ST. PAUL, Minn. – Exactly 4,477 vessels and 6,735,253 tons of cargo passed through Lock and Dam 2 in Hastings, Minn., during the 2011 navigation season from March 31-Dec. 3.
The MV Charlie G. was the last tow to pass through Nov. 24.
Of these vessels, 755 were commercial, 3,600 were recreational and 122 were of the other category, such as government watercraft.
During the 2010 navigation season, 5,743 craft passed through Lock and Dam 2 – 740 of them commercial, 4,920 of them recreational and 83 other. In 2010, the amount of commodities transported through this lock was 7,178,790 tons.
Navigation statistics fluctuate from year to year, depending on the weather, the flows and the length of the navigation season.
Lock and Dam 2 was constructed in 1930 and reconstructed in 1948. Its last major rehabilitation 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. 12-010