Corps of Engineers Reverses Plan to Shut Recreational Boaters
Out of Locks on Alabama and Chattahoochee Rivers
We recently received a copy of an announcement by the Alabama Scenic
River Trail (ASRT) group with this title.
It says, in part, "the ASRT has received a memo this morning
announcing a change in policy. At risk was the public's ability to
use the locks on the Alabama and Chattahoochee rivers .... Ten-Four:
Ten hours a day, four days a week. That's the new schedule announced
by the US Army Corps of Engineers that allows the public to use the
locks on the Alabama and Chattahoochee Rivers. This is a reversal of
a previous decision to close the locks to recreational traffic.
.... There are a few other limitations having to do with
holidays and the availability of lock operators during their annual
sick leave terms .... "
There is a link to the .PDF file of the official Corps of Engineers
The official announcement was made on October 9, 2012 U.S. ARMY
CORPS OF ENGINEERS MOBILE DISTRICT.
It says, in part, "Locks on the two river systems will be manned 10
hours per day, four days per week. Locks will be closed on holidays
and when lock operators are on annual or sick leave. Locks will be
staffed Friday thru Monday during the spring and summer (March –
September) and Monday thru Thursday during the fall and winter
(October thru February).
We note that the Corps' own statistics indicate that these locks
have even less commercial traffic than Hildebrand and Opekiska. We
have no data on recreational lockages in the Mobile District.
||2010 Commercial Usage
|GEORGE W. ANDREWS
||ACF Waterway/Mile 106.3
|ROBERT F. HENRY
|WALTER F. GEORGE
||Alabama River/Mile 117.5