Low Water Limits Recreational Use of Kanawha, Ohio River Locks
26 June 2012
By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Recreational boat lockage will be limited on
the Kanawha River because of low water levels, according to Chuck
Minsker, spokesman for the Huntington District of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.
Navigation locks in Marmet, London and Winfield will lock
recreational craft only during even-numbered hours until weather
permits, according to Minsker.
"How long this will last really just depends on the weather. If we
get a lot of rain, we can lift it," he said. "This is a precaution
we have to take in order to conserve the water resources we have."
Industrial vessels take first priority, he said.
"We're trying to get the word out to our boaters," Minsker said.
"Big tows are always first in line, so they're used to waiting
anyways -- they just may be waiting a little longer than usual."
Recreational use also will be limited on the Ohio River, affecting
locks in Racine, Gallipolis and Belleville. The Mehldahl and
Willow Island locks in Ohio will be affected, as well.
"This is relatively unusual," Minsker said. "These locks are in
place to maintain the navigation pools, and when we go through a
dry period like this, we want to release as little water as
possible while still keeping traffic moving on the river."