ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting an open house at Lock and Dam 10, in Guttenberg, Iowa, on Saturday, Sept. 22, in conjunction with GermanFest.
The lock, located at 5 Lock and Dam Lane, Guttenberg, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. GermanFest is an annual fall celebration held in Guttenberg.
“The lock provides a very economical way to transport goods up and down the Mississippi River, including the movement of agricultural products produced and utilized by the community and surrounding area,” Corps Lockmaster Sam Mathiowetz said. “Being located within Guttenberg, we’re closely tied to the community and therefore, are excited at the opportunity to showcase our facilities to the community, answer questions and continue strengthening the great relationship we have with them.”
The Corps is opening its doors to the public to demonstrate how a lock works and supports inland waterways navigation. Lock and Dam 10 is one of 13 Mississippi River locks managed by the St. Paul District as part of the system serving as a stairway for towboats moving commodities up and down the river.
In addition to having Corps staff available to answer questions about the lock and navigation, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to discuss the importance of water safety.
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