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Picnic Shelter Reservations to be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service

Reservations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers picnic shelters will no longer be taken at the Lake Red Rock project office. Beginning Friday, January 2, 2015, reservations must be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777. Reservations must be made a minimum of 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance. Shelter prices will remain unchanged from last year. If shelters are not reserved, they are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. For more information or assistance, contact the Lake Red Rock Project Office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690. [Read More]
Published: Dec-17-14

Historic Clock Tower Tour

Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that the Visitor Center at Locks and Dam #15 is inviting guests to come participate in a Historic Clock Tower Tour. Relive the early days of the Rock Island Arsenal as you climb your way up the historic corridor of the Clock Tower Building which has been a Quad Cities landmark for over 100 years! [Read More]
Published: Oct-25-14

Bicycle Tour of Historic Arsenal Island

Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that the Visitor Center at Locks and Dam #15 is inviting guests to a bicycle tour of historic Arsenal Island. [Read More]
Published: Oct-18-14

Corps awards $12 million contract to build islands near Lansing, Iowa

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, recently awarded a nearly $12 million contract to Newt Marine Services of Dubuque, Iowa, to restore habitat within the Mississippi River Pool 9. [Read More]
Published: Sep-26-14

Corps of Engineers to close T.J. O’Brien Lock for critical maintenance

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces navigation closures at the T.J. O’Brien Lock beginning November 3 in order to dewater the gate bays and perform critical maintenance to the infrastructure. Two closures are scheduled, each lasting 47 days. The first closure, which begins Nov. 3, will run through Dec. 19, 2014. The lock will then reopen until the second closure scheduled for Jan. 19 through March 6, 2015. [Read More]
Published: Sep-24-14

Corps of Engineers Awards Contract for Permanent Repairs at Marseilles Dam

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, awarded a construction contract to perform permanent repairs to the Marseilles Dam in Marseilles, Ill. The contract, which totals about $18 million, was awarded to Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri. Onsite work is expected to begin in 2015. The repair work must be carefully staged to reduce flooding risk and is expected to complete in early 2017. [Read More]
Published: Sep-24-14

North Overlook Picnic Area to Close

The North Overlook Picnic Area is closed to public use effective Monday, September 22, 2014 until further notice. This closure also closes the trailhead access to the Volksweg Trail at this location, and the North Overlook Hiking Trail. The assembly of a large crane, future hydromill assembly and staging of equipment has necessitated the closure for construction on the Red Rock Hydropower Project. [Read More]
Published: Sep-22-14

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shares water safety tips for Labor Day holiday

(ROCK ISLAND, Ill.) — It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. If you’ll be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips. [Read More]
Published: Aug-28-14

Final Two Days of Locks and Dam #15 Tours

Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces they will be offering the final two days of Locks and Dam #15 tours on Saturday August 23rd and 30th. These free tours are open to the public and will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and will each last one hour. [Read More]
Published: Aug-19-14

Missouri River Energy Services Officially Breaks Ground on Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

PELLA, Iowa – The official groundbreaking of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) took place Aug. 13 at Lake Red Rock near Pella, Iowa. The project is a retrofit of an existing Army Corps of Engineers dam on the Des Moines River that will produce 36 megawatts of power, with the capacity to generate up to 55 megawatts during peak seasons; enough to power about 18,000 homes. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is building the project, which is being financed by Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (WMMPA). RRHP is expected to be completed in 2018, at which point it will be the second-largest hydropower facility in Iowa. [Read More]
Published: Aug-13-14
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