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Mississippi River Commission gains fresh perspective of Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Aug. 14, 2015
The Motor Vessel Mississippi arrives with a group of stakeholders at Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2015.  The stakeholders were onboard to interact with the Mississippi River Commission in the process of conducting a low water inspection of the Cumberland River.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi arrives with a group of stakeholders at Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2015. The stakeholders were onboard to interact with the Mississippi River Commission in the process of conducting a low water inspection of the Cumberland River.

Bob Sneed (Left), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management Section chief, begins a walking tour of the city of Nashville at Riverfront displaying a photo of what Music City looked like when the Cumberland River flooded in May 2010.  Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders took the tour Aug. 12, 2015.

Bob Sneed (Left), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management Section chief, begins a walking tour of the city of Nashville at Riverfront displaying a photo of what Music City looked like when the Cumberland River flooded in May 2010. Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders took the tour Aug. 12, 2015.

Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders head down lower Broadway in Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 12, 2015 during a walking tour.

Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders head down lower Broadway in Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 12, 2015 during a walking tour.

Roger Lindsey (Right), professional engineer and program manager for Metro Nashville Water Services, talks about how the city responded during the May 2010 flood during a walking tour of the city of Nashville, Tenn.  Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders took the tour Aug. 12, 2015.

Roger Lindsey (Right), professional engineer and program manager for Metro Nashville Water Services, talks about how the city responded during the May 2010 flood during a walking tour of the city of Nashville, Tenn. Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders took the tour Aug. 12, 2015.

Roger Lindsey (Right), professional engineer and program manager for Metro Nashville Water Services, talks about how the city responded during the May 2010 flood during a walking tour of the city of Nashville, Tenn.  Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders took the tour Aug. 12, 2015.

Roger Lindsey (Right), professional engineer and program manager for Metro Nashville Water Services, talks about how the city responded during the May 2010 flood during a walking tour of the city of Nashville, Tenn. Several members of the Mississippi River Commission and local stakeholders took the tour Aug. 12, 2015.

Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, talks with Sonia Allman, Nashville Metro Water Services, onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2015.  Kaiser was interacting with stakeholders during a low water inspection trip on the Cumberland River in the Nashville District area of operations.

Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, talks with Sonia Allman, Nashville Metro Water Services, onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2015. Kaiser was interacting with stakeholders during a low water inspection trip on the Cumberland River in the Nashville District area of operations.

Greg Batts, owner of Prizer Point Marina and Resort in Cadiz, Ky., asks the Mississippi River Commission to communicate with the recreation community because they want to partner and to have input in the decisions that directly affect them.  The commission and stakeholders were traveling onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi Aug. 12, 2015 on the Cumberland River headed to Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn.

Greg Batts, owner of Prizer Point Marina and Resort in Cadiz, Ky., asks the Mississippi River Commission to communicate with the recreation community because they want to partner and to have input in the decisions that directly affect them. The commission and stakeholders were traveling onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi Aug. 12, 2015 on the Cumberland River headed to Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn.

Motor Vessel Mississippi Capt. Lee Hendrix shows Tennessean Reporter Natalie Alund where the vessel traveled down the Tennessee River, through the Barkley Canal, and down the Cumberland River to Nashville, Tenn., during a low water inspection being conducted by the Mississippi River Commission. Aug. 12, 2015.

Motor Vessel Mississippi Capt. Lee Hendrix shows Tennessean Reporter Natalie Alund where the vessel traveled down the Tennessee River, through the Barkley Canal, and down the Cumberland River to Nashville, Tenn., during a low water inspection being conducted by the Mississippi River Commission. Aug. 12, 2015.

A Nashville Metro Police vessel approaches a barge tow full of coal headed for the Gallatin Steam Plant on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2015.  The photo was taken from the Motor Vessel Mississippi as it approached from the opposite direction with a group of stakeholders headed to Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn.  The stakeholders were onboard to interact with the Mississippi River Commission in the process of conducting a low water inspection of the Cumberland River.

A Nashville Metro Police vessel approaches a barge tow full of coal headed for the Gallatin Steam Plant on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2015. The photo was taken from the Motor Vessel Mississippi as it approached from the opposite direction with a group of stakeholders headed to Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn. The stakeholders were onboard to interact with the Mississippi River Commission in the process of conducting a low water inspection of the Cumberland River.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi prepares to depart the city of Nashville with a group of stakeholders headed to Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn.  The stakeholders were onboard to interact with the Mississippi River Commission in the process of conducting a low water inspection of the Cumberland River.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi prepares to depart the city of Nashville with a group of stakeholders headed to Cheatham Lock and Dam in Ashland City, Tenn. The stakeholders were onboard to interact with the Mississippi River Commission in the process of conducting a low water inspection of the Cumberland River.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at McGregor Park in Clarksville, Tenn, Aug. 11, 2015 during a stop along the Cumberland River. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Cumberland River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip. The general duties of the MRC include the recommendation of policy and work flood control, navigation, and environmental projects on the Mississippi River, programs, the study of and reporting on the necessity for modifications to and conducting semiannual inspection trips and public hearings at various locations along the river. The work of the MRC is directed by its president and carried out by Army engineer districts from the watershed.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at McGregor Park in Clarksville, Tenn, Aug. 11, 2015 during a stop along the Cumberland River. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Cumberland River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip. The general duties of the MRC include the recommendation of policy and work flood control, navigation, and environmental projects on the Mississippi River, programs, the study of and reporting on the necessity for modifications to and conducting semiannual inspection trips and public hearings at various locations along the river. The work of the MRC is directed by its president and carried out by Army engineer districts from the watershed.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at McGregor Park in Clarksville, Tenn, Aug. 11, 2015 during a stop along the Cumberland River. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Cumberland River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip. The general duties of the MRC include the recommendation of policy and work flood control, navigation, and environmental projects on the Mississippi River, programs, the study of and reporting on the necessity for modifications to and conducting semiannual inspection trips and public hearings at various locations along the river. The work of the MRC is directed by its president and carried out by Army engineer districts from the watershed.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at McGregor Park in Clarksville, Tenn, Aug. 11, 2015 during a stop along the Cumberland River. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Cumberland River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip. The general duties of the MRC include the recommendation of policy and work flood control, navigation, and environmental projects on the Mississippi River, programs, the study of and reporting on the necessity for modifications to and conducting semiannual inspection trips and public hearings at various locations along the river. The work of the MRC is directed by its president and carried out by Army engineer districts from the watershed.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.

Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser (Left), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, speaks with Jeff Lewis, field representative for Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, during a stakeholder social onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi while docked at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River and works to have a dialogue with community leaders along the waterway.
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Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser (Left), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, speaks with Jeff Lewis, field representative for Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, during a stakeholder social onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi while docked at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River and works to have a dialogue with community leaders along the waterway.

Stephen Gambrell, executive assistant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division, welcomes distinguished guests onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi Aug. 8, 2015 involved in a stakeholder social with the Mississippi River Commission while docked at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn.  The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Stephen Gambrell, executive assistant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division, welcomes distinguished guests onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi Aug. 8, 2015 involved in a stakeholder social with the Mississippi River Commission while docked at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Motor Vessel Mississippi prepares to enter Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015.  The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.  The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Motor Vessel Mississippi prepares to enter Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015. The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Motor Vessel Mississippi departs Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015.  The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.  The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Motor Vessel Mississippi departs Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015. The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Motor Vessel Mississippi heads down the Tennessee River after leaving Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015.  The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.  The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Motor Vessel Mississippi heads down the Tennessee River after leaving Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015. The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Motor Vessel Mississippi departs Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015.  The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.  The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Motor Vessel Mississippi departs Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015. The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Lock Operator Brandon Smith communicates with the Motor Vessel Mississippi captain as the towboat prepares to lock through Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015.  The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.  The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Lock Operator Brandon Smith communicates with the Motor Vessel Mississippi captain as the towboat prepares to lock through Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015. The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Motor Vessel Mississippi locks through Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015.  The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.  The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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Motor Vessel Mississippi locks through Guntersville Lock in Grant, Ala., the morning of Aug. 9, 2015. The lock, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 349, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The vessel is transporting the Mississippi River Commission, which is conducting a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Motor Vessel Mississippi Captain Lee Hendrix watches as Garrett Durrett, 5, of Pelham, Ala., looks through a pair of binoculars during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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Motor Vessel Mississippi Captain Lee Hendrix watches as Garrett Durrett, 5, of Pelham, Ala., looks through a pair of binoculars during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

A family watches the Southern Belle pass by from their vantage point on the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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A family watches the Southern Belle pass by from their vantage point on the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

Walker Mohon (Left) welcomes visitors to the engine room of the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.
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Walker Mohon (Left) welcomes visitors to the engine room of the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel. The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Tennessee River as part of the commission’s annual low water inspection trip.

Visitors look at displays about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, and Tennessee Valley Authority onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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Visitors look at displays about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, and Tennessee Valley Authority onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

The Southern Belle passes by the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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The Southern Belle passes by the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

Tommy Long (Green Shirt), resident engineer for the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project, briefs the Mississippi River Commission at the lock Aug. 8, 2015.  The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River. Long works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering and Construction Division.
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Tommy Long (Green Shirt), resident engineer for the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project, briefs the Mississippi River Commission at the lock Aug. 8, 2015. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River. Long works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering and Construction Division.

Don Getty (Red Shirt), project manager for the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project, briefs Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, during a visit to the lock Aug. 8, 2015 in his capacity as a member of the Mississippi River Commission.  The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River. Getty works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Project Planning Branch.
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Don Getty (Red Shirt), project manager for the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project, briefs Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, during a visit to the lock Aug. 8, 2015 in his capacity as a member of the Mississippi River Commission. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River. Getty works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Project Planning Branch.

Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr (Right), Mississippi Valley Division commander and president of the Mississippi River Commission, speaks with David Bowlira (Center) and John McCormick of the Tennessee Valley Authority during a stakeholder social onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi while docked at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River and works to have a dialogue with community leaders along the waterway.
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Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr (Right), Mississippi Valley Division commander and president of the Mississippi River Commission, speaks with David Bowlira (Center) and John McCormick of the Tennessee Valley Authority during a stakeholder social onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi while docked at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River and works to have a dialogue with community leaders along the waterway.

A recreational vessel locks through Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015 while the Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers officials and local stakeholders tour the lock.  The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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A recreational vessel locks through Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015 while the Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers officials and local stakeholders tour the lock. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

Lt. Col. Stephen F. Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, talks with stakeholders while the Mississippi River Commission visits Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015.
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Lt. Col. Stephen F. Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, talks with stakeholders while the Mississippi River Commission visits Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015.

Tommy Long (Green Shirt), resident engineer for the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project, briefs Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Mississippi Valley Division commander, during a visit to the lock Aug. 8, 2015 in his capacity as the president of the Mississippi River Commission.  The Honorable Sam E. Angel, civilian member of the commission, is also listening to Long.  The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River. Long works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering and Construction Division.
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Tommy Long (Green Shirt), resident engineer for the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project, briefs Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Mississippi Valley Division commander, during a visit to the lock Aug. 8, 2015 in his capacity as the president of the Mississippi River Commission. The Honorable Sam E. Angel, civilian member of the commission, is also listening to Long. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River. Long works in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering and Construction Division.

A couple looks at a display about the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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A couple looks at a display about the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division onboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

Jimmy Waddle (Center), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering and Construction Division chief, encourages a couple to board the Motor Vessel Mississippi to enjoy a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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Jimmy Waddle (Center), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Engineering and Construction Division chief, encourages a couple to board the Motor Vessel Mississippi to enjoy a public tour of the vessel docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River.  The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.  It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high.  Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.
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The Motor Vessel Mississippi is docked at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2015. The M/V Mississippi spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. The M/V Mississippi, built in 1993 by Halter Marine, is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name. It is the largest diesel towboat in the United States at 241-feet long, 58-feet wide and five stories high. Three 2,100-horsepower diesel engines power the vessel.

The Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers officials and local stakeholders tour the Chickamauga Lock Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015.  The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.
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The Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers officials and local stakeholders tour the Chickamauga Lock Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2015. The commission is on a low water inspection of the Tennessee River.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2015) – The Mississippi River Commission recently navigated the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to gain a fresh perspective for the development of plans to improve the condition of the Mississippi River Basin, foster navigation, promote commerce, and reduce flood risk.

The commission met with stakeholders while inspecting the waterways and visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and Tennessee Valley Authority projects.  The dialogue with community and business leaders and citizens helps the commission with forming a balanced vision and developing water resource engineering solutions for navigation, infrastructure, comprehensive flood control, environmental sustainability and water supply for the entire watershed, which impacts 41 percent of the United States and includes 1.25 million square miles, over 250 tributaries, 31 states and two Canadian provinces. 

Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., civilian member of the Mississippi River Commission and a civil engineer from Metairie, La., visited Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8 to learn about its concrete aggregate problem and structural concerns, and to receive an update on the stalled construction of a replacement lock.

President elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mattei said participating in an inspection trip and seeing things with her own eyes, like this lock on the Tennessee River, is extremely valuable in her role as a commissioner.

“It’s one thing to listen to someone’s PowerPoint or to their briefing and look at numbers on a table, and maybe a couple of pretty photos, and have them tell you about the issues that they’re experiencing at a certain location,” Mattei said.  “It’s quite another when you get to see what that location actually looks like.”

She stressed that being able to visit a project site in person like Chickamauga Lock is very beneficial because of the impact one lock can have on a series of locks on this river. 

“So if this lock shuts down, it impacts the locks beyond it.  And so when you’re at the site and you see the traffic on the river, you see the condition of the lock, you see the dam, it really drives home the issues you’ve been told and that you’ve read about in a report,” Mattei said.

The commission boarded the Motor Vessel Mississippi in Chattanooga Aug. 8 after touring Chickamauga Lock, and hosted local community leaders to talk about the local waterway.  Displays were also set up to inform visitors about TVA operations at dams on the Tennessee River and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District operations at the navigation locks, and other missions to include recreation and regulatory functions.  Stakeholders had access to information on how to receive assistance with water resource stewardship and engineering support for local governments such as ecosystem restoration, emergency response, floodplain management, hydropower, and water supply.

The commission then stopped over in Decatur, Ala., Aug. 9 for additional face-to-face interaction. The 241-foot towboat, which features three 6,300 horsepower diesel engines and is five-stories high, continued moving downstream and crossed through the Barkley Canal and “Land Between the Lakes” into the Cumberland River, arriving at Clarksville, Tenn., Aug. 11 for another stakeholder meeting while docked at McGregor Park.

Tennessee State Rep. Mary Littleton, 78th District, represents Cheatham and Dickson Counties.  She came aboard in Clarksville and emphasized that transportation is a big issue across the state and so keeping the waterways open moving commerce is an important issue to the region.

“I know that the barges help relieve traffic on the highways, so I think that is my concern,” Littleton said.

The Motor Vessel Mississippi arrived in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 12 and docked at Riverfront.  The commission and local community leaders took a walking tour of the city to learn more about the May 2010 flood.  The group then boarded the vessel and traveled back up stream on the Cumberland River to Cheatham Lock.

During the voyage, Nashville District officials briefed stakeholders about post flood actions, recreation and its economic impact to the region, hydropower from a national and regional perspective, and the district’s hydropower rehabilitation program.

Roger Lindsey, professional engineer and program manager for Metro Nashville Water Services, spoke about the city’s flood recovery and development of the Nashville SAFE Tool, which stands for “Situational Awareness for Flooding Events.” It is an internal mapping tool to help the city better predict when and where flooding will occur.

Participants were encouraged to provide the commission feedback and Greg Batts, owner of Prizer Point Marina and Resort in Cadiz, Ky., asked them to foster better communication with the recreation community on the waterways because they want to be partners, contribute and have input in the decisions that directly affect them.

“We can do a lot of things together, but we have to work together,” said Batts.

The commission culminated its trip to the Twin Rivers with a visit to Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky., Aug. 13.  They toured and received an update on the status of construction on an additional lock chamber that will alleviate congestion of commercial traffic on the Tennessee River. 

Joanne Mann, executive assistant and Congressional liaison in the Nashville District, said it took about four months of preparation so the commission would have the opportunity to conduct the low water inspection and interact with stakeholders on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.

“They’re learning about our projects and our challenges and our issues and where we could use help, and how we integrate with other organizations like TVA and the relationships we have with them,” Mann said.  “We also ensure that the stakeholders are given the opportunity to talk about their issues and challenges and what they hope to gain from what the Corps does for them in the region.”

Mattei said the site visits are instrumental because each commissioner sees the rivers and speaks to the people who live, work and recreate on them.

“Whenever I go on these trips it helps me to understand what the issues are in that particular region because the area of the Mississippi River Valley, the entire basin, it’s huge,” Mattei said.  “And the issues that are important to a specific person in an area – it depends on where you are, and it depends on who you are.  And so by getting into a certain location, say the Cumberland, the Tennessee, talking to all the stakeholders that live and work in that area – the engagement really helps me to understand, and how that fits into the grand scheme of things.”

Composed of seven members, each member of the commission is nominated by the Department of Defense or Department of Commerce, appointed by the president of the United States, and vetted by the senate. Three of the organization's members are officers of the Corps of Engineers; one member is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and three members are civilians, two of whom are civil engineers. They are Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division and president-nominee of the commission; Honorable Sam E. Angel, Lake Village Ark.; Honorable R. D. James, New Madrid, Mo.; Honorable Norma Jean Mattai, Ph.D., Metairie, La.; Rear Adm. Gerd F. Glang, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration director, Silver Springs, Md.; Brig. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division commander, Dallas, Texas.

Approximately 400 people took advantage of a public tour of Motor Vessel Mississippi Aug. 7 when the vessel arrived to begin the inspection trip.  The vessel spends more than 90 percent of its time as a working towboat in the Memphis District, moving barges, equipment and supplies on the lower Mississippi River. It was built in 1993 by Halter Marine and is the fifth Army Corps of Engineers towboat to bear the name.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.)