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Picture of the Day

Frozen n' Open River

Sunday

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is of the Mississippi River in the Two Branch Island area.  The river is frozen from shore to shore in the area right in front of the camera, but a short distance down the river there is a large pocket of open water.


 

 

Picture of the Day

Watchin The River Flow

Saturday

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Our River Picture of the Day..... is of a couple on the snow covered St. Charles riverfront spending some time watching the Missouri River Flow by.


 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005----- was from the RiverCam at Winfield Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River........

 A Snowy Day on the River

Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005----- was of the Grafton Ferry and a Wintertime Boater. It was taken from the Grafton Ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. The houses in the distance are on the bluffs along the Illinois River.

 

RiverBill says... Looks like Dutch in the cruiser ...."Scoundrel" heading up-river.

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/30/09
Subject: Lock Restrictions
NAVNOTICE # 1553


UPPER MISSISSIPPI AND ILLINOIS RIVER
A. THE USACE HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING NOTICES FOR VESSELS
TRANSITING ON THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY SYSTEM.
B. VESSELS TRANSITING THE MARSEILLES AND STARVED ROCK LOCKS ARE
RESTRICTED TO 105 FOOT WIDTH. DOWNBOUND TOWS ARE RESTRICTED TO 400 FEET. DOUBLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
C. UPBOUND DOUBLES TRANSITING THE DRESDEN ISLAND LOCK WILL BE
REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
D. PEORIA LOCK AND LEGRANGE LOCK ARE CURRENTLY UP WITH THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS. TOWS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A WIDTH OF 105 FEET. DOUBLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT. LAGRANGE LOCK CAN PULL SOUTHBOUND CUTS.
E. ALL OTHER LOCKS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER NORMAL OPERATIONS.
F. ICE COUPLINGS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL LOCKS.
G. LOCK 24 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS REPORTED MAKING HARD CUTS.

 

 

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From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/30/09
Subject: DAYBEACON DESTROYED
NAVNOTICE # 1552


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0021-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0021-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
COAL CREEK UPPER DAYBEACON (LLNR 7640) MM 85.8 UMR RDB. THE COAST GUARD RCVD A REPORT THAT THE LIGHT HAS BEEN DESTROYED DUE TO THE RIVER BANK COLLAPSING. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS PORTION OF THE RIVER WITH CAUTION.

 

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

       

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 Billy Joe Yates, Father of Bert Yates, Has Passed Away

 

 

Bert Yates' father, Billy Joe Yates, passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.

 

Mr. Yates will be laid out at the Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on Monday, February 2nd from 2 PM to 9 PM.

 

Funeral will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10 AM from Chapel Hill.

 

 

Bert and Renee Yates

Members of Con Trios Yacht Club

Bert and Renee boat out of Eagles Landing Marina.

Photo courtesy of Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Our condolences go out to Bert and his family.

 

River Super Bowl Parties......
 

Oasis Bar & Grill Super Bowl Party...........click here

Palisades Yacht Club.... $1.00 Longnecks during game

Sundowners Super Bowl Pig Roast....click here

Sunday, 01 February, 2009

Oasis Bar & Grill Super Bowl Party

 

 

 

Sunday, 01 February, 2009

Super Bowl Pig Roast

 

 

Updated Sun at 8:30 AM

New Ad Size............

We have a new size ad on RiverBill's.... 160 pixel x 160 pixel..... with more information for you.....the consumer. 

 

Check them out.. gotboatgear.com and the Golden Eagle Ferry are the first advertisers to use the new size.   All ads in the right hand column will be updated to the new size....one at a time.

 

RiverBills.com

Where the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Flow into the Internet

 

Updated Sun at 7:00 AM

Accu Weather For St. Charles and Washington, Mo............

Added Accu Weather links for the Missouri River cities of St. Charles and Washington, Mo to the left hand column of RiverBills.com.......  After all this is where the Mississippi, Illinois ad Missouri Rivers flow into the internet !

 

Updated Sun at 6:00 AM

Crews Raise Boat That Sank In Alton Marina Fire............

In a news report from thetelegraph.com............ In an effort that spanned two days, a boat that sank after a fire at the Alton Marina was salvaged Saturday. After hacking through 8-10 inches of ice, Pat Riley, of Pat Riley Marine Services dove in after the wreck. Two hours later, she was floating atop the surface once more.

The damage to the dock and boats has been estimated at $345,000. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Boat owners, although dejected, heap praise on the Fire Department, and their quick response.............

Click here to read this report.

Updated Sun at 6:00 AM

Dubuque, Iowa
   500 Gallon Spill Into The Mississippi River..........

In a news report from thonline.com............ The Iowa Department Of Natural Resources states that 500 gallons of the wood byproduct, lignin, spilled from a 2.2 million gallon storage tank due to an open valve. Authorities believe vandalism is the cause of the spill.

The spill did make it to the river ice through a drain at the Dubuque River Terminals Property. The spill did not completely melt through the ice, and clean-up was underway.

The chemical spill does carry the potential to kill off aquatic life, but the threat is believed to be low for a body of water the size of the Mississippi River.

Click here to read this report.
 

 


Lignin Wood Polymer
Lignin is a compound derived from wood. It is one of the most abundant organic polymers in the world, second only to cellulose. Lignin is also crucial to the conduction of water in plants.

Commercial uses:

  • Dispersants in high performance cement applications, water treatment formulations and textile dyes

  • Additives in specialty oil field applications and agricultural chemicals

  • Raw materials for several chemicals, such as vanillin, DMSO, ethanol, torula yeast, xylitol sugar and humic acid

  • Environmentally sustainable dust suppression agent for roads

Source:  Wikipedia Encyclopedia  click here to read more

Missouri

   New State Record For Fresh Water Drum......

Jim Low of the Missouri Department of Conservation sent RiverBill's the following press release:
 

 


Missouri gets new state-record freshwater drum
The 26.5-pound fish was gigged at Lake of the Ozarks.
 

LAKE OZARK —Kenneth F. Hoener, of Hermann, set a state record for freshwater drum taken by “alternative methods” when he gigged a 26.5-pound freshwater drum at Lake of the Ozarks Nov. 7. The fish measured 38 inches long.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recognizes fishing records in two categories. Pole-and-line catches must be taken on hand-held equipment. Alternative methods include trotlines, throwlines, limblines, banklines, juglines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging and archery.

The previous “alternative methods” record was a 15-pound, 3-ounce drum caught on a trotline at Lake Wappapello in 1996. The current pole-and-line record for freshwater drum is a monstrous 40.5-pound fish caught by an Iowa man at Lake of the Ozarks in 1980.

 

 

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Click here to go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website
 

Activation of Electronic Fish Barrier on Illinois River Delayed..............

In a news report on Prairie State Outdoors.......... Activation of the electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Romeoville, Illinois has been delayed because of defects in the cooling system.  The delay could last until late March.

The electronic barrier is designed to prevent Asian carp in the Illinois River from moving through the Ship Canal into Lake Michigan and beyond.

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers had planned to turn on the barrier by January 31, 2008 at 1 Volt/inch.


Click here to read this news story

Ice Cover Mississippi River ..........

 

Click here for news report and video from the St. Louis Fox2Now on the Icy Mississippi River Conditions.  To some its a beautiful winter scene.... and to others it dangerous place to be working.

 

 

Illinois Fishing Report .......

 

Click here for the northern and central Illinois fishing report from the Prairie States Outdoors website.

Fountain Stock Suspended From Trading on New York Stock Exchange...

In a news report from the TradeOnlyToday.com......... The stock of Fountain Powerboat Industries’ will be suspended from trading on NYSE Alternext US.

 

The exchange noted that Fountain had “sustained losses that were so substantial in relation to its overall operations or its existing financial resources, or its financial condition had become so impaired."

After the delisting, the company's outstanding shares will be quoted under a new symbol in the Pink Sheets.  The new symbol is yet to be announced.

Fountain’s stock was listed at 33 cents per share on Friday morning.

Click here to read more.....

 

 

Fountain Powerboats website
http://www.fountainpowerboats.com/

Silverton Marine Corp Cutting Work Force...

In a news report from the TradeOnlyToday.com......... Silverton Marine Corp. is laying off  202 employees because of current economic conditions. The company had nearly 500 employees as of October 2008 with facilities in New Jersey, Florida and Maryland. The company has not shipped a boat to a dealer in two months.


Silverton, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

 

Click here to read this news story
 

 


Silverton Marine Corp website

http://www.silverton.com/

Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Channel Closed..............

In a news report on nola.com............ Efforts have begun to close the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet shipping channel in St. Benard Parish. This closing will bring an end to 45 years of navigation on the 60 mile shortcut from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.

Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers states that the channel had no impact on the post-Katrina flooding, the channel took the majority of criticism for the flooding of New Orleans, and St. Benard Parish.

Supporters of the project are in good spirits, stating that the coast finally can heal itself and that this will start to restore the natural hydrology, the natural plumbing.

Click here to read this report.

 

 


The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet
The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, or Mr. Go was intended to be a shorter route from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of New Orleans and provide port access to deep draft vessels that cannot navigate the Industrial Canal's locks.

Click here to learn more about Mr. Go on Wikipedia.
 

Friday

30 January 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Eagle Watching Days

Are Here !

 

 

  

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... Are more eagle pics from Capt'n Pat Reid...... Know in some circles as "Captain of the Camera."

 

 

 

Bill,

Hope you had good time in Jamaica.

Here are pics I took the last two weekends up at Clarksville. The group shot there must have been at least 100 + hanging around. The one eating the deer was by me down near Moscow Mills.

Pat

Crystal Photography

 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005----- was of the boat named Scoundrel  tied up at Sharkey's on a cold Winter day..... January 29 !   Boating season never ends for some folks. Dutch, who is the captain of the vessel, told me he keeps it toasty warm inside and that he uses the boat all year long. Hats off to you Dutch !    

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/29/09
Subject: Ice Advistory for the UMR / ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1551


A. ZONES 1-26 (MILES 200.5 - 857.6 UMR) HAVE ENTERED THE ACTION
PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONES 27-28 (MILES 109.9 - 200.4 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH
PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. ZONES 1-7 (MILES 0.0 - 180.9 ILR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. HEAVY ICE IS
EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY. ALL MARINERS ARE
REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
D. SHEET ICE MAY BE EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY.
CHANNELS MAY BE BLOCKED BY ICE IN SOME LOCATIONS IF CONDITIONS
DETERIORATE. ICE GORGES CAN MOST FREQUENTLY BE EXPECTED TO FORM AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: MILES 86.5 TO 95.5 (GRAPE ISLAND TO SUGAR CREEK) AND MILES 127.0 TO 137.0 (LIVERPOOL TO COPPERAS CREEK).
E. NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RESTRICTED TO ONE WAY TRAFFIC BETWEEN MILES 169.0 TO 179.0 TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF THE EXISTING ICE TRAIL
ACROSS PEORIA LAKE.
F. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT FLEETS ARE CLOSELY
MONITORED AND MOORING LINES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED, AND TO EXERCISE DUE CAUTION TO AVOID SINKING BARGES AND HIGH LOCALIZED FLOW OR OUT DRAFT CONDITIONS DUE TO WATER BYPASSING A TEMPORARY DAM THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY AN ICE GORGE.
G. MARINERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT BUOYS MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO ICING CONDITIONS. ICE RENDERS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL INEFFECTIVE, AND ICE FLOWS MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Ohio Valley
Date: 1/29/09
Subject: UPPER MISSISSPPI RIVER FROM MM 67-82 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1550


THE COTP OHIO VALLEY HAS REOPENED THE UPPER MISSISSPPI RIVER FROM MILES 67 TO 82. THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS APPLY: NO MORE THAN 5 BARGES WIDE AND D/B VESSELS ARE LIMITED TO DAY LIGHT TRANSTITS ONLY. THE M/V CAROL P WILL BE ON SCENE IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED. VESSLES ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION

 

 

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

       

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 Billy Joe Yates, Father of Bert Yates, Has Passed Away

 

 

Bert Yates' father, Billy Joe Yates, passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.

 

Mr. Yates will be laid out at the Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on Monday, February 2nd from 2 PM to 9 PM.

 

Funeral will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10 AM from Chapel Hill.

 

 

Bert and Renee Yates

Members of Con Trios Yacht Club

Boat out of Eagles Landing Marina.

 

Our condolences go out to Bert and his family.

 

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: Jefferson City

Water Patrol Officers Respond to Southeast Missouri Winter Storm Efforts



The Missouri State Water Patrol has sent 14 officers to aid in the response to the winter storm recovery effort in Southeast Missouri. The Water Patrol officers will work in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to support security in areas affected by power outages due to the winter storm. Officers are also assisting with the distribution of bottled water to areas where the power outages have caused disruptions in drinking water systems.

News Release ID: N07090002
Release Date: 20090128

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

The Sinking Missouri River ...........

In a news report from hdnews.net.......... Engineers, and scientists do not know why, but the Missouri River bed is sinking. Although the river levels are not really changing at the shore level, it is what is going on below the surface that is giving engineers fits.

The real problems are to the infrastructure.  Bridge pylons are being exposed and undermined and there are issues with the fresh water pickups for water utility companies.

 

The largest period of stream bed drop was after the flood of 1993 and the bottom of the river has lost about 1 foot every year since.

Many causes are possible are being considered......everything from natural washing and floods to human intervention through dredging, levees and wing dykes.  An in depth study is in progress to get a more vivid picture as to what is going on.

Click here to read this report.



 

Brunswick Feels Economic Pinch............

In a news report from the chicagotribune.com........... With the failing economy, most corporations are seeing their profits dwindle into deficits. And being a major manufacturer of recreational items, including boats and boat propulsion systems, Brunswick felt the belt-tightening sooner than most.

Brunswick responded early to the slowing boating segment by cutting production, and the corresponding workforce.

In the last quarter of 2008, Brunswick reported a sales drop of 42%, and a net loss of $66.3 million. Brunswick states that 2008 was a challenging year, and it is expected that 2009 will be more difficult.........

 

Click here to read this report.

 

Click here to read the companies news release.
 

 

The Brunswick Company

Brunswick manufactures and markets marine engines, pleasure boats, fitness equipment, bowling products, and billiards.  A "few" of their marine products include..... Bayliner, Whaler, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Mariner, Mercury, Sea Ray, Tritan and Trophy.

www.brunswick.com

The Missouri River Runner.......

In a news report from infozine.com........... The Amtrack trains that run between the river cities of St. Louis and  Kansas City have been renamed  "Missouri River Runner."

 

Amtrak and the Missouri Department of Transportation held a contest to rename the St. Louis to Kansas City Corridor. The winner, "Missouri River Runner" was submitted by Keith Kohler of Glendale, Mo..

The new name brings to mind the Missouri River that parallels most of the railroad route, as well as the Mississippi and Kansas rivers at either end...............

Click here to read this report.

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

New York is Proposing A Salt Water Fishing License.........

In a news article on TradeOnlyToday.com.......... A coalition of boating and fishing groups, called Save Boating and Fishing Jobs in New York,  is fighting a proposal by the state's governor that would require saltwater anglers to purchase a $19 saltwater license. ($40 for out-of-state).

The state is also proposing a luxury tax on all boats over $200,000, increases in marina fees and an increase in state park fees.  The state is also proposing lifting the cap on state fuel taxes.

That's five new taxes or increased taxes aimed at boaters, fishermen and the state's recreational fishing industry.

 

Click here to read this news story.

California Huck Finn Jubilee .....


In a new story from associatedcontent.com........... Mohave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville, California will host Mark Twain, and his most notable character, Huck Finn, in the annual Huck Finn Jubilee.

Several Huck Finn-like activities are planned for the Jubilee. Starting with raft building, horseshoe pitching, a liar's contest and even fence painting.

 

The three day festival runs from 19 June - 21 June, 2009 (Fathers Day)


Click here to read this story.

 

Click here for more info. on the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

29 January 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Eagle Watching Days

Are Here !

 

 

  

 

    

 

   

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... were sent in by Capt'n Pat Reid...... Know in some circles as "Captain of the Camera."

 

 

 

Bill,

Hope you had good time in Jamaica.

Here are pics I took the last two weekends up at Clarksville. The group shot there must have been at least 100 + hanging around. The one eating the deer was by me down near Moscow Mills. (tomorrow)

Pat

Crystal Photography

 

River Bill says....Wow Pat, you outdid yourself.  The last shot in today's edition of the eagle taking to flight out of the tree is absolutely outstanding !

 

 

More pictures from Pat of Crystal Photography tomorrow........

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2007----- were sent in by Patrolman Lou Amighetti of the Missouri State Water Patrol with a reminder to boat operators about the mandatory boater safety education law. 

 

  The cold winter months are an excellent time to complete a certified boater education course.

 

 

Delta Queen To Be Chattanooga's Newest Hotel..........

From a news report on louisville.bizjournals.com............ Ambassadors International Inc, the California based owner of the Delta Queen, has announced they have chartered the vessel to Harry Phillips; who will operate her as a hotel. Phillips is the owner of the Chattanooga Water Taxi, and Fat Cat Ferry. He was chosen to be the Queen's caretaker because of his experience in preserving historical properties. There are provisions in the charter agreement to prevent alterations to the Queen.

Meanwhile, the Save The Delta Queen organization is still pushing for a congressional exemption allowing her back into service; as well as lobbying the National Trust For Historic Preservation for a spot on the '09 11 Most Endangered Historic Places In America.

Click here to read this report.


 

Eagle Report from Lock and Dam 13 .........

Our friend, Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin fame reports that there are lots of eagles at Mississippi River Lock and Dam 13..... More than 200 of them right now !  

 

RiverBill says....Thanks Kathy.

 

 

Lock and Dam 13 is located on the Upper Mississippi River above Fulton, Illinois and Clinton, Iowa

Cape Girardeau, Mo

    Floodwall Renovations Begin With A Ceremony.........

In a news story from joplin.com.......... A $9 million project to upgrade the floodwall on the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau will begin with a ceremony Friday. Improvements include the installation of large rocks along the river side of the current floodwall, and structural repairs and improvements at two pumping stations..........

Click here to read this story.


 

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Evaluates Damage To Current River Feeder Creek..........

In a news article on stltoday.com.......... Roadwork through the Pioneer Forest creates more friction between Shannon County, and the landowners. The property owner, St. Louis based L-A-D Foundation found logs, rocks, and dirt heaped close to the banks of the Big Creek. The Big Creek runs through the 60,000 acre Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry, and flows to the Current River.

As a result, the L-A-D Foundation and the Missouri Clean Water Campaign have filed complaints with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The presiding officer of the Shannon County Commissioners states that the county was just performing repairs on a public road, washed out above the Big Creek.........

Click here to read the article
 

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

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

 

Got an email from the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow coming up February 11th to the 15th offering online ticket sales where if you buy 3 tickets the 4th one is FREE! Here's a direct link to order them:
http://www.stlouisboatshow.com/tickets.aspx?source=inhousestl2009

 

February Birthdays: 9th - Past Commodore Gary Meinershagen

 

Get Well Soon:Con Trios Yacht Club Director Bill Tullock recently underwent rotator cuff surgery. Let's all wish him a speedy recovery! He's going to need both hands by the next party.

 

Report on the January Get Together and pictures from the day, Thanks again to Lisa for taking the pictures.

 

Next Social Event: Saturday, February 28th at Big Muddy.

 

Darryll Weil, Fleet Captain and webmaster
 

Iowa
  
Senate Votes To Stiffen Drunken Boating Laws..........

In a news report from argusleader.com......... The Iowa Senate voted 49-1 to make the state's drunken boating law tougher. This would bring the drunken boating law to the same standard as that of drunk driving. The current automatic conviction blood-alcohol level is .10. The new law would drop this to .08.

After the Senate vote, the matter will go to the House. A similar bill was unanimously run through the Senate in 2007, but was not even discussed in the House............

Click here to read this report.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

USCGC Blackthorn Memorial


HOUSTON - In this photo by the U.S. Coast Guard, members of SFO Galveston hold a service to memorialize the crew of the USCGC Blackthorn on the 29th anniversary of its sinking, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009.

The memorial service was held on the deck of the USCGC Harry Claiborne, homeported in Galveston. Names of the crew were read, and a wreath was placed into the sea in remembrance of those who lost their life.

The Blackthorn, which was once homeported in Galveston, was in a shipyard in Tampa, Florida, for routine repairs. The cutter got underway Jan. 28, 1980, at 7:21 p.m. headed for Galveston and collided with the motor tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine State Parkway Bridge. The collision resulted in the loss of 23 lives. This was the largest peacetime loss of life in the Coast Guard's history.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer Renee C. Aiello)

 

Dead Zones and Sewage

   Conventional Wisdom Toward Coastal "Dead Zones" Refuted .........

In a news article from abcnews.go.com............. Apparently, the Nile River delta was a hearty fishery prior to the completion of the Aswan High Dam. However, the delicate balance changed with the halt of nutrients at the dam, killing off the marine life. Yet with the release of human wastes and agricultural fertilizers below the dam, the fisheries have been rejuvenated to the tune of three times the fish catch today in comparison to before the dam was constructed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with researchers from the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Alexandria in Egypt gathered 600 fish caught near the Nile delta in 2006 & 2007. They found that the fish contained high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorous, that came from the fertilizer, and wastes that entered the river below the dam.

These findings just show how little we know about man's impact on the environment.............

Click here to read this report.
 

 


Dead zones

Dead zones occur when excess nutrients, mainly phosphorous and nitrogen, get into the water, creating algae blooms. Upon death, the algae is consumed by bacteria, who then decompose, and dissolve oxygen. The oxygen-depleted water is usually deadly to marine life.

Click here to read more about dead zones on Wikipedia.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

28 January 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... were sent in by Capt'n Larry Snopek.

 

Bill:

You don't have to go very far to view eagles. There are a some along Riverview Drive, and more along the Great River Road. But if anyone wants to see the mother lode of eagles, then go to Clarksville. Pulled into a parking spot at Riverfront Park, just in time to view a 3-eagle fly over. There appeared to be well over 100-eagles there last Saturday, with most of them sitting in the trees across the river. I say there were about 25-eagles flying over the river at any one time.

With so many eagles over water, if I were to do it again, I would take a video camera, some wine and other goodies. Set up the video cam to record, sit back and enjoy the show, and the day. When you are finished viewing the eagles, make the 10-mile trip up river to Riverview Park in Louisiana, to get an eagle's eye view of the river. Followed by a stop at the Two Rivers Marina.


Larry Snopek
 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2008..........  were sent in by Jeff and Shirri Easley


Hi RiverBill,

I had to get my river fix today and took a trip to Hardin to have lunch at Mel's. Along with the wife and kids I took my faithful boating companion Emily. One picture was taken at Mel's, the other at Grafton. She's a 3 year old retriever/lab/chow mix, smartest dog I have ever had. I enclosed a couple of river pics of her. I'll spare you the Eagle pics I got today, although they were quite plentiful at Grafton today.

Have a great day!
Jeff & Sherri Easley

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/28/09
Subject: LOCK RESTRICTIONS
NAVNOTICE # 1549


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0019-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCASTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0014-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0019-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI AND ILLINOIS RIVER
A. THE USACE HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING NOTICES FOR VESSELS
TRANSITING ON THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY SYSTEM.
B. VESSELS TRANSITING THE MARSEILLES AND STARVED ROCK LOCKS ARE
RESTRICTED TO 105 FOOT WIDTH. DOWNBOUND TOWS ARE RESTRICTED TO 400 FEET. DOUBLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
C. UPBOUND DOUBLES TRANSITING THE DRESDEN ISLAND LOCK WILL BE
REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
D. PEORIA LOCK HAS GONE UP WITH THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS. TOWS
ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A WIDTH OF 105 FEET. DOUBLE TOWS WILL BE
REQUIRED TO TRIP OR USE A HELPER BOAT TO ASSIST WITH THE FIRST CUT.
E. ALL OTHER LOCKS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER NORMAL OPERATIONS. LAGRANGE LOCK AND DAM IS DOWN AND IS ANTICIPATED TO REMAIN DOWN FOR ANOTHER WEEK TO 10 DAYS.
E. ICE COUPLINGS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL LOCKS.
F. LOCK 24 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HAS REPORTED MAKING HARD CUTS.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/27/09
Subject: Safety Advisory for ILR and UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1548

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-28 (MILES 109.9 - 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH
PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
B. ZONES 1-7 (MILES 0.0 - 180.9 ILR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. HEAVY ICE IS
EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY. ALL MARINERS ARE
REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
C. SHEET ICE MAY BE EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY.
CHANNELS MAY BE BLOCKED BY ICE IN SOME LOCATIONS IF CONDITIONS
DETERIORATE. ICE GORGES CAN MOST FREQUENTLY BE EXPECTED TO FORM AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: MILES 86.5 TO 95.5 (GRAPE ISLAND TO SUGAR CREEK) AND MILES 127.0 TO 137.0 (LIVERPOOL TO COPPERAS CREEK).
D. NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RESTRICTED TO ONE WAY TRAFFIC BETWEEN MILES 169.0 TO 179.0 TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF THE EXISTING ICE TRAIL
ACROSS PEORIA LAKE.
E. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT FLEETS ARE CLOSELY
MONITORED AND MOORING LINES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED, AND TO EXERCISE DUE CAUTION TO AVOID SINKING BARGES AND HIGH LOCALIZED FLOW OR OUT DRAFT CONDITIONS DUE TO WATER BYPASSING A TEMPORARY DAM THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY AN ICE GORGE.
F. MARINERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT BUOYS MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO ICING CONDITIONS. ICE RENDERS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL INEFFECTIVE, AND ICE FLOWS MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS.

 

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$1,000 Reward Offered For Info on Eagle Killings...........

 

According to a new report in TheTelegraph.com...... "Federal authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information related to the mutilation and death of two bald eagles in the St. Louis area."

On January 10..... the mutilated and decapitated carcass of an adult bald eagle was found near West Alton, in St. Charles County.  The tail feathers and feet had been removed.

On January 17..... another bald eagle was found dead in Calhoun County, Illinois, near Hardin.  It was probably shot from the road.

Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Springfield, Illinois if you have any information on the above.


Click here to read this news article.


 

Offshore Fish Farms My By In The Future Of The Gulf Of Mexico...........

 

In a news report from the advertiser.com................ The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is anticipated to vote to allow offshore fish farming in federal waters. To this point, the fish farming has been on an experimental level, close to shore. The proposal the Gulf Council in considering would open up waters far offshore.

The resistance from environmentalists, and fishermen is that growing fish in large pens located in open waters brings up pollution concerns, and potential harm to wild stocks.

Interest has been aroused in retrofitting unused oil and natural gas platforms to fish farms. Apparently, some oil companies have gotten in on the act, experimenting with anchoring the fish pens to the platforms..



Click here to read this report.


 

 Lewis Boats Marine Sales & Service

    4030 N Service Rd, St. Peters, MO     (636) 949-9926  

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

We Sell First Class Products

REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' ans 20,000 Lbs

Click here for map from Map Quest                    Click Here for website

Masters of the Sky Returns..........

According to a news report on TheTelegraph.com.......the "Masters of the Sky" bird shows are returning to the National Great Rivers Museum.

Masters of the Sky shows will be presented at 11AM, and 1 and 3PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday......February 14, 15 and 16.

 

Tickets are on sale at the National Great Rivers Museum. 

   $5 per adult.

   $3 per child.

    Children 3 and younger are admitted free.


The educational shows include live bald eagles, owls, raptors, falcons, vultures and smaller hawks.

 

Click here for more information
 

UK Pirate Couldn't Get Out Of Harbor..........

In a news report from across the pond, on walseonline.co.uk............ In Porthcawl, Wales, a 17 year old made an attempt to steal a 17 ft fishing boat, but did not know how to pilot it.

 

Witnesses report seeing the crook board the boat wearing a red fisherman's suit, stow his fishing gear in the cabin, throw off the mooring lines, and attempt to start the boat. Once the boat started, it hit the harbor wall many times. The teenager fled after realizing that he would not get away with the theft, and was quickly caught.

Authorities state it was quite fortunate that the youth did not get out of the harbor, as sea conditions were rather dangerous.

Click here to read this report.


Click here to read about Porthcawl located in the southeast region of Wales, UK.
 

Louisiana
   St. Charles Parish Considers Memorial For 1976 Ferry Crash Victims......


In a news story on nola.com......... The St Charles Parish Council committee is hearing a presentation for a memorial for the 77 victims of the October 20, 1976 Luling ferry accident. The presentation will be given by the New Orleans filmmaker, Royd Anderson. Anderson had produced a documentary commemorating the 30th anniversary of the accident.

The accident between the Norwegian tanker, Frosta, and the ferry, George Prince killed 77 of 96 ferry passengers. There were no injuries aboard the tanker. A Coast Guard inquiry found the ferry pilot at fault, stating the ferry turned into the tankers path...........

Click here to read this story.
 

The Nordic Tug 26 is Back.......

 

The Nordic Tug 26 is back !   It debuted in 1980 and was last produced in 1997.

 

Nostalgic appeal, rugged construction and notable fuel economy

Today's Nordic Tug 26 is equipped with a 110 hp Volvo D-3 diesel engine with electronic controlled high pressure common rail fuel system.  One gph at 6.0 knots. Top speed 15 knots.

Sleeps 4.... forward stateroom with a wet head plus a convertible salon settee.

 

Click here for picture and more information.

Marine Max to Release 1st Quarter Results Next Week.........

According to a news article on TradeOnlyToday.com............ MarineMax will release it's first quarter financial results on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Marine Max is based in Clearwater, Florida and is the nation's largest recreational boat and yacht retailer.

Click here to read more....

 

File photo

 

Saturday, 31 January  2009

   Louisiana, Mo - Polar Plunge  

  

What is a POLAR PLUNGE?  An event sponsored by the Louisiana Police Department as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.  

 

A few common nouns/adjectives used to describe the participants:  Idiots, crazy people, they’re out of their minds!!  The POLAR PLUNGE consists of individuals jumping, diving, or running into the Mississippi River .  The Plungers collect donations for the Special Olympics.  This is only one of the many activities scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2009.  

 

  Click here for flyer and more information

Lake Pepin, Minnesota

   Vehicles and Thin Ice.................

In a news article from the republican-eagle.com........... For the second time in as many weeks, ice fishermen witnessed a vehicle break through the ice, and sink to the bottom of Lake Pepin. All 4 occupants.........and the dog.......escaped. The previous weekend, another truck broke through the ice in the same vicinity.

The locals know the current in the accident zone runs into a sandbar, creating a pressure ridge that is unaffected by the temperature. Also a factor in the unstable ice is heated water from the Prairie Island nuclear power plant nearby. Locals suggest asking for assistance prior to heading out on the ice................

Click here to read this article.

 

 

Lake Pepin in the widest naturally occurring Section of the Mississippi River. The lake was formed due to the deposits of sediment at the Chippewa river confluence. Water skiing was also invented on Lake Pepin...............

Click here to read more about Lake Pepin in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

 

 

 

 


 

Tuesday

27 January 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in by Brian Lewis of Lewis Boats fame.
 

 

RiverBill,

Lewis Boats sponsored a "IceBreaker" party for our Regal owners @ Undertow Restaurant Saturday night January 24th. We had over fifty people show and everyone had a good time.
Everyone is very anxious to get back on the river--

Thanks,
Brian Lewis
Lewis Boats
636.949.9926
 

 

The Undertow Restaurant is located on Main Street in St. Charles, Mo.

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2006..........  was sent in by the late Capt'n Ron Skeen.  It is of some of the Two Branch Marina boaters ringing in the new year with their annual New Years Day bon fire and cook-out at the harbor. 

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

   Posted on the US Army Corps Of Engineers Website.....

 

  1. P-2696:The applicant CSX Transportation requests authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act to rehabilitate Shoal Creek which is currently threatening the integrity of the existing railroad bridge, Bond County, Illinois.

  2. P-2694:The applicant The applicant proposes to construct a new four-lane traffic bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, connecting the city of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri, to St. Clair County, Illinois. The public notice comment period opens on January 27, 2009 and closes on February 17,

 

 

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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

Follow Up

   Alton Marina Fire.........

 

According to a news story in the AltonDailyNews.com....... The boats damaged in last Friday's fire at the Alton Marina will be removed from the marina in the next few weeks. A crane will be brought in to assist in the recovery efforts.

The current weather forecast is a cause of concern for the roof structure that was damaged in the fire.

The State Fire Marshall's Office is close to wrapping up its investigation on the cause of the fire.

Click here to read this news story

 

Reduce Your Boat's Engine Noise.........

 

Today's edition of the Mad Mariner has an article on reducing your boat's engine noise.  Lots of new products have been introduced in recent years combat engine noise.......... high-tech insulation, add-ons for engine and exhaust systems, reducing paint and more.

Click here to read this news article

 

Jim Sina, Great Lakes Boating Pioneer Dies.........

Today's edition of TradeOnlyToday reports that Jim Sima died last week at the age of 82.

Jim founded Sima Motors Corp. in 1953 and later expanded into boat sales under the Sima Marine Sales banner in 1956.

He was in the boat industry for more than 50 years. Mr. Sima was a leader of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, chairman of the committee that initiated the North American In-Water Sail and Power Boat Show on the Great Lakes, founder of the Marine Trades Association of Ohio and a founding member of the board of directors of the Marine Retailers Association of America.  He also served as MRAA chairman from 1977-79.

Click here to read this news story

River Reading
   New Book On Union "Timberclads" ........

In a news story from the greenvillesun.com............. Myron J Smith, Tusculum College's librarian, as well as an author, has written his 78th volume of history. This time his subject is the early "timberclad" riverboats of the Civil War. Specifically, the three on the western front of the war, The Lexington, Conestoga and Tyler.

The timberclads were basically converted riverboats, with twin camouflaged paddlewheel houses and pilothouses. Their tall smokestacks were quite distinctive, and some of the Confederate youngsters referred to them as "chimleys".

These timberclads were build by the U.S. Army, and controlled by the U.S. Navy. The early boats did fight alongside some of the later, heavier built and better armed ironclads, and had some successes. The Confederates had a Navy during the early years as well, but it was much less effective............

Click here to read this story

 

2009 Quincy Visitor's Guide

   2009 Illinois Travel Guide

Contact the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to get your copy today!
 

QACVB

532 Gardner Expressway

Quincy, IL 62301

217.214.3700

800.978.4748

8:30am-4:30pm

www.seequincy.com
 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Whistlin Dixie


Atlantic Ocean - The 44-foot fishing vessel Whistlin' Dixie is partially submerged in the Atlantic Ocean about seven miles east of Biddeford Pool, Maine, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. The Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol rescued two fishermen who were on the boat when it began taking on water and sinking. The men believe the boat struck a submerged object, so they radioed for help and then climbed into the vessel's life raft. A Maine Marine Patrol boat picked them up 14 minutes later.

 (USCG Photo)

 

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Joliet, Ill.
    River Barge Traffic Jams To Blame For Salt Shortages.............


In a news article from suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews............ Towns around Chicago are running out of salt. At the beginning of the year, cities will contract for their supply of salt. That contract brings a set price. Unfortunately, if the supplier cannot deliver, outside suppliers must be tapped, and at a price premium. What was contracted at $58/ton, can go for upwards of $150/ton.

The supplier of Chicagoland's salt is Cargill. Cargill states the Illinois River's frozen sections are to blame for the delay in shipping.............

Click here to read this news article.

US Coast guard Goes Digital on Sunday......   

In a news report on oysterradio.com............. Starting Sunday, the Coast Guard and other rescue personnel will only be able to receive distress signals from digital 406 Mhz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs). Boat owners are advised to install the new digital EPIRBs.

The Coast Guard states the the change will make future search and recovery missions more successful. The new technology allows for smaller search zones. The analog signals would give a search area of 500 square miles, whereas the digital signal shrinks this down to an area about the size of a football field..............

Click here to read this report.


 

Tennessee

    Illegally Harvested Caviar.......

In a news report from infozine.com.......... During the 2007 fishing season in Tennessee, it is estimated that hundreds of mature pallid sturgeon were illegally harvested for their eggs. Researchers believe that the government's efforts to prevent the pallid sturgeon from going extinct is being undermined by illegal fishing.

The pallid sturgeon is a larger, more primitive relative to the smaller, and much more abundant shovelnose sturgeon. The shovelnose is legally harvested for its caviar, which goes for $100.00/lb before processing, and between $12-21/oz after processing.

The pallid and shovelnose sturgeon look quite similar, and inhabit some of the same habitats. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a halt to all sturgeon fishing in Tennessee waters of the Mississippi River............

Click here to read this report.

 

 

 


 

Monday

26 January 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Frozen River

 

 

 

  

   

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... were sent in by Lisa Hickey who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat........... "Ching."

 

 

 

 

Hi Bill

We went out to the river yesterday to check on the boats and I took a few pictures.

What an awesome site to see.

Lisa
 


 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005..........  was of a lone white pelican floating past the Alton River Front.

Alton Marina Fire Video  ............
 

Click here for a good video clip from TheTelegraph.com.  Watch the boats burning, the fire fighters trying to put the fire out. It's good footage....

 

Click here for a news story and videos from Fox2now

 

Click here for pictures on the "My Alton Marina" website
 


 

Mississippi Queen, Hollywood........... and Cape Girardeau????

In a news story from semissourian.com.......... Marty!  Get in the DeLorean!  Set the Flux Capacitor for Saturday, August 18, 1979 !  ...............

 

Stage actress, Helen Hayes and her adopted son, James MacArthur, were passengers on the Mississippi Queen when she docked in Cape Girardeau. On that Saturday, they were patrons at a downtown Cape store by the name of Hecht's.

Miss Hayes was known as the "First Lady of the American Theater........ And her adopted son, James MacArthur portrayed detective Danny Williams on Hawaii 5-0. MacArthur was best remembered for the tag-line.."book 'em, Danno!"

This nostalgic news story takes a peek at history, perhaps never to be repeated.......

Click here to read this story, for links to the original '79 article, and an audio clip from the author....................


 

Environment

   Indiana is Large Contributor to Mississippi Watershed Pollution.........

In a news report on Zionsville Times Sentinel.......... The state of Indiana is the third largest contributor to nitrate and phosphorous pollutents in the Mississippi River watershed.  It's also the smallest of the 31 states within the watershed.

This stats comes from the USGS, which monitors the hypoxic area (dead zone) of the Mississippi Basin.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

Missouri River, South Dakota

   Stolen Indian Artifacts Bring Indictments.........

In a news report on ksfy.com.......... Five men have received federal indictments for looting or selling Native American artifacts found along the Missouri River in South Dakota.

A wide range of artifacts have been traded, including bone tools, and fish hooks, stone knives, and copper bracelets.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explains the abundance of artifacts found is due to the fact that the region is a large drainage system, and was populated for the last 12000 years. The artifacts are being unearthed due to erosion of the riverbanks.

Click here to read this report.

 

Ice Fishing........

Click here to read a news item on Prairie State Outdoors website titled:  "Ice fishing like the good old days" by Jeff Lampe.

 

Table Rock Lake........

Last year's heavy rains caused historic flooding at Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri.   Repairs are close to being complete and in some cases, the campgrounds and parks are better than before the flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' parks....... Mill Creek, Old Highway 86, Moonshine Beach and others were closed last year because of the flood damages.

The campgrounds now have better water and electric services along with new restrooms and shower houses.  The beaches were restored, new playgrounds and newly seeded grassy areas were added.

Click here to read more......

 

Defender Industries

    Record Sales.......

 

According to a news article on the TradeOnlyToday.com website..... Defender Industries, a marine equipment and accessories supplier,  reported an 11.3 percent increase in sales for 2008.

In fact, they set all-time sales records for 11 months of 2008. Last year was also the company's fifth consecutive year of record sales and the seventh consecutive year of growth.

Sales were up in 19 of its 20 product categories. The company is  staffing up and investing in systems and inventory.

Click here to read more......

 

Click here to go to Defender Industries website and check out their products
 

Pekin, Illinois, Illinois River

   Eagle Census Festival.............

 

According to a news story on pjstar.com.... the river town of Pekin, Illinois , located on the Illinois River held their annual Eagle Census Festival this past weekend.  More that 100 people showed up to take part and watch these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.....

 

Pekin, IL is located about 130 miles north of St. Louis

 

Click here to read this news story

 

 

 

Pekin History

In January 1680, Robert de LaSalle and 33 fellow explorers landed their canoes on the eastern bank of the Illinois River. They built a winter refuge in what is now the southeast quarter of section 1 of Pekin Township.

 

Source: Wikipedia Encyclepedia

Illinois Man Rescued from Indian Ocean, 2 Others Still Missing ......

 

According to a news article on the TheHawkeye.com  website..... The U.S. Coast Guard officials are looking for a 69 year old Gilman, Illinois man and a marine naturalist of Crystal River, Fla. in the Indian Ocean after their 43-foot catamaran capsized in a storm off Madagascar.

Leo Sherman of Gilman, IL.was found on Thursday clinging to the hull of the capsized vessel.

French naval divers have given up their search for the missing persons after making numerous dives into the vessel to try to locate anybody inside.
 

 

Click here to read this news story

 

 


 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

24, 25 January 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Last Update... Sun at 11:00AM...Added Missouri Water Patrol Classes to Upcoming Events......Sun at 10:20AM...Updated river level maps

Sat updates.... Updated Pic of Day, Added Palisade's Drink Coupon, The band Park Road is playing at the Oasis Bar & Grill tonight.   Added links to US Army Corps of Engineers Districts in L/H column

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

  

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Our River Pictures of the Day..... were sent in by Capt'n Ronald South

 

Bill...

I took these pics 1/20/09 from my marina, Northshore Oasis.

You can see the Oasis Bar & Grill in one of them. As you can see there is quite a lot of ice there but with the warmer weather this week maybe we've seen the last of it. Hope you can use the pics...my boat is a 30 ft. Rinker named Second Chance.

 

Thanks for the great web site.

 

Ronald South

North Shore
 

 

Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005.......... is a great panoramic river shot taken yesterday from the overlook at the Church at Principia College by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". The larger hot linked version is quite detailed so make sure you click here and check it out.  I think this picture was taken between the UMR 213 and  214 mile marker.  Looks like Portage Island directly across the river and I think that is Hideaway Harbor Park on the other side of the island.

 

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Yesteryears

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

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Yester Year's River Pictures of the Day in 2005..........  was of gulls flying around on the down-river side of Alton Dam. Must have been lot of food for them there. This picture does not really represent all of the birds that were in the area. It seemed like thousands and thousands of them flying around, all diving into the cold water for food. When one gull got something the rest chased him trying to get it away. Quite the site !

Fire at Alton Marina Yesterday ............

A fire broke out on the docks at Alton Marina yesterday morning about 11AM.   Firefighters had it under control within about 30 minutes.

 

Two boats were destroyed and a third was damaged.  It is unclear how the fir broke out, but once burning it was fueled by the by gasoline tanks on the boats and upholstery and the fiberglass in the boats themselves. There was no explosion except for that of a propane tank.

 

The docks suffered fire damage also. The fire caused damage to the superstructure framing, the dock canopy,  I-beams and vertical uprights.  there are holes in the sheet metal roof and damage to the plastic floats under the dock walkways.
 

There were no injuries. 

 


Click here for pictures, video and to read more on STLtoday.com.

 

Click here for pictures and to read more in TheTelegraph.com
 

Better Business Bureau Warning

   Boat Angels Charity ............

According to a news report in the AltonDailyNews.com....... The Boat Angel Outreach Center located in Mesa, Arizona has billboards around the St. Louis area urging folks to donate their boats to charity.

 

The Better Business Bureau warns that this works just like donating your car to charity except this organization might be funneling more of the funds to the board of directors than to "charities."

Something smells a bit fishy...

Click here to read this news story

 

 

 

Click here to go to the Boat Angle website

Oasis Bar and Grill.......

 

 

Keokuk, Iowa's South Side Boat Club Will Return As Part Of Riverfront Rejuvenation.............

In a news report from connecttristates.com.......... After being destroyed by last summer's flooding, the South Side Boat Club is set to rise again. The major obstacle is funding. The cost of raising the club above flood stage and making repairs.... the price tag will tip the scale at almost half a million dollars. The club has approximately $100,000 from flood insurance.

South Side has approached the Keokuk City Council for financial assistance. The mayor of the city stated that no funds can be allocated for the club until the "master plan" for the Keokuk riverfront is ready.   That will be around the end of March. Mayor Gudgel also says the club is "an asset the city can't loose".

In the mean time, the South Side Boat Club is holding fundraisers to drum up more revenue.

Click here to read this report.