Army Corps of Engineers
The EPA is being asked to contract directly with the Army Corps of Engineers to handle any and all remediation needed at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.
Despite the recent snowmelt the Mississippi River remains at a level that’s allowing the Army Corps of Engineers to remove rock pinnacles that halted barge traffic last year.
The up-and-down Mississippi River is down again, and the Army Corps of Engineers began rock removal efforts Tuesday in an attempt to ensure the river remains open to barge traffic through the winter.
A long-delayed project to close a huge levee gap and improve drainage in southeast Missouri is moving forward.
“It held up to its level of protection and then once it overtopped then the soil couldn’t handle the erosive forces of the water,” Project Manager Matthew Hunn said.
Missouri’s two U.S. senators are continuing their push for completion of a project to close a 1,500-foot gap in a Mississippi River levee.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been using two dredges, one from Memphis, Tenn., the other from St. Louis, to help keep the river channel clear.
To keep the channel open, the corps used dredging barges and explosives to remove rock pinnacles in the river near Thebes, Ill.
Yesterday morning, a barge became caught, forcing the Corps of Engineers to shut down a lock and dam that handles roughly half the nation’s farm exports.
The corps used explosives at the three points on the levee in May 2011 as floodwaters threatened nearby Cairo, Ill.