ST. PAUL, Minn. – Exactly 4,712 vessels and 11,547,240 tons of cargo passed through Lock and Dam 9, located near Lynxville, Wis., during the 2011 navigation season from March 16-Dec. 6.
The Penny Eckstein was the last tow to pass through Dec. 6.
Of these vessels, 931 were commercial, 3,680 were recreational and 101 were of the other category, such as government watercraft.
During the 2010 navigation season, 5,226 craft passed through Lock and Dam 9 – 969 of them commercial, 4,167 of them recreational and 90 other. In 2010, the amount of commodities transported through this lock was 12,107,482 tons.
Navigation statistics fluctuate from year to year, depending on the weather, the flows and the length of the navigation season.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, constructed Lock and Dam 9 in 1937 and maintains it to this day. A major rehabilitation of this lock occurred in 2006.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 12-018