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Startup Uses Drone for Cleaning Water, Collecting Data

An Atlanta-based startup RanMarine has built a drone that swims rather than flies. The “WasteShark,” traverses waterways to collect litter, biomass, microplastic and other debris using a basket underneath the device. In addition to removing litter, the drone also collects data on water conditions. Sensors allow the WasteShark to analyze water temperature, pH levels, depth,......

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Radars Watching Over Mississippi’s Aging Levees

Mississippi State University researchers used an instrument developed by NASA called Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) in conjunction with satellite-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to detect the variations in the soil properties along the Mississippi River. These two instruments were able to penetrate layers of soil to analyze areas that will suffer from......

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Fighting Phosphorus with a Watershed Approach

Yahara Watershed Improvement Network (Yahara WINS) is a groundbreaking initiative to clean up the local watershed in Madison, Wisconsin. A collaborative strategy called watershed adaptive management, led by Madison Metropolitan Sewage District, brings together various stakeholders in the community and government to reduce phosphorus pollution in the watershed. While an essential nutrient in soil, excess......

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Handy Companion for a Trip on the Inland Waterways

Knowledge is power when it comes to planning a trip. That’s not only true for the average driver; it also applies to those who pilot the vessels that travel the inland waterways. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently launched its own version of Waze, the Lock Operations Management Application or LOMA. Lock operators,......

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Corps Management of Columbia Snake River Maintenance

Unscheduled maintenance can be frustrating and costly for shippers. To help combat this problem on the Columbia Snake River, which has no auxiliary locks to rely on in the event of a closure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now does routine maintenance and inspections over two weeks each spring. The annual closure is announced......

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Dredging P3

Altogether, the 140 harbors and channels that comprise the Great Lakes are the fourth largest economic zone in North America. The Great Lakes are also the largest freshwater system in the world. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has the responsibility to operate and maintain these harbors and channels, but turned to a P3......

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Public-Private Partnerships Strengthen Inland Waterways

This proposed project would require the significant rehabilitation of eight locks with capital costs expected to run between $500 million and $750 million, as well as possible expansion of several locks. A regional authority (the Midwest Waterways Authority) has been established in Illinois to run the project that could eventually involve the neighboring states. The......

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Handling Increased Cargo with Containers on Barge

Increased congestion on the highways coupled with a high volume of container traffic led the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and the Port of New Orleans to look to inland water transportation to move cargo. The two ports are coordinating their efforts to bring a container on barge service to the Lower Mississippi River. Many......

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