U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredging

Due to the extreme and severe low water conditions,
the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District (District) and its
partners are working diligently to maintain continued access to ports and
navigational channels throughout the District’s area of responsibility.
Currently, the Vicksburg gage on the Mississippi River reads 1.5′ with the
Greenville gage on the Mississippi River reading 10.4′.

One of the numerous missions of the District is supporting navigation on the
Mississippi River and the shallow draft harbors and ports of Yellow Bend,
Arkansas; Lake Providence and Madison Parish, Louisiana; and Rosedale,
Greenville, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Each of these ports is vital to the
distribution of commodities and to the economy of the area and the nation as
a whole.

The District has contracted dredging companies to assist with the task of
dredging ports in the area. The Dredge Butcher, operated by the Pine Bluff
Sand and Gravel Company, is expected to complete initial operations at
Rosedale, Mississippi today and relocate to Yellow Bend, Arkansas on or
about 6 August.  The Butcher will then relocate to the Lake Providence
harbor on or about 11 August 2012.

There are also dredging operations in progress on the Ouachita/Black and the
Red River systems in Arkansas and Louisiana.  The Dredge America, operated
by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is on the Ouachita/Black river system
and the Dredge Integrity, operated by Inland Dredging is on the Red river

The District continues to respond to adverse low water conditions on the
Mississippi River and ports by utilizing additional federal funding and
adjusting the dredging schedule.  If river levels continue to fall, the
District may be forced to focus on maintaining access to the larger ports in
the area. The maintenance of these ports is vital to ensure the
transportation and delivery of commodities throughout America and abroad.

The historic flood of 2011displaced more than average sediment deposits in
the river channel and ports. The current extreme low water conditions and
decreased river flow drastically affect normal sediment movement and make
normal dredging extremely difficult.