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18-year-old Mississippi River drowning victim identified
Upper Mississippi Refuge reminds visitors of fireworks ban




Picture of the Day thanks to Colin Sweeney - Looking upstream from the Port of Dubuque

Bayliner goes down at the Port of Dubuque - Ice Harbor - picture from Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

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Photo courtesy of Colin Sweeney


Photo courtesy of Colin Sweeney



Local Notice to Mariners (6-24-20)


UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MILE 854.2 - MILE 853.2 - FIREWORKS DISPLAY/SAFETY ZONE/RIVER CLOSURE

On July 25, 2020, from 9:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the Aquatennial Fireworks Display will be held between approximate Miles 854.2 and 853.2.  This is a land based display.  The COTP Upper Mississippi River has closed the river for this event.

MILE 853.1 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the M/V MARY J., is conducting dredging operations at approximate Mile 853.1.  Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The M/V MARY J., will monitor VHF-FM Channel 12, 13 or 16 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

 MILE 841.4 - BRIDGE REPAIR
Omaha Railroad Drawbridge;  Repairs to the right descending sheerfence will occur from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  During non-working hours the marine plant will be moored outside of the navigation channel, below the bridge on the LDB.  Mariners may contact the M/V BARBARA B., 30-minutes prior to transiting the area on VHF-FM Channel 13, 14 or 16, for passing arrangements.

MILE 823.7 - MILE 300.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION - UPDATE
Shoaling has been reported in the following areas between approximate Mile 822.8 and 300.5:
  Mile 823.7 – Mile 822.8,
  Mile 821.4 – Mile 818.5,
  Mile 800.7 – Mile 799.5,
  Mile 793.7 – Mile 792.8,
  Mile 745.8 – Mile 743.4,
  Mile 731.9 – Mile 731.0,
  Mile 720.8 – Mile 720.1,
  Mile 704.0 – Mile 702.6,
  Mile 691.4 – Mile 690.5,
  Mile 688.1 – Mile 687.5,
  Mile 678.0 – Mile 677.5,
  Mile 665.8 – Mile 665.5
  Mile 664.7 – Mile 663.7,
  Mile 636.5 – Mile 625.9,
  Mile 622.5 – Mile 621.7,
  Mile 619.0 – Mile 617.7,
  Mile 567.7, RDB,
  Mile 482.8 – Mile 481.7, LDB,
  Mile 456.6,
  Mile 447.7 – Mile 446.2,
  Mile 422.9,
  Mile 397.0, LDB,
  Mile 389.5, RDB,
  Mile 343.6, RDB,
  Mile 339.0 and
  Mile 300.5, RDB.
Mariners are urged to transit areas of shoaling at their slowest safe speed and proceed with caution.

MILE 821.5 - MILE 821.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 821.5 and 821.0.  The 2 upper AIS virtual buoys in the area have been moved 60 feet towards the RDB.  The channel width has been dredged to a width of 260 feet.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

MILE 820.9 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the M/V MARGARET D., is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 820.9.  Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The M/V MARGARET D., will monitor VHF-FM Channel 12, 13 or 16 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage, prior to transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution.

MILE 791.2 - MILE 790.8 - FIREWORKS DISPLAY/SAFETY ZONE/RIVER CLOSURE
On July 4, 2020, from 9:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., the Mississippi River Alumination fireworks display will be held between approximate Miles 791.2 and 790.8.  The COTP Upper Mississippi River has established a Safety Zone closing the river for this event. MILE 784.7 - MILE 783.0 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION
  Multiple nun and can buoys have been reported missing or not properly marking the channel between approximate Miles 784.7 and 783.0.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 
MILE 730.6 - MILE 730.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION
  Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 730.6 and 730.5, between 2 nun AIS virtual buoys, on the outside edge of the channel. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

MILE 745.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
  Continuing until further notice, the Dredge GOETZ is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 745.0.  Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  The Dredge GOETZ will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 82 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage, prior to transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution.
 
MILE 730.4 - CHANNEL CONDITION
  Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 730.4, mid-channel.  Marines are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 714.2 - MILE 647.9 - MARINE EVENT
  On July 18, 2020, MLFLW fishing tournament will be held between approximate Miles 714.2 and 647.9.  Mariners are urged to be aware of the increase in fishing boats and use caution in the area.


MILE 707.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION
  Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 707.8, mid-channel.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 698.5 - MILE 697.5 - FIREWORKS DISPLAY/SAFETY ZONE/RIVER CLOSURE
  On July 4, 2020, from 9:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the Riverfest fireworks display will be held between approximate miles 698.5 and 697.5.  The COTP Upper Mississippi River has established a Safety Zone closing the river for this event.

MILE 691.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
  Continuing until further notice, the M/V BRAND MARIE is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 691.0.  Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The M/V BRAND MARIE will monitor VHF-FM Channel 12, 13 or 16, for passing arrangements and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

MILE 690.5 - AID TO NAVIGATION
  A submerged channel marker has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 690.5.  Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

MILE 677.8 - DREDGE OPERATION
  Continuing until further notice, the M/V ANGELA K., is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 677.8.  Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The M/V ANGELA K., will monitor VHF-FM Channel 12, 13 or 16 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage, prior to transiting the area.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution.


MILE 618.0 - MILE 617.5 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION
  Three virtual can buoys will be broadcast through AIS between approximate Miles 618.0 and 617.5, RDB, to replace missing buoys.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


MILE 599.0 - MILE 598.6 - DREDGE OPERATION/STRIKE REMOVAL
  Continuing until further notice, the M/V DAVENPORT and the M/V MUSCATINE are conducting dredge operations/strike removal between approximate Miles 599.0 and 598.6, Hurricane Island.  Work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., 7-days a week.  The M/V DAVENPORT  and the M/V MUSCATINE will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13, 14, 16 or 82 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage, for passing arrangements.  Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

MILE 485.81 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
  I-74 Replacement Bridge;  Superstructure work is ongoing in the main channel.  At times horizontal clearance may be reduced to 350 feet.  A helper boat is available by contacting M/V KAREN RENEE’ HAMM via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or by telephone, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., at (309) 361-1047 and from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., at

(309) 299-4213.


MILE 482.9 - BRIDGE CLOSURE - UPDATE
  Rock Island Railroad & Highway Bridge;  The drawbridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., June 27, 2020, while required bridge maintenance is performed.  The drawbridge will be unable to open until the required maintenance is finished.

MILE 482.1 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
  Centennial Highway Bridge;  Maintenance work is ongoing on the right descending pier, which will reduce the channel width by 80 feet.

MILE 437.7 - BRIDGE REPAIR
  Continuing until approximately October 1, 2020, electrical and structural repairs will be conducted on the I-20 Bridge, in the vicinity of Mile 437.7. Work will be conducted daily, during daylight hours.  Air draft of the navigation span will be reduced by approximately 2 feet, due to the presence of scaffolding, for the duration of the project.  At times the air draft maybe further reduced by as much as 7 feet, during specific working hours.  U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River will notify concerned vessel traffic via Broadcast Notice to Mariners to warn of specific times of reduced air draft.  Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution and contact the standby vessel at lease 30-minutes prior to arrival in the area or approximately 1 mile away from the operation, whichever is greater, to make transit arrangements.  The work crew foreman may be contacted at (704) 288-6455 or (573) 544-1193.  The standby vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.  U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River  can be contacted at (866) 777-2784 or via VHF-FM Channel 16, for additional information.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

MILE 414.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION
  Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 414.0.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

MILE 283.0 - MILE 282.0 - FIREWORKS DISPLAY/SAFETY ZONE/RIVER CLOSURE
  On July 4, 2020, from 9:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the Louisiana, MO., Fireworks Display will be held between approximate Miles 283.0 and 282.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has established a Safety Zone closing the river for this event.

MILE 200.5 - L/D CLOSURE
  Continuing until 7:00 p.m., June 27, 2020, the Mel Price L/D (auxiliary chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.5, will be closed to navigation for repairs.  Mariners should be alert for and abide by any special instructions from the lockmaster.

 MILE 183.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
  Merchants Railroad Bridge;  Work barges continue excavating around both left and right descending navigation piers and the right descending pier  of the center span.  Work barges should not encroach more than 50 feet into the navigation channel, at any time.  For work barge locations, mariners are encouraged to contact the onsite work boat M/V KATHERINE OHARA via VHF-FM Channel 6 or 16 or by phone at (217) 248-9077.

MILE 179.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
  Douglas MacArthur Bridge;  Two suspended platforms are located in the center navigation span.  Each platform measures 9 feet wide and hang 5 feet below low steel.  One platform is located 60 feet channelward of the right descending pier and the other platform is located 120 feet channelward of the left descending pier.  There are also 3 platforms located at various locations in the Illinois span.  Mariners are urged to transit the bridge with caution.

MILE 133.0 - MILE 131.7 - SUNK BARGE/SALVAGE OPERATION - UPDATE
  A sunken barge has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 131.7, LDB, outside of the navigation channel.  Salvage operations are ongoing, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., daily.  The contractors floating plant consist of the M/V STEPHEN FOSTER, M/V BRUCE GIBSON, and 4 salvage barges.  Mariners are requested to transit the area between approximate Miles 133.0 and 131.7, at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake with no meeting or overtaking in the area.  Mariners are requested to avoid loitering along the LDB, to facilitate safe relocation of the barge to shallow water for assessment.  The M/V STEPHEN FOSTER and the M/V BRUCE GIBSON will monitor VHF-FM Channel 21, for additional information.  Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

MILE 21.5 - MILE 15.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY
  The COTP Ohio Valley has issued a Safety Advisory for potential hazards created by strong outflows between approximate Miles 21.5 and 15.8. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.




Full report  here







Recent Depth Survey UMRM 595.2 - 594.7


Certificate of Documentation good for 5 years, starting 2017

From WaterWayGuide.com

See page 14, Sec 311here.

Lock and Dam 10 Guttenberg, Ia

Looking across towards the Iowa side near UMRM 562 (Bellevue Beach)






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