|Tug boat pushing fifteen barges up the Mississippi River|
Working on the Mississippi has been a treat. There is a lot of American history associated with the Mississippi and I was happy to see that it is still very much alive with shipping and commerce. Some of the other rivers I have worked on in the Midwest, such as the Saginaw River in Michigan and the Fox River in Wisconsin, used to serve as important modes of travel and transportation. Now their swing bridges go unused and the locks and dams sit in a state of decay.
The Mississippi on the other had, is still traveled by massive tugs and barges moving goods into the heart of the country. The locks that make the river navigable for these tugs are massive and unlike anything I have seen before. We traversed one of the locks to get from the boat launch to our survey area. The locks made us feel tiny. It was not even necessary for us to tie up as we could easily motor around while they raised or lowered the water.
|Surveying on the Saginaw River in 2009. In the background is a railroad drawbridge and behind that are newer fixed position car bridges.|