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March 2009

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

Wednesday

1st of April 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Pelican's at Our Lady of the Rivers

 

   

 

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... are from Capt'n Rand Johnston who hails out of Lake Center Marina

 

 

RiverBill,

I went down to Our Lady of the Rivers this afternoon to shoot some pictures of the high water at the shrine. The water level at Grafton was at 20.6’ when I shot these. The crest of 20.9’ is predicted tomorrow for April Fools Day. Apparently the shrine was a cool place to be today if you are a Pelican. Since these pictures have so many birds in them, I thought about sending them to that other website that has more of an avian theme to it, but decided to give you first shot at them.

Randy Johnston
Lake Center Marina

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for sending in the pictures !  I really like the one of all the  pelicans crowed on the partially submerged log. 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2005 ---    was an aerial shot of the   Missouri River, Highway 40 bridge and a great sunset  taken by Steve Schulte

 

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 010301
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1001 PM CDT TUE MAR 31 2009


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

AT LOUISIANA
AT GRAFTON
AT ALTON
AT CHESTER
AT CLARKSVILLE

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

HEAVY RAINS COULD CAUSE RIVER LEVELS TO RISE EVEN HIGHER THAN
PREDICTED.

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Navigation Season Begins on Missouri River Today......
 

The 2009 navigation season on the Missouri River will open at St. Louis, Mo., on April 1.

 

Source: WaterWebster.com
 

River History......


April 1st 1993


The first day that the Mississippi River at St. Louis was above flood stage during the flood of 1993.   It remained above flood stage for 144 days between April 1 and September 30, 1993.

     Source: NOAA's National Weather Service

 

 

April 1st  1870


    West Pier of Eads Bridge reached bedrock. 

         Source: Historic Bridges of the United States website

Congrats

    Richard Morrison & Terry Weaver............

 LEWIS BOATS MARINE SALES AND SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE RICHARD MORRISON AND TERRY WEAVER ON THERE BASS TOURNAMENT WIN SATURDAY ON THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS.

 

RICHARD AND TERRY ARE SPONSORED BY LEWIS BOATS AND WERE FISHING A SAINT CHARLES COUNTY HAWG HUNTERS BASS TOURNAMENT. THEY WON WITH JUST OVER 25 POUNDS. WAY TO GO GUYS

GREG

US Coast Guard Photo


NEW YORK-residents look on as New York Police Department divers, New York Fire Department divers and The Coast Guard search for a man reportedly standed under a Pier on East 90th St., Manhattan, N.Y., March 31, 2009.

The initial call was taken by the FDNY and reported to Coast Guard Sector New York at around 2:30 p.m. Coast Guard Sector New York quickly launched two 25-foot rescue boat crews to the scene to assist in the search.

The Coast Guard performed search patterns along the East River while the NYPD and FDNY put divers in the water and searched by air.

(Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer Barbara Patton)

 

Fiberglass Boat Sales Down in Month of February......

 

According to a news report in TradeOnlyToday.com.......Retail sales for all fiberglass boats, including PWC, was down almost 38% percent in the month of february., including PWC.

Fiberglass boats, 14 foot to 30 foot,  were down 38.9 %.
Aluminum boats sales dropped 30.2 percent.
PWC sales fell 42.3 %.

Click here to read this news report

Fishing News
  Chester, Illinois
  Gigantic Asian Carp Caught In The Mississippi River................


According to a news report from wbbm780.com........... Commercial fishermen, Chad Isaak, and his crew, Travis Jondro, and Scott Kleber, of Carlyle, Illinois landed an Asian carp that was estimated to weigh in close to 90 pounds.

 

The fish was so big that it topped out their hand-held scale, which is limited to 80 pounds. The average  Asian carp usually weigh in at around 15 pounds.

The fishermen, after their photo-op, did not save the fish for posterity's sake, as the processing plant where they sell their catch pays 10 cents per pound.

Last year a bow fisherman shot a 92 lb, 8oz. bighead carp while fishing for gar on the Mississippi River, near Alton, Illinois. This particular fish was the largest bighead carp caught in the western hemisphere by a recreational fisherman, and the third largest carp captured in the world.

Click here to read this news report........With Photo.....

 

Show Me Te Mississippi Meeting...............

To: All Show Me the Mississippi Committee Members

Re: Meeting Notice: April 2, 6:00 pm, Rookies Bar and Grill

From: Jim Marr, Chairman 2009


Our next 2009 Show Me the Mississippi Committee of the Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held this Thursday, April 2 at Rookies Bar and Grill. Arrive for a beverage of your choice at 6:00pm the meeting starts at 6:30pm.

The address is: Rookies Bar and Grill
3721 New Town Boulevard
Saint Charles , Mo 63301-4358
Phone: (636) 724-3737

 

La Crosse, Wisconsin
   Mississippi River Traffic Is Picking Up...............


According to a news article from wxow.com.............. With the ice receding from the Mississippi River, the 2009 river shipping season is underway. In addition to commodities shipping, the Mississippi River is used for recreational purposes as well.

Due to the cost of fuel last year, tonnage locking through lock and dam #7 was down by about 25%.

The number of commercial vessels locking through in either direction is around 800, whereas, approximately 2300 recreational vessels went through #7.

The lock and dam system is not actually used to prevent flooding, but is in place to permit navigation of the river during times of low water............

Click here to read this news article.
......With Video

Delta Queen is Scheduled to Open as Hotel Wednesday 01  April 2009  

 

Coolidge Landing

Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Click here  to go to Delta Queen Hotel website

 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Spring Opener Sundowners @ Y.C.S.L.

 Please join us this weekend as we kick off the season!

 Friday @ 5:00-7:00pm $1.00 drafts and $1.00 fresh oysters on the half shell along with our new menu from 5:00-11:00pm. Then at 8:30 everyone’s favorite rock and roll band! The Sharks will get the house rocking.

Saturday night back by popular demand Comedy Nite featuring nationally touring comedian Tim Northern as seen on star search and about every comedy club throughout the united states.  This is Tim’s first appearance on the river so let’s all please come out to support live comedy and show him how much fun we are on the river. Tickets are $10.00 per person, show starts @ 8:30. After the show dance the night away with DJ Ray. Tickets available in advance call 636-250-3042. Please call early as seating is limited.  

Open This week                    Entertainment & Specials

Fri 4/3  5-1:30am ...... Happy Hour 5-7 $1.00 drafts $1.00 fresh shucked oysters

                                 The Sharks @ 8:30pm

Sat 4/4  12-1:30am...   Happy Hour 5-7 $1.00 Gin&Tonics,Comedy Nite

                                  at 8:30pm and DJ Ray at 10:00pm

Sunday 4/5  12-9pm ...Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Corn

                                   from 12-9pm for $10.00

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Mississippi River
    Diesel Ducy's Videos On The Chain Of Rocks Canal Bridge.......


A Route 66 News report on the Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge provides a bit of bridge history and video ..........

 

 During the 1950s, the Chain of Rocks canal was constructed to allow for easier passage of barges on the Mississippi River, upstream of St. Louis. Vessels then had the ability to avoid the ledges and boulders lurking below the water surface close to the old Chain of Rocks bridge.

This new bridge, and canal were constructed a few miles east of the original Chain of Rocks bridge.............

Click here to read this
Route 66 News / bridge report......With Videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

31 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

US Army Corps of Engineers Photo

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot from the Winfield Lock and Dam RiverCam taken about 5:00PM yesterday afternoon.  Its a load of strange looking cargo going through the lock on a southbound tow.

 

 

Click here to go to the 

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

 

Yesteryear's

Pictures of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007...... was sent in by Jan DeSherlia of Grafton Harbor fame. .....it's Brian and Linda enjoying a beautiful March day in their dingy!

 

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 310248
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
948 PM CDT MON MAR 30 2009


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

AT LOUISIANA
AT CLARKSVILLE
AT WINFIELD
AT GRAFTON
AT ALTON
AT CHESTER

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


 

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/30/09
Subject: High water advisory/Safety broadcast update (BNM NR 0090-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1620


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0091-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0090-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0091-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-ILLINOIS RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-5 (MM 0.0 - MM 128.9 ILR) AND ZONE 7 (MM 145.6 - MM 180.9) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS. ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS AND PRE IDENTIFY LAY UP AREAS IN THE EVENT OF A RIVER CLOSURE.
B. ZONE 6 (MM 129.0 - MM 145.5 ILR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
D. ZONES 24-26 (MM 200.5 - MM 301.1 UMR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
E. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
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.

 

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

 

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

Boat of the Week

2007/08 Boston Whaler 210 Outrage Two available, both NEW! Five year engine warranties! Starting @ $48,900 with trailer.

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

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

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

River History......
 

March 30, 1938

Dam No. 3 on the upper Mississippi River was completed and accepted for the United States by Colonel Fleming

 

May 18, 1939
    1st day of operation for Winfield Lock and Dam No.25

 

Source: US Army Corps of Engineers website
 

South-Central North Dakota

    15-20 Inches Of Snow Predicted, Future Flooding Possible............

In a news report from kxmb.com........... The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on the 15-20 inches of new snowfall expected from the current round of storms in South Dakota. The reason is the potential for flooding along the Missouri River, as well as its' tributaries.

Although the National Weather Service is not expecting the temperatures to rapidly rise, causing quick snow melt, officials are suggesting that local property owners be prepared for flooding..............

Click here to read this news report...... with video.
 

US Coast Guard Photo

Red River Flood 2009 convoy


A Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores airboat crew prepares to deploy to a staging area in West Fargo, N.D. with a convoy of several Coast Guard and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trailerable airboats at the Cass County Roads Department in West Fargo, Saturday, March 28, 2009. The Coast Guard and the USFWS deployed three airboat teams to neighborhoods in the North River City area. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River coordinated a multi-agency response effort along the Red River March 24.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard/Photo by Petty Officer Bill Colclough)
 

US Coast Guard news Release.......

   Coast Guard continues rescue operations and urges caution to boaters

FARGO, N.D. -- Coast Guard crews recorded their 95th rescue today, March 30, 2009, after 6 days of flood response operations along the Red River.

The Coast Guard has become increasingly concerned with the number of recreational boaters attempting to transit the dangerous flood waters and has established a safety zone on the Red River from Wahpeton to Pembina that began Sunday, March 29, 2009. All vessel traffic, including canoes, are restricted from transiting the Red River except for search and rescue and law enforcement vessels. This order was placed in effect at 4:30 p.m. yesterday by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

"While we understand that some boaters may want to view their homes and communities," said Capt. Steve Hudson, commander of Sector Upper Mississippi and captain of the port, "our priority is the safety of those individuals and the integrity of the levies that protect the communities. Wakes from these boats can damage those structures."

The breakdown of Coast Guard assets is as follows:

5 helicopters on scene with 8 air crews
4 Disaster Response Teams (DART) onscene, 4 on standby
7 Airboats
2 Coast Guard Auxiliary communications trailer
119 Coast Guard personnel
For the latest Coast Guard news and imagery regarding the Red River floods, please visit:

Http://cgvi.uscg.mil
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36783873@N03/
http://www.uscgstormwatch.com/go/site/1769
 


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Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
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US Army Corps of Engineers Photo

 

Upper Missouri River

   Historic Closure Of Release Gates At The Garrison Dam.............

According to a news article from minotdailynews.com............... History was made when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered the release gates of the Garrison Dam closed. Completely !

 

This not only slowed the downstream flow of the Missouri River, but halted the production of hydroelectric power at the dam.
 

The Corps closed the gates at the dam to help reduce the flooding on the Missouri River for cities such as Bismarck, North Dakota, where some areas are being overrun with flood water.


On a positive note, onlookers were rewarded with the chance to view what usually lurks below the water surface.

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

 

Garrison Dam Info:

Located on the Missouri River 75 miles upstream from Bismarck, N.D.  Garrison Dam is the fifth largest earthen dam in the world. It was constructed as part of the Pick-Sloan Plan for development of the upper Missouri River Basin. Construction of the $294 million dam project began in 1947 and closure of the embankment occurred in April 1953.

Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
 

News Release


      Release No. 09-07       Public Affairs Office - 314-331-8002/8005

 


For Release: IMMEDIATE                 Date: March 30,2009


 1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil


Public Meetings Scheduled for Lock and Dam 25 Construction


St. Louis, MO, Friday, March 30, 2009 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two public meetings to discuss the environmental impacts of the proposed design and construction of a new 1,200-foot lock at Lock and Dam 25. Two informational meetings will be held at the American Legion, Fifth and Elm, Old Monroe, Mo, on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

 

The meetings will be identical. The afternoon meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. At 2 p.m., the public is invited to speak informally with members of the project team and view displays. A formal presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. The evening meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. At 6 p.m., the public is again invited to speak informally with members of the project team and view displays. A formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.


All members of the public are invited to attend the meetings.


Public comments will be accepted in writing and may be left at the public meetings or mailed to:
US Army Engineer District, St. Louis;
ATTN: CEMVS-PM-E (Walton)
1222 Spruce St.
St. Louis, Missouri, 63103.


The public comment period will end on April. 15, 2009.


Technical questions about the project may be directed to Steven Hobbs at 314-331-8789 or Jason Farmer at 314-331-8033. If you have questions about the meeting logistics, please call Marsha Dolan at 309-794-5648.


Additional information can be found online at:
http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/UMRS/NESP/default.cfm.
To view the Supplemental Environmental Assessment, click on the Reports link.



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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.

 

 

USACE photo

Lock and Dam 25

Lock and Dam 25 is equipped the 1,296-foot long dam structure with three submersible roller gates (near the center of the structure, see image at right) and 14 submersible tainter gates. At the time of construction, the submersible gates represented a marked advance in gate design and were seen as an improvement over non-submersible gates because they allowed for the almost unobstructed flow of floodwaters, ice and debris.

Having opened on May 18, 1939, Lock and Dam 25 is well beyond its 50-year design life and is currently undergoing major rehabilitation.

 

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Above information reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers website:

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

Delta Queen is Scheduled to Open as Hotel Wednesday 01  April 2009  

 

Coolidge Landing

Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Click here  to go to Delta Queen Hotel website

 

News Release


Release No. 09-07             Contact: Phil Manhar              

 


For Release: IMMEDIATE                                                      


 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386 Phone: 636-899-2600 Fax: 636-899-2655


Public Meetings Scheduled for Lock and Dam 25 Construction


Corps of Engineers Dam 27 Access Area and Maple Island Closure
WEST ALTON, MO – The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, has closed Dam 27 (Low Water Dam) Access on Chouteau Island in Pool 27 and Maple Island Access below Melvin Price Locks and Dam. Due to high water these areas will be closed to all visitors to ensure public safety. Visitors will not be allowed to drive, bike, or walk into the area during the closure. These areas will reopen once the water has receded.

For more information please contact the Rivers Project Office at 636-899-2600.

 

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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.

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Spring Opener Sundowners @ Y.C.S.L.

 Please join us this weekend as we kick off the season!

 Friday @ 5:00-7:00pm $1.00 drafts and $1.00 fresh oysters on the half shell along with our new menu from 5:00-11:00pm. Then at 8:30 everyone’s favorite rock and roll band! The Sharks will get the house rocking.

Saturday night back by popular demand Comedy Nite featuring nationally touring comedian Tim Northern as seen on star search and about every comedy club throughout the united states.  This is Tim’s first appearance on the river so let’s all please come out to support live comedy and show him how much fun we are on the river. Tickets are $10.00 per person, show starts @ 8:30. After the show dance the night away with DJ Ray. Tickets available in advance call 636-250-3042. Please call early as seating is limited.  

Open This week                    Entertainment & Specials

Fri 4/3  5-1:30am ...... Happy Hour 5-7 $1.00 drafts $1.00 fresh shucked oysters

                                 The Sharks @ 8:30pm

Sat 4/4  12-1:30am...   Happy Hour 5-7 $1.00 Gin&Tonics,Comedy Nite

                                  at 8:30pm and DJ Ray at 10:00pm

Sunday 4/5  12-9pm ...Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Corn

                                   from 12-9pm for $10.00

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

 

 

Monday

30 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

US Army Corps of Engineers Pohto

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot from the Winfield Dam Rivercam taken yesterday about 5:30 in the early evening.  Looks like the tow is having a little trouble after leaving the lock.

 

Click here to go to the 

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

 

Yesteryear's

Pictures of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008...... was of a great "River Sunset" sent in by Sherri  Stanczak.

 

Updated Sun at 9:15AM

Flood Warning....

 

Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 300318
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1018 PM CDT SUN MAR 29 2009


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

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HANNIBAL
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LOUISIANA
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Updated at 9:15AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

Subject: High water advisory/Safety broadcast update (BNM NR 0090-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1619

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-ILLINOIS RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 4-5 (MM 80.3 - MM 128.9 ILR) ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP LEVEES. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS AND PRE IDENTIFY LAY UP AREAS IN THE EVENT OF A RIVER CLOSURE. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES.
B. ZONES 1-3 (MM 0.0 - MM 80.2 ILR) AND ZONES 6-7 (MM 129.0 - 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS
ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
D. ZONE 24 (MM 273.4 - MM 301.1 UMR) IS IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
E. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
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.

 

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

 

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Mississippi River

   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Opens Gate At Minneapolis Dam

According to a news article from wcco.com........... The U.S.A.C.E. opened up the gates of St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in an effort to control heavy flow on the Mississippi River.

The Corps opens the gate when the Mississippi River's flow reaches 40,000 cubic feet per second.

This is the first time the flow has exceeded 40,000 cubic feet per second since 2001. The gate is going to remain open for a week to 10 days..............

Click here to read this news article.

 

Missouri National Guard Assists With Flooding On Red River..............

In a news story from ksdk.com............... The Missouri National Guard has been deployed to the North Dakota/Minnesota state line where historic flooding on the Red River is threatening Fargo, ND.

Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, ordered the deployment of two C-130 transports with 14 Airmen from St. Joseph, as well as members of the National Guard helicopter maintenance team from Springfield..............

Click here to read this news story.

 

US Coast Guard news Release.......

   Coast Guard establishes safety zone on the Red River

FARGO, N.D. -- The Coast Guard has established a safety zone on the Red River from Wahpeton to Pembina beginning Sunday, March 29, 2009.

All vessel traffic including canoes are restricted from transitting the Red River except for search and rescue and law enforcement vessels due to safety concerns and flooding. This order was placed in effect at 4:30 p.m. today by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port.


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US Coast Guard news Release.......

   Coast Guard Red River Flood Rescues Reaches 93

FARGO, N.D. -- As of March 29, 2009, Coast Guard crews have rescued 93 people since the commencement of flood response operations along the Red River on March 25. Today, Coast Guard air boats crews are conducting welfare checks of residents in areas isolated by the flood waters to confirm they are not in need of assistance. Those who do need help are being evacuated to safe, designated locations. In addition to the 93 people, 14 dogs, 14 cats and various other pets have been rescued.

"In this response, our primary mission is to save and protect the lives of those affected by the flooding," said Capt. Steve Hudson, commander of Sector Upper Mississippi River. "The Coast Guard will keep personnel and equipment in the area as long as necessary. But this is not a one-agency operation. We are part of a very skilled and highly-motivated team led by the states of North Dakota and Minnesota, including FEMA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and numerous other agencies and volunteers."

The breakdown of Coast Guard assets is as follows:

5 helicopters on scene with 8 air crews
4 Disaster Response Teams (DART) onscene, 4 on standby
7 Airboats
2 Coast Guard Auxiliary communications trailer
106 Coast Guard personnel
For the latest Coast Guard news and imagery regarding the Red River floods, please visit:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/36783873@N03/
Http://cgvi.uscg.mil
http://www.uscgstormwatch.com/go/site/1769
 


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Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

Boating Tidbits..............

~ Flood water from the Missouri River surrounds a home in the Fox Island neighborhood of Bismarck, N.D. on Tuesday, March 24, 2009...with photo Click here

 

~ 25-year-old rows across Atlantic alone...with photo..Click here

 

~ Savannah, Georgia.....Blessing of the fishing fleet...with photo..Click here

 

~ Indiana ...DNR tickets out-of-state boaters avoiding Ind. tax.. Click here

 

~ Rowing...Oxford's power hauls in Cambridge ...with photo.. Click here
 

Keokuk, Iowa
    Southside Boat Club Holds Flood Relief Auction..............


According to a news report from connecttristates.com.............. After being destroyed in the floods of 2008, the Southside Boat Club is on the road to recovery. On Saturday, an auction was held to raise funds for reconstruction.

The community of Keokuk donated hundreds of items, including tickets to a Cards-Cubs game in the Ozzie room, a weekend in an Ozarks condo, big screen televisions, and even a nine foot Marlin.

Damages to the boat club's building are estimated at around $73,000. It is hoped that funds raised will be used to repair the building, and that with the city's assistance, the building will be able to be raised above flood stage..........

Click here to read this news report.

 

Seafarers International Union May Have Contributed To The Delta Queen's Plight....

In a TribLIVE-Opinion article from pittsburghlive.com......... Apparently, when Ambassadors International Inc. acquired the Delta Queen, the new owners refused to participate in contract negotiations with the Seafarers International Union, who represented the vessel's workers.

As a result, the union effectively lobbied the democratically controlled congress to forgo the renewal of the Queen's prior Coast Guard exemption, despite modern safety features, as well as an excellent safety record.

The Delta Queen is now moored in Chattanooga, Tn. and is serving duty as a hotel..............

Click here to read the news article .............

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Disabled-Sailing-Vessel
 

In this photo released by the Coast Guard, the sailing vessel Grace sits disabled after it allided with the Vancouver Burlington Northern Rail Road Bridge in Vancouver, Wash., March 29, 2008. Crews from Coast Guard Station Portland, Ore., Multnomah County Sheriffs Department and Clark Country County Sheriffs and Fire responded to the incident along with the assistance of an unidentified Good Samaritan.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)
 

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

   The Missouri Water Patrol has put together a handbook with boating laws and responsibilities. It can be downloaded on your computer in PDF format.

   To download this handbook or view it on your computer, click here

Eagles Landing........

   Website Update

   

    

The Eagles Landing website has been updated with new new prices, pictures of the construction of their new docks and pictures from the 2008 Blues Bash.

 

 

Click here and check it out !

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Spring Opener Sundowners @ Y.C.S.L.

 Please join us this weekend as we kick off the season!

 Friday @ 5:00-7:00pm $1.00 drafts and $1.00 fresh oysters on the half shell along with our new menu from 5:00-11:00pm. Then at 8:30 everyone’s favorite rock and roll band! The Sharks will get the house rocking.

Saturday night back by popular demand Comedy Nite featuring nationally touring comedian Tim Northern as seen on star search and about every comedy club throughout the united states.  This is Tim’s first appearance on the river so let’s all please come out to support live comedy and show him how much fun we are on the river. Tickets are $10.00 per person, show starts @ 8:30. After the show dance the night away with DJ Ray. Tickets available in advance call 636-250-3042. Please call early as seating is limited.  

 

Open This week                             Entertainment & Specials

 

Friday 4/3  5-1:30am ......... Happy Hour 5-7 $1.00 drafts $1.00 fresh shucked oysters.                                         The Sharks @ 8:30pm

Saturday 4/4  12-1:30am.....Happy Hour 5-7 $1.00 Gin&Tonics,Comedy Nite

                                         at 8:30pm and DJ Ray at 10:00pm

Sunday 4/5  12-9pm .........Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy,

                                        and Corn  from 12-9pm for $10.00

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Grafton Ferry Update..........

    From the Weekend Edition

 

    Pete Tully , of the Grafton Ferry Boat Company, sent us the following update.

 

The Grafton Ferry.

 

They will survey the route when the water levels drop to get a better idea of what dredging is needed. If all goes according to plan the Grafton Ferry will resume operation about the 1st of May.

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Darryll Weil for relaying the information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

28, 29 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Last Updated Sun at 9:15AM... Updated Nav. Notices, Flood Warning, Added last Pic of Day, info about Grafton's landing, info about Red River

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Melvin Price Lock and Dam

 

Locking through 27

 

    

 

   

 

  

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... are from Capt'n Pete Zimmer, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser....Old Jack Daniels #7

 

Bill,

 

Series of Pictures of Locks on our way from St. Louis to the Gulf on MV ZOE from Harbor Point Yacht Club in 2003.  All of the locks are not represented as we passed through some at night. We forgot the 11th commandment “ thou shalt NOT travel the TENN-TOM at NIGHT!”


J. Peter Zimmer

Grafton Harbor

Jack Daniels Old #7

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

US Army Corps of Engineers P0hto

 

Our River Picture of the Day.....

   Is of the US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Potter.

Yesteryear's

Pictures of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007...... were from boaters from the Duck Club Yacht Club that are cruising around in the waters off Florida !.

 

HI River Bill,

    We took our boat, STARSHIP, from the Duck Club to Florida. We keep it in Lighthouse Point on the east coast. We travel to the Exuma Islands south of Nassau with the boat, Over The Edge, also from the Duck Club. 

  Here is a shot of us running off the Florida coast and one of our latest catches. It's a 65 lb whahoo. 

   We enjoy your site all winter.... since we have been boating on the river since 1973. Keep up the good work.

Al and Annette Morgan

 

Yesteryear's

Pictures of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006...... were a series of sunset shots sent in by Robert Cope.... of the boat Slow Ride. 

 

Robert wrote in his e-mail: 

 

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

Robert Cope

 

Updated Sun at 9:15AM

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 290327
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1027 PM CDT SAT MAR 28 2009


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

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

.NEARLY ONE INCH OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS THE AREA SINCE THIS
MORNING AND AN ADDITIONAL QUARTER INCH OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED
OVERNIGHT...

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Updated at 9:15AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/28/09
Subject: ATON Discrepancies for the ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1615


THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION HAVE BEEN DESTROYED DUE TO HIGH
WATER:
1. HENRY ISLAND LOWER DAYBEACON (LLNR 6875) MM 192.7 RDB ILR IS DESTROYED.
2. HALLS LANDING LIGHT (LLNR 6810) MM 200.4 LDB ILR IS EXTINGUISHED.
3. FLAT BEND LIGHT (LLNR 6795) MM 204.0 RDB ILR IS DESTROYED, AND ALL LIGHTING
GEAR AND HEADER KIT MISSING.
4. MARSSEILLES LOCK MIDDLE DAYBEACON (LLNR 6450) MM 243.7 RDB ILR IS
DESTROYED.
5. MARSEILLES LOCK UPPER DAYBEACON (LLNR 6445) MM 243.9 LDB ILR IS
DESTROYED.
6. SPRING BRANCH ISLAND LIGHT (LLNR 6925) MM 183.3 RDB ILR IS DESTROYED.

 

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

 

 

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US Army Corps of Engineers Map

 

 

Click here for UMR Nav Map 217 -224

Updated Sun at 7:15AM

Grafton's Landing Update......

 

Bill,

Just want to let our friends out there know that Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill at beautiful Grafton Harbor, is now open and with a new menu. The new menu includes handmade pizzas, subs and our new awesome cheeseburgers that are truly cheeseburgers in paradise! Try our new garlic cream cheese topping!!
 

 

Pictured here are owners Pat Tulley and Pat Marcum, or as we boaters call them "Pat squared", not that implies anything!!  They are showing off of our new pizza and sub, they made themselves. Note we are going to always have the pizza ovens on, even after our kitchen hours. You always be able to get a handmade fresh pizza at Grafton's Landing!!! Eat in or carry out!!!

We are featuring the music of Pat Liston of Mama's Pride and various other performers this year for your listening pleasures!

 

This is just the first of many, fun and exciting events we have planned for this year! And remember it's always a great time Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill at Grafton Harbor the Key West of the Midwest!!

 

Hope to see you all soon!!

Tom Yates
Operations Manager

 

Map from Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Red River Watershed

 

Updated Sun at 6:20AM

The Red River.......

 The Red River is all over the news recently.  The flood waters, the snow, the sand baggers, the Coast Guard rescues, President Obama even called the mayor of Fargo, a North Dakota that is located on the Red River.

 The good news is that the Red River flows north.... that flood water is not headed down the Mississippi towards us.  Its headed into Canada!

The Red river originates at the confluence of the Bois de Sioux and Otter Tail rivers near the area where the North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota boarders meet in the United States.  It then flows north through the Red River Valley into Manitoba, Canada and empties into Lake Winnipeg.

See map.

 

Source Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
 

Yamaha PWC.......

 According to a news article in the TradeOnlyToday.com.... Yamaha says their PWC maintain their value better than other manufacture's PWC.  Comparison from Kelley Blue Book values of the most popular models over the last five years.

Click here to read this news story
 

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

   The Missouri Water Patrol has put together a handbook with boating laws and responsibilities. It can be downloaded on your computer in PDF format.

   To download this handbook or view it on your computer, click here

Click here

 

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 29,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill

 

 

Sunday, March 29th....Pat Liston of Mama's Pride

2:00 - 5:00 PM


 

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill has a new menu for 2009.

Click here and check it out.


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NOAA's Spring Flood Forecast ......

Major Midwest Flooding Highlighted in U.S. Spring Outlook.  Flooding in the upper Midwest and continued drought in the South and West are among the highlights in NOAA's National Weather Service Spring Outlook.

 

Click here to read forecast dated March 19, 2009.

Grafton Ferry Update..........

    Pete Tully , of the Grafton Ferry Boat Company, sent us the following update.

 

The Grafton Ferry.

 

They will survey the route when the water levels drop to get a better idea of what dredging is needed. If all goes according to plan the Grafton Ferry will resume operation about the 1st of May.

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Darryll Weil for relaying the information.
 

 

US Coast Guard Photo

Two Coast Guard airboat crews deployed from Coast Guard District 9 await the next search and rescue mission during the 2009 midwest flood response, Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

 

 

United States Coast Guard News Release......

 

    Coast Guard 3-day rescue total reaches 82


 

FARGO, N.D. -- On the third day of rescue operations, Friday, March 27, 2009, Coast Guard rescue airboat crews rescued 10 people from rising flood waters, for a three-day total of 82 people rescued. In addition to the people rescued, the Coast Guard crews have also rescued approximately 13 dogs, 14 cats and 2 bird.



Video of Friday, March 27, 2009 rescues can be found at the following links:

http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=506925

 

Photographs of pet rescues can be found at the following link:

http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=505569

http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=504429
 


Currently, there are four air boat crews from Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., St. Claire Shores, Mich., Marblehead, Ohio, and Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Two Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) from St. Paul, Minn., and St. Louis are on scene with two additional DART teams from Cincinnati, and Huntington, W.V., enroute to the region this weekend. Three additional rescue helicopters and three more airboat teams are also enroute.
 

For the latest Coast Guard news and imagery of the Red River floods, visit:

http://www.uscgstormwatch.com/go/site/1769/

 

 

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The United States Coast Guard -- Proud History. Powerful Future

 

 

Re-printed from US Coast guard news Release Dated March 27, 2009

 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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.
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News Release


 Release No. 09-05  Pubic Affairs Officer, Alan Dooley, 314-331-8002 (O)

618-939-5985 (H)

618-719-9039 (C)


  For Release:  IMMEDIATE                    Date: March 26, 2009


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens comment period
on Supplemental Environmental Assessment of switch boats in Mississippi River

      

        St. Louis, MO – March 26, 2009 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District has prepared a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) to address environmental impacts associated with the implementing switch boats at Locks 20 thru 25. The purpose of the proposed switch boats is to improve navigation efficiency on the Upper Mississippi River.

        The SEA supplements the parent document entitled: Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the UMR-IWW System Navigation Feasibility Study and evaluates the probable impacts of this action and the other alternatives that were considered.

 

        The SEA is being circulated for public review until April 24, 2009. The SEA may be viewed on the Corps’ Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) website, at http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/UMRS/NESP/ under the Reports sub-heading. Copies of the SEA will also available be available through April 24, 2009 at the public libraries in Barry, Bowling Green, Quincy, Hannibal, Louisiana, Pittsfield, Griggsville and at the Ralls County Library in Center, Missouri and the Powell Memorial Library in Troy, Missouri.

 

        Questions concerning these documents may be addressed to Mr. Francis Walton of the St. Louis District's Environmental Branch, telephone 314-331-8487.


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

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.

Oasis Bar & Grill Update......

 

Band Dates

Fri 4/3 Rail

Sat 4/4 Southbound 55

Sun 4/5 Don Loeder

Sat 4/11 Daves Not Here

Sat 4/18 Park Road

Sun  4/19 Lisa Jones

Fri 4/24 Topper Harley

Sat 4/25 2-5 Lenny Frisch .....9pm Park Road

Sun 4/26 Pat Liston

Thanks
Raye Anne

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Cape Girardeau May Be First To Generate Power using Electric Generating Turbines in Mississippi River ........

 

According to a news story in Heartland News.... There are all kinds of plans floating around to harness the power of the Mississippi River to generate electricity. The river city of Cape Girardeau my be the first to use the Mississippi River electricity.

 

Free Flow Power is the company working on the project putting underwater turbines in the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans  to generate electricity.

Cape Girardeau is the first on the list to get the turbines. The first ones should be installed from the Bill Emerson Bridge up to Cape Rock Park.

 

Click here to read this news report....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

27 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... of the day were sent in by Capt'n Paul Barbary, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.

 

 

Hi Bill,

 

This last Tuesday, the high winds made the Mississippi river look very angry. I took these pictures at the site of the old lock & dam in Alton. As you can see, the river is showing off it's might. Come on warm weather.

 

Paul & Joan Barbary

Grafton Harbor

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006----   was from Capt'n Gary Lucy, the river artist, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the houseboat "River Rover".

 

   Gary took this picture from outside the chapel at Principia College on the bluffs on the Illinois side of the river.  He mentioned in his e-mail that this may be material for a future painting !

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 270111
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
811 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2009

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

AT LA GRANGE LD TW 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 flood warning

 

News Release


 Release No. 09-06  Pubic Affairs Officer, Alan Dooley, 314-331-8002 (O)

618-939-5985 (H)

618-719-9039 (C)


  For Release:  IMMEDIATE                    Date: March 26, 2009


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil

Media Update - Chain of Rocks Locks 27 main chamber repairs


       FINAL UPDATE - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopens Locks 27 main chamber
 

       St. Louis, MO – March 26, 2009 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District reopened the main 1200-foot-long lock chamber at the Chain of Rocks Locks 27 near Granite City, Ill.,at about 11 a.m. today. The lock was closed for an emergency repair Sunday night at 9:45 p.m. The closure was made necessary when deterioration was noted in the foundation of the anchorage for one of the hydraulic cylinders that operate the miter gate at the downstream or southern end of the lock chamber.
 

         Corps technicians, assisted by a representative of the firm that makes a special epoxy foundation material, completed the work. Following tests to confirm the repair, the main chamber was reopened to traffic up to and including 15-barge tows, the normal largest capacity that operates on the Upper Mississippi River, in single-operation lockages.
 

        The Corps of Engineers took advantage of the closure at the Chain of Rocks Locks 27 to briefly close the Melvin Price locks near Alton, Ill., to replace a damaged electrical control panel there. That closure was unrelated to the work at the Chain of Rocks Locks 27, but was timed to take advantage of the closure that was already slowing traffic at the locks just down stream on the Mississippi River.
 


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

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.

Midwest Flooding ......

North Dakota

Caught on Tape: Ice jams explode on Missouri River ...with photo .. Click here

 

Missouri River down in Bismarck, ND... Click here

 

N.D. Cities Brace As River Hits 'Uncharted Territory...with photo..... Click here

 

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

NOAA's Spring Flood Forecast ......

Major Midwest Flooding Highlighted in U.S. Spring Outlook.  Flooding in the upper Midwest and continued drought in the South and West are among the highlights in NOAA's National Weather Service Spring Outlook.

 

Click here to read forecast dated March 19, 2009.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

   Clean Rivers Healthy Communities Program.....

 

According to a news article in the Suburban Journal...... on Monday, March 30...MSD will host an open house from 4:40 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ballwin Golf Club, 333 Holloway Road.....to provide information on the  "Clean Rivers Healthy Communities Program."

The program is one of the largest public infrastructure initiatives in St. Louis area history.

"Clean Rivers"  is an effort to improve the quality of area waterways !  The goal is to reduce the amount of sewage that flows into area's rivers during moderate to heavy rainstorms.

Overflows from sewers represent the greatest environmental challenge that faces MSD.  About 13 billion gallons of storm water and mixed waste water are dumped from the MSD sewer system into the Mississippi River and area tributaries each year..

Click here to read this news story.
 

Alton Marina Liquor License Tweak.....

According to a news story in the Alton Daily News....... The Alton City Council tweaked Alton Marina's liquor license this week.  

 

The current license was issued "only" to the operator of the marina..

 

The new ordinance.......the liquor license is available to the owner, operator or manager.

 

 

Click here to read this news article.....

More on.....

    Who watches the waters


News Article in Suburban Journals

Men step up to keep pollutants out of the confluence.. with photo.... Click here
 

US Coast Guard News Release.....

 

Coast Guard crews rescue 43 more on second day of operations; 2-day total: 67

FARGO, N.D. - On the second day of rescue operations here, Coast Guard rescue airboat and helicopter crews have rescued 43 people from rising flood waters, for a two-day total of 67 people rescued.

Coast Guard air boats were once again tasked with assisting stranded residents. As of 5:00 p.m. today, the three air boat teams staged in Fargo rescued 28 people.

Coast Guard Sector Sault Saint Marie, Mich., rescued 5
Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued 8
Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., rescued 15
A Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., rescued 15 stranded residents.

"This effort has gone very smoothly, mainly as a result of seemless interaction of the involved response agencies," said Chief Petty Officer Gregory Zerfass, from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, and the Coast Guard air boat supervisor in Fargo. "I am extremely impressed how fast we could start running in terms of the coordination of the multiple Coast Guard Stations, Cass County Sheriff's Department, Cass County Road Department and a number," he added.

Photos from today's rescues:
 

 

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Wheeler, a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., radios to a Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter during a search and rescue case in Fargo, N.D., Thursday, March 26, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell)

 

 

 

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., airboat crew transport an Oxbow, N.D., resident and her faithful friend to dryer ground along the Red River, Thursday, March 26, 2009. The Coast Guard and several state and local response agencies coordinated a joint rescue effort for citizens in flood-prone communities in Fargo, Oxbow and Bismarck, N.D. (U.S. Coast Guard/Photo by Petty Officer Bill Colclough)

For a complete selection of Coast Guard photos, please visit the Coast Guard imagery library at: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php

 

 

 

 

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Wheeler, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., assists a man in a hoist basket before it is lifted to a Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, in Fargo, N.D., Thursday, March 26, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell)
 




In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., assess the needs of an Oxbow, N.D., woman requiring evaucuation from her house along the Red River in North Dakota, Thursday, March 26, 2009. Citizens in need of rescue were notified to hold out red flags . (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer Bill Colclough)

 

 

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter hoists a stranded local man to safety during a search and rescue mission in Fargo, N.D., Thursday, March 26, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell)
 

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

 

 

Re-printed from US Coast guard news Release Dated March 26, 2009

Oasis Bar & Grill Update......

 

Band Dates

Fri 4/3 Rail

Sat 4/4 Southbound 55

Sun 4/5 Don Loeder

Sat 4/11 Daves Not Here

Sat 4/18 Park Road

Sun  4/19 Lisa Jones

Fri 4/24 Topper Harley

Sat 4/25 2-5 Lenny Frisch .....9pm Park Road

Sun 4/26 Pat Liston

Thanks
Raye Anne

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo


 

Arkansas River, North Little Rock

   Salty Parrot Barge Sinks.......

 

According to a news story in the ArkansasOnline....... A party barge restaurant docked on the Arkansas River in at North Little Rock, named the The Salty Parrot, was reported to be sinking on Thursday morning.

City employees cut the barge loose from the tugboat that is used for boarding the Salty Parrot to keep them both from sinking. The Salty Parrot sits in about 10 feet of water.

The city of North Little Rock owns the barge and leases it to the Mississippi Riverboat Co.

 

During the season..... The Salty Parrot entertains the crowds with karaoke and live music.

 

Click here for news story ...with photo

 

 


 

 

Thursady

26 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Storm Clouds at Sunset

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a unique shot from the RiverCam at Lock and Dam 25 on the Mississippi River.  This picture was taken about sunset on Tuesday.
 

 

 Click here to go to the 

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

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006----   was of the Golden Eagle Ferry moored on the Calhoun County side of the Mississippi River by the ferry landing next to Kinder's Restaurant.  The main ferry was out of service due to transmission problems and a backup ferry from Winfield had been brought down to keep traffic moving across the river.  

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 260109
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
809 PM CDT WED MAR 25 2009


..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


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

.THIS FLOOD WARNING IS A RESULT OF AN AVERAGE OF 0.75 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE ILLINOIS RIVER BASIN ON TOP OF UPSTREAM BASIN RUNOFF...NO PRECIPITATION IS ANTICIPATED OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS...

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Coast Guard / Corps of Engineers Hot Topics is Now Real-Time ..........


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/25/09
Subject: High water advisory/Safety broadcast update (BNM NR 0083-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1613

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-ILLINOIS RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-7 (MM 0.0-180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER RECOVERY
PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO OPERATE THEIR VESSELS AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE AT COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR). RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED IN ZONE 6 (MM 129.0-145.5 ILR).
B. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. 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.
D. 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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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

News Release


 Release No. 09-04  Pubic Affairs Officer, Alan Dooley, 314-331-8002 (O)

618-939-5985 (H)

618-719-9039 (C)


  For Release:  IMMEDIATE                    Date: March 25, 2009


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil

Media Update - Chain of Rocks Locks 27 main chamber repairs


        St. Louis, MO – March 25, 2009 – Work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the
downstream miter gate on the main 1200-foot-long, 110-foot wide chamber at the Chain of Rocks Locks 27, near Granite City, Ill., Sunday is proceeding. But the lock is not now expected to return to full service until Thursday, March 26 vice Wednesday as was earlier announced.
        Engineers and technicians on scene completed pouring an epoxy support pad for the anchorage of the hydraulic cylinder that moves one of the giant miter gates that open and shut like doors at the locks.
        To ensure proper application of the material, a technical representative of the epoxy material’s supplier was brought in to advise Corps workers. Work was held up for several hours by bad weather Tuesday afternoon and evening, but the material pour was completed at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night.
        Time for the material to properly cure depends on temperatures. While Corps technicians are warming the area with a tent cover and warm air, the manufacturer’s representative recommended allowing the full 48-hour curing time before testing could begin.
        The damage is located on the Illinois side gate leaf at the south, or downstream end of the chamber. Each of the gates is 65-feet wide and 70-feet tall. Each leaf weighs about 220 tons, or about the same as the Statue of Liberty.
        The lock’s adjacent 600-foot auxiliary chamber has continued in service during the main chamber closing. While it is usually used for smaller tows than the 15-barge tows that can be accommodated in the main chamber in a single lockage, the smaller chamber can accommodate these tows in what are termed “double-cut” operations.
        In that process, up to nine barges are locked through first, using a helper boat to  pull them out of the chamber and hold them. Then the next six barge “cut” and its tow boat are locked and the tow is reassembled by deckhands. This takes one-and-a-half to two hours vice a single-cut lockage which normally takes about 20 minutes.
        The Corps of Engineers is continuing to coordinate with navigation industry interests to minimize traffic interruptions. High winds for the past day slowed navigation on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, which has lessened the back up at Locks 27.
        During this maintenance and resulting slow down, the Corps today coordinated an eight hour closure of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam near Alton, Ill to start at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. This will permit technicians to replace an electrical panel that was damaged in a recent thunder storm. While this is not related to the Locks 27 closure, it was agreed that this would permit work to be conducted at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam efficiently with very minimal added negative impact.
        The locks at the south end of the Chain of Rocks Canal, which parallels a treacherous stretch of the Mississippi River, are the entry and exit point to and from the system of 29 locks and dams that support navigation on the Upper Mississippi River. Each year some 70-80 million tons of bulk commodities and hundreds of small private vessels transit the locks north and southbound.


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

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.

 

 

Corps Lowering River Levels at Alton In Preparation for High Water Coming Down the Illinois River.....

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been reducing the level of the Mississippi River at Alton to help manage navigation and provide some flood relief for the city of Grafton, IL.  High water moving down the Illinois River and is expected to raise the Mississippi River above flood stage by this weekend.

Click here for news story and photo of the low river levels at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, Mo.....just above Melvin Price Lock and Dam.

Midwest Flooding ......

Missouri River, North Dakota

Floodwaters still rising in Upper Midwest.. with photo .. Click here

 

Mayor optimistic after blast to clear North Dakota ice jams... Click here

 

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

NOAA's Spring Flood Forecast ......

Major Midwest Flooding Highlighted in U.S. Spring Outlook.  Flooding in the upper Midwest and continued drought in the South and West are among the highlights in NOAA's National Weather Service Spring Outlook.

 

Click here to read forecast dated March 19, 2009.

Friday, Saturday,    27, 28 March  2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's ......Ice Breaker    

 

Pere Marquette Lodge...Grafton, IL    click here

 

 

 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht Club website for more info.....

 

River Trash to Art Events.....

This coming Saturday morning, volunteers in St. Charles County will pull trash from local rivers, creeks and streams, including the Dardenne, Belleau, Peruque and Cole creeks.

 

The metal river trash, such as car parts, fence posts, pipe, etc, will be given to St. Charles artist Joseph Farmer, who will weld the items into artwork at the parking lot at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville.  A picnic lunch will provided for the river cleaning volunteers.
 

Another river trash-to-art event is also scheduled for Saturday morning at the old Chain of Rocks Bridge where a group of artists will turn the river trash into art. 

 

Click here to read this news story

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

FARGO, N.D. –

 

A view from a U.S. Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter shows Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Wheeler using a small boat to transport six people and two dogs to a safe rescue platform after the Red River flooded the Fargo area March 25, 2009. Wheeler, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, was lowered from the helicopter and later assisted the four adults, one child, one infant and two small dogs as they were hoisted to safety by the rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Brendan Evans)


 

US Coast Guard News Release

   Fargo North Dakota...........

FARGO, N.D. - Coast Guard rescue air boat and helicopter crews rescued 16 adults and a 14-month-old from rising flood waters here today.

A Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., were requested to assist in the rescue of five adults and one 14-month-old child who were trapped in their home in Abercrombie, N.D. The crew successfully hoisted the residents and transported them to Wahepton Airport. No injuries were reported.

For a video of the helicopter rescue in Whapeton, N.D., please click here:

Also today, at approximately 8:30 a.m., local officials requested the assistance of three Coast Guard air boats and crews to help stranded residents in Oxbow, N.D. The following units participated in the operation and rescued 13 residents:
 

  • Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, rescued five

  • Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued four

  • Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Michigan, rescued four, including a man who was stranded in a tree
     

Rescued residents were transported to the Oxbow staging area, and no injuries were reported.

Coast Guard crews remain in the area and are prepared to assist in any way possible. Current Coast Guard assets in North Dakota include two Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART), one from St. Paul, Minn., which is positioned in Bismarck, N.D., and one from St. Louis, Mo., positioned in Fargo. Each DART is comprised of three flood punts and seven crewmembers. Two Coast Guard helicopters are available as well: one from Air Station New Orleans is enroute to Bismarck and the other, from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., is positioned in Fargo. Four airboats are in North Dakota as well. Three teams from Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., St. Claire Shores, Mich., and Marlbehead, Ohio, are in Fargo, and a team from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., is positioned in Bismarck.

Coast Guard air boats:
 

  • Are designed for search and rescue and ice rescue operations on the Great Lakes.

  • Can transport up to four survivors.

  • Are 22-feet, 6-inches in length and 8-feet, 2-inches wide.

  • Require a crew of three, one coxswain, or driver, and two crewmembers trained in ice rescue.

  • Can operate at approximately 17-mph on ice.

  • Are equipped with a 450-horsepower engine.

  • Were used in urban search and rescue operations in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina flooded parts of the city on Aug., 23, 2005.


*For a video of a air boats in use on the Great Lakes, please click here

Oasis Bar & Grill Update......

 

Band Dates

Fri 4/3 Rail

Sat 4/4 Southbound 55

Sun 4/5 Don Loeder

Sat 4/11 Daves Not Here

Sat 4/18 Park Road

Sun  4/19 Lisa Jones

Fri 4/24 Topper Harley

Sat 4/25 2-5 Lenny Frisch .....9pm Park Road

Sun 4/26 Pat Liston

Thanks
Raye Anne

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Pharmaceuticals in Our Fish............

 

According to a news story in PrairieStatesOutdoors.com .... A nationwide study has shown that fish caught near our wastewater treatment plants have residues of pharmaceuticals in them. This includes medicines for high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression.

This study has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to expand their similar ongoing research of the topic .

A human would have to consume hundreds of thousands of fish to get a single therapeutic dose, but researchers have found that the pharmaceutical residues can harm fish, frogs and other aquatic species.

 

Click here to read this news story

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Wednesday

25 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Fish Tacos

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is one of the photos in the roxio PhotoShow sent to us by Terrie of the Cruiser.... Gullewash.

 

Click here to watch the PhotoShow titled "Fish Tacos" starring the RiverRats !
 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

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

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 250211
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
911 PM CDT TUE MAR 24 2009


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

LA GRANGE LD TW
MEREDOSIA
VALLEY CITY
HARDIN

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

.THIS FLOOD WARNING IS A RESULT OF PAST HEAVY RAINS AND
1.00 INCH OF RAIN THAT OCCURRED TUESDAY EVENING.
..

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Coast Guard / Corps of Engineers Hot Topics is Now Real-Time ..........


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/24/09
Subject: Army Reserve Training Excercise (BNM NR 0082-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1612


MISSOURI RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
BROADCAST:
THE U.S. ARMY RESERVES WILL BE CONDUCTING RIBBON BRIDGE TRAINING IVO MM 137.7 MOR BETWEEN THE DATES OF 24-29 MAR 2009. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/24/09
Subject: High water advisory/Safety broadcast update (BNM NR 0081-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1611


UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-ILLINOIS RIVER
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-7 (MM 0.0-180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE ESPECIALLY AT ROME, IL (MM 160-MM 181.0 ILR) AND COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR). RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED IN ZONES 6-7 (MM 129.0-180.9 ILR).
B. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
C. 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.
D. 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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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

NOAA's Spring Flood Forecast ......

Major Midwest Flooding Highlighted in U.S. Spring Outlook.  Flooding in the upper Midwest and continued drought in the South and West are among the highlights in NOAA's National Weather Service Spring Outlook.

 

Click here to read forecast dated March 19, 2009.

Midwest Flooding ......

Mississippi River, St. Cloud Minn.

Sauk, Mississippi rivers cresting this weekend, but won't set record.. Click here

 

Mississippi River, Wabasha, Minn.
Mississippi River in Wabasha rising to near flood stage... Click here

 

Missouri River, Bismarck, North Dakota

Evacuation ordered near Missouri River in Bismarck .... Click here

 

North Dakota Flood 2009 ........ Click here

Interagency Levee Task Force Is "One Stop Shop" For Flood Recovery Assistance.....

According to a news story from wqow.com.......... The Interagency Levee Task Force (ILTF) met in St. Louis on Tuesday. The goal of the ILTF is to assist those affected by the 2008 flood, as well as set the precedent for future flood events.

The ILTF's members are officials from local, and state governments in the 5 states that saw significant flooding in 2008, in addition to representatives from federal agencies

The task force determines the agency most able to assist homeowners, levee districts, and others affected by flooding..............

Click here to read this news story.

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 Rich and Carol O'Leary Lost Their Son, Jeff  to a heart attack.

 

 

Visitation: Wednesday March 25, 2009
Location: Stygar Mid Rivers
Family and Friends: from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Funeral time: 3:00 pm
Final Disposition: Cremation
Memorials to: St. Charles Humane Society

Stygar Mid Rivers
5987Mid Rivers Mid Rivers Dr.
St.Charles, MO 63304-7196
(636) 9361300
 

Our condolences go out to Rich, Carol

and the entire family

Rich and Carol hail out of Grafton Harbor

Jeff is Danny O'Leary's brother (Risky Business) who also has a boat on F dock

Upper Mississippi River

   2009's Shipping Season Begins ...........

In a news article from hastingsstargazette.com........... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported that the MV Deana Ann with 15 barges broke through 10 inches of ice in Lake Pepin, marking the start of the shipping season on the upper Mississippi River.

The tow was pushing agricultural commodities.

For the past 30 years, the average opening day for shipping on the Upper Mississippi River has been March 20........

Click here to read this news article - with picture
 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Boater’s World Assets  ...........

According to a news report on TradeOnlyToday.com.....A bankruptcy court approved the sale of the assets of Boater’s World, an on-line marine retailer.

During last week's auction for the assets a joint venture made up of Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners was the successful bidder.  They agreed to pay 38 percent of the retail value of the merchandise included in the sale.

Ritz Camera Centers, the parent company of Boater's World, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

Click here to go to BoatersWorld.com

Missouri River

  Gov. Nixon Calls For Cancellation Of May Pulse...................

According to a news article from infozine.com......... Governor Jay Nixon applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to forego the scheduled 2 day rise on the Missouri River. However, Nixon has sent a letter to the Corps, requesting cancelation of the artificial spring rise program.

The water level pulses are intended to entice the endangered pallid sturgeon onto spawning. Recent Corps-funded research has shown that the sturgeon are spawning without the man-made encouragement.

The research findings, coupled with damaged levees from prior flooding, and the omnipresent threat of heavy spring rains, Missouri farmers are at risk for flooding..........

Click here to read this news article.

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Burlington, Iowa
   Mississippi River Island Marijuana Farmer Gets Probation...........


In a news report from wowt.com........... Merle Thomas, of Burlington, Iowa was arrested in the fall for growing marijuana on an island in the Mississippi River. He plead guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance, with intent to deliver.

The judge deferred judgment, instead placing Thomas on probation, and requiring him to perform 40 hours of community service............

Click here to read this news report.

Fishing News and Tidbits........

Illinois

Possible Department of Natural Resources Fee Increases......Click here
 

Natchez, Mississippi
Record Breaking Catfish Caught ...with photo... Click here

Belleville, IL

Midstate Bass Anglers Club ..... Click here

 

How to Cope with a Recession - Go fishing .... Click here

 

Juglines Baiting Success..... Click here

Chicago River

   Environmental Study Expanding...........

According to a news report from chitowndailynews.org.............. In addition to the 7000 people already involved in a heath impact study of water sports on Chicago waterways, researchers are seeking another 3000 volunteers.

Funded by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago, the study is connected to the district's effort to avoid disinfecting treated wastewater before it is discharged into Chicago waterways. The needed disinfection equipment would cost almost $1 billion, spread out over 20 years. District officials state that there is no correlation between disinfected wastewater, and fewer illnesses.

Since the water usage studies determined that the recreational use of Chicago's waterways was on the rise, researchers are trying to determine if as well as how people get sick from exposure to Chicago's Rivers. Researchers are focusing on searching for pathogens that cause disease...........

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Tuesday

24 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in by Ron Tiemann. 

 

Its a a big cat ....caught last October by Ron's friend Mike Hill. He caught it in the Mississippi River above Saverton in a side channel.  He tags fish for a corps study, so it was caught in a net and it was thrown back.
 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008----   was from Ed Shahan of Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm out of Carlinville, IL.

Hello Bill ,
 

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

 

Keep up the great job . 

 

Thanks,

Ed Shahan 
Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 240203
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
903 PM CDT MON MAR 23 2009


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


AT LA GRANGE

AT MEREDOSIA

AT VALLEY CITY

AT HARDIN


 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Coast Guard / Corps of Engineers Hot Topics is Now Real-Time ..........


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/23/09
Subject: Temporary River Closure MM 117-119 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1610


THE CG WILL BE ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE FOR ALL WATERS OF THE ILR BETWEEN MM 117-119 FROM 0900 HRS TO 1630 HRS, 26-28 MAR 2009. THE CLOSURE IS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF WIRE CABLE. ALL MARINERS ARE TO CONTACT THE M/V'S NORMAN L. OR DANNY H. ON VHF CH 13,14, OR 16 ON THE DAYS OF THE CLOSURE FOR PASSING ARRANGEMENTS. MARINERS MAY ALSO CONTACT SEC UMR ON VHF CH 16 AND LAND LINE 314-269-2332 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/23/09
Subject: ILR/UMR ICE/HIGH WATER SAFETY ADVISORY
NAVNOTICE # 1609


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-7 (MM 0.0-180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE
PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE ESPECIALLY AT ROME, IL (MM 160-MM 181.0 ILR) AND COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR). RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED IN ZONES 6-7 (MM 129.0-180.9 ILR).
B. ZONE 24-28 (MM 109.9 - 301.1 UMR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE POTENTIAL OF DRIFT AND DEBRIS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER CONDITIONS.
C. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
D. 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.
E. 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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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

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

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

March 23, 2009

 

Watercraft Restrictions Removed on Illinois River
Public should always use caution when recreating on public waterways

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) at 10 a.m. today announced that it has removed the remaining recreational boating restrictions it authorized last week on the Illinois River. Rising water levels and swift currents led to the department restricting recreational boating on several rivers last week including the Illinois. IDNR has been monitoring the situation and believes conditions have improved to the point of being able to safely reopen these rivers to recreational watercraft.

IDNR has authorization to designate restricted boating areas when navigation is deemed significantly hazardous. For more information about river restrictions, go to the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us/law3/
 

 

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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

News Release


 Release No. 09-03  Pubic Affairs Officer, Alan Dooley, 314-331-8002 (O)

618-939-5985 (H)

618-719-9039 (C)


  For Release:  IMMEDIATE    Date: March 23, 2009


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil

Chain of Rocks Locks 27 main chamber closed for emergency repairs


        St. Louis, MO – March 23, 2009 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the main 1200- foot-long, 110-foot wide chamber at the Chain of Rocks Locks 27, near Granite City, Ill., Sunday night at 9:45 p.m. for emergency repairs.
        The closure was made necessary when a lock operator at the facility noted movement of the base of the anchorage of the hydraulic cylinder that moves one of the giant miter gates that open and shut like doors. District structural engineers were contacted and they identified the problem as critical. They recommended that operating the lock gate be suspended until they could assess the problem and make repairs.

        The damage is located on the Illinois side gate leaf at the south, or downstream end of the chamber. Each of the gates is 65-feet wide and 70-feet tall. Each leaf weighs about 220 tons, or about the same as the Statue of Liberty.

        The problem appears to be deteriorating material under the base of the cylinder anchorage. Corps of Engineers technicians are removing that material and will replace it.

        Repair work will include chipping out concrete under the base and then inserting new material to stabilize the anchorage. A notice to river navigation interests indicates it will take 48 hours for the new foundation material to cure properly once it is replaced.

        The lock’s adjacent 600-foot auxiliary chamber remains in service. While it is usually used for smaller tows than the 15-barge tows that can be accommodated in the main chamber in a single lockage, it can accommodate these tows in what are termed “double-cut” operations.

       In that process, up to nine barges are locked through first, using a helper boat to pull them out of the chamber and hold them. Then the next six barge “cut” and its tow boat are locked and the tow is reassembled by deckhands. This takes one-and-a-half to two hours vice a single-cut lockage which normally takes about 20 minutes.

       The locks at the south end of the Chain of Rocks Canal, which parallels a treacherous stretch of the Mississippi River, are the entry and exit point to and from the system of 29 locks and dams that support navigation on the Upper Mississippi River. Each year some 70-80 million tons of bulk commodities and thousands of small private vessels transit the locks north and southbound.


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

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.

 

 

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: St. Charles

Water Patrol Seeks To Educate Owners On Bringing Non-registered Boats Into Voluntary Compliance



With boating season rapidly approaching, the Missouri State Water Patrol is reminding all vessel owners of two important obligations—to register their vessel with the State of Missouri and to make sure they've taken care of any personal property taxes with the appropriate county.

Missouri law requires non-residents to apply for a vessel certificate of registration if the vessel is kept in Missouri in excess of 60 consecutive days. The law also applies to vessels documented through the United States Coast Guard that are kept in Missouri in excess of 60 days. A paid personal property tax receipt (or a statement certified by the appropriate county that no personal property tax is owed) is required at the time the application for vessel registration is made to the Missouri Department of Revenue (Motor Vehicle Bureau).

"We don't want to write tickets on this," said Col. Rad Talburt of the Water Patrol. Bringing vessel owners into compliance voluntarily is the MSWP's preference. For that reason, the MSWP and the Camden County Assessor's Office have begun the process of notifying the owners of specific non-registered vessels that have been identified.

The initial project focused on one section of Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County, but will expand in the future to other parts of Camden County, Miller County and Morgan County. The goal of this joint effort is to educate vessel owners who are not aware of their registration obligations and to bring them into compliance with the state and the appropriate county. Notification letters will be mailed to those vessel owners found to be non-compliant.

While bringing vessel owners into compliance voluntarily is preferred, enforcement of the law will be the next step.

For questions regarding vessel registration, please contact the Motor Vehicle Bureau at 573-751-4509. You may also visit their website at: http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/motorv/watercraft/

For questions about personal property taxes owed in Camden County, please contact the Camden County Assessor's Office at 573-346-4440 ext. 1269, or the appropriate county for your vessel.



News Release ID: N07090009
Release Date: 20090323

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 Rich and Carol O'Leary Lost Their Son, Jeff  to a heart attack.

 

 

Visitation: Wednesday March 25, 2009
Location: Stygar Mid Rivers
Family and Friends: from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Funeral time: 3:00 pm
Final Disposition: Cremation
Memorials to: St. Charles Humane Society

Stygar Mid Rivers
5987Mid Rivers Mid Rivers Dr.
St.Charles, MO 63304-7196
(636) 9361300
 

Our condolences go out to Rich, Carol

and the entire family

Rich and Carol hail out of Grafton Harbor

Jeff is Danny O'Leary's brother (Risky Business) who also has a boat on F dock

Medical Student Paddling Down Missouri and Mississippi Rivers For Parkinson's........

In a news article from commercial-news.com............. Med student Joe Forrester is training for a 3900 mile solo kayak trip. In addition to challenging himself, Forrester is raising awareness and money for The National Parkinson's Foundation. His goal is $20,000.

The journey is slated to begin around June 1st., and is expected to last between 3-4 months. The starting point is at the Missouri Headwaters State Park, in Three Forks, Montana. After paddling to the Mississippi River, Forrester will continue to the Gulf Of Mexico.

Forrester states that this trip also is in honor of his Grandfather, who fought with Parkinson's since 2005. Forrester is calling his journey "Paddling for Parkinson's".

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit the Paddling for Parkinson's website.
 

Emergency Operations Center Opens In Portage Des Sioux...........

In a news report from the March 17, 2009 Suburban Journal.......... Just in time for the 2009 flood season, northern St. Charles County will have an Emergency Operations Center. The Op-center will provide a central location for emergency responders to coordinate their efforts.

Located in the old St. Francis of Assisi school, the Op-center will also provide information, as well as food and water to displaced residents.

This project has many sponsors, from Amren U.E., AT&T, as well as cash donations from an individual, and the Land Between the Rivers Historical Society.............

Click here to read this news report

Storm Spotter Class at the National Great Rivers Museum...........

In a US Army Corps of Engineers News Release .........

 

The National Great Rivers Museum in partnership with the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation will host a National Weather Service (NWS) Severe Weather Spotter training class on Thursday April 9, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This training is free and open to the public.

The training will provide individuals with the basic tools needed to be a severe weather spotter. Starting with a blue sky, individuals are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what features to look for, and where to find them. Participants will learn how to report information and basic severe weather safety is also covered. The class is a multi-media presentation with slides and video.

Weather spotters provide real-time observations of heavy rain, hail, damaging winds, significant cloud formations, and tornadoes. These reports assist NWS meteorologists in making warning decisions. Spotters help the NWS fulfill its mission of protecting life and property, and also help provide citizens of their communities with lifesaving information.

The National Great Rivers Museum is located at the foot of Melvin Price Locks and Dam, 2 miles south of the Clark Bridge, on IL-143 (River Heritage Parkway) adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and Dam. For more information about the Severe Weather Spotter training class, call 618-462-6979.

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The above info re-printed from US Army Corps of Engineers News Release 09-04

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

"You Can't Make This Stuff Up"
   Police Helicopter Co-Pilot Pulled Nude Man From Mississippi River............

According to a news report from thetelegraph.com.............. The co-pilot of a St. Louis County Police helicopter pulled a man from the waters of the Mississippi River just prior to midnight Sunday. The jumper, sans clothes, apparently leapt from the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. Deciding against killing himself, the jumper began to call for help, and started to swim for shore.

A nearby resident heard the jumper's cries, and called the authorities. The police located the man using the chopper's spot light, and was able to execute the rescue.

The man is hospitalized for hypothermia. Authorities do not know why the man jumped, or why he was naked...........

Click here to read this news report.

 

 


 

 

Monday

23 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in last week by Sharon Gwillim

 

 

Bill,

 We didn't get a chance to get all the leaves up last fall, due to the clean up from last years extended flooding. So this past weekend, we spent most of it working on getting rid of leaves and branch/log jams from what should be dry beach area. I even put on a pair of chest waders and got in the water to clear them. From where I am standing you should have 8' of dry land before the river. Thankfully the water dropped one concrete step a day over last weekend and will continue to drop before more gets here.

Sharon Gwillim
 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007----   was taken by Jennifer and sent in by Mike Reed of the Valley Sailing Association.

 

Mike wrote:

 

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

Mike Reed
Valley Sailing Association

www.valleysailing.org

To View This and Other Featured Boats ...Click Here

 

 

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 230124
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
823 PM CDT SUN MAR 22 2009

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


AT LA GRANGE

AT MEREDOSIA

AT VALLEY CITY

AT HARDIN

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/22/09
Subject: DAYBEACON RELOCATED TO MM 104.2 MISSOURI RIVER
NAVNOTICE # 1608


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0078-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL 060219Z APR 09
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0078-09 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
THE GASCONADE RIVER DAYBEACON (LLNR 20940) AT MM 104.1 MOR HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO A TREE ONE TENTH OF A MILE UPSTREAM TO MM 104.2 MOR. DAY BOARDS AND MILE BOARD ARE ATTACHED TO A TREE AND HAVE BEEN LWP. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

 


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

 

Grafton Harbor

   Rich and Carol O'Leary Lost Their Son, Jeff .........

Hello Friends,

We received some very sad news this morning that we thought that we should share with you. Rich and Carol O'Leary of F dock lost their son, Jeff yesterday to a heart attack. Funeral Arrangements are pending and as soon as we find out any information we will be sure to pass it on to you.

Please keep Jeff and the O'Leary Family in your prayers today.

 

Joe and Jan DeSherlia

Grafton Harbor

 

Heavy Rain Forecasts To Preempt Missouri River Pulse..........

According to a news report from kticam.com........... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the Missouri River spring pulse scheduled for this weekend has been canceled. This is due to the expected heavy rains on the lower parts of the Missouri River Basin.

These pulses are used to encourage the pallid sturgeon to spawn.

A second pulse is scheduled for May...........

Click here to read this news report.


 

Flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota 

 

According to a news story on Yahoo News.com......... The rivers are flooding again up-river.   Officials in Fargo, North Dakota, and Minnesota are pleading for help sandbagging.


On Sunday, the Red River was about 3 feet above flood stage with more water was on the way.

Officials were planning to fill more than 1 million sandbags to protect against the flood waters, but now  it is believed that 1.9 million bags will be needed.

The Minnesota National Guard activated 200 soldiers to help with the flood fight. The North Dakota National Guard has 250 soldiers ready.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

Click here for information on the Red River and its watershed.

 

RiverBill says ...Thanks Carl Tiemann for contributing info on this news story

Southern Missouri

   A Year After Floods, Dutchtown, Mo Considers Levee............

According to a news article from stltoday.com............. After almost being destroyed during the floods of 2008, the southeastern Missouri village of Dutchtown has been investigating its options, between property buyouts, to the construction of a levee to protect against floods. The town rejected buyouts, and has focused its attention on levees.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated the levee project at just over $4 million, making the village responsible for raising $1.4 million. The town has about $140,000 in the bank, and the state has pledged $297,000 through a Community Development Block Grant.

Back in June, 2008, townspeople created a 3 foot tall barrier of gravel and sandbags to protect the city from floodwaters. These countermeasures are still in place, and could be the basis of an economical levee solution. Federal levee construction guidelines may stand in the way of this option.............

Click here to read this news article.

Friends of the Mississippi River

  March Website Update........

 

The Friends of the Mississippi River website has been updated for March.  Below are a few of this month's river related articles:


~ July 25 & 26 — The 2009 Mississippi River Challenge
~ Bill to force hydropower project falls flat
~ Legislation would strip funding authority from watershed districts
~ Snow mold: yuck, what is that?


 

Click here and check it out

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

NC Catamaran Aground


OREGON INLET, N.C. - Workers with Industrial Marine Services wait as more than 300 gallons of diesel fuel is pumped from the 55-foot catamaran Makayla and Noah on the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge near Oregon Inlet, N.C., Friday, March 20. The catamaran drifted to the beach from anchor after its operator was rescued by the Coast Guard Wednesday. The Coast Guard will oversee workers as they lighter the diesel to prevent the it from ending up on the beach.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kendrick)
 

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 The Passing of Darryll Weil's Mother

 

 

Mary K. Weil, mother of Darryll Weil, passed away on Friday,

March 21st at the age of 85.

 

Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be at Kutis Funeral Home South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129 Telephone: 314-894-4500 on Sunday, March 22nd from 4 PM to 9 PM.

Funeral services will be at 9:15 AM Monday, March 23rd from Kutis South County to St. Paul Church, 465 New Smizer Mill Road, Fenton, MO 63026 at 10 AM with burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

 

A reception for all family and friends immediately following the burial in the lower level of St. Paul Church.

Our condolences go out to Darryll

 and his entire family.

 

Darryll is  Fleet Captain of Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Darryll Weil and Maureen Absolon hail out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis

 in the cruiser... "After You"

 

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 The Passing of Linda Mixon's Mother

 

 

Betty Guion - Linda Mixon's mother passed away Wednesday March 18th, 2009.

Visitation will be Sunday March 22nd, 2009 4 to 8

Hutchens Mortuary
675 Graham Rd
Florissant, Mo. 63031
314 831 3100
Funeral Services - Monday March 23rd.

Donations can be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation

 

Our condolences go out to Linda and Bill Mixon

 and their  family.

 

Bill and Linda Mixon own and operate Mixon Insurance Agency

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Dubuque, Iowa
    National Mississippi River Museum And Aquarium Expansion Plans......


In a news story from thonline.com............ Plans for the expansion and revision of The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium have made it to the planning stages. Within 2 weeks, exhibit designers are expected to present their design development package.

The expansion will take over the former Diamond Jo Casino Portside facilities, nearly doubling the museum's size.

The exhibits planned will include displays on America's rivers, and their relationship to the oceans.

Summer 2010 is the expected opening date............

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the The National Mississippi River Museum website.

 

 


 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

21, 22 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot from the Winfield RiverCam.  This was taken yesterday afternoon as a southbound tow was leaving the lock. 

 

Click here to go to the 

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

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot of one of the marinas at Portage Des Sioux by Debbie Kindig.

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for the picture Debbie.

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006........  was sent in by Lynne Williams   

We had snow and ice !

 

And..... Lynne captured the Grafton Ferry crossing the river in the middle of a Winter Wonder Land.....On.. the 2nd day of Spring. 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006........  was sent in by Little John.  

 

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

Dona, Dana, Sandy & Terrie
 

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

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 220133
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
833 PM CDT SAT MAR 21 2009


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


AT LA GRANGE

AT MEREDOSIA

AT VALLEY CITY

AT HARDIN

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/20/09
Subject: ILR Closure Updates/Closures Lifted (BNM NR 0077-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1607

ILLINOIS RIVER
USCG SEC UMR HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
THE TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURES BETWEEN MM 136-138 AND 160-181 ILR ARE
NO LONGER IN EFFECT. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS
WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/20/09
Subject: WAP/High water advisory update (BNM NR 0076-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1606


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-7 (MM 0.0-180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE
PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE ESPECIALLY AT ROME, IL (MM 160-MM 181.0 ILR) AND COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR).
B. ZONE 24-28 (MM 109.9 - 301.1 UMR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE POTENTIAL OF DRIFT AND DEBRIS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER CONDITIONS.
C. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
D. 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.
E. 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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Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Updated Sun at 6:20AM

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 The Passing of Darryll Weil's Mother

 

 

Mary K. Weil, mother of Darryll Weil, passed away on Friday,

March 21st at the age of 85.

 

Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be at Kutis Funeral Home South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129 Telephone: 314-894-4500 on Sunday, March 22nd from 4 PM to 9 PM.

Funeral services will be at 9:15 AM Monday, March 23rd from Kutis South County to St. Paul Church, 465 New Smizer Mill Road, Fenton, MO 63026 at 10 AM with burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

 

A reception for all family and friends immediately following the burial in the lower level of St. Paul Church.

 

Our condolences go out to Darryll

 and his entire family.

 

Darryll is  Fleet Captain of Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Darryll Weil and Maureen Absolon hail out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis

 in the cruiser... "After You"

 

With Deepest Sympathy........

  

 The Passing of Linda Mixon's Mother

 

 

Betty Guion - Linda Mixon's mother passed away Wednesday March 18th, 2009.

Visitation will be Sunday March 22nd, 2009 4 to 8

Hutchens Mortuary
675 Graham Rd
Florissant, Mo. 63031
314 831 3100
Funeral Services - Monday March 23rd.

Donations can be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation

 

Our condolences go out to Linda and Bill Mixon

 and their  family.

 

Bill and Linda Mixon own and operate Mixon Insurance Agency

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Az. Sen. John McCain Supports Awareness-Raising Paddling...........

According to a news report from parkrecord.com............. Dan Cook, founder of the non-profit Rivers of Recovery, has the support of Sen. John McCain in his attempt at paddling down the Missouri, and Mississippi River in order to raise awareness, as well as money for disabled veterans. The solo journey will begin April 1, and is expected to take 2 1/2 months. Cook will travel in a 17 foot dory, which will be equipped with a webcam, as well as a GPS transponder, so his progress can be traced.

The "Heart of America" expedition will run from Montana south to the Gulf of Mexico. Special events are scheduled in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, as well as Louisiana.

The idea for this trip is to garner attention for his non-profit project Rivers of Recovery. Rivers of Recovery takes a different approach to therapy. In an effort to relieve post traumatic stress symptoms, and promote teamwork, Cook takes veterans fly fishing. Cook states that this is an unconscious form of therapy..............

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Rivers of Recovery website

 

Updated Sun at 6:30AM

Missouri Gas Tax Refund.....

 

     The Missouri Department of Revenue will send recreational boaters a check for $0.17 a for each gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel purchased for use in their boat.  Use forms 4924 and 4923.

 

On 21 March 2008 in River History

  
The US Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River to recreational boaters from the Chain of Rocks bridge to the Jefferson Barracks bridge because of the high water..

Missouri River

   John Paul Forget's Body Found.........

In a news report from connectmidmissouri.com.......... The body of John Paul Forget, who leapt from the Booneville Bridge in December has washed up on the banks of the Missouri River near the town of Sandy Hook, Mo.

 

Forget, of Chesterfield, Mo, jumped from the I-70 bridge to avoid being struck by a semi that was barreling down upon him. The bridge is near Rocheport, Mo.

Forget's body was discovered on the south bank of he Missouri River near mile marker 165. A train worker spotted him from adjacent railroad tracks............

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Click here to Read the Missouri Water Patrol News release
 

Non-Auto Floorplan Loans to be Included in TALF

  
According to a news report in TradeOnlyToday.com..... Non-auto floorplan loans will be included in the president's Term Asset-Backed Securities Lending Facility program thanks to the efforts of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Its marks a significant victory for marine manufacturers and dealers. 

NMMA noted that more work needs to be done to resolve the ongoing problem of credit liquidity and lending constraints.


Click here to read this news story

News Release


 Release No. 09-02  Pubic Affairs Officer, Alan Dooley, 314-331-8002 (O)


  For Release:  IMMEDIATE    Date: March 20, 2009


1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2833 / www.mvs.usace.army.mil


Regional Interagency Levee Task Force sets St. Louis meeting

 


VICKSBURG, Miss., March 20, 2009 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other federal and state agencies will conduct a meeting of the regional Interagency Levee Task Force (ILTF) on March 24, at the Goodfellow Federal Building located at 4300 Goodfellow Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63120. The meeting will begin at 8:15 AM and conclude at 4:15 PM.

 

Interested media are invited to meet with task force federal and state officials at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the task force and its initiatives.


The purpose of the ILTF is to establish a collaborative regional interagency approach to
long-term restoration of floodplain management systems damaged by the Midwest Floods of June 2008. Flood risk management is a shared responsibility and partnership among federal, state and local government agencies, local authorities and private landowners.


The working meeting will discuss the current operational activities of the Interagency
Levee Work Groups located at the five Joint Field Offices, within the impacted states of
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin; continue the open dialogue that has been established with the states and participating agencies; and to share concerns and issues relative to flood risk management.


More information about the task force is available at www.iwr.usace.army.mil/ILTF/.
Additional information about FEMA is available at www.fema.gov and the Corps of
Engineers is available at www.usace.army.mil.


-30-
 

 

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

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.

 

 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Popps Ferry Bridge in Biloxi, Miss


In these photos released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a towing vessel pushing eight barges sits outside the channel of Black Bay, after it collided with the Popps Ferry Bridge in Biloxi, Miss., Friday, March 20, 2009, which resulted in 150-foot section of the bridge collapsing into the bay.

(U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans photo)
 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Riverbirds.com Weekend Update........
    Baby-Boomers Of The Eagle World Settling In Central Illinois...........


According to a news story from peoriatimesobserver.com........... For the third straight year, an established bald eagle pair is raising a family along the Sangamon River. And this appears to be the case across Illinois. It would seem the eagles are moving to the "suburbs", nesting on tributaries of tributaries of the Illinois River.

Early in the 80's, Illinois had 2 documented bald eagle nests. These days, the estimates are over 100 nests.

Also observed are empty eagle nests. This may be attributed to young eagle pairs "playing house" and constructing nest as a paid-bonding exercise. They may be too immature to start a family.......

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

 


 

Friday

20 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Spring Arrives Today

 Friday March 20th  !

 

 

Updated Fri at 1:30PM... The passing of Linda Mixon's Mother

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

SUBURBAN SERVICE INC
Automotive Specialist

879 Midpoint Drive, O Fallon, MO
Phone: 636- 978-8138

Click here to go to their website                     Click here for money saving coupon

 Click here  for Map from  Google

Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is by Debbie Kindig.  Its a great shot of the Clark Bridge at Alton, IL at sunset ! 

 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007-----   was named 

First Light

 

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

To View This and Other Featured Boats ...Click Here

 

 

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 200149
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
849 PM CDT THU MAR 19 2009

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

AT LA GRANGE

AT MEREDOSIA

AT VALLEY CITY

AT HARDIN

 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/19/09
Subject: MM 134-134.5 ILR LEVEE SAFETY ADVISORY
NAVNOTICE # 1605


USCG SEC UMR HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
LEVEE EROSION HAS BEEN FOUND BETWEEN MM 134.00-MM 134.5 ILR. ALL
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA AT THE SLOWEST SAFE
OPERATING SPEED TO MINIZE FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE LEVEE STRUCTURES. IN
ADDITION, ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING IN OR LAYING UP ON
LEVEE STRUCTURES IN THIS AREA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/19/09
Subject: UMR/ILR HIGH WATER SAFETY ADVISORY
NAVNOTICE # 1604


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:

A. ZONES 1-2 (MM 0.0-49.9 ILR) AND ZONES 5 AND 7 (MM 145.6-180.9
ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP
ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH
CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE
ESPECIALLY AT ROME, IL (MM 160-MM 181.0 ILR).
B. ZONES 3-4 (MM 50.0-101.9 ILR) AND ZONE 6 (MM 129.0-145.5 ILR)
ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR) TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. IN ADDITION, ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES IN THE VICINITY OF MM 134.0 ILR DUE TO REPORTS OF LEVEE EROSION IN THAT AREA.
C. ZONE 24-28 (MM 109.9 - 301.1 UMR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE POTENTIAL OF DRIFT AND DEBRIS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER CONDITIONS.
D. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
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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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/19/09
Subject: Temporary River Closure MM 136-138 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1603


USCG SEC UMR HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
COTP UMR HAS ISSUED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE BETWEEN MM 136-138 ILR FROM 1900-0700 CDT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE USCG COMMAND CENTER WHEN ARRIVING AT THE CLOSURE ZONE DURING THE HOURS OF 1900 - 0700 CDT. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE A 2 HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE CLOSURE ZONE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 0700 - 1900 CDT. ADVANCE NOTICES ARE TO BE MADE TO USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMAND CENTER AT 314-269-2332 OR ON VHF-FM CH. 16. ALL VESSELS ARE RECOMMENDED TO OPERATE AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY WHILE TRANSITTING THESE ZONES.
B. THE RIVER CLOSURE BETWEEN MM 160-181 ILR IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

 


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

 

Welcome To The First Day of Spring !

 

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

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

 

   Click here for more information.

Annapolis Boaters Welcome Spring With A Ceremonial Burning of the Socks

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

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

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Pulses Missouri River This Weekend..............

In a news story from the columbiamissourian.com........... Help for the endangered pallid sturgeon is on the way.......... Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Starting Saturday, a small pulse will start, increasing over two days, peaking, and starting to taper off Monday, and returning to minimum flow by the end of next week.

The river levels are expected to rise a foot and a half at Sioux City, and Omaha, Nebraska. but less than a half of a foot at Hermann............

Click here to read this news story.
 

Con Trios Ice Breaker Ferry Information..........

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryl Weil

 


Talked to Pete Tully of the Grafton Ferry Company this morning and he said the Grafton Ferry will not be running in time for the Con Trios Yacht Club IceBreaker on March 27th and 28th. Combination of high water and channel surveying will probably have it shut down for another month or so. Pere Marquette Lodge still has a few rooms available for the IceBreaker weekend, get your reservations in quickly. Deadline for reservations to Con Trios is Friday, March 20th. If you just cannot get yours in by then email me and we will work something out. Total head count must be called in shortly. Thanks to Con Trios member Bert Yates for reminding me about the ferry status.

 

Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain,

Con Trios Yacht Club,

www.contriosyachtclub.org
 

Quincy, IL...... 

    New Website

   

The river city of Quincy, IL has a new website.....www.qtown.information.

Click here and check it out !

 

Click here to check out one of the pictures on the site.... Welcome To Quincy / No Wake picture

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Mar-Gun


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pollution mitigation efforts continue aboard the fishing vessel Mar-Gun grounded on the north end of St. George Island. The vessel grounded March 5, 2009. North winds and below freezing tempratures have caused icing on the vessel and prompted responders to shift tactics for oil removal March 18,2009.

 

(Coast Guard photo/MST2 Gerald Holle)

 

 National Weather Service Begins New "High Risk" Flood Warning Category....

According to a news article from bloomberg.com........... In an attempt to stress the possible danger of flooding in parts of the Dakotas, the National Weather Service established a new flood warning. "High Risk". This is to separate it from the existing "Above Average" classification.

With all of the building blocks in place for near-record flooding in the upper Midwest, the rapid snowpack melting, or heavy rain may complicate northern Plains flooding.

A National Weather Service representative stated that they wanted to call attention to upper Midwest, and raise awareness of the flooding potential..........

Click here to read this news article.
 

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Keep an Eye On The Great Lake For Future Aquatic Invaders........


According to a news report from jsonline.com............. Apparently, the Great Lakes are to invasive aquatic species, what Ellis Island was to our ancestors. As a result, the 31st annual Wisconsin Lakes Convention's host organizations invited top experts on aquatic invasive species to discuss the issue, as well as countermeasures to prevent infestation.

Invasive species have many avenues to arrive in the Great Lakes, from barges traveling up the Mississippi river, to the main route: The St. Lawrence Seaway.

Of the 185 invasive species that now call the Great Lakes home, the majority have arrived through The St. Lawrence Seaway, hitching a ride on international freighters. The spread of the invasive species to land-locked waters is caused by...... recreational boaters................

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 


 

Thursday

19 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Spring Arrives Tomorrow

 Friday March 20th

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... are from Capt'n Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride."

 

 

 

Hey Bill,

Thanks to your posting last Monday, I was able to connect with Hannah from the HMR C. Bernadette Able and we arranged to transfer her ship to a new permanent home at my river cabin.

Hannah came down to North shore Oasis from her home in northern IL and rode with me as we towed her vessel upriver about 8 miles. We did this on Saturday (3-14-09)when the river was cresting at Winfield at about 16’ft above normal pool. Quite an adventure. Took 3 tries to find a towing configuration that would work without breaking the lines, and the final solution was to hip-tie the raft between 2 boats. The “slow ride” ran full throttle all the way and my helper boat managed steering through the debris by adjusting throttle. Average speed was about 3mph.

It was an honor to meet Hannah and enjoyed the stories of her 600+ mile journey, and she’s on her way back home with just a few final keepsakes from her ship, and I’m thrilled to have a little piece of river history in my high water harbor. It’ll just take a little adjustment to convert her from a raft to a nice dock. The craft is remarkably well built, still in good condition and, yes, those ingenious paddle wheels will probably remain attached while she serves as a dock.

I only have a few camera phone pics, but I’m hoping the rest of the crew will send you some pics as well….
 

 

Robert Cope

 

 

 

Hannah and Lindsey rafting past RiverBend Marina  11-11-08

aboard the HMR C. Bernadette Able

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2005-----   was an "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   

 

What a beautiful photo !  

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 190239
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
939 PM CDT WED MAR 18 2009

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

ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE

ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA

ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY

ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/18/09
Subject: UMR/ILR HIGH WATER SAFETY ADVISORY
NAVNOTICE # 1602


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:

A. ZONES 1-2 (MM 0.0-49.9 ILR) AND ZONE 5 (MM 102.0-128.9
ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP
ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH
CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 3-4 (MM 50.0-101.9 ILR) AND ZONES 6-7 (MM 129.0-180.9 ILR)
ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR) AND ROME IL (MM 160-181 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. IN ADDITION, ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES IN THE VICINITY OF MM 134.0 DUE TO REPORTS OF LEVEE EROSION IN THAT AREA.
C. ZONE 24-28 (MM 109.9 - 301.1 UMR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE POTENTIAL OF DRIFT AND DEBRIS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER CONDITIONS.
D. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
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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Attention

Pool 26 Boaters !
 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/18/09
Subject: Bouys Offsta and not Properly Marking the Channel MM 200-241 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1601


THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF SEVERAL BOUYS OFF STATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKING THE CHANNEL BETWEEN MM 200-241 UMR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

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: Jefferson City

Water Patrol Commissioner Announces Retirement



Missouri State Water Patrol Commissioner Rad Talburt has announced that he is retiring effective April 30, 2009. His decades of dedicated service to the Water Patrol are greatly appreciated. During his four years at the helm of the Water Patrol, Colonel Talburt utilized saturation enforcement efforts and public education campaigns to target boating while intoxicated and inappropriate behavior on Missouri's waterways. Talburt, who prior to his appointment as Commissioner served in southeast Missouri, has spent more than 29 years with the Water Patrol.

Pursuant to Revised Statutes of Missouri 306.163, Governor Jay Nixon shall appoint the next Commissioner, by and with the advice and consent of the Missouri Senate.



News Release ID: N07090006
Release Date: 20090318

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Road Info........

The Calhoun County Ferry Company sent us the following e-mail...

 

 

The water on Hwy. C (at St Peters, Mo.) was gone on March 18th. 

 

Local Boaters Use eBay To Help Capture Prop Thief.............

According to a news report from stltoday.com............ Upon viewing eBay listings for boat propellers that looked suspiciously like the models stolen from their boats around Thanksgiving, Mike Bullock and Matthew Hahn provided a tip to police leading to the arrest of the prop thief.

Rick A. Howren has been charged with 12 counts of felony stealing. Howren admitted to the authorities that he had stolen about 40 props in St. Charles County under cover of darkness. His day job is as a construction site inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Howren is being investigated for 4 recent prop thefts, at Riverbend Marina, where Howren stores his own boat, and neighboring Two Branch Marina. Bullock and Hahn store their boats at Two Branch Marina. Riverbend's co-owner, Debbie House, stated that Howren's access to the marina has been terminated..............

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 

RiverBill says.....A big muddy thanks goes out to Capt'n Bill Majors for the news tip....
 

Piasa Harbor Acquired By Great Rivers Land Trust.......

In a news report in STLtoday.com....... Great Rivers Land Trust has purchase Piasa Harbor Marina located along the Great River Road at UMR 210.  The property will be converted into a river research field station.

The property located at the mouth of Piasa Creek.  There is currently a  112 slip marina, a gas station, convenience store and restaurant on the property. A public marina will continue to operate at the site.

The Great Rivers Land Trust is a private nonprofit organization with a goal to preserve undeveloped land along the Great River Road in Madison and Jersey counties.

The Piasa Harbor Field Station will be developed by the Great Rivers Land Trust in association with Lewis and Clark Community College's National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. 

 

Click here to read this news story

 

 

RiverBill says.....A big muddy thanks goes out to Capt'n Gary Bowers for the news tip....

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

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

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

 Davenport, Iowa
    Early Thaw Allows Barges To Get A Move On.........

In a news article from kwwl.com........... Barge traffic on the Mississippi River is on the move again all the way up to Dubuque, Iowa, thanks to an early thaw.

A barge company representative states that their business is directly proportional to the world's economy. However, it is too soon to see the economys impact on the shipping season........

Click here to read this news article.

 

RiverBend Marina ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

MasterCraft Boat Co. Picked Up The Top Market Share Position In '08....

In a news report from knoxnews.com............... The MasterCraft Boat Co., manufacturer of inboard ski, wake, and sport boats, earned the top market share position, as well as the largest percentage of market share gain for the 12 month period that ended December 2008.

John Dorton, CEO and President of MasterCraft, states that of the consumers purchasing boats, more are buying MasterCraft. With market share growth as well as reduced production, dealership inventories are improving as well.

From December through February, MasterCraft had laid off 110 employees, and ratcheted back production to fit dwindling demand..........

Click here to read this news report.

2007 U.S. Recreational Boat Registrations Statistics Report Released By NMMA.....

In a news story from houseboatmagazine.com........... The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) released their recreational boat registration report showing that in 2007, U.S. boat registrations increased by 1% over 2006's registration numbers. The totals are 13 million vessels registered, or documented, versus 12.9 million vessels in '06.

The ranking of the top 5 states are as follows:

1 Florida, with almost 992,000 vessels registered

2 California, with 964,881 vessels registered

3 Minnesota, with 866,496 vessels registered

4 Michigan, with 830,743 vessels registered

5 Wisconsin, with 617,366 vessels registered

This report provides a peek at trends within the recreational boating industry, especially in offering state by state comparison. The NMMA members use this information to assist in the growth of the boating industry NMMA members manufacture over 80% boats, propulsion systems and accessories used by boaters in the U.S...............

Click here to read this news story.

Cedar Hill Resort..........

  

 

Bill,

Dave and I are retiring from the restaurant business. We will not be opening Cedar Hill this year. Transit docking with electric will still be available for anyone needing dockage.

We would like to thank all our patrons for making Cedar Hill such a successful restaurant. We had the best customers.

Again, we would like to thank all our customers for their business. Hope to see you on the river.

Sincerely,
Dave and Carrie Ash 

 

 

An Empty Bench with a View ........

 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

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

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

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Name:      Carl, the asst. groundskeeper (banthe benches@nobirdsordogs.com)
Date:        Wed 18 Mar 2009 04:17:46 PM EDT
Subject:   pictures


More empty benches. Is this a website for retirees slurping Ensure or gumming strained prunes? No wonder most of the traffic on this message board is to acknowledge birthdays or deaths. Do some photo-shop work (or contract Marty), take a picture of gal in a bikini, park her buns on the bench, show her eating fried chicken (to address your bird fixation), or show her in a suggestive back door pose (to address your doggy fixation).

 

Freud would wonder what most of these pictures have to do with promoting boating on the river.


 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board and check out the latest river messages !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

18 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

02 days until Spring Arrives

 on Friday March 20th

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

SUBURBAN SERVICE INC
Automotive Specialist

879 Midpoint Drive, O Fallon, MO
Phone: 636- 978-8138

Click here to go to their website                     Click here for money saving coupon

 Click here  for Map from  Google

Picture of the Day

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... was sent in buy Capt'n Carl Tiemann, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina in the Krystal Lady.

 

Its a shot of some some of the folks out on the sandbar last night !

 


 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

A Bench With A View

Waiting for You !

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008-----  was a "River Bench With A View". 

 

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

 

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

 

  Look at those bluffs !

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 180148
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
848 PM CDT TUE MAR 17 2009

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


MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HANNIBAL

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CLARKSVILLE

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CHESTER

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LOUISIANA

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT WINFIELD

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

 

 

Click here to view all flood warning for the area

 

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/17/09
Subject: High water advisory/Safety broadcast update (BNM NR 0069-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1599

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0-9.9 ILR) AND ZONE 5 (MM 102.0-128.9
ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP
ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH
CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONE 2 (MM 10.0-49.9 ILR) REMAINS IN THE WATCH PHASE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONES 3-4 (MM 50.0-101.9 ILR) AND ZONES 6-7 (MM 129.0-180.9 ILR)
ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0-138.0 ILR) AND ROME IL (MM 160-181 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
D. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
E. ZONES 24-27 (MM 185.5-301.1 UMR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER WAP. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
F. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9-857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR ICE
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
G. 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.
H. 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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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N0709005

 Collision / Objects Meramec River   03/15/2009

Location:

     Plums Ford Access, St. Clair, Mo
Summary : 

SUBJECTS WERE HEADING DOWNRIVER WHEN THEY SWERVED TO MISS A ROOTWAD. THE VESSEL THEN STRUCK A SUBMERGED TREE. ALL 4 OCCUPANTS WERE EJECTED FROM THE BOAT.


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

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

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2009


Watercraft Restrictions Removed on Several Rivers in Northern Illinois


Restrictions still in place for a section of the Illinois River


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that it will remove the recreational boating restrictions it authorized last week on the Des Plaines River, DuPage River, Kankakee River and the Mazon River. Rising water levels and swift currents led to the department restricting recreational boating on sections of these rivers last week. IDNR has been monitoring the situation and believes conditions have improved to the point of being able to safely reopen these rivers to recreational watercraft.

However, the recreational boating restrictions are still in place on the Illinois River from mile marker 196 to mile marker 254.1 in Putnam, LaSalle and Bureau Counties. Recreational boating is still off limits in this area of the Illinois River until further notice. IDNR has authorization to designate restricted boating areas when navigation is deemed significantly hazardous. For more information about river restrictions, go to the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us.

 

 

 

Click here to go to the Illinois Department Natural Resources website

Mississippi River, St. Louis

   Barge Worker Survives Chilly Hour In Mississippi River..............

According to a news report from fox2now.com............. A barge worker fell from a barge as it was preparing to dock near the Buckeye Terminal north of St. Louis after midnight Tuesday morning. The laborer was in the Mississippi River for about an hour.

Rescue workers had a difficult time getting to the worker, due to debris in the river. The worker was wearing a life vest, and eventually swam to shore on his own.

Click here to read this news report, and to view the news video.

 

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill.....

 

Sunday, March 29th....Pat Liston on Mama's Pride

2:00 - 5:00 PM


 

 

Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill has a new menu for 2009.

Click here and check it out.
 

Missouri Department of Conservation News

   2008 Rains Affect This Years Trout Stocking ..............

The Missouri Department of Conservation will reduce trout stocking this year because of the record rainfall the area had in 2008.

Last year was the wettest year in Missouri history.  We had almost 6 feet of precipitation during the year in some areas and more than 12 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in others.

 

The heavy rains affected trout hatchery operations in several ways.

The most noteworthy impact was from the forced release of immense amounts of water from Table Rock Dam. An all time record release of as much as 47,500 cfs took place last year because of all the water flowing into the lake.  This
created less-than-ideal water conditions for trout in the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery that is located right below Table Rock Dam. Other hatcheries in the state experenced rain related problems also. 
 

As a result, the Missouri Department of Conservation plans to reduce trout stocking this year by 10 percent.


Click here to read more........
 

Great Potential For Major Flooding In The Upper Midwest...............

According to a news report from accuweather.com............ With the warmer temps surging into the Upper Midwest this weekend, as well as a storm system that might bring heavy rain early next week, the possibility of a rapid snow melt may very well become reality.

Snow cover from 6 - 12 inches deep blankets the ground from North Dakota to northern Michigan. Given the rising temps and spring storms, a massive amount of water that is locked up as snow, may rapidly be made into runoff, thus causing floods.

Click here to read this news report.

 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

      To make a wall calendar.....click here 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

Flood Safety Awareness Week Is March 16 - 20, 2009..........

Flooding is a year round threat from coast to coast of our United States. The National Flood Safety Awareness Week is meant to illustrate how floods occur, the dangers associated with flooding, as well as how you can prevent property damage, and preserve life.

Click here to learn more.

Source: National Weather Service Flood Safety Home Page.

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:  

  Check the river stages anytime from your cell phone......Log on to your cell phone web browser & enter the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

  The display looks like that shown below and the data is updated every 20 minutes..

 

Water

41
Winfield 30.46+
Grafton 22.11+
Alton 22.12+
Hardin 28.58+

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

LONG BEACH, Calif.

Members of Maritime Safety and Security Team 91103, located in San Pedro, Calif., prepare to board and clear a vessel March 13, off the coast of Long Beach, as part of the final exercise of a training cycle designed to hone the team's tactical skills. The week-long training, administered by the Mobile Training Team, is completed quarterly by MSST 91103. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)

 

RiverBend Marina

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

River Destinations....Memphis, Tennessee.
    Powerboat Racing On The Mississippi River Is Among Memphis

   Riverfront Redevelopment Plans.............

In a news report from memphis.bizjournals.com.............. The Riverfront Development Corp. is working in conjunction with Powerboat Superleague in order to bring powerboat racing to the Memphis riverfront in August. The RDC has stated that the free 3 day, free powerboat racing event is a 90% done deal.

Other projects that the RDC is currently working on include the Beale Street Landing which will include a floating dock, as well as a spiral shaped ramp, a new walking trail at the Chickasaw Heritage Park, and a playground at Mud Island...............

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Powerboat Superleague website.

Highlights of Missouri Department of Conservation Commission Meeting .....

 

 

The Conservation Commission met March 11 and 12 at Roaring River State Park, Cassville. Commissioners.


REGULATIONS (highlights for boaters)

The Commission approved recommendations from the Regulations Committee to:
 

  • Permit bowfishing in commercial waters during all hours throughout the year.

  • Add thermal imagery equipment to the list of prohibited equipment while simultaneously in possession of any firearm, bow or other implement whereby wildlife could be taken.

  • Remove otter and muskrat trapping zones and set a statewide season and harvest quota for otters.

  • Add Atlantic salmon to the Approved Aquatic Species List.

  • Eliminate special provisions for waterfowl blinds at Thomas Hill Reservoir, and instead place them under the general requirements that blinds be constructed onsite only of willows and non-woody vegetation and that blinds and decoys be removed daily.


ADMINISTRATIVE

The Commission:
 

  • Suspended hunting and/or fishing privileges of 34 Missouri residents for Wildlife Code violations and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending privileges of eight Missouri residents.

  • Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 217 people who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.

  • Suspended the hunting and fishing privileges of one Missouri resident and 211 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

  • Suspended the hunting privileges of three Missouri residents and one Kansas resident who injured or killed other persons in hunting accidents. The suspensions are for periods of up to five years. The hunters must complete a hunter education training course before restoration of privileges.

  • Set the next Conservation Commission meeting for April 16 and 17 at Conservation Department Headquarters in Jefferson City.
    - end -

     

The above are highlights relative to boating from an e-mail received from Jim Low of Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website

Cedar Hill Resort..........

  

 

Bill,

Dave and I are retiring from the restaurant business. We will not be opening Cedar Hill this year. Transit docking with electric will still be available for anyone needing dockage.

We would like to thank all our patrons for making Cedar Hill such a successful restaurant. We had the best customers.

Again, we would like to thank all our customers for their business. Hope to see you on the river.

Sincerely,
Dave and Carrie Ash 

 

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day !

Tuesday

17 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

03 days until Spring Arrives

 on Friday March 20th

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

SUBURBAN SERVICE INC
Automotive Specialist

879 Midpoint Drive, O Fallon, MO
Phone: 636- 978-8138

Click here to go to their website                     Click here for money saving coupon

 Click here  for Map from  Google

Picture of the Day

Tow Below Hamburg

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day.....

 

Bill,

Enjoyed a long weekend at the cabin, cleaning up for spring. This morning
(about 8:45 AM Mon, 3/16) as I sat resting and just watching the river, I heard
this tow coming up river, this is just a few miles below Hamburg on the Illinois
side. I never saw the tow clear enough to get the name though.

Bring on the Spring!!

Sharon Gwillim

 


 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008-----  was of a St. Patrick's Day... River Sunrise from last year.   Look at those colors !

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 170224
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
924 PM CDT MON MAR 16 2009

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


AT HANNIBAL AFFECTING PIKE AND MARION COUNTIES

AT SAVERTON LOCK AND DAM 22 TAIL WATER AFFECTING PIKE AND RALLS COUNTIES

AT LOUISIANA AFFECTING PIKE COUNTY

AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TAIL WATER AFFECTING CALHOUN AND PIKE COUNTIES

AT WINFIELD LOCK AND DAM 25 TAIL WATER AFFECTING CALHOUN AND LINCOLN COUNTIES

AT GRAFTON AFFECTING JERSEY AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

AT ALTON LOCK AND DAM 26 TAIL WATER AFFECTING MADISON AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

AT CHESTER AFFECTING RANDOLPH COUNTY

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

 

 

Click here to view all flood warning for the area

 

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/16/09
Subject: High water advisory/Safety broadcast update (BNM NR 0068-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1598

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 – MM 9.9 ILR) AND ZONES 3-7 (MM 50.0 - MM 180.9
ILR) ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR EXTREME HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS
PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS
SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) AND ROME IL (MM 160-181 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 2 (MM 10.0 - MM 49.9 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL
VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
D. ZONE 27 (MM 185.5 – 200.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR EXTREME HIGH WATER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL TOWBOATS ARE
PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS
DISCOURAGED FROM TRANSITING IN THIS ZONE. DUE TO THE HIGH NUMBER OF BARGES BEING HELD ON THE UMR, MARINERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONTACT THE FLEETERS AT THEIR DESTINATION TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO ENSURE FLEETS ARE ATTENDED BY TOWBOATS AT ALL TIMES, USE CAUTION IN PASSING/MEETING SITUATIONS AND FAVOR THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS AND PRE IDENTIFY LAY UP AREAS IN THE EVENT OF A RIVER CLOSURE.
E. ZONE 26 (MM 200.5-241.3 UMR) IS IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE
EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
F. ZONES 20 (MM 343.2 - 364.1 UMR) AND 22 - 26 (MM 200.5 – MM 324.8
UMR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UPPER
MISSISSIPPI RIVER WAP. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
G. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
H. 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.
I. 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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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 Oasis Bar & Grill

Open on St. Pats Day (March 17)

Corned Beef & Cabbage All Day, Drink Specials.

Park Road playing on the deck 7PM - 11PM

Red Neck Ferry will be running if necessary
 

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

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

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

Floodwaters Receding Quickly In Missouri...........

In a news report from kmov.com............. The heavy rains at the beginning of the month, caused the Mississippi River to rise rapidly. Luckily, the river is falling almost as fast.

In Hannibal, the Mississippi made it to 6 feet above flood stage, but is expected to return within it's banks by mid-week. Although farmland has been inundated with water, no major damage has been reported.

The National Weather Service states that the spring floods are unlikely to be severe.........

Click here to read this news report.

Boat Racing Hall of Fame Candidate...........

Please take a second and vote online for our friend and fellow St. Louisan, Bill Seebold, to be put in the F1 Boat Hall of Fame. This boat race organization is the one associated with the St. Louis Gran Prix that is held each year at Creve Coeur Lake. Go here for more information on the 4 candidates and vote for Bill.

 

 http://www.f1boat.com/lap_of_honor09.php

 

Thanks, Darryll

 

Here is the original email I received:

 

 

UIM F1 announces Hall of Fame and "Lap of Honor" award!
Now you can vote for your favorite racing hero!

Right here...right now...you can vote and tell us who you think is the most deserving driver of all-time to enter the "Hall of Fame". Time to let your opinion be known

 


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – March 12, 2009 – UIM F1 World Championship Tour Promoter Nicolo di San Germano has announced the new formation of the upcoming Hall Of Fame and along with it the Lap of Honor Award that will be honoring the most talented and influential drivers and persons that have made up the sport of catamaran racing that dates back to the 1960's and you the fans can play a giant part in who gets voted in and who doesn't.

 

Here's how it works. You have from now until April 2nd to go online to the official website of the UIM F1 World Championship at www.f1boat.com and cast a vote for your choice of whom you feel is the greatest person of the past 40 years in the sport. Just pick the person you feel is most worthy and your vote will be counted. The total votes by the fans will count for 25% of the total with the remainder being counted from the official media representatives around the world who cover the series getting the remaining votes awarded.

 

So, join in the fun, tell your friends and go on line to www.f1boat.com and let us know whom you think should be in the Hall of Fame...but you better hurry you only have until the 2nd of April, 2009!

 

Here are the four recipients for the first class of the “U.I.M. F1 World Championship ‘Lap of Honor” Trophy for 2009

 - Stay tuned. Be in the know - with F1 H20!

 

Madison, Venice, and Granite City, IL

  Tri-City Port District ............

According to a news story from bnd.com........... Even after 50 years, the Tri-City Port District is expanding and improving for the future. Named for 3 Madison County, Ill. cities, Madison, Venice, and Granite City, The Tri-City Port District was formed on Feb 24, 1959 to encourage economic development. The port district carries some of the same powers that municipalities have, including the levy of taxes, and the issue of bonds.

Since the port district is located at the meeting point of railroads, highways as well as the river, it is a shipping hub. Over three million tons are off loaded from barges, and loaded onto trucks, as well as railcars annually.

With the acquisition of the former Melvin Price Support Center, room for development, and economic growth is now available. Projects underway include the re-pavement of several roads, installation of new rail track, an ethanol manufacturing plant, and a new helicopter hangar for ARCH Air Medical Services..............

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

Illinois River, Peoria

   As The River Level Falls, Some Businesses Still Closed............

According to a news article from week.com.......... The Illinois River reached its' 4th highest level in recorded history on Saturday, March 14, 2009. At just below 28 feet, the level is almost a foot higher than the flood of September 2008. Since Saturday, the river has been slowly returning to normal levels.

However, several Peoria businesses remain closed. High water surrounding the businesses is to blame for the closure. Businesses just south of the swamped areas are open.

The flood has claimed a vehicle in the downtown Peoria area as well...........

Click here to read this news article.

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:  

  Check the river stages anytime from your cell phone......Log on to your cell phone web browser & enter the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

  The display looks like that shown below and the data is updated every 20 minutes..

 

Water

41
Winfield 30.46+
Grafton 22.11+
Alton 22.12+
Hardin 28.58+

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Station Golden Gate side tow


SAN FRANCISCO – A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew, from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, performs a side tow of the Fishing Vessel Irene’s Way March 13, 2009. The lifeboat crew towed the over 75-foot fishing vessel after the skipper reported the vessel was disabled just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson)
 

RiverBend Marina

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Saturday    21 March, 2009  

Missouri State Water Safety Education Classes.........

 

 

Chesterfield, MO

03/21/2009

St. Louis Cnty. Library (Samuel C. Sachs Branch) 16400 Burkhardt Pl.,

Chesterfield, MO 63017 - (573)751-3333

9AM - 4PM


 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Cedar Hill Resort..........

  

 

Bill,

Dave and I are retiring from the restaurant business. We will not be opening Cedar Hill this year. Transit docking with electric will still be available for anyone needing dockage.

We would like to thank all our patrons for making Cedar Hill such a successful restaurant. We had the best customers.

Again, we would like to thank all our customers for their business. Hope to see you on the river.

Sincerely,
Dave and Carrie Ash 

 

 

 

Monday

16 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

04 days until Spring Arrives

 on Friday March 20th

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

SUBURBAN SERVICE INC
Automotive Specialist

879 Midpoint Drive, O Fallon, MO
Phone: 636- 978-8138

Click here to go to their website                     Click here for money saving coupon

 Click here  for Map from  Google

Picture of the Day

 

Little John's Motorsports

Mystery Project .... Water Test

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day.....

 

Bill,


Little Johns Motorsports' "Mystery Project" survived its first "Water Test". Just about ready to go racing!

 

Click here to see more pics of the test. 

 

Darryll Weil,

webmaster www.littlejohnsinc.com

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007-----  was sent in by Sharon G.  Its a shot of an old houseboat hull setting on a dike just upstream from the Melvin Price Lock and Dam. 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ...Click Here

 

 

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 160209
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
909 PM CDT SUN MAR 15 2009


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


AT CANTON LOCK AND DAM 20 TAIL WATER AFFECTING ADAMS AND LEWIS COUNTIES

AT QUINCY AFFECTING ADAMS AND MARION COUNTIES

AT QUINCY LOCK AND DAM 21 TAIL WATER AFFECTING ADAMS AND MARION COUNTIES

AT HANNIBAL AFFECTING PIKE AND MARION COUNTIES

AT SAVERTON LOCK AND DAM 22 TAIL WATER AFFECTING PIKE AND RALLS COUNTIES

AT LOUISIANA AFFECTING PIKE COUNTY

AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TAIL WATER AFFECTING CALHOUN AND PIKE COUNTIES

AT WINFIELD LOCK AND DAM 25 TAIL WATER AFFECTING CALHOUN AND LINCOLN COUNTIES

AT GRAFTON AFFECTING JERSEY AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

AT ALTON LOCK AND DAM 26 TAIL WATER AFFECTING MADISON AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

AT CHESTER AFFECTING RANDOLPH COUNTY

 

Click here to read more

 

 

 

 

Flood Warnings for Illinois River....... Click here


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/15/09
Subject: ILR and UMR Restrictions and High Water
NAVNOTICE # 1597


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0067-09
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0065-09
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0067-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 – MM 9.9 ILR) AND ZONES 4-7 (MM 80.3 - MM 180.9
ILR ) ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR EXTREME HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS
PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS
SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) AND ROME IL (MM 160-181 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 2-3 (MM 10.0 - MM 80.2 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL
VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
D. ZONE 27 (MM 185.5 – 200.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR
EXTREME HIGH WATER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES. DUE TO THE HIGH NUMBER OF BARGES BEING HELD ON THE UMR, MARINERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONTACT THE FLEETERS AT THEIR DESTINATION TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO ENSURE FLEETS ARE ATTENDED BY TOWBOATS AT ALL TIMES, USE CAUTION IN PASSING/MEETING SITUATIONS AND FAVOR THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS AND PRE IDENTIFY LAY UP AREAS IN THE
EVENT OF A RIVER CLOSURE.
E. ZONES 26 (MM 200.5-241.3 UMR) IS IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
F. ZONES 20 – 25 (MM 241.4 – MM 364.1 UMR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY
PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER WAP. ALL
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
G. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
H. 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.
I. 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.
BT
NNNN

 

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

 

Oasis Bar & Grill................

Open on St Pats Day (March 17) ...Corned Beef & Cabbage, Drink Specials.
We have a New Chef .....Come check out our Dinner specials on Fridays & Saturdays.
                                    Lenten Specials!!!!!


 

Closed Due To High Water........

  

   Golden Eagle Ferry is closed...Winfield Ferry is Open

   Palisades Yacht Club is closed due to high water

   The water is over the road leading to Eagles Landing Marina.

   The water is over Hwy C leading to Two Branch Marina and RiverBend Marina.

 

Cedar Hill Resort..........

  

 

Bill,

Dave and I are retiring from the restaurant business. We will not be opening Cedar Hill this year. Transit docking with electric will still be available for anyone needing dockage.

We would like to thank all our patrons for making Cedar Hill such a successful restaurant. We had the best customers.

Again, we would like to thank all our customers for their business. Hope to see you on the river.

Sincerely,
Dave and Carrie Ash 

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Alton Marina........

   Update on Fire

 

According to a news report in the March 12th edition of the AltonDailyNews.com...... Illinois State Fire Marshall investigators have determined the fire at the marina in January was caused by a faulty electrical connection to a houseboat.  The fire damaged the docks and destroyed two boats.

The city of Alton believes the marina will be ready for business when boating season is here. The repairs to the facility are progressing nicely.

Click here to read this news story

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

 

Con Trios Yacht Club First Mate Maureen has organized a Saturday Afternoon "Road Trip" for the Icebreaker 2009 weekend. As always, check the Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org, for more information, here's the official flyer that will be posted at the Friday Night Hot Tub Party with "Mr. Bubbles":

Capt'n Darryll Weil

 

 



 

Save the Delta Queen Newsletter 3/09 Sunday,
   From: "Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team
 

  

Dear RiverBill,

Contrary to what you may have heard, the Delta Queen is not dead in the water in Chattanooga (www.deltaqueenhotel.com). The fight to put her back in operation continues, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is doing all they can to help us. They have just added a comment section to the Delta Queen item on their website, asking people to share their memories of trips on the boat. Please, if you can, go to this website and post your comment! (The website doesn't ask for a login or something like that so it's very easy and quick do to so).

We'd like are asking you to go one step farther: Please also mention the importance of keeping the Delta Queen alive and plying our waterways as she has done proudly and safely for 82 years, not tied up to a dock in Chattanooga or anyplace else. And if you live in a river town please stress the economic benefits the Queen and her passengers bring to your community.

The Preservation Nation website has an enormous and influential audience that cares deeply about protecting our country's historic treasures. This is a golden opportunity to send them a loud, clear S.O.S.

http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/southern-region/delta-queen-steamboat.html

Thank you all for your continued devotion to the Queen's cause. I am confident that if we stay the course just a little while longer, we will win this battle.



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

Spend a Night On The Delta Queen........

   

  

 So you never took a cruise aboard the Delta Queen, you will soon be able to spend a night aboard her at Coolidge Park Landing on the Tennessee River at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Room rates range from $99 to $175.  A grand opening is planned for April 1.

For more info go to ......www.deltaqueenhotel.com

 

Mo Dept Conservation Sturgeon Monitoring Project  ---  For you fishermen...

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

    

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

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the calendar above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:  

  Check the river stages anytime from your cell phone......Log on to your cell phone web browser & enter the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

  The display looks like that shown below and the data is updated every 20 minutes..

 

Water

41
Winfield 30.46+
Grafton 22.11+
Alton 22.12+
Hardin 28.58+

 

Lake of the Ozarks

   St. Patrick's Day Boat Parade..........

  

 

Click here to view the LakeExpo.com's picture gallery of St. Patrick's Day Boat Parade on Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend.

 

RiverBend Marina

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Wednesday, Thursday    18, 19 March, 2009  

Boater Safety Education Class

Cottleville, Mo

 

  

The Cottleville Police Department is co-sponsoring a Boater Safety Education course with the Missouri State Water Patrol on March 18th and 19th from 6:30PM to 9:30PM each night at the Cottleville City Hall, 5490 Fifth Street, Cottleville, MO 63304. Missouri’s mandatory boater safety education law requires all residents and non-resident boat operators born after January 1, 1984, to get a boater safety card before operating a boat (including personal watercraft) on the waterways of this state. This course is open to all ages (preferably 11+), I’m taking the class myself to get a discount on my boat insurance!! There is no cost for the materials and attending the training, but there is a $15.00 charge for the Boater Safety Card.

Spring and the boating season is just a few weeks away and now is the time to take this safety class for you, your kids and grandkids. Sign-up today by calling Jane at the Cottleville Police Department at 636-498-6464.

Thanks,
Scott

Col. Scott A. Lewis
City Administrator/Chief of Police
636-498-6565x400-w
636-498-6575-f
www.cityofcottleville.com

 

 

 

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers History.
   Act Of Congress Forms Army Corps Of Engineers In 1802.............


In a news story from wired.com................ Prior to receiving his commission as General and Commander-in-chief, General George Washington the first U.S. Army Engineers on June 16, 1775. The first to serve as chief engineer, was Col. Richard Gridley.

1779 marked the establishment by congress of an independent Corps of Engineers. The Army Engineers, with the help of the French officers, lent considerable assistance in decisive battles of the Revolutionary War. With the conclusion of the war, Congress authorized the conjoined Corps of Artillerists and Engineers in 1794.

The second formation of the Corps of Engineers in 1802 is believed to be the beginning of the current incarnation of the Corps. At the same time, Congress also mandated the construction of a military academy 50 miles upstream of New York City. These days, it is known as West Point.

Fast-forwarding a few years, the U.S.A.C.E. has become the main federal flood control agency in the 20th century, with the construction, as well as maintenance of thousands of miles worth of levees on the Mississippi River...............

Click here to read this news story.
 

 
 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

14, 15 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

05 days until Spring Arrives

 on Friday March 20th

 

 

Updated Sun at 6:30AM...More news,Nav. Notice, Flood Warning, News and YouTube Wake-board video

Updated Sat at 3:45PM... US Army Corps News Rel...

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

SUBURBAN SERVICE INC
Automotive Specialist

879 Midpoint Drive, O Fallon, MO
Phone: 636- 978-8138

Click here to go to their website                     Click here for money saving coupon

 Click here  for Map from  Google

Picture of the Day

Saturday

River Rat Ingenuity

"The Oasis Shuttle "

 

 

  

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... are from Raye Anne and Rob of Oasis Bar & Grill Fame.

 

 

Bill,

Just another day at the Oasis......Thought you like to see the Redneck Ferry that we used to transport the Oasis loyalists!!!

Thanks everyone for your support!

Raye Anne & Rob
 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

"Signs Of Spring "

 

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of the Day..... are three typical shots of the "Signs of Spring' in St Louis.

 

The pictures were taken on Hwy C, between Old Town St. Peters and the Mississippi River, on Friday evening.  That's the Blue Wing Ranch in the bottom picture on the right.
 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006-----  was sent in by Lisa Beckman, showing the river traffic in front of Kinder's Restaurant.

  

Lisa wrote in her e-mail:

   A beautiful view of river traffic from Kinder's deck on Sunday afternoon. 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006-----  was sent in by Devin Lause.  It's a picture of the Labadie Power Plant on the Missouri River.  

To View This and Other Featured Boats ...Click Here

 

 

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here

 

Updated Sun at 5:20AM

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 150223
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
923 PM CDT SAT MAR 14 2009

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


AT CANTON LOCK AND DAM 20 TAIL WATER AFFECTING ADAMS AND LEWIS COUNTIES

AT QUINCY AFFECTING ADAMS AND MARION COUNTIES

AT QUINCY LOCK AND DAM 21 TAIL WATER AFFECTING ADAMS AND MARION COUNTIES

AT HANNIBAL AFFECTING PIKE AND MARION COUNTIES

AT SAVERTON LOCK AND DAM 22 TAIL WATER AFFECTING PIKE AND RALLS COUNTIES

AT LOUISIANA AFFECTING PIKE COUNTY

AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TAIL WATER AFFECTING CALHOUN AND PIKE COUNTIES

AT WINFIELD LOCK AND DAM 25 TAIL WATER AFFECTING CALHOUN AND LINCOLN COUNTIES

AT GRAFTON AFFECTING JERSEY AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

AT ALTON LOCK AND DAM 26 TAIL WATER AFFECTING MADISON AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

AT CHESTER AFFECTING RANDOLPH COUNTY

 

Click here to read more

 

 

 

 

Flood Warnings for Illinois River....... Click here


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

Updated Sun at 5:40AM

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/14/09
Subject: ILR and UMR Restrictions and High Water
NAVNOTICE # 1595


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0065-09
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0061-09
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0065-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 – MM 9.9 ILR) AND ZONES 4-7 (MM 80.3 - MM 180.9
ILR ) ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS
PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS
SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) AND ROME IL (MM 160-181 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 2-3 (MM 10.0 - MM 80.2 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL
VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
D. ZONE 27 (MM 185.5 – 200.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP LEVEES. DUE TO THE HIGH NUMBER OF BARGES BEING HELD ON THE UMR, MARINERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONTACT THE FLEETERS AT THEIR DESTINATION TO INSURE THAT THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO INSURE FLEETS ARE ATTENDED BY TOWBOATS AT ALL TIMES, USE CAUTION IN PASSING/MEETING SITUATIONS AND FAVOR THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS AND PRE IDENTIFY LAY UP AREAS IN THE EVENT OF A RIVER CLOSURE.
E. ZONES 25 AND 26 (MM 200.5-273.3 UMR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
F. ZONES 18 – 24 (MM 273.4 – MM 437.0 UMR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY
PHASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER WAP. ALL
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
G. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
H. 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.
I. 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.
BT
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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/13/09
Subject: Safety Advisory for UMR MM 196.5 LDB
NAVNOTICE # 1594

USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
THERE IS CURRENTLY A SUBMERGED VESSEL LOCATED 60 YARDS FROM THE LEFT DESCENDING BANK AT MM 196.5 UMR. THE SUBMERGED VESSEL IS MARKED WITH A LIGHTED BOUY. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.  

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/13/09
Subject: ILR (Cpperas Creek/Peoria) Restrictions
NAVNOTICE # 1593

USCG SEC UMR HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
COTP UMR HAS ISSUED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE BETWEEN MM 160-181 AND MM 136-138 ILR FROM 1900-0700 CDT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE USCG COMMAND CENTER WHEN ARRIVING AT THE CLOSURE ZONES DURING THE HOURS OF 1900 - 0700 CDT. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE A 2 HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE CLOSURE ZONES BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 0700 - 1900 CDT. ADVANCE NOTICES ARE TO BE MADE TO USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMAND CENTER AT 314-269-2332 OR ON VHF-FM CH. 16. ALL VESSELS ARE RECOMMENDED TO OPERATE AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY WHILE TRANSITTING THESE ZONES.
BT


 

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

 

Closed Due To High Water........

  

   Golden Eagle Ferry is closed...Winfield Ferry is Open

   Palisades Yacht Club is closed due to high water

   The water is over the road leading to Eagles Landing Marina.

   The water is over Hwy C leading to Two Branch Marina and RiverBend Marina.

 

Updated Sat at 3:45PM

US Army Corps Engineers News Release.......

  

  

 

Updated Sun at 6:30AM

Peoria, Illinois.
   The Illinois River At Peoria, Crested, Now Falling..................


In a news report from pjstar.com............ After a near-record crest Saturday afternoon, the Illinois is receding into her banks. The river made it to 27.98 feet, but the record is 28.80 feet. This record was set in 1942.

Although the river level is falling, business owners and residents should not expect a speedy recession. The National Weather Service expects the Illinois River to fall 4 feet by Friday............

Click here to read this news report.

 

Updated Sun at 6:30AM

Memphis, Tennessee.
   Memphis Works To Clean Up Trash, Foam In Mississippi River.................


According to a news report from commercialappeal.com........... The Mississippi River at the Memphis riverfront has had problems with trash, as well as foam. Recently, the city has made an effort to curtain the foaming, as well as the flow of debris into the Wolf River Harbor.

The foaming is caused by soapy industrial discharges being stirred up by the wastewater falling several feet from the wastewater treatment facility into the Mississippi River. The foam is being curtailed through the use of anti-foaming agents.

The issue of trash in the Wolf River Harbor is due to debris being washed off of the street, and into the storm sewer system. Memphis will combat the trash with a $1.5 million retention system, that would capture the trash, for removal at a later date.............

Click here to read this news report.

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Sea Ray Reduces Workforce .......

  

   According to a news story in the TradeOnlyToday.com.......... Sea Ray laid off 70 employees at its plant in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

 

The company also laid of 70 additional workers at the Riverview plant in Tennessee.  The plant at that location will be "moth-balled". 

 

The Brunswick Corporation, parent company of Sea Ray, has closed, mothballed or sold 14 other plants North American plants since 2006.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

YouVideo: High Flying Kite-boarder .......

    Gusty winds and a good swell send a kiteboarder, David Robertson, up, up and away.  David does some serious air-time near the end of this YouTube video shot by Timothy Scullin.

 

Check -it-out !

Oasis Bar & Grill................

Open on St Pats Day (March 17) ...Corned Beef & Cabbage, Drink Specials.
We have a New Chef .....Come check out our Dinner specials on Fridays & Saturdays.
                                    Lenten Specials!!!!!


 

Eagles Landing Marina

 

The new docks are finished !

 

Keep your anchor right here for more info.

 

RiverBend Marina

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:  

  Check the river stages anytime from your cell phone......Log on to your cell phone web browser & enter the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

  The display looks like that shown below and the data is updated every 20 minutes..

 

Water

41
Winfield 30.46+
Grafton 22.11+
Alton 22.12+
Hardin 28.58+

 

Saturday   14 March, 2009  

Anchor Yankers

St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Dance ......

 

The Anchor Yankers Boat Club will once again be celebrating our annual St. Pat’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday evening, March 14, 2009. This is a great evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing along with an open bar for only $39.95 each.

 

Richard D. Roberts
(636) 532-5424

 

Lewis Boats Marine Sales & Service

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

Boat of the Week

NEW BOSTON WHALER 170 MONTAUK, FOUR STROKE 90, LIVEWELL, COOLER, FISHING PACKAGE TRAILER. FIVE YEAR ENGINE WARRANTY! MSRP $28,864-- ON SALE $23,900!!!

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

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

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

Preservation Of Mississippi River Is St Louis Confluence Riverkeeper's Job..........

According to a news story from thetelegraph.com............. Retiree Mike Bush has taken the task of protecting and preserving the Mississippi River so seriously, that he has become a St. Louis Confluence Riverkeeper.

Riverkeepers are basically quality control monitors. During the course of their patrols, the keepers are looking for 13 quality standards. Other Riverkeeper responsibilities are looking for silting, pollution, developmental runoff, provide water quality education, and ensure regulations concerning water quality are enforced.

The group was formed by John Cronin, and Robert F Kennedy Jr., and was originally involved in the cleanup of the lower Hudson River in New York.

Click here to read this news story.

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the calendar above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

 

Fishing News........
 

Flooding Scrambles Illinois River Sauger Schedule.. Click here to read news story in Prairie States Outdoors website.

 

Illinois Fishing Report.. Click here to read the Illinois Fishing Report on Prairie States Outdoors website.  Covers the State of Illinois from Lake Michigan to Rend Lake.

 

Chicago Area Fish Kills.....Click here to read news story in Prairie States Outdoors website.
 

Winfield Residents Are Keeping A Wary Eye On Rebuilt Levee............

According to a news report from fox2now.com........... In light of the rising Mississippi River, Winfield, Mo. residents are moving their belongings to higher ground, and observing how the freshly repaired levee is holding up.

After being damaged in the floods of 2008, the levee has undergone repairs, and has been shored up with plastic sheeting and sandbags.

It is expected that the Mississippi River will rise a few more inches, before cresting this weekend..........

Click here to read this news report.
 

 


 

Friday

13 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

07 days until Spring Arrives

 on Friday March 20th

 

 

River News Flash

Oasis Bar & Grill will be open all weekend !

Due to the water, Rail had to Cancel for Saturday nite

The band cannot get their equipment in the bar

Picture of the Day

Alton Marina IceBreaker !

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day.....

 

 

HI Bill,

I wanted to share this photo with everyone. This was taken at Mac's Time Out Wednesday March 11th. This is just a few of the many Alton Marina boaters who participated in our Marina Ice Breaker party. There were a lot of happy boaters there who are anxious to get back on the water. It was a good time and nice to see our boater family again.

 

A quick update on us, our boat is still being repaired from the Marina fire but Farmer's Fiberglass tells us it's moving along nicely and were expecting her to be good as new and back in her Marina home by May 1st. Thanks to everyone on their kind words during a stressful time.

 

We will see you all on the water.

 

Sincerely,

Cheryl and Dan Rauschkolb

"Never Satisfied"


 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008-----  was a picture from Cedar Hill Resort.

 

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

Flood Warning....

 

ALERT!! A Flood Warning is in effect for portions of the area.

 

View all valid statements/warnings

 

Weather Forecast Office St. Louis, MO
 


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Ohio Valley
Date: 3/12/09
Subject: Pekin R/R D/B
NAVNOTICE # 1591


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING
SAFETY ADVISORY:
STRONG WINDS AND CURRENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE VICINITY OF MM 151.2 ILR (PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE). ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND TO USE ALL AVAILABLE MEANS NECESSARY TO SAFELY PASS THROUGH THE PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE. IN ADDITION, AVENTINE RENEWABLE ENERGY INTAKE STRUCTURES AT MM 151.7 ILR, LEFT DESCENDING BANK, ARE SUBMERGED. THE INTAKES HAVE BEEN MARKED WITH A FENDER AND RETRO REFLECTIVE MATERIAL. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/12/09
Subject: Illinois River Closure SEC UMR BNM NR 0059-09
NAVNOTICE # 1590


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0059-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0059-09
ILLINOIS RIVER

USCG SEC UMR HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY: COTP UMR HAS ISSUED A TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE BETWEEN MM 160-181 ILR FROM 1900-0700 CDT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE USCG COMMAND CENTER WHEN ARRIVING AT THE CLOSURE ZONE DURING THE HOURS OF 1900 - 0700 CDT. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE A 2 HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE CLOSURE ZONE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 0700 - 1900 CDT. ADVANCE NOTICES ARE TO BE MADE TO USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMAND CENTER AT 314-269-2332 OR ON VHF-FM CH. 16. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO OPERATE AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO
MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.

 

 

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To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/12/09
Subject: Safety Advisory for ILR and UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1589


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 5-7 (MM 102.0 - MM 180.9 ILR ) ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE ZONES. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) AND ROME IL (MM 160-181 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 1-4 (MM 0.0 - MM 101.9 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL
VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH
WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND 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 FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.

D. THE FOLLOWING ZONES ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER
CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ZONE 25 (MM 241.4-273.3
UMR), ZONE 21 AND 22 (MM 301.2-343.1 UMR), ZONE 18 AND 19 (MM
364.2-437.0). ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT THE SLOWEST
SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO
MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. DUE TO HIGH RIVER
LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
E. THE FOLLOWING ZONES ARE IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ZONE 27 (MM 185.5-200.4 MR), ZONE 24
(MM 273.4-301.1 MR), ZONE 20 (343.2-364.1 MR), ZONE 17 (437.1-457.1
UMR). ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP LEVEES. DUE TO THE HIGH NUMBER OF BARGES BEING HELD ON THE UMR, MARINERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONTACT THE FLEETERS AT THEIR DESTINATION TO INSURE THAT THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO INSURE FLEETS ARE ATTENDED BY TOWBOATS AT ALL TIMES, USE CAUTION IN PASSING/MEETING SITUATIONS AND FAVOR THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO REVIEW ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS AND PRE IDENTIFY LAY UP AREAS IN THE EVENT OF A
RIVER CLOSURE.
F. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
G. 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.
H. 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.


 


 

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

 

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: March 11, 2009 22:14:32 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: March 12, 2009

News Release  

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

 

 UPDATE: Navigation restricted on the Mississippi River following vessel sinking

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone on the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 194.5 to 197.5 in response to the sinking of the tug boat Hartford Beaver at mile marker 196.5 on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. At this time, only one-way vessel traffic is permitted to transit through the area.

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a call at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday from a representative of National Maintenance and Repair, the owner of the tug boat, stating that one of their vessels had sank. All three crewmembers aboard the vessel were rescued with minor injuries by company personnel who were on scene at the time of the incident.


The tug boat Hartford Beaver has been marked with a lighted buoy, and is being monitored by the tug boat Eager Beaver. A survey has been conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers to help assist with salvage and recovery operations.

A Coast Guard smallboat remains on scene to monitor the situation and enforce the safety zone. No visible pollution has been observed and the safety zone will remain in place until the river is deemed safe for normal operations by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

 

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


 

   Click here to read entire news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 

Photo courtesy of Dan Owens Boat Photo Museum     

Photo by Mark Haury     

 

The Hartford Beaver Sinks
The tug, Hartford Beaver, owned by National Maintenance and Repair, sank at mile marker 196.5 on the Mississippi River on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.  UMR 196.5 is about five miles below Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, IL and about one mile above the mouth of the Missouri River. See map below.

 

The sunken tug is hindering traffic flow on the Mississippi River. The U.S. Coast Guard has established a temporary "Safety Zone" from the mile marker 194.5 to mile marker 197.5. This safety zone will stay in place until the river is determined to be safe for normal operations.

The 3 crewmembers aboard were rescued with minor injuries by NMR employees that were on-scene. There is minor water contamination reported.

The Hartford Beaver has been located, as well as marked with a lighted buoy. The U.S.Coast Guard, will be discussing salvage plans with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers......

Sources: Reuters, Coast Guard News, and Military.com.   

 

 

 

 

 

US Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Map

Click here for full size .pdf version

Closed Due To High Water........

  

   Golden Eagle Ferry is closed...Winfield Ferry is Open

   Palisades Yacht Club is closed due to high water

   The water is over the road leading to Eagles Landing Marina.

   The water is over Hwy C leading to Two Branch Marina and RiverBend Marina.

 

Oasis Bar & Grill................

Open on St Pats Day (March 17) ...Corned Beef & Cabbage, Drink Specials.
We have a New Chef .....Come check out our Dinner specials on Fridays & Saturdays.
                                    Lenten Specials!!!!!


 

Rail at Oasis Bar and Grill.......

  RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Bobby, the drummer in the band Rail....

  

  

Hey everybody,

Hope all is well..... just want to invite you to come out to North Shore Oasis this Saturday night to party with the me and the guy's at Oasis Bar and Grill.

 

The new owners Rob and Ray-Anne are cool peep's\,plus this is our first time in there this year. So if you ain't got nuttin to do Saturday night come on out for some cold beer \,killer pizza \,and well you know RAIL .

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

Bobby

www.railrock.com

 

Winfield Lock and Dam.........
  City of Quincy. IL Files Application To Study Hydroelectric Energy

  Production at Lock and Dam 25

 
The city of Quincy, Illinois has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in order to study the feasibility of a hydroelectric power plant at the Winfield Lock and Dam, No. 25.

The proposed project includes a powerhouse with up to 30 turbine/generator units, 6.8 miles of transportation lines, as well as adjacent support facilities.



Click here to read
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission register notice.
 

Missouri Water Patrol

   Safety Education Classes.......

 

Chesterfield, MO 03/21/2009 St. Louis Cnty. Library (Samuel C. Sachs Branch) 16400 Burkhardt Pl., Chesterfield, MO 63017 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 4PM
Cottleville, MO 03/18/2009 -03/19/2009 Cottleville City Hall -(2 Night Class) 5490 Fifth Street, Cottleville, MO 63304 - (636)498-6565 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Florissant, MO 04/25/2009 St. Louis Cnty. Library (Florissant Valley Branch) 195 New Florissant R, Florissant, MO 63031 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 4PM
Hazelwood, MO 04/18/2009 CABELAS 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (573)751-3333 9am - 4pm
Hazelwood, MO 05/02/2009 CABELAS 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (573)751-3333 9am - 4pm
St Louis, MO 04/04/2009 St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 3PM
St Louis, MO 05/16/2009 St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (573)751-3333 9AM - 3PM

Click here for more information

 

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

 

You Light Up My Life

    Northbound Tow at Winfield Dam...........

A picture from the Winfield Lock and Dam RiverCam.  Its a northbound tow waiting to motor into the lock chamber at Winfield Dam last night.
 

 

Click here to go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website to see what is going on at Winfield Lock and Dam right now !

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Asian Carp Battle Funds Approved By Congress................

According to a news report from week.com............. Congress has approved $6.5 million to battle the Asian carp advance upstream. The funding is aimed at an electronic barrier preventing the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lake, through the Chicago Sanitary canal, as well as the shipping canal.

The Illinois River is rife with the carp. The Asian carp gobbles up the plankton, which is needed for the stability of the ecosystem.........

Click here to read this news report.

 

Eagles Landing Marina

 

The new docks are finished !

 

Keep your anchor right here for more info.

 

RiverBend Marina

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Diabled Fishing Boat


BOSTON - The disabled fishing boat Sea Siren is hit by a wave in 10-foot seas and winds gusting up to 30 knots as the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper prepares to take it in tow, Thursday, March 12, 2009. The Juniper crew is towing the stern trawler toward Buzzards Bay, Mass., where they will be met by a commercial tug to complete the tow into New Bedford, Mass. The Sea Siren became disabled about 70 miles east of Chatham, Mass., Wednesday, March, 11, 2009.

 

(Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeff Quinn)
 

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the calendar above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
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Missouri Department of Conservation News................. 

  RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

 

Missouri paddlefish get a supernatural boost

The grandfather of Missouri’s paddlefish

management program seems to have reached

out from that big hatchery in the sky.
 


JEFFERSON CITY
–The future is bright for Missouri paddlefish enthusiasts, thanks to a lucky alignment of the stars and an assist from beyond the grave.

Thousands of anglers who head out for the opening of paddlefish snagging season on Sunday will find a superabundance of young fish swimming in waters from Lake Table Rock to the Missouri River. The story of how those waters got four times as many paddlefish as expected began last year at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Blind Pony Hatchery near Sweet Springs.

Every year, hatchery personnel at Blind Pony place several hundred thousand tiny paddlefish “fry” in fertilized rearing ponds, where they feed on microscopic zooplankton and commercially produced fish feed. Several months later, they harvest juvenile paddlefish measuring 8 to 16 inches and stock them in reservoirs and rivers, where they grow to maturity.

In a typical year, approximately 15 to 20 percent of paddlefish fry survive to stocking size. When harvest time arrived in 2008, fisheries personnel harvested 260,000-plus paddlefish, which represented a 40-percent survival rate on stocked fry. This is the most paddlefish ever produced in one year at Blind Pony Hatchery.

Asked what caused this population boom, Conservation Department Fisheries Field Operation Chief Bill Anderson said, “We know exactly what happened. The stars lined up right.”

Pressed for details, Anderson admitted that a complex mix of factors, including water temperature, weather and influences beyond hatchery personnel’s control determine the number of fish produced each year.

Whatever the cause, the 2008 paddlefish crop was a record-breaker. You might think this situation was a hatchery manager’s dream come true, and it was…sort of. On the other hand, it also was a problem.

Missouri belongs to the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA), a partnership of state and federal agencies that are trying to assess paddlefish stocks and movement in the Mississippi River basin. To aid this effort, participating states have agreed not to stock any paddlefish without first tagging them to establish when where they were released. Each paddlefish released in Missouri has a 1.5mm wire tag implanted at the tip of its spoon-shaped rostrum. Each tag is uniquely numbered and can be used to identify individual fish or batches of fish.

 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website and read more.
 

Thursday

12 March 2009

 

Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

08 days until Spring Arrives

 on Friday March 20th

 

 

Golden Eagle Ferry will close tonight at 9:00.... 3-12-09

Winfield Ferry will be open tomorrow morning ....3-13-09

Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day..... is a shot from the Winfield RiverCam taken at 5:55 PM yesterday afternoon..

 

Click here to go to the 

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


 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008-----  was a Summer-Time shot of some of the boaters rafted-up in Mason Chute

Flood Warning....

 

ALERT!! A Flood Warning is in effect for portions of the area.

 

View all valid statements/warnings

 

Weather Forecast Office St. Louis, MO
 


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/11/09
Subject: Update on River Closure at MM 197.5 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1586


THE COTP SECTOR UMR HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED THE PORT OF ST LOUIS FM MM 185.5 TO 197.5 UMR. ALL MARINERS BELOW MM 197.5 UMR BE ADVISED A SUNKEN TOWBOAT IS ADRIFT AND FLOATING DOWNSTREAM IN THE CHANNEL AT THIS TIME. ALL MARINERS AFFECTED BY THIS CLOSURE ARE TO CONTACT SECTOR UMR UPON ARRIVAL

 

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To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 3/11/09
Subject: ICE/HIGH WATER CONDITIONS on ILR and UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1583


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0054-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0053-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0054-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 6 (MM 129.0 - MM 145.5 ILR ) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THESE AREAS. 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 COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 1-5 (MM 0.0 - MM 128.9 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR
HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL
VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONES 1-3 (MM 796.9 TO MM 857.6 UMR) REMAIN IN THE ACTION PHASE
FOR ICE CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX.
D. 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.
E. 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 Upper Miss
Date: 3/11/09
Subject: Pekin Railroad Bridge at MM 151.2 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1581


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0052-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BROADCASTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0049-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0052-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
STRONG WINDS AND CURRENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE VICINITY OF MM 151.2 ILR (PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE). ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA AND TO USE ALL AVAILABLE MEANS NECESSARY TO SAFELY PASS THROUGH THE PEKIN RAILROAD BRIDGE.
 


 

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

 

United States Coast Guard

 

DATE: March 11, 2009 22:14:32 CST                                                          

Office of External Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

 

Date: March 11, 2009

News Release  

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

 

 Navigation restricted on the Mississippi River following vessel sinking

ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard has established a temporary Safety Zone on the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from the Chain of Rocks Lock & Dam at mile marker 185.5 to mile marker 197.5 following the sinking of the tug boat Hartford Beaver at mile marker 197 earlier today. Vessel traffic is permitted to transit with restrictions through the area.

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a call at 3:30 p.m. from a representative of National Maintenance and Repair, the owner of the tug boat, stating that one of their vessels had sank. All three crewmembers aboard the vessel were rescued with minor injuries by company personnel that were on scene at the time of the incident.

The Hartford Beaver has been located and marked with a lighted buoy. National Maintenance and Repair, Okie Moore Salvage Company, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard will meet tomorrow to discuss salvage and recovery operations. Minor pollution has been reported at the site of the sinking and the Safety Zone will remain in place until the river is deemed safe for normal operations by the captain of the port.

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River dispatched two investigating officers to the National Maintenance and Repair main facility and are currently investigating the cause of the incident.

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


 

   Click here to read entire news release

 

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Click here to check all upper Mississippi

United States Coast Guard Releases
 

The Hartford Beaver

Photo courtesy of Dan's Boat Photo Museum

Photo by Mark Haury
 

Oasis Bar & Grill................

Open on St Pats Day (March 17) ...Corned Beef & Cabbage, Drink Specials.
We have a New Chef .....Come check out our Dinner specials on Fridays & Saturdays.
                                    Lenten Specials!!!!!


 

Major Flooding Not Likely Along Missouri's Rivers...........

According to a news article from stltoday.com............. Even though moderate flooding is all that is predicted, many towns along Missouri's waterways are getting ready for higher water levels. Flood gates are going up in Hannibal and Canton, Mo. Canton is readying sand bags as well.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest around 5-6 feet above flood stage from southern Iowa, down to St. Louis. At the St. Louis Riverfront, crests are anticipated to be about 1.5 feet above flood stage. At that level, there should be very little impact.......

Click here to read this news article.

 

More Flood Updates.......

 

Louisiana, Mo. Seeking New Flood Gates........

In a news story from connecttristates.com............ The Louisiana, Mo City Administrator, Bob Jenne, has filed a letter of interest to the State Hazard Mitigation Program for flood gates. The flood gates are not for the Mississippi River, however. The gates are for the Noix Creek.

Apparently, when the Mississippi is up, the Noix Creek backs up, flooding Hwy 79, forcing the rerouting of traffic..............

Click here to read this news story.
 


connecttristates.com has town by town flood updates......

Click here to read the flood updates for Mississippi River towns from Clarksville, Mo. to Burlington, Iowa.
 

Reliability Of Metro East Levees Called Into Question.......

According to a news story from fox2now.com.......... Safety concerns about Illinois levees along the Mississippi River jump-start plans for major repairs spanning from Madison County to Monroe County. Levee pumping stations, and flood relief wells are in need of 5 -10 years worth of repair and upgrade to meet federal standards.

The levees themselves are in good shape overall, and are expected to be able to withstand a flood event equivalent to 1993's.

The upgrades to FEMA's standards require older flood relief wells be replaced, and additional units installed. Without the repairs, the levees would loose their certification.......

Click here to read this news story.
 

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

This Day In River History

    12 March 2003

 Clint Pinkelman, of Hartington, Nebraska, was out on his first boat ride of the year when he discovered the wreck of the steamboat North Alabama, a 220-ton vessel that sank in the Missouri River on Oct. 27, 1870. The wreck has emerged from the Missouri river because of the low water levels that year.

 

Click here to read news article in the omahriverfront.com
 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

Eagles Landing Marina

 

The new docks are finished !

 

Keep your anchor right here for more info.

 

RiverBend Marina

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor
15% off parts
 

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

Port Clinton, Ohio
   Lake Erie Ice Floe Rescue Cost $245,000...........

According to a news story from blog.cleveland.com.............. The U.S. Coast Guard has revised their estimate of the cost to rescue 134 fishermen from an ice floe off of the Ohio coast of Lake Erie. $245,000. Ottawa County officials report that their cost was around $20,000.

These estimates include spending for 3 helicopters, an air boat, a C130 transport, as well as manpower...............

Click here to read this news story.

The RiverBills.com March 2009 Calendar ------ 

   

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

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Two Seamen Report Illegally Dumping of Oil Contaminated Waste...

   Split $375,000 Reward

According to a news report from philly.com................ A portion of the fine levied against a Swedish shipping company will be divided between two employees that reported the indiscretions of their employer, Holy House Shipping, of Stockholm, Sweden.

The crew members of the M/V Snow Flower reported to authorities that the ship had dumped oil contaminated waste into the international waters off of the coast of New Jersey.

The Coast Guard inspectors found inconsistencies in the ship's Oil Record Book, as well as a secret discharge pipe for the release of the waste water.

Holy House Shipping has been fined $1,400,000 for their offense............

Click here to read this news report.
 

Brunswick CEO Predicts Decline in Boat Sales in 2009......
 

According to a news article in CNNMoney.com........... Brunswick CEO Dustan McCoy predicts that recreational boats asles in the United States could decline by more than 20 percent in 2009.

 

The Brunswick company is "choking off" the new boats going into production so the dealers can move last year's products.

 

Click here to read this news article
 

 

 

Brunswick Corporation manufacturers and markets marine engines, pleasure boats, fitness equipment, bowling products, and billiards.  Some of the company's marine products include, Sea Ray, Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Boat, Lowe, Mercury, Triton......

Click here to go to the Brunswick website

 

 

Tarboro, North Carolina.
    North Carolina Boat Manufacturer Growing, Adding 120 Jobs.........


According to a news article from kinston.com........... HC Composites, parent company of World Cat, is purchasing Glacier Bay Catamarans. World Cat produces fishing catamarans, whereas Seattle based Glacier Bay manufactures cruising catamarans.

HC Composites will bring Glacier Bay production to Tarboro, and will add 120 jobs over the next three years...............

Click here to read this news article