December 14, 2016
The U.S. Corps of Engineers was at work dredging the shipping channel in the Mississippi River from late September until Oct. 17, and as it happens, at a time of very low water. That complicated operations at Beale Street Landing, sometimes forcing boats to dock on the north end of Greenbelt Park. But both dock and river channel are literally ship-shape now. Here are some photos:
Prep work in the Wolf River Harbor looked a bit ominous.
The Corps linked up a long pipeline from the Landing at the beginning of operations.
I have no idea what’s going on here, but it looks important.
A view from the ninth floor on Front Street on an overcast day is a bit gloomy, but you can see the dredging ships peeking out from behind the big building in Wolf River Harbor.
Passengers on a sightseeing riverboat get to watch the Corps at work while waiting for the tour to begin.
The Corps of Engineers is scheduled to dredge near Memphis Nov. 16-Dec. 10.
Dredging is an important part of river maintenance. This cleaning of the riverbed helps the waterway remain deep enough to be navigable. Below are some sights from the Wolf River Harbor’s dredging in October 2016 .