The inland waterways get a shout-out from America’s pork producers (with an assist from the National Corn Growers Association).
For the first time in 62 years, the U.S. is “on track” to become a net energy exporter, the Wall Street Journal notes. (Subscription needed to read the whole thing.) The trend is likely to persist.
The popular Web site Politico on the dilemmas for ports of the Congressional ban on earmarks, including a good discussion from from the American Association of Port Authority’s Kurt Nagle.
“While earmarks might be a thing of the past, they still have their defenders, especially if they’re related to infrastructure.
Nagle said it’s unfair to compare port earmarks to the nefarious ones that overshadowed previous discussions of the issue. Port projects had to go through multiple layers of cost-benefit and other studies before they could be approved for an earmark, Nagle said. ‘They’re significantly different than the primary target of the earmark debate,’ he said.”
Chattanooga, Tenn., first city in the U.S. to have fiber-optic broadband, is rebranding itself as “Gig City.”
And part of its transformation involves “smart river” moves.
“The city is also deploying 6000 sensors to monitor everything from the uptake and usage of its bicycle rental scheme to the water quality in the Tennessee River.
‘”We ship a lot of chlorine up and down our river on barges, so we are testing out a chlorine sniffer that just smells the air and detects whether there are any chlorine leaks on the barges,’ Keil says.”
The Corps of Engineer’s study of the Terrebonne Parish levee system, part of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf system of hurricane protection, will be finished on time.
WXOW TV in Winona, Minn., has video of towboat activity near Lock & Dam 7, which is due to close for 20-year repairs.
Dredging on the Mississippi River near St. Louis slows river traffic.
A blog examines EPA’s attempt to promote “environmental justice” along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel—but one local elected official isn’t buying it.
The shipping season in Winona, Minn., will end soon, as Lock 6 near Trempeleau, Wis. gets ready to pump out for repairs.
89-year-old Laurie Dews, the “last of the Selby bargemen,” wrote a book about his experiences in the 1930′s working and living aboard a British narrowbarge. It’s proven popular in his hometown of Selby.