouri and the states of Kentucky and Tennessee for 126 miles. The Mississippi River transports many goods every year. There are several locks and dams upstream from St. Louis. These lock and dams helps to keep the flow of barge traffic running smoothly. From St. Louis down to the Gulf of Mexico, the river runs pretty freely. The Mississippi River also serves other purposes. It provides water for drinking, recreation and for cooling for humans as well as for the fish and wildlife. The Ohio River divides the Upper Mississippi River Basin and the Lower Mississippi River Basin. The Upper Basin goes from Cairo, Illinois through Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Lower Basin flows from Cairo all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

To read more facts or history about the Mississippi River, go to the Department of Natural Resources website

 Trail Of Tears State Park.......

The Trail of Tears State Park is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Jackson, Missouri. Many Cherokee Indians lost their lives in the area of the park during the winter of 1838-1839 and many of them were buried there.

The park has a peaceful, serene atmosphere and contains campsites, hiking trails and great fishing spots right on the Mississippi River.

To check their schedule of events, find out about upcoming concerts and to get directions to the park, click here on Missouri State Parks

 

Lost........

 

Lost: Yamaha Jet Ski Seat (Silver)

When:
(Lost 9/1/08)

Location:
Near The Loading Dock in Grafton, IL

Please contact:
Debbie_Collier@sbcglobal.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

September 10th ... 2008

 

 

Over 1.7 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 Pictures of the Day

 

 

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Pictures of the Day.........Were sent in by Kelsie Brown

 

Hey Bill,

 

Here is a few pictures
The first one is the sunset by Piasa Creek and the second one is the view of the bridge from Alton Marina. The third is a reflection of the bridge off the water!
 

It's starting to get cold I'm not to excited about it...
 

See ya later,

Kelsie Brown

 

 

RiverBill says...Good Pictures Kelsie !

Click here to visit Classic Marine's website                               Click here to e-mail Michelle

 

 Yesteryears Picture of the Day

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Yester Year's River Picture of the Day in 2006 ----  was from Sharon Gwillim.  

 

Bill, 

 

Here is a beauty of the sunset with Rob's boat from the lock-thru.  It was truly a great time...

 

You have a great site, thanks for keeping it so up to time.

Sharon

  
  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

 


To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/10/08
Subject: Bridge light extinguished
NAVNOTICE # 1341

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0432-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0432-08 UM
MISSOURI RIVER 
HANNIBAL RAILROAD DRAWBRIDGE (LLNR 19610) MM 366.1 MOR
THE COAST GUARD RCVD A REPORT THAT THE U/S GREEN CENTER CHANNEL LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE BRIDGE WITH CAUTION.

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/9/08
Subject: Standout MM 288.8 MOR (BNM 0418-08)
NAVNOTICE # 1327

A STANDOUT HAS BEEN LOCATED AT MILE 288.8 MOR EXTENDING 75 FEET OFF THE LEFT DESCENDING BANK (LDB). THE STANDOUT IS MARKED WITH 01 NUN BOUY SET IN 13 FEET OF WATER WITH THE WAVERLY GAGE AT 11.22 ON 20 AUG 08. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

 

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There are a lot of CG/COE memos on the CG/COE website today !

Click link below to view all

 

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

       

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

September 8, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Coast Guard Auxiliary Turns Readiness into Hurricane Support

 

With the Atlantic Hurricane season in full swing, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are at a heightened state of readiness in not only the affected areas, but all over the country. In southern California , far from the churning storms, Auxiliary members of the Coast Guard concentrated on honing their communications skills by establishing a makeshift communications center, very similar to the makeshift communications centers that were established in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and now Gustav and perhaps Ike.

While the temporary radio station established this weekend was used to maintain non-emergency communications (between the Coast Guard Operations Center at Sector Los Angeles/ Long Beach and Coast Guard Auxiliary boats assisting civilian planners with a regatta patrol in Dana Point Harbor, California), "The effort provided practical experience in establishing an operational communications center that could be duplicated anywhere in the United States in 5-hours or less." said Harry Jacobs, the Incident Command Section Chief for Communications for the exercise.

"Disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes have the potential to disrupt traditional communications such as landline, satellite and cellular telephone service and so we train to be able provide conventional radio communications in an emergency" according to Bill Sholz a communications specialist for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Immediately after Hurricane Gustav struck, Coast Guard Auxiliary communications specialists put their training to work “real time”, setting up a makeshift communications center in the affected area. Other Auxiliary units have been mobilized providing logistical support to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and outlying Coast Guard units in the region.

In the aftermath, more than 50 Auxiliary members are involved in everything from surveying marinas and harbors for sunken boats and floating hazards to the delivery of personnel, food, water and ice to the affected area.

While Active Duty Coast Guard members from District 8 in New Orleans set up a temporary command center in St. Louis to continue operations during the height of the storm, St Louis Area Auxiliarists provided additional manpower to assist the Coast Guard’s Personnel Resource Center at the Federal Building downtown.

With Hurricane Ike looming in the distance, and the hurricane season far from over, Auxiliary units around the country will remain “Semper Paratus” – always ready to serve. 

 

Pictured above - Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel operate a makeshift communications center as part of a communications training exercise. ( U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Anthony Turner)

Whether you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, or would just like to learn more about the services offered to the boating public such as Safe Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Checks, information is available on the web at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or