ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, released the 2019 navigation statistics for the Upper Mississippi River today, Feb. 5.
During the 2019 season, Corps staff supported 1,449 commercial navigation lockages at Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wisconsin, which was below the 10-year average of 1,690. The 2019 lockages supported 9,236,685 tons of commodities by the navigation industry. During the 2018 season, Corps staff supported 1,954 commercial lockages and the movement of 12,325,870 tons of commodities.
In addition to the commercial lockages, Corps staff locked 2,210 recreation vessels during 925 lockages. To minimize lockages, the Corps tries to include multiple recreation vessels during a single lockage. There were an additional 26 lockages from various government agencies including the Corps.
The 2019 navigation season unofficially came to a close on Nov. 28 after the Motor Vessel Kelly Rae Erickson departed St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2019 navigation season started April 24, when the Motor Vessel Aaron F. Barrett locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minnesota, en route to St. Paul, Minnesota.
Navigation statistics fluctuate from year to year, depending on the weather, river flows and the length of the navigation season. The St. Paul District maintains a 9-foot navigation channel from Minneapolis to Guttenberg, Iowa. Keeping this system open is vital to the nation’s economy.
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