The Colorado River and its slew of manmade reservoirs are being sapped by 14 years of drought that’s nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.
Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.
The yearlong drought that has plagued the Midwest is forecast to have a negative effect on the region’s boating season this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts most of the lakes will be “well below their historical averages” by the time recreational boats begin to take to the water en mass in late spring. The…more
Shipping resumed last week through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, on Thursday, the…more
After a long drought that affected Indiana’s boaters and fishermen when reservoirs began drying up, officials are telling boaters to get back on the water. Recent rains have started bringing water levels back to normal and Lt. Bill Browne, with Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, tells WIBC radio it’s just in time for the end…more
As the drought contributes to a continued drop in the level of Lake Michigan, residents, fishing operators and others who use the harbors and docks in the northwestern Lower Peninsula are facing hazards and hassles. The lake’s water levels are down 11 inches from 2011, and record low levels could be ahead if the drought…more
At a sidewalk vantage point near the Perry Monument on Presque Isle in Erie, Pa., about 10 yards of muck and a few dead weeds separated tourists from the waters of Misery Bay. At the beaches, rocky breakwaters that are normally a brisk swim from shore are connected to the peninsula by strips of sand.…more
Record heat, drought turn boating lakes into dust bowls in hardest-hit areas of the nation’s midsection Unseasonably warm and dry summers have helped temper the effects of the economic downturn, but now they may be too much of a good thing. The nation’s widespread drought shows no signs of relenting, causing more than one boat…more
Barge traffic resumed along an 11-mile stretch of the drought-ravaged Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss., but dozens of vessels waited their turn Thursday to pass in the shrunken waterway — creating a costly situation for barge owners that could be passed on to consumers. The Mississippi, the country’s primary highway for barge traffic, has dropped…more
The Coast Guard said 97 boats and barges were waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11,…more
The Coast Guard estimates that $50 billion to $60 billion of commerce flows through the Mississippi River every year, but the mighty waterway isn’t as big as usual when the country suffers from a drought, as it has this summer. Barges that carry such cargo as high fructose corn syrup, grain, coal and diesel fuel…more