East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Closure of Okeechobee Waterway Locks Postponed:
On September 2, 2001, the USACE Jacksonville District issued another Notice to Navigation Interests regarding the Temporary Closures for the locks in the Okeechobee Waterway. These closures have been postponed until sometime during the summer of 2012. The lock closures for dewatering and re-watering for installation of a Manatee Protection System would have closed the Okeechobee Waterway during most of the busy fall cruising season. Check http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/DOCS/NavBulletins/2011/NTN20110902_UPDATE-TemporaryLockClosurePostponed.pdf
Champlain and Erie Canal Update:
Due to damage from Irene the Champlain Canal and the Erie Canal (Locks E-19 through E-2) were closed. As of Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the Champlain Canal is open for all vessel traffic. The Erie Canal (Locks E-19 through E-2) remains closed until further notice. A damage assessment is expected next week at the earliest. Updated information is available at www.canals.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-4canal4.
From the US Army Corps of Engineers and the USCG 5th District Coast Guard Bridge Branch:
Regular Lockings to Great Bridge Lock Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Repairs to the Great Bridge Locks, damaged during Hurricane Irene, in Chesapeake, Virginia have been completed. Lockings have returned to normal openings 24 hours a day, seven days a week schedule, 365 days a year. Great Bridge locks open on demand, but work in conjunction with the Great Bridge Bridge openings. Vessel operators may contact the Great Bridge Lock at 757-547-3311 if additional locking information is required. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.
To read the full alert posted on September 1, please see: http://www.boatus.com/cruising/tomNeale/fullalert.asp?bid=3258
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