ST. PAUL, Minn. – The last tow of the 2018 navigation season departed St. Paul, Minnesota, Nov. 25, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District.
The departure of the Motor Vessel Thomas E. Erickson signified the end of the navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River within the St. Paul District. The last tow to depart the St. Paul District through Lock and dam 10, the district’s southernmost lock near Guttenberg, Iowa, was the Motor Vessel Titletown U.S.A. She locked through Lock 10, heading southbound Dec. 1.
The navigation season started April 11 of this year with the arrival of the Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter. She arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota, with 12 barges.
The Motor Vessel Pere Marquette was the last vessel to depart St. Paul in 2017 She departed Nov. 28, 2017, pushing five barges filled with grains and soybeans.
The Corps closed Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam and Lock and Dam 1, both in Minneapolis, to navigation Nov. 28.
The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2018 $106 million budget, nearly 1,700 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $163 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 18-077