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April 2008

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

Wednesday...30 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Pic of the Day

"Pool 25 Flood Waters"

 

   

  

  

 

   

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day...... are from Patty Williams of Pool 25 !
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Hi Riverbills!

 

    Thought maybe you would like a few pics from us in the other pool.  I have a place at Timberlake.  Last weekend (April 19), we all boated in and since I was the only person in the group that had dry concrete, we HAD to have a party!  So we bar-be-qued.  These are some pics of my house and the boats tied around it.  I’m sending it in two emails.  Hope you enjoy them.   If you want something different or some more, let me know.

   

   This first set of pictures is a view pulling up to our house and then the first boats tied under the house and the small patch of green that was left.

 

 Thanks

 Patty Williams

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ....... was sent in by Sharon Gwillim.  She snapped a picture of a red and green buoy a bit to close to navigate between.

Oh Buoy !

 

 

Bill,

   This is a picture of a couple of buoy's that are obviously off their mark.  Could you get your boat through there?? 

  We saw them on the way to the Wing Fling on 521. 

  Click here for Wing Fling  Pictures.

 

Sharon G

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Navigation Notice ...... Lock and Dam Closures

 

To:         ALL MARINERS
From:     Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:      4/29/08
Subject: L/D Closure


NAVNOTICE # 1100

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
L/D 13 (LLNR 14500) MM 522.5 UMR
L/D 16 (LLNR 15000) MM 457.2 UMR
L/D 17 (LLNR 15135) MM 437.1 UMR
L/D 18 (LLNR 15295) MM 410.5 UMR
ALL ARE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO HIGH WATER.
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE LOCK MASTER ON VHF FM CHNL 14 OR 16 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1100   

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

Navigation Notice ...... High Water Advisory Update

 

To:         ALL MARINERS
From:     Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:      4/29/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update


NAVNOTICE # 1099

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1099  

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

Navigation Notice ...... Missouri River 

 

To:          ALL MARINERS
From:      Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:       4/29/08
Subject:  CG Establishes ATON of MOR


NAVNOTICE # 1098

MISSOURI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION FROM MM 226.4 TO MM 732.2 MOR FOR THE 2008 NAVIGATIONAL SEASON. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS RIVER WITH EXTREME CAUTION.


Click here to read Navigation Notice #1098  

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

What's Going on At The River Restaurants This Weekend

   

Click here to go to RiverBill's Restaurant Section

 

Farmer Wants A Wife  ......  

 

   The first episode ( of 11) is coming to TV Wednesday night at 8pm?

   

   Capt'n Alan Deutschmann sent us a picture of  the star of the show, Matt the farmer (green hat), himself (captain's hat).  From the produce stand in Boschertown... Cleveland and Jimmy who he believes have some parts in the series???  

 

   The series was filmed in Alan's neighborhood last year and he helped with the production.  They had to import 100% of the farm animals for the production.....and ....Alan also noted that he showed 20+ of the crew the river last year when he took them out for a cruise on his boat !

 

   Google/ Farmer Wants a Wife for more info.

 

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill ......  

   New business Hours  & Daily Specials

 

Open Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 a.m. 
Saturday & Sunday at 8:00 a.m. for Breakfast

 full menu at 11:00 a.m.

 

Click here to go to 

Restaurant Section for Daily Specials

   Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

3rd Annual Grafton Harbor 

Antique & Classic Boat and Outboard Show 

Saturday June 21, 2008

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig.....636-441-3559

    James Tobin.....314-249-3965

    Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

Brussels Ferry ...... 

 

  As of Tuesday at 1:50 PM the Brussels Ferry is open for business.

Cedar Hill Resort Update ------ Cedar Hill Resort has postponed their season opening until the flood water recedes.

 

  Keep your ear to RiverBill's for more information as it become available.

 

Golden Eagle Ferry, Winfield Ferry ...... 

 

  It has been reported, but not verified,  that the Golden Eagle Ferry is shut down due to high water, but the Winfield Ferry is sill running

 

Grafton Ferry ...... 

 

  The Grafton Ferry is shut down due to high water

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Past Commodore Party ...... 

  RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll Weil, Webmaster for Con Trios Yacht Club.

 

Bill,

  Talked to Past Commodore Tim Tighe today (Tuesday) and he gave me the following information:
The Past Commodores Party is still on!
Grafton Harbor is set up to accommodate those of us with slip reservations.
The parking lot and sidewalk at the Grafton Harbor are still dry, but the downstream road entrance (the one nearest Grafton's Landing) has water on it. Joe suggests using the upstream entrance (the one closest to Jimbo's Hardware Store) to get into the Harbor by car.
The shuttle to and from the Aeries Winery for the Past Commodores Party WILL be running.
The Grafton Ferry is NOT running at this time.
Bottom line is, the party is still on, those of us going by boat, we need to allow a little extra time and take it very easy as quite a few homes are flooded along our route. I plan on staying WAY out in the channel to minimize wake hitting the shoreline. I also plan on getting there early Saturday morning to help!
Important notice for all PAST COMMODORES! REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR RED APRONS SO YOU LOOK GOOD COOKING AND SERVING!
Hope to see you all at the party!
Come H*LL or high water Con Trios Yacht Club is having a PARTY!

Darryll Weil

 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht club's website

 

Saturday, 24 May, 2008

  Vessel Safety Check Station at  Grafton Harbor

 

 

Press Release



 

For more information, contact:

Anthony Turner

Chief, External Communications

Email: DVC-AX@Auxpa.org

310-908-6950
   www.auxpa.org

 Size Does Matter – When Choosing A Life Jacket

 There’s no doubt that life jackets save lives. In the United States an average of nine people a day die as a result of drowning - deaths that could have been prevented. But a life jacket that does not fit properly can put a person at risk of drowning. Proper fit is imperative for safety on the water. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a few tips to follow when choosing a life jacket. 

 ·         Choose only a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved life jacket, and the correct size for the weight of the person. The USCG stamp of approval, size, whether it is for a child or an adult, and appropriate weight of the wearer should be listed inside the jacket. A person’s chest size and stomach size may come into play when selecting the right life jacket.

·         Use the “touchdown” test to see if your life jacket fits properly; Lift your arms above your head as if calling a touchdown. The chest portion of the jacket should not touch your chin when you look left, right or over your shoulder. If the jacket passes this test, it most likely fits. If possible try it out in shallow water. The life jacket should not ride up on your body. However, ride-up may happen if your stomach is larger than your chest.

·         Weigh a child and measure for chest size under the arms before shopping for a child’s life jacket. A properly fitting jacket should be snug but not tight.

·         Check for proper fit of a life jacket on a child. Wearing the jacket, the child should stand normally with arms at his or her sides. Grab the jacket at the shoulders and firmly lift up. The jacket does not fit if it moves more than three inches up and down the child’s body during the test.

·         Ensure a life jacket for an infant or child has a crotch strap to help keep the life jacket on, an oversized float collar to help keep the head out of the water and a grab loop for easier water rescue. All straps should be intact and fastened at all times.

So what is the safest life jacket? In terms of risk of drowning, the safest life jacket is the one you’re willing to wear! There are many good choices to keep safe on the water. Some of the choices are a better for certain situations than others, and therefore the choices are explained in the "Think Safe" life jacket pamphlet that is sold with every US Coast Guard approved life jacket. By reading the pamphlet, you can understand how to safely have fun on the water. For more information about life jacket types visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.net/types.htm or http://www.boatingsidekicks.com/lifejackets.htm.

 

So what about the cost, aren’t life jackets expensive? Just keep in mind that no one thinks about the cost when they are in the water! The value of a life jacket could be priceless.

 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and direct law enforcement actions. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an integral part of the United States Coast Guard. For more information visit www.cgaux.org  if you are ready to join visit http://join.cgaux.org/ .

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Doug Edelman - TKC Contractor

SIPRNET Tier 2 Support , ESU - St Louis

314-269-2460

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

 

Ron Skeen Dies in Cancun, Mexico........

       

      RiverBill's received a phone call from Ron Skeen Jr.  He told us that his father lost his balance and fell to his death from a second floor hotel balcony while on vacation in Cancun Mexico.

 

Ron & Darlene Skeen 

Former Two Branch Marina boaters

 Our condolences go out to the entire family.

 

Updated Tue at 1:30PM 

A Funeral Service is being planned for Ron on Friday at:

 Pitman Funeral Home

909 Pitman Ave

 Wentzville, Mo

 

Burial on Saturday

Click here to go to Pitman Funeral Home website

Click here for directions

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Shirley Winn , mother of Laura Kelley, has passed away

 

   Laura's mother, Shirley Winn, passed away on Saturday afternoon, at home, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, Ralph, and son, David, were at her side. 


A memorial service will be held on Saturday (5-03-08) at 5:30 PM at:

John Calvin Presbyterian Church

12567 Natural Bridge Road

Bridgeton, Mo


Bill and Laura Kelley hail out of Two Branch Marina in the boat "The Laura Lee"

Member of Con Trios Yacht Club

Missouri Boating Law of the Month.....

  

 

Accident or collision, duties of operator--report required, when.

306.140. 1. It shall be the duty of the operator of a watercraft involved in a collision, accident, or other casualty, so far as the operator can do so without serious danger to the operator's watercraft, crew and passengers, to render to other persons affected by the collision, accident, or other casualty assistance as may be practicable and as may be necessary in order to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the collision, accident, or other casualty, and also to give his or her name, address, and identification of his or her watercraft in writing to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the collision, accident, or other casualty.

2. In the case of collision, accident, or other casualty involving a watercraft, the operator thereof, if the collision, accident, or other casualty results in death or injury to a person or damage to property in excess of five hundred dollars, shall file with the Missouri state water patrol a full description of the collision, accident, or other casualty, including such information as the patrol may, by regulation, require.

(L. 1959 S.B. 142 § 10, A.L. 1985 H.B. 280, et al., A.L. 1989 S.B. 135, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353) 
 
Officer Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

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River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the April 7th, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of Lock and Dam 26 at Alton from 1939.  It features the gauge used to measure the river levels, a function that is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

 

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Tuesday...29 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated at 6:15 PM. Graftons Landing...Ferry Updates..more info on Ron Skeen Funeral

 

Pic of the Day

"Flood Waters"

 

  

 

  

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures of The Day...... Are from Mike Hefferon 

 

Water Level

Winfield tailwater 30.08

Grafton 22.71

These were taken Saturday about the same time you took the pictures at Yacht Club, although we did see three boats venture out, I was not one of them.

Mike Hefferon
Lake Center Marina


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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ....... was of a   helicopter heading up river near Royal Landing.   It looks like it is low enough that it could pull a water skier.

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

What's Going on At The River Restaurants This Weekend

   

Click here to go to RiverBill's Restaurant Section

 

Updated at 6:15 PM 

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill ......  

   New business Hours  & Daily Specials

 

Open Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 a.m. 
Saturday & Sunday at 8:00 a.m. for Breakfast

 full menu at 11:00 a.m.

 

Click here to go to 

Restaurant Section for Daily Specials

Updated at 3:45 PM

   Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

3rd Annual Grafton Harbor 

Antique & Classic Boat and Outboard Show 

Saturday June 21, 2008

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig.....636-441-3559

    James Tobin.....314-249-3965

    Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

Updated at 1:50 PM

Brussels Ferry ...... 

 

  As of Tuesday at 1:50 PM the Brussels Ferry is open for business.

Updated at 12:55 PM

Cedar Hill Resort Update ------ Cedar Hill Resort has postponed their season opening until the flood water recedes.

 

  Keep your ear to RiverBill's for more information as it become available.

Updated at 12:55 PM

Golden Eagle Ferry, Winfield Ferry ...... 

 

  It has been reported, but not verified,  that the Golden Eagle Ferry is shut down due to high water, but the Winfield Ferry is sill running

Updated at 12:45 PM

Grafton Ferry ...... 

 

  The Grafton Ferry is shut down due to high water

Updated at 12:00 Noon

Navigation Notice ...... L/D 11  CLOSURE

 

To:          ALL MARINERS
From:      Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:       4/29/08
Subject:  Lock & Dam 11 Closure

NAVNOTICE # 1097

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
L/D 11 MM 583 UMR WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION FM 1000 TO 1400
CDT ON 05MAY08. THE PURPOSE OF THIS CLOSURE IS TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THE
OIL PUMPS FOR THE MITER GATE MACHINERY. TOWBOAT OPERATORS ARE
REQUESTED NOT TO TIE UP ON THE GUIDE WALLS DURING THIS CLOSURE
PERIOD.

 

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1097    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

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Lock and Dam 11 is located  near Dubuque, Iowa.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

Navigation Notice ...... L/D 17, 16, AND 13  CLOSURE

 

To:        ALL MARINERS
From:    Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:     4/28/08
Subject: L/D CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1093

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0125-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NRS 0122, 0124-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0125-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER L/D 17, 16, AND 13 ARE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO HIGH WATER. MARINERS ARE REQ TO CONTACT THE LOCK MASTERS ON VHF FM CH 14 OR 16 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1093    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

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Lock and Dam 13 is located  near Fulton, IL.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

 

Lock and Dam 16 is located at river mile 457.2 near Muscatine, Iowa.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

 

Lock and Dam 17 is located at river mile 437 near New Boston, Illinois.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....

 

   There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

 

Flood Committee Met To Evaluate Levee Repairs.........

 

    On Sunday afternoon, the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force, which is a group of about 15 members, got together to evaluate the levee problems in Monroe, Madison and St. Clair County. They had a meeting and also took a bus tour to look at the levees and determine what needs to be done. Evidently, there is about $180 million worth of repairs that need to be done. Higher levee standards are going into effect next year. There are about five Metro East levees that will not meet these standards. If that happens, the area will be considered a flood zone and the residents will be required to have more flood insurance.

 

To read this full story and more of what the committee has decided, click here on the Granite City Journal

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Saturday, 24 May, 2008

  Vessel Safety Check Station at  Grafton Harbor

 

 

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net

314-852-2909

April 28, 2008

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks

Safe Boats Save Lives

Learn the federal and state requirements for operating a vessel, and make sure your boat or personal watercraft is in compliance.  Have a Vessel Safety Check performed to ensure that your vessel meets these requirements and has all the necessary safety equipment on board and in good condition.

 

Flotilla 3-13 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting  a  free Vessel Safety Check Station at  Grafton Harbor May 24th from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.   If you will not be available at this time, you can still request to schedule a safety check for your vessel by contacting Karl at kdippold@spiff.net.

A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

This is not a boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of any deficiencies found. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter


To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary – or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us – please visit us online at
www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at bcz@charter.net.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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Doug Edelman - TKC Contractor

SIPRNET Tier 2 Support , ESU - St Louis

314-269-2460

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

 

Ron Skeen Dies in Cancun, Mexico........

       

      RiverBill's received a phone call from Ron Skeen Jr.  He told us that his father lost his balance and fell to his death from a second floor hotel balcony while on vacation in Cancun Mexico.

 

Ron & Darlene Skeen 

Former Two Branch Marina boaters

 Our condolences go out to the entire family.

 

Updated Tue at 1:30PM 

A Funeral Service is being planned for Ron on Friday at:

 Pitman Funeral Home

909 Pitman Ave

 Wentzville, Mo

 

Burial on Saturday

Click here to go to Pitman Funeral Home website

Click here for directions

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Shirley Winn , mother of Laura Kelley, has passed away

 

  Check the Obituary Page for more information....click here

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Lucille Carroll , mother of Dennis Carroll, has passed away

 

Check the Obituary Page for more information....click here

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

 

For further information contact: Captain Matt C. Walz

Phone: (573) 873-9933

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake of the Ozarks

Boat Thefts at Lake of the Ozarks

On April 25, 2008 during the early morning hours, boats were cut loose from their moorings and more than $12,000 in fishing equipment was stolen. The suspects appear to have stolen one boat and used it as transportation to the others. According to investigators, the boat believed to have been used to cross the channel was stolen from a dock near the 1-mile marker of the Grand Glaize Arm on Beach Drive in Osage Beach. It appears the thieves used the stolen boat to motor across the Grand Glaize Arm to a dock at the end of Passover Road, where they cut several boats loose, towed them out to the channel and left them adrift after they were stripped of rods, reels and tackle boxes. The thieves then returned to the other side of the channel, unloaded the stolen items from the other boats at a community ramp located at the end of Bonnie Drive in Osage Beach, they then left the area, leaving the boats drifting on the lake.

Simple precautionary measures can go a long way to discourage thieves who usually are looking for easy items to steal such as fishing equipment, electronics and anything else of value.

The Water Patrol offers a few tips to lower your risk of thefts:

· Store valuables in a secure, locked facility rather than leaving them in the open.
· Remove all items of value from their boats and docks when possible. One of the most effective deterrents of theft is lighting. Docks and marinas should be illuminated at night to give the appearance of activity. Lighting on docks can be added in the form of blue dock lights, yellow bug lights or regular lights with sensors or timers.
· Items attached or stowed onboard boats should be inventoried with serial numbers, if available. The color, make and model also should be logged. If an item does not have a serial number, a personal marking, such as initials, should be engraved onto it. Serial numbers or an identifying marking is important in recovering stolen property. Photos are helpful, but it needs some type of identifying mark.
· Video cameras may deter thieves and assist authorities in apprehending suspects. They are especially helpful on community docks.

If anyone sees anything suspicious, please report it immediately. If anyone has any information about these thefts or secondary markets for fishing tackle, please contact the Missouri State Water Patrol (573) 751-3333 or go online to
http://www.mswp.dps.mo.gov and click on the crime tip link to leave an anonymous tip.
 


News Release ID: N07080026
Release Date: 20080428

 

The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Upcoming Event      Saturday, 17 May, 2008

Grafton Flood Fest

 

Mason Hollow Park

Main & Springfield 

11:00a.m.-11p.m.

 

Motor on up to Grafton for the Flood Fest!  Many activities are planned, including a Jon Boat Parade, kids games, the crowning of the Catfish Queen, and much more!  Admission is free.    

 

(618) 786-2000

   

Click here for more info

Missouri Boating Law of the Month.....

  

 

Accident or collision, duties of operator--report required, when.

306.140. 1. It shall be the duty of the operator of a watercraft involved in a collision, accident, or other casualty, so far as the operator can do so without serious danger to the operator's watercraft, crew and passengers, to render to other persons affected by the collision, accident, or other casualty assistance as may be practicable and as may be necessary in order to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the collision, accident, or other casualty, and also to give his or her name, address, and identification of his or her watercraft in writing to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the collision, accident, or other casualty.

2. In the case of collision, accident, or other casualty involving a watercraft, the operator thereof, if the collision, accident, or other casualty results in death or injury to a person or damage to property in excess of five hundred dollars, shall file with the Missouri state water patrol a full description of the collision, accident, or other casualty, including such information as the patrol may, by regulation, require.

(L. 1959 S.B. 142 § 10, A.L. 1985 H.B. 280, et al., A.L. 1989 S.B. 135, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353) 
 
Officer Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

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River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the April 19th, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of a 600-foot lake freighter was that locked through the 600 ft lock at Dam 26 in Alton, IL. without incident    Many WWII war ships were converted into freighters in Great Lakes shipyards after the end of the war.

 

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

What Could Have Been….

According to an article, in Southeast Missourians, New Madrid was once destined to become one of the most popular cities in the Midwest. This place was founded in 1789. Francis and Joseph Lesieur were two French Canadians who settled there in the 1780’s and set up trading posts to trade furs with the Indians. Its first name was “L’ Anse a la Graisse” or the “Greasy Bend.” Col. George Morgan, in 1789 named this town after a city in Spain. Big things were planned for this area. However, things changed. First, politics, then the earthquake hit. That area ended up in the bottom of the Mississippi River somewhere near the Kentucky shore.

To read this full fascinating historical story, click here

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

  RiverBill's Message Board is a public service for the boaters who frequent this website.  

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them; they are not reflective of the views or opinions of RiverBills.com LLC.

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Name:     lpx225
Date:       Tue 29 Apr 2008 02:26:24 PM EDT 
Subject:   Advertising in Excess. 


I truly love Riverbills website, but I have to say there are so many advertisers these days that the website has become a haven for advertising an not much about the River Crowd that brought this website to life. There has to be a happy medium here somewhere, if not it will end up being one giant advertising website like RiverBender. I completely understand the value of making money but I am becoming more an more discouraged with all the advertising. I have great respect for you Bill but I feel it is necessary to express my viewpoint, perhaps no one else agrees with my opinion, but nevertheless I felt it important to bring it up. 



Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday...28 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Pic of the Day

"Flood Waters"

  

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures of The Day...... Are from Mike and Sherri Stanczak. 

 

Hi, Bill,
   Mike and I put the boat in the water yesterday (Saturday) and took a little ride. It was very nice out and the water was just like glass, however, you understand and respect the river when you see how much damage it is doing to clubhouses and businesses.

   I have attached a few photos that we took yesterday. 

Sherri

RiverBill says ....Thanks for the great pictures Sherri !   

                         Look for more flood pictures on Riverbill's tomorrow.......   

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006.....  was a Great River Sunset sent in by Betty Bannister, who hails out of Grafton Harbor .

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Navigation Notice ...... L/D 17 CLOSURE

 

To:         ALL MARINERS
From:     Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:      4/27/08 


Subject: L/D 17 CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1091

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0122-08 UM 
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED 
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0122-08 UM 
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER 
MM 437.1 
L/D 17 IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO HIGH 
WATER. MARINERS ARE REQ TO CONTACT THE LOCK MASTER AT (309)587-8125 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1091    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

Lock and Dam 17 is located at river mile 437 near New Boston, Illinois.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

Navigation Notice ...... L/D 16 CLOSURE

 

To:      ALL MARINERS
From:  Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:   4/27/08 
Subject: L/D 16 CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1092

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0122-08 UM 
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED 
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0122-08 UM 
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER 
MM 457.2 
L/D 16 IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO HIGH 
WATER. MARINERS ARE REQ TO CONTACT THE LOCK MASTER AT (309) 537-3191 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. 

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1092    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos



Lock and Dam 16 is located at river mile 457.2 near Muscatine, Iowa.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....

 

   There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

 

Hannibal’s Last Flood Gate Will Go In On Sunday.....

 

    According to a news article on KHQA online, Hannibal has installed some flood gates to protect their city from the rising waters of the Mississippi River. . A couple of weeks ago, they installed flood gates at Center and Hill Street entrances. Last week they installed them at the South Main entrance. The last one is scheduled to go in on Sunday, April 27, 2008. 

 

   The flooding has hurt many of the businesses in Hannibal, including Bubba’s Restaurant and the Mark Twain Riverboat.  Bubba’s Restaurant will have  water on their floor if the river goes up as high as predicted. 

 

   To read more about these flood gates and the flooding in Hannibal, click here

 

Cedar Hill Resort  ------ will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 3rd. 

   Keep your marine radio tuned to channel "RiverBill's" over  the next few days for more information !

More River Rat Parrot Party Pictures............. Capt'n Dennis Carroll, who hails out of  The Yacht club of St. Louis in the boat "PROP POSITIONED", sent us more pictures of some RiverRats heading out to the Jimmy Buffett Concert last Thursday afternoon.

 Click here and check them out.

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

 Updated Sun at 11:00AM

More Bad News, Ron Skeen Dies in Cancun, Mexico........

       

   RiverBill's just received a phone call from Jackie Patrick. Ron Skeen, a former Two Branch Marina boater, fell yesterday while on vacation in Cancun Mexico and was killed.

 

Ron & Darlene Skeen 

 More information as it becomes available

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Shirley Winn , mother of Laura Kelley, has passed away

 

   Laura's mother, Shirley Winn, passed away on Saturday afternoon, at home, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, Ralph, and son, David, were at her side. 
   A memorial service is being planned.


Bill and Laura Kelley hail out of Two Branch Marina in the boat "The Laura Lee"

Member of Con Trios Yacht Club

Updated Sat at 3:40 PM

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Lucille Carroll , mother of Dennis Carroll, has passed away

 

Visitations:    3:00PM to 9:00PM on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at 

                      Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation Center 

Services:       10:30AM at Hutchens Mortuary on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 

 

For more information, click here to go to Hutchens Funeral Home website

 

Our condolences go out to Dennis and Susan Carroll and their family.

 

Picture of Dennis and Susie Carroll

From Con Trios Yacht Club website

Dennis and his wife Susan hail out of the The Yacht club of St. Louis in the boat "PROP POSITIONED"

Dennis is the Aqua Scooter dealer in the St. Louis area

Owner of Don's Body Shop

Member of Con Trios Yacht Club

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Saturday, 17 May, 2008

Grafton Flood Fest

 

Mason Hollow Park

Main & Springfield 

11:00a.m.-11p.m.

 

Motor on up to Grafton for the Flood Fest!  Many activities are planned, including a Jon Boat Parade, kids games, the crowning of the Catfish Queen, and much more!  Admission is free.    

 

(618) 786-2000

   

Click here for more info

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

  Featured in the April 20th, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was another flood picture.  It's of a crowd of flood watchers at the edge of the water at State and Broadway in Alton, IL in 1943.   The Mississippi River reached a high of 34.4 feet on May 24.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

St. Charles Fire Fighters Save man Who Jumped Into In The Missouri River

  A man was reported jumping off of the Discovery Bridge on 370, into the Missouri River at approximately 2:20 AM on Friday morning. Two firefighters went out in the dark waters to look for him. They spotted him in dark using night goggles they and rescued him.  

 

  The jumper was he was taken to St. Joseph Hospital where he is reported to be in very critical condition, but is expected to survive. 

 

  To read the full story on this river rescue, click here on STLtoday.com

Missouri Boating Law of the Month.....

  

 

Accident or collision, duties of operator--report required, when.

306.140. 1. It shall be the duty of the operator of a watercraft involved in a collision, accident, or other casualty, so far as the operator can do so without serious danger to the operator's watercraft, crew and passengers, to render to other persons affected by the collision, accident, or other casualty assistance as may be practicable and as may be necessary in order to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the collision, accident, or other casualty, and also to give his or her name, address, and identification of his or her watercraft in writing to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the collision, accident, or other casualty.

2. In the case of collision, accident, or other casualty involving a watercraft, the operator thereof, if the collision, accident, or other casualty results in death or injury to a person or damage to property in excess of five hundred dollars, shall file with the Missouri state water patrol a full description of the collision, accident, or other casualty, including such information as the patrol may, by regulation, require.

(L. 1959 S.B. 142 § 10, A.L. 1985 H.B. 280, et al., A.L. 1989 S.B. 135, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353) 
 
Officer Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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  Click here to read about the following article (dated April 27, 2008)  posted on the Save-The-Delta-Queen website:

 

Rep. Oberstar’s manipulatory tricks in his Delta Queen speech on the House of Representatives

 

Wings Of Spring Festival

 

   The telegraph.com reported that the third annual Wings of Spring Confluence Birding Festival was held last Saturday in West Alton, Missouri at the Riverlands Migratory Sanctuary. The festivities included a live band, food and and plenty of things to do and see. Children were able to do build  their own birdhouses to take home. 

 

 To read the full story, click here

Flood Rescue News From Afar......

   Workers Were Rescued From A River Tunnel

   According to an article in STLtoday.com, there were four workers out on a boat, working on a flood project area. They went through a tunnel which connects Turkey Creek with the Kansas River. Their boat capsized. Two of the men had their life jackets on and were taken down river by the current. The other two men were able to get to dry land inside the tunnel, which was about 800 to 1,000 feet away. All four of the men were rescued, treated for hypothermia and then were released. 

  To read the full story about this rescue, click here.

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River Destinations.... Grafton, IL

   Piasa Winery Holds Their 5th Annual Mushroom Festival

 

   On Sunday, April 27, 2008, the Piasa Winery and Gift Shop held their 5th annual Mushroom Festival. For $7.50 guest got to taste their wine and several different types of mushroom dishes prepared by local chefs. 

 

   It was a Mushroom Cook-off.... overlooking the  Mississippi River in Grafton, Illinois. 

 

   To read more about the ‘shroom boom in telegraph.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun...25, 26, 27 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 11:00AM...Ron Skeen killed in fall while in Cancun....news update....River Levels

 Updated Sat at 10:00PM....Laura Kelley's mother passed away....Dennis Carrol's mother passed away.....Updated RiverLevels ......   RiverBirds.net....Lake Ozarks Gas Prices....Pic of the day...News...

Pic of the Day

"Flood Waters"

  

Updated Sat at 10:30PM

Our Picture of The Day....Sunday.. Was sent in by Capt'n Darryll Wei, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser..."After You". 

 

Bill,

   After de-winterizing our boat.... pulled out of Yacht Club of St. Louis at a very slow idle to get a couple of pictures of the high water for future reference.
   These were taken on April 26th, 2008. Water levels were as follows:
Winfield Lock and Dam Tailwater 30.08 feet.
Grafton 22.71 feet.

Posted the rest of the pictures on my website, click on the link below to see them.

http://www.captainweil.com/20080426highwaterycsl/default.htm

Darryll Weil,

webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

Pic of the Day

"River Rats in Paradise"

 

  Click on pic to enlarge

Updated Sat at 8:45AM

Our Picture of The Day....Saturday.. Was sent in by Capt'n Darryll Wei, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser..."After You".  It's a shot of some of the River Rats that met at Sybergs before the Jimmy Buffet Concert Thursday evening !  That's the 12 Volt band on stage playing the island tunes at the pre-party !


Bill,

 

  A bunch of us River Rats went to the Jimmy Buffet Concert Thursday. Click on the link below to read the story and see the pictures.

http://www.captainweil.com/20080424jimmybuffet/default.htm

Enjoy, Darryll

Pic of the Day

"Rock Dikes"

 

 

 

  Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture and e-mail of The Day....Friday.. was sent in by Tony Roberson of Roberson's Marine Repair.

 


Bill,

 Thought I would send a couple of pics that the river rats might like to see. Pat Riley and I towed this boat off of the Missouri river Tues evening.

 

Thanks,

Tony Roberson

Roberson's Marine Repair

 

Have a great day and safe boating!

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006...Sunday...was from Betty Bannister.  It's a picture from  "Jon Boat Wednesday".    A group of boaters from Grafton that get together on Wednesday's and go boating....... in jon boats.......   

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2006...Saturday..  . was of a  Turtle Fest in the Lehmond Island Slough.   These guys were all negotiating for a spot on this one log in the middle of the slough to get in some "Sun Time".   There were more turtles on the log when we first seen them, but some slipped off into the water as I approached.   Looks like there were still about 15 -16 left when this picture was taken, depending if you count them on the small picture or on the full size one.   Lehmond Island Slough is located between Dardenne Slough and Highway B at approximately the UMR 227 -228 mile marker.

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2006...Friday..  was of our friend Dutch and a couple of his lady friends on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort.  Dutch brought the dancers along with him on his cruiser,  the Scoundrel, to provide entertainment for everyone that day.   Yeah Dutch ! 

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Updated Sun at 7:30AM

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

 Updated Sun at 11:00AM

More Bad News, Ron Skeen Dies in Cancun, Mexico........

       

   RiverBill's just received a phone call from Jackie Patrick. Ron Skeen, a former Two Branch Marina boater, fell yesterday while on vacation in Cancun Mexico and was killed.

 

Ron & Darlene Skeen 

 More information as it becomes available

 Updated Sun at 7:45AM

Initiative Leadership Task Force Touring Levees and Meeting........

    

   According to a news article on the US Army Corps of Engineers website.....members of the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force, who are focused on restoring levees in southwest Illinois, gathered Friday, April 25, to visit various levees and to meet.  They gathered at the National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., to hear presentations and discuss issues.

Click here to read the news article

Updated Sat at 10:00PM

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Shirley Winn , mother of Laura Kelley, has passed away

 

   Laura's mother, Shirley Winn, passed away on Saturday afternoon, at home, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, Ralph, and son, David, were at her side. 
   A memorial service is being planned.


Bill and Laura Kelley hail out of Two Branch Marina in the boat "The Laura Lee"

Member of Con Trios Yacht Club

 Updated Saturday at 10:15AM

RiverBirds.net....

    

   Capt'n Darryll Weil sent us an e-mail that he uploaded a new "Picture of the Day" on Larry Demko's new website...RiverBirds.net.....

 

    Click here and take-a-peek.....Hah !

 

 Updated Saturday at 9:40AM

Gas on the water At Lake Ozarks....

    According to a news article in Lake Expo online Gas on the water at Lake Of The Ozarks is $3.95 and up this weekend.

   

   Click here to read the on-line news article.

 

 Updated Saturday at 9:30AM

Dutch and the Scoundrel.......

   

   Click here and check out Dutch's latest pictures from his winter river trip to South Padre Island, Texas

 

Updated Sat at 3:40 PM

With Deepest Sympathy........     

 

Lucille Carroll , mother of Dennis Carroll, has passed away

 

Visitations:    3:00PM to 9:00PM on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at 

                      Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation Center 

Services:       10:30AM at Hutchens Mortuary on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 

 

For more information, click here to go to Hutchens Funeral Home website

 

Our condolences go out to Dennis and Susan Carroll and their family.

 

Picture of Dennis and Susie Carroll

From Con Trios Yacht Club website

Dennis and his wife Susan hail out of the The Yacht club of St. Louis in the boat "PROP POSITIONED"

Dennis is the Aqua Scooter dealer in the St. Louis area

Owner of Don's Body Shop

Member of Con Trios Yacht Club

 Updated Saturday at 8:15 AM

The West Nile Virus.......

   With boating season here, so is mosquito season. Especially, since we have had such a wet spring already. They have predicted that bugs will be worse this year because of the flooding. They have found that of the forty different species of mosquitoes, there are only three types that usually carry the West Nile Virus (WNV). These three types of mosquitoes are rarely found in healthy wetlands. This means wetlands that are maintained and protected. This study was conducted in North Dakota. They encourage you not to let water sit stagnant such as in old tires, ditches or rain barrels. 

  

   To read more about what you can do to avoid these mosquitoes from breeding in your area and also what the Corps of Engineers is trying to do, click here on this interesting article about the West Nile Virus

 Updated Saturday at 8:00 AM

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

  Featured in the April 21st 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of 1903 flood.   It's of a rescue in progress of some people from Alton's East End who were on a tiny piece of high ground.  The rescuers are walking a raft through the floodwaters.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 Updated Sat at 7:45 AM

New Rules For Upper Mississippi River Boaters........
    

   The U.S. fish and wildlife service has new rules for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge that take affect on May 27, 2008.

   Electric boat motors will have more space to go and will also have eight seasonal "no wake" zones. The beach goers are banned from having any kind of glass containers anywhere on these lands. Camp sites cannot be less than 200 feet from any trail, boat ramps or parking lot. 

   

   To read more about these laws published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife services in weau.com....  click here

 

For more information contact:

 

Upper Mississippi River Refuge Midwest Region Upper Mississippi River
National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
51 East 4th Street
Winona, MN 55987

Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force
touring levees and meeting........

 

 

Subject:   Media Availability15-08: Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force touring levees and meeting 
Date:       Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:39:42 -0500 
From:      "Stringham, George E MVS" <George.E.Stringham2@usace.army.mil> 

Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force
touring levees and meeting

Members of the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force, who are focused on restoring levees in southwest Illinois, will gather Friday, April 25, to visit various levees and to meet. They will gather at the National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., to hear presentations and discuss issues. 

During their visit to the museum, they will hear presentations from people including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Commander, Col.L
ewis F. Setliff.

The media are invited to attend the presentations and to talk with Leadership Task Force and Corps of Engineers personnel from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Who: Members of Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative Leadership Task Force
What: Visiting regional levees and meeting
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: National Great Rivers Museum, on Hwy 143, 2 miles southeast of the Clark Bridge
Why: Update on Metro east levees and plans to rehabilitate them

Kinder's Spring Dance ........... THIS SATURDAY !

 

   Saturday, April 26, 2008

   DJ Josh will be spinning the records for your dancing pleasure !

See ya there !

   

 

Kinder's Is Open For Your Business every Fri, Sat and Sun

Call 618 - 883-2586  or    618 - 883-2356

Cedar Hill Resort  ------ will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 3rd. 

   Keep your marine radio tuned to channel "RiverBill's" over  the next few days for more information !

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

  Featured in the April 22th 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of 1903 flood refugees from Alton's East End neighborhood.  They were leaving their homes for higher ground.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

45 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 4/24/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

52 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair. 

(Report made on 4/24/2008)

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Are Crops Killing Our Fish?

   Scientists are convinced that where, when and how we plant our crops are killing many fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Hypoxia is a lack of oxygen and that is what is happening to many of the fish and shrimp off the coast of Louisiana, west of the Mississippi Delta Queen. They feel that this problem is caused by fertilizer run off. The Mississippi River drains about 48% of the United States. 

    To read this interesting article in full and to find out what they are trying to do about this problem, click on the Red Orbit 

   

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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The following has been re-printed from the Save The Delta Queen website

House of Representatives votes against the Delta Queen exemption

Apr 24, 2008

Today the House of Representatives has votes against the Delta Queen exemption as an amendment to the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill 195 to 208 votes. There is a detailed list on which Representative has voted for or against the Delta Queen available at the website of the Office of the Clerk of the House.

What does that mean to the Delta Queen: actually not much! It was very close and there had been more Democrats (total: 22) voting for the DQ than we have Democrats on the list of co-sponsors for the stand-alone bill.

What can we do? Continue to talk to people, raise attention for our cause, show everyone how much we love the Delta Queen and how much we also love the other two boats, the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen! The three boats belong to the river and they need to be run by a strong company that is aware both of the historical importance of the Delta Queen and the unique cruise experience that all three boats have to offer to generations of passengers to come.

We will save the Delta Queen if we’re patient enough and if we find even more supporters all around the country.

 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Sales Tax Added To Pay For Levee Repairs

     The bill for the quarter cent raise to sales tax in Illinois has already been passed in Senate and is waiting the final action from House. This will help pay for repairs to levees and will affect Monroe, Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois. It has some people are concerned about the increase, but officials are promising that this is only a temporary increase until the levees are repaired. 

   To read more about this in the Alton Daily News, click here

 

 

 

 

Wednesday...23 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pic of the Day

 

Grafton Harbor Hot Tub Party

 

  Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day...... are from Cheryl and Dan Rauschkolb, who hail out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser "Never Satisfied".

 

HI Bill,

     A group of us from Grafton Harbor took advantage of Sunday's warm weather. We thought a dip in the hot tub would be a treat but with it still sitting in the parking lot we had to make do with what we had. We are supposed to have both the hot tub and pool installed by Memorial Day and were looking forward to it. All in all, Sunday was a real treat for us boat huggers.



Cheryl & Dan Rauschkolb
Grafton Harbor
"Never Satisfied"

Dan’s Boats

Family Owned Since 1996!  You’re not just another Sale to Us!

Click Here

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2007....  was another aerial shot of the river sent in by Lloyd Bollinger, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the houseboat "SunKist III".  

 

Lloyd wrote:

 

Hey Bill,
   Attached is a good pic of the Dardene Slough and Main Channel of the Mississippi. You can see Woodland, Jack's, the Duck Club, as well as the upper part of Mason Chute.

LB

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Lewis Boats

Marine Sales & Service

Boston WHALER            SKEETER Fishing Boats          YAMAHA

   We pledge to treat our customers with respect, honesty, and friendliness, and to provide products of quality and value.

4030 N Service Rd        Saint Peters, MO 63376       (636) 949-9926

Click here for map from Map Quest                            Click Here for website

Congress Rejects Bid to Renew Exemption for Delta Queen  ...........

 

    The House committee rejected a vote on legislation to renew a fire-safety exemption for the Delta Queen yesterday.  This exemption has allowed the historic Delta Queen travel our nation's rivers on overnight trips. 

 

  The Delta Queen has been cruising our rivers for more than 80 years on an exemption from US Coast Guard rules that bar overnight trips on vessels made primarily of wood. The current exemption current expires on Nov 1 unless it is renewed. 

 

  Click here to read more in today's edition of the STLtoday.com

Kinder's Spring Dance ...........

 

   Saturday, April 26, 2008

   DJ Josh will be spinning the records for your dancing pleasure !

See ya there !

   

 

Kinder's Is Open For Your Business every Fri, Sat and Sun

Call 618 - 883-2586  or    618 - 883-2356

Cedar Hill Resort  ------ will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 3rd. 

   Keep your marine radio tuned to channel "RiverBill's" over  the next few days for more information !

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

 

ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR ALL YOUR BOAT REPAIRS

  Pickup and Delivery  

Full Mechanical Repairs and Service

Mercury, Mariner, Johnson, Evinrude, OMC

Sterndrives, Outboards, Lower Units, Powerheads Engine Repair & Replacement  

  Written Estimates

All Insurance Companies Welcome

 34' Triple Axle Roller Trailer Available For Rental, 24' Pontoon Trailer Available 

 Hauling Available up to 40' / 18,000 lbs.

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

  Featured in the April 15th 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of the Illinois side of the Clark  Bridge with a caption about people dancing in the streets when the bridge's tollbooth was demolished in 1958. The tollhouse was located in the middle of the curve of the bridge !  You can see it in the picture as well as traffic backed up all the way to the middle of the bridge and the edge of the picture.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

What Can Ethanol In Your Gasoline Do To Your Gas Tank?

    The Los Angeles Times published a news article about a boater in San Diego who had problems with the gas tank in his boat. After trying many different things, he finally found out that his problem was from ethanol in his fiberglass gas tank. It is found that some older boats that have fiberglass gas tanks may have problems with the ethanol in gasoline. It eats away at it and will sometimes can cause big holes in the gas tanks. One of the problems is that many of the boats would cost more money to fix them than to replace them. In California, where this incident happened, the ethanol fuel blend is only 5.7%, which is low compared to most of the other states where it is usually about 10% blend. 

  To read the full story in Los Angeles Times, click here

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A big muddy thanks goes out to Capt'n Darryll Weil for the heads-up 

on the above news article !

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Good Music !

 

Delicious Food !!

 

Excellent

 Customer Service !!!

 

DJ Scott will be spinning the records this Friday night

The Band 3rd Degree ...Saturday night

Spectacular View From The Extended Deck

Courtesy Boat Parking For Restaurant

New This Year.. Convenience Store & Fuel Dock

River Mile 222

601 North Shore Drive        St. Charles, Mo       (636) 250-3800

 Click here for Map from MapQuest

Boat Slips Available For Rent !

Pictures From North Shore Oasis ......

 

RiverBill's loaded some pictures on the web from the first Saturday night that North Shore Oasis was open for business. (04-12-08)   The Sharks Band provided the tunes for everyones dancing enjoyment.  

 

  Click here to go to FLICKR and check them out ! 

Slip For Sale.......
   Harbor Point Yacht Club


    Slip # 115 located on the Promenade Dock, 55’ x 18’ equipped with 50 amp 125 volt & 50 amp 250 volt., great view of river. Yacht Club offers beautiful swimming pool, Club House, Restroom & Showers, Children’s recreation area & Laundry Room.

Security Gates at entrance and dock. Priced for quick sale. $25,000.00

Contact: Ernie Patti, 314-409-2458 or 636-532-0074

The Town of Pacific Is Having A Town Meeting About The Flood.........

     Tuesday evening, Pacific townspeople are meeting with county, state and federal government officials. Their problem is that at least 30 businesses and over 180 homes were hit with the flood last month. Even with the money they received with FEMA, most of them do not have enough to get back into their homes. They want to discuss having a buy out. 

   To read the full story in KSDK online, click here

RiverRat -Buffett Concert T's.........

Hey aIl!
I got a late start on Jimmy Buffett tees, but I have some great ones for Thursday night's concert! They serve a multitude of purposes, too. You can wear them again to Loading Dock when the Fins play, or when the Sharks play, or to Sharkey's restaurant, etc.
There are some long sleeved ones which represent a shark when you cross your arms and open and close them in front of you. I also have some short sleeved ones with different pictures on them. They are going fast, and I'll have them at Sybergs, but then I have to take some to the tailgate party in the lot at UMB. So call if you want one, because when Buffett plays the song"Fins", we all want to be SHARKS!
The long sleeved tees are $25.00 and the short sleeved are $20.00 Call 636-379-7446 or email back. 

Thanks,
Jeanie
Gateway Sign Design, LLC
636-379-7446

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Click on Ad to go to Bloch Marine website

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Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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The following has been re-printed from the Save The Delta Queen website

Rules Committee rejects amendment

Apr 23, 2008

Bad news: Yesterday afternoon, the House’s Rules Committee rejected an amendment in favor of the Delta Queen to the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

The amendment has been introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot in parallel to the stand-alone bill H.R. 3852. Now it’s up to the House Leadership to accept this stand-alone bill for the suspension calendar as the transportation Committee is still blocking this bill from going to the House’s floor regular schedule. See Delta Queen: important decisions this week for details how you can support this bill.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday...22 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pic of the Day

Two Rivers Boat Club !

 

   

  Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day...... are from Ed Shahan, of Boat Nuts Brokerage fame.   Ed sent us some pictures of the Two Rivers Marina Boat Club Meeting.

 

Hello Bill , 

 

Ed Shahan of Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm .  This weekend we had our boat club meeting ,Two Rivers Marina Boat Club .  We started off with a adult Easter egg hunt, featuring Ralph Mattingly (Easter bunny) hiding Easter eggs.   Ralph is the owner of a beautiful 47' Concord (OH SUZANNA).

    The 2nd photo is of our boat club members . They are all River Bills fans . Keep up the great job . 

 

Ed Shahan

 

Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm
WE ARE A WORLD WIDE BROKERAGE FIRM
WWW.BOATNUTSBROKERAGE.COM

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

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The River Picture on This Day in 2005....  was of a rustic looking house on Dardenne Slough that has always caught my attention.   

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Kinder's Spring Dance ...........

 

   Saturday, April 26, 2008

   DJ Josh will be spinning the records for your dancing pleasure !

See ya there !

   

 

Kinder's Is Open For Your Business every Fri, Sat and Sun

Call 618 - 883-2586  or    618 - 883-2356

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's ......

    Safe Boating Course


  Upcoming Safe Boating Course... Preregistration is on-site at Cabela's in Hazelwood on Sunday, April 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM near the front entrance

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

48 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. 

(Report made on 4/17/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

52 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 4/17/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Slip For Sale.......
   Harbor Point Yacht Club


    Slip # 115 located on the Promenade Dock, 55’ x 18’ equipped with 50 amp 125 volt & 50 amp 250 volt., great view of river. Yacht Club offers beautiful swimming pool, Club House, Restroom & Showers, Children’s recreation area & Laundry Room.

Security Gates at entrance and dock. Priced for quick sale. $25,000.00

Contact: Ernie Patti, 314-409-2458 or 636-532-0074

68-Year Old Man Dies At Indian Creek Marina, Mark Twain lake

     The body of a man was found floating near Indian Creek Marina in Mark Twain Lake Sunday night. He was the night watchman there and apparently had a heart attack. His body was recovered by the Missouri Water Patrol. 

   To read this full story on KHQA online, click here

ITCS Memo ......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


  From: itcs@ribb.com
To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Lock # 17 Closure 
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:43:45 -0600 

ITCS MEMO # 2649


Lock #17 is expected to go out of service due to high water late pm on
4/21 or early in the am 4/22. Water tops the upper gates at 18.2.
The forecast has the river cresting at 18.4 on April 24th. The lock is
not expected to open back up until the 27th. We will keep you posted as
conditions change or the lock gets closer to reopening. 

Ed Henleben
Senior Operations Manager
RIAC Chairman
Ingram Barge Company
#1 Davis Street Ferry Rd.
East Carondelet, IL 62240
Office - 618-286-1517
Cell - 314-304-2557
Fax - 615-695-3704
Ed.Henleben@ingrambarge.com

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2649  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

       

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Pictures From North Shore Oasis ......

 

RiverBill's loaded some pictures on the web from the first Saturday night that North Shore Oasis was open for business. (04-12-08)   The Sharks Band provided the tunes for everyones dancing enjoyment.  

 

  Click here to go to FLICKR and check them out ! 

Monday's Picture of the Day ......

   Who sent us the picture of the day on Monday ?  

  

   It was Ron Bachman, who hails out of Woodland Marina in a 51 FT wide body Gibson named "Done Looking."  He is retired and lives aboard his boat. Ron wrote that his family started him boating 56 years ago and has been ever since.

  Ron's in the top right corner of the group picture. 

 

 

 RiverBill says...Thanks again for the pictures Ron !

   

Land Yacht Destinations.........

   Meeting In Alton To Improve Bridge West

 

   There will be a council meeting in Alton, IL on Tuesday to discuss changes to the road going into Alton, Illinois from Bridge West.  Bridge West is the new term describing the road from the entrance to the Clark Bridge, west along Highway 67 through Piasa.  

 

   A local group in Alton would like to see the section of road improved, updated or changed based on community feedback.  All residents are invited for their input. 

 

  To learn more about this project in the Alton Daily News, click here

Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam Pic.......

   A interesting looking picture taken at  2:00AM this morning at Winfield lock and Dam by the US Army Corps of Engineers River Cam.

 

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Earth Day At Forest Park Was A Success

   Earth Day wasn’t always as popular as it is these days. Just a handful of people seemed concerned about conserving energy for several years. They tried to use less gas. With the scare of global warning and high gas prices, more and more people are trying to be more aware of our environment and what they can do to help out. At Forest Park, Amern UE Home Depot were a couple of the big booths set up. They all taught people how to conserve energy and to save gas. 

   To read the full story on STLtoday.com  click here 

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  Check RiverBill's Upcoming Events for more Earth Day events at the area lakes.

RiverBirds.net....... Hah

   Make sure you read Larry Demko's new website....www.RiverBirds.net

 

 

 

 

Monday...21 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pic of the Day

 

 

 

 

  

  Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day...... were sent to us by Rjbbachman.

 

Hello Bill, 

   The River`s Out Of Its Banks And Its Cloudy And Cool On This 19th Day Of April. It Was Not A Good Day For Boating. So A Group Of Us At Woodland Harbor Decided To Celebrate Some April birthdays. About 20 Riverats Showed Up And The Party Began. A Good Time Had By All, Despite The Weather. Here`s The Pictures Of The Birthday Boys And Girl. 

   Harry Steel Out Of The Duckclub, Ron Bachman, Kevin & Shirley Shaberg Out Of Woodland Harbor.




RiverBill says...Happy Birthday...Harry, Ron, Kevin and Shirley !   

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2007....  was sent in by Capt'n Lloyd Bollinger, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the houseboat "SunKist III".  

 

Lloyd wrote:

 

Hey Bill,
Attached is a picture of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers I took while flying. Note Grafton Marina in the picture. 

Lloyd

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

From the Weekend Edition of RiverBill's

US Army Corps of Engineers ESprit :   The February / March Issue  is on-line.  

  Click here and check it out.

Lewis Boats

Marine Sales & Service

Boston WHALER            SKEETER Fishing Boats          YAMAHA

   We pledge to treat our customers with respect, honesty, and friendliness, and to provide products of quality and value.

4030 N Service Rd        Saint Peters, MO 63376       (636) 949-9926

Click here for map from Map Quest                            Click Here for website

River Destinations....

    Matt From Portage Des Sioux Is Looking For Ms. Right

   A 29-year old farmer from Portage Des Sioux was looking for the love of his life. Living in a small river town, with a population of 351, there is not a lot of ways to meet women. Especially, when you work about 12 hours a day. A few years ago, he sent his application for the “Bachelor”. CW’s “Farmer Wants a Wife,” flew out 10 city slicker girls, for 30 days, who may be a candidate for Matt’s wife. Most of them were used to the hustle and bustle of the city and were amazed how laid back the country was. Has Matt found true love with one of these girls? I guess you will have to find out on the show this year starting April 30th at 9:00 p.m. 

   Click here to read more about this article and the TV show in the New York Post

Pictures From North Shore Oasis ......

 

RiverBill's loaded some pictures on the web from the first Saturday night that North Shore Oasis was open for business. (04-12-08)   The Sharks Band provided the tunes for everyones dancing enjoyment.  

 

  Click here to go to FLICKR and check them out ! 

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's ......

    Safe Boating Course


  Upcoming Safe Boating Course... Preregistration is on-site at Cabela's in Hazelwood on Sunday, April 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM near the front entrance

Grafton Mudslide Stayed Stable This Weekend....

 

     In spite of the earthquake on Friday and the recent rain, the mudslide and landslide in Grafton, IL has stayed stable. The landslide evidently moved about six inches on Friday by 5:00 pm, but is doing ok. 

 

   To read the full story in Alton Telegraph, click here

 

A Boat Load Of Upcoming Events......  

 

RiverBill's added a boat-load of river related events to the Upcoming Events Page 

 

Click here and check them out

 

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Principia College Is Testing A Wind Turbine......

    According to on the April 17th edition of the STLtoday.com, Principia College has constructed a 197 foot wind tower high above the Mississippi River across from the entrance to the school campus.     Officials are trying to figure out if it's a good site for a permanent wind tower with a turbine that would be used to generate electricity for the school.  They have estimated that a wind tower with a turbine could supply about 1/3 of collages electrical power. 

   Out of 4,000 colleges and universities across the United States and only 57 use turbine power. No other college in Illinois that has a wind tower with a turbine..... and there is only one in Missouri. 

  To read more click here

 

River Destinations.........

   Alton Joins The “Cool Cities” Campaign

    Alton is one of the 570 municipalities that belongs to the “Cool Cities” campaign, which started back in 2005. This means that they have installed more energy efficient street lamps. They have put in energy-saving fluorescent lights in the City Hall. They are considering methane gas, which is made at sewer plants to help conserve their $500,000 electric bills. They are thinking about trying solar panels and looking into wind farms to produce electricity. 

To find out more about this wonderful project and read the full story in STLtoday.com, click here

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Digital Photography Courses.....

   With summer time coming up and boating season here now, most of us will be taking a lot of photos. Digital photography has become the way of the future. There are workshops available at the University of Missouri in St. Louis from 8 am to 1 pm on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 15th through June 5th

    To find out more about these classes and how to get the most out of your photos, on STLtoday.com, click here

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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The following re-printed from the Save The Delta Queen website

Delta Queen: important decisions this week

Apr 20, 2008

This week might become a very important week for the Delta Queen: the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill has been scheduled in the House of Representatives for Thursday, April 24. If the Committee on Rules will accept the Delta Queen amendment to this bill, the House will vote on the Delta Queen’s future on that day. The Rules Committee most likely meets Tuesday evening to consider the amendment. Congressman Steve Chabot, who has introduced this amendment, will testify before the Committee.

Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill and the Rules Committee:

Please, if you can, support Rep. Steve Chabot by reminding the members of the Rules Committee of the importance of this cause by fax or personally on the phone (see details and a member list of the Rules Committee here: http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/february-26th-is-the-day/).

Stand-alone bill H.R. 3852 and the House Leadership:

At the same time we’re rallying to convince the Leadership of the House of Representatives to put the stand-alone bill for saving the Delta Queen (H.R. 3852) on the suspension schedule of the House of Representatives, which will bypass the Transportation Committee where Rep. James Oberstar is still effectively blocking everything that might save the Delta Queen. As part of this rally campaign team member Wesley Paulson has delivered copies of more than 5.000 petitions to the Washington offices of the House Leadership members personally this week.

This probably is the best chance the Delta Queen had so far. Please, if you can, support this. Check http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/a-new-chance-for-the-delta-queen/ for details about how you can help to convince the House Leadership from putting the bill on the suspension calendar.

We’ve prepared a brief form letter for you which makes it really ! easy for you to send a fax to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Nancy Pelosi, and other members of the House Leadership:  http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/form-letters-house-leadership-veterans/

This will be an exciting week and we’ll keep you updated, of course.

I’ve attached a press release we’ve sent out yesterday. Feel free to forward it to your local newspapers and TV stations immediately so they can cover the story this week.

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Kinder's Spring Dance ...........

 

   Saturday, April 26, 2008

   DJ Josh will be spinning the records for your dancing pleasure !

See ya there !

   

 

Kinder's Is Open For Your Business every Fri, Sat and Sun

Call 618 - 883-2586  or    618 - 883-2356

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Sad News To Report...... Received the following info from Darryll Weil



John Dowell's parents both died Friday morning. His mother who had been bedridden for a while passed at 3am this morning. John's dad who was also very sick (hospice care) died shortly after at 9am this morning.
John is Con Trios Yacht Club's Judge Advocate and longtime member.
Our condolences to John and his family.
Will post more information as it becomes available. At this time no funeral is planned.

Info posted on www.contriosyachtclub.org


Darryll Weil

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

River Destinations......

    Becky Thatcher’s Home Is Needs a Facelift

   Mark Twain’s 100th anniversary will be in 2010. The town of Hannibal is trying to fix up Becky Thatcher’s Home before that date. There are several things that need to be fixed such as floors, roof, foundation, insulation and even framing. This renovation is estimated to be at $1.3 million. 

    Click here to read more about this and other repairs that need to be done on KHQA online.

 

 

 

The Weekend Edition

Fri, Sat, Sun...18, 19, 20 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 5:00 PM......New Price 1997 Gibson

...more pictures of Palisades Yacht Club in flood water

Pic of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

Click here for more pictures of 

Palisades Yacht Club in the flood water !

 

 

 Updated Sun at 8:35AM

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day....Sunday... was sent to us Amy Spencer of Palisades Yacht Club fame.....

 

 

Hi River Bill,

   Here are some pictures of poor Palisades Yacht Club under water & MUDD!! Good thing the floor & bar are made of concrete .................. we have our work cut out for us but we will blow the mudd out as soon as we can and be open for the warm weather coming! 

Amy@PYC

Pic of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 Updated Sat at 9:30 AM

Our Picture of The Day....Saturday... was sent to us by Fran and Milt Ohlsen, who formerly hailed out of the Duck Club Yacht Club and are spending time in the Caribbean and other warm waters of the south in their cruiser.....Sea Fox.

 

  Bill,

 

I had never seen Sand Hill Cranes before---their knees work backward!
And then I spotted this pair (they mate for life!) with their 1-2 day old chicks. We are in Ft Pierce, after having had an easy Gulf
crossing from the Abacos. We plan on cruising the St Johns River and then the Rivers of NC this season. No area has a "River Bills"--we brag on "y'all" whenever and wherever!!!

Milt

 RiverBIll says.....Thanks for the picture, the update and all the bragging Milt !   Enjoy your journey and most of all be safe !

Pic of the Day

Friday

Grafton Harbor Pools

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Pictures of The Day....Friday... were sent in by RiverBill's East-Side Reporter, Capt'n Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.

 

  Grafton Harbor has their new swimming pool setting in the parking lot just waiting to be installed !

 

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RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Joe and Jan DeSherlia, of Grafton Harbor

 

 

Hi Bill,

We are close to installing our new pool. We are awaiting approval. 

The State of Illinois would not allow the first pool because it has a
2" safety step that is 3' underwater on the deep end. They require
smooth walls.
The first pool is for sale at a very reduced price. If any of your
readers are interested in the pool they can call us at the harbor.

Thanks for your interest. See you this summer.

Joe and Jan DeSherlia

 

RiverBill says...The pool will be a long awaited, good addition to the Grafton Harbor !

  Come on Summer !

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

Updated Sunday @7:35AM

The River Picture on This Day in 2007....  was another taken by Capt'n Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride".     It's a great panoramic shot looking down the Mississippi River from the hills above the town of Louisiana, Mo. 

  

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2007....  was sent in  by Capt'n Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride".     It's a rainbow over the Clarksville Lock and Dam that he snapped a on a road trip to that area. 

  

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2005....  was of some boaters on Iowa Island. The river was "up" a bit that day, but it didn't stop this group from heading to the beach for the afternoon.   It was just one of those beautiful Mississippi River Spring days.

 

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Updated Sun at 7:35AM

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Updated Sun at 8:15 AM

US Army Corps of Engineers ESprit :   The February / March Issue  is on-line.  

  Click here and check it out.

Updated Sun at 8:00 AM

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:        ALL MARINERS
From:    Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:     4/18/08 


Subject: ATON


NAVNOTICE # 1085

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0101-08 UM 


SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED 
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT 0101-08 UM 
UPPER MISSISSIPPI 
LOCK 21 DAYBEACON (LLNR 15730) MI 325.5 LDB UMR IS DESTROYED. 
AID WILL BE REBUILT WHEN RIVER LEVEL DROPS. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO 
TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION. 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1085    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

 

Click here for more info on Lock 21 on the Mississippi River at Quincy, IL

Updated Sun at 7:50 AM

Sunday, 20 April, 2008

 Earth Day 2008 Event

 

 Earth Day at the Muny grounds.... Forest Park 

Visit the booth for the "Meeting of the Rivers Foundation" and the "National Great Rivers Research & Education Center." 

Click here for more information

 

Earth Day 2008 is on 22 April ...Click here for more info

Updated Sat @ 1:10PM

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas....Division 3

    

  Added a link to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas, Division 3 in the left hand column of this web page under the   US Coast Guard  header. 

 

   Click here to check out the new link  

Updated Sat @ 11:25AM

Lets Go Fishing....

    RBFF NewsWaves "Take Me Fishing" Special Edition

  

   RiverBill's received an e-mail from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation with a link to a special edition of NewsWaves.

  • New look and feel of TakeMeFishing.org – RBFF’s website

  • New Event Planning Kit and Marketing Guide

  • Latest on the State Direct Mail Marketing Program

 

   Click here and check-it-out... 

Updated Sat @ 11:25AM

Delta Queen Update.........  RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the Save The Delta Queen Campaign Team

 

 

To: riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject: Save the Delta Queen Newsletter - some good news!
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 17:07:03 +0200
From: "Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team" <franz-neumeier@save-the-delta-queen.org>

Dear Bill,

this week might become a very important week for the Delta Queen: the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill has been scheduled in the House of Representatives for Thursday, April 24. If the Committee on Rules will accept the Delta Queen amendment to this bill, the House will vote on the Delta Queen's future on that day. The Rules Committee most likely meets Tuesday evening to consider the amendment. Congressman Steve Chabot, who has introduced this amendment, will testify before the Committee.

Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill and the Rules Committee:

Please, if you can, support Rep. Steve Chabot by reminding the members of the Rules Committee of the importance of this cause by fax or personally on the phone (see details and a member list of the Rules Committee here: http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/february-26th-is-the-day/).

Stand-alone bill H.R. 3852 and the House Leadership:

At the same time we're rallying to convince the Leadership of the House of Representatives to put the stand-alone bill for saving the Delta Queen (H.R. 3852) on the suspension schedule of the House of Representatives, which will bypass the Transportation Committee where Rep. James Oberstar is still effectively blocking everything that might save the Delta Queen. As part of this rally campaign team member Wesley Paulson has delivered copies of more than 5.000 petitions to the Washington offices of the House Leadership members personally this week.

This probably is the best chance the Delta Queen had so far. Please, if you can, support this. Check http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/a-new-chance-for-the-delta-queen/ for details about how you can help to convince the House Leadership from putting the bill on the suspension calendar.

We've prepared a brief form letter for you which makes it really eas! y for yo u to send a fax to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Nancy Pelosi, and other members of the House Leadership:  http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/form-letters-house-leadership-veterans/

This will be an exciting week and we'll keep you updated, of course.

I've attached a press release we've sent out yesterday. Feel free to forward it to your local newspapers and TV stations immediately so they can cover the story this week.

Best Regards
Franz Neumeier
www.save-the-delta-queen.org

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For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

  Updated Sat at 10:55AM

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net

314-852-2909

April 19, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Mayor of Florissant to Recognize National Safe Boating Week

 

Florissant Mayor, Robert Lowery, will recognize National Safe Boating Week with a City Proclamation; and will make a personal presentation of the Proclamation to US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander, Betty Zoellner and members of Flotilla 3-13 of the Eighth Western Rivers District at the May 12 City Council Meeting.

 

Date:                12 May 2008

Time:                8:00 PM (Please arrive before 7:45 PM)

Location:           JFK Community Center

315 Howdershell in Florissant , MO

314-921-4250

 

Please note that the Council Meeting is being held in the Gymnasium, as the Council Chambers are being remodeled.

 

National Safe Boating Week is a Congressionally-Chartered week, commemorated annually during the first full week before Memorial Day – this year, May 17-23.

 

The North American Safe Boating Campaign is a large-scale international public awareness and outreach campaign, intended to save lives by encouraging safe and responsible behavior on the part of recreational boaters.  Established in 1958, it now involves more than 350 member organizations of the National Safe Boating Council (www.SafeBoatingCouncil.org), including the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.

 

The central focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign is life jacket wear, and the simple and memorable campaign theme is “Wear It!”  Most recreational boating fatalities result from drowning.  Since over 90 percent of those who drown were not wearing a life jacket at the time, life jacket wear is considered the single most important behavior change that could prevent deaths on the water.

 

The Campaign also promotes Boater Education, avoidance of Boating Under the Influence (BUI), regular Vessel Safety Checks, awareness of the danger of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, and other important boating safety topics.

To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at bcz@charter.net.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

  Updated Fri at 6:35 PM

Sad News To Report...... Received the following info from Darryll Weil



John Dowell's parents both died this morning. His mother who had been bedridden for a while passed at 3am this morning. John's dad who was also very sick (hospice care) died shortly after at 9am this morning.
John is Con Trios Yacht Club's Judge Advocate and longtime member.
Our condolences to John and his family.
Will post more information as it becomes available. At this time no funeral is planned.

Info posted on www.contriosyachtclub.org


Darryll Weil

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's ......

    Safe Boating Course


  Upcoming Safe Boating Course... Preregistration is on-site at Cabela's in Hazelwood on Sunday, April 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM near the front entrance

Lewis Boats

Marine Sales & Service

Boston WHALER            SKEETER Fishing Boats          YAMAHA

   We pledge to treat our customers with respect, honesty, and friendliness, and to provide products of quality and value.

4030 N Service Rd        Saint Peters, MO 63376       (636) 949-9926

Click here for map from Map Quest                            Click Here for website

Bill Passed To Repair Illinois Levees......

     On Wednesday night, before 8:00 pm, a bill passed in Springfield, Illinois for levees to be repaired in three counties in Illinois. This bill was proposed in February and was voted on by 41–15 votes, which is considered to be satisfactory. This bill will allow St. Clair, Monroe and Madison counties to raise $180 million for improvements. This bill will repair and strengthen levees in these three counties. This will also raise the taxes for these counties until these repairs are made. 

To read the full story in Telegraph.com and find out what other things they will be doing, click here

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

 

ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR ALL YOUR BOAT REPAIRS

  Pickup and Delivery  

Full Mechanical Repairs and Service

Mercury, Mariner, Johnson, Evinrude, OMC

Sterndrives, Outboards, Lower Units, Powerheads Engine Repair & Replacement  

  Written Estimates

All Insurance Companies Welcome

 34' Triple Axle Roller Trailer Available For Rental, 24' Pontoon Trailer Available 

 Hauling Available up to 40' / 18,000 lbs.

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Iowa Is Under A Flood Watch......

   Iowa is under a flood watch starting Thursday evening. They are supposed to get two or three days of rain. This could hurt the flooding situation in the Midwest. Central and Eastern Iowa are going to get a couple of rounds of thunderstorms. 

To read the full story on KHQA online, click here

CPR Class........

 

   Con Trios Yacht Club (www.contriosyachtclub.org) is co-sponsoring a CPR Class with the St. Charles County Ambulance District for boaters and friends. 

 

For more information go to http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/cpr_class.htm

Attention.....River Rat Parrot Heads !

  

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

  

NEWS RELEASE


PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

 
For further information contact: Captain Gary T. Haupt
District 3 Commander
Phone: (417) 335-6081

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Branson, MO

Caution Adjusting Dock Cables During High Water

High water in the region creates a potential danger to dock owners. In recent weeks, the Missouri State Water Patrol has taken reports on two incidents on Table Rock Lake as a result of dock owners adjusting the cables on their docks. One of the incidents resulted in a fatality and the other a serious injury.
Both incidents occurred when the victims released the brake on the winch securing a cable to their dock. The extreme pressure on the winch caused the winch handle to strike the victim. The high water and/or strong current on the area lakes are now increasing the potential for other similar incidents to occur. The cables holding the docks will be very tight, putting an extreme amount of pressure on the winches.
The Missouri State Water Patrol recommends a few safety tips when adjusting docks:
· Never adjust dock cables without assistance; it's a two-man job!
· Always wear a personal floatation device.
· Adjust the cables frequently to help alleviate the potential for excess tension on the cables and winch assembly. It is best to readjust with every foot of lake level change.
· Check the tension on the winch before releasing the brake. If it is extremely tight, contact a professional dock service to adjust the dock.


News Release ID: N07080022
Release Date: 20080417

 

 The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

The Great Rivers Research And Education Center.......

 

   The construction of the Great Rivers Research and Education Center was launched at the Melvin Price Lock and Dams in Alton, Illinois on Thursday afternoon. "This facility will be the first institution of its kind in the world to offer a comprehensive river system research and education program."

 

    The construction will take about 14 months and it will create jobs during and after the project is finished. According to the Alton Daily News, it will be a model of “green construction.”  It will not have any environmental impact, but will help with internal recyclable systems and renewable energy systems. 

To read more about this unique project, click here

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Kinder's Spring Dance ...........

 

   Saturday, April 26, 2008

   DJ Josh will be spinning the records for your dancing pleasure !

See ya there !

   

 

Kinder's Is Open For Your Business every Fri, Sat and Sun

Call 618 - 883-2586  or    618 - 883-2356

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Prevent Your Boat From Sinking.......

    Lots of boats that sink each year !  This can happen for many reasons, such as flooding, parts failing, clogged drains and even collision......but many times a boat sinks because of the bilge pump ! 

    Most boats are not equipped to pump out large amounts of water or they are not meant for constant operation. The Mad Mariner suggests several different type of monitors to alert you of slow leaks or if your boat is taking on too much water. 

  The monitors warn the owners about the impending problem by making beeping noises, lighting up indicator lights....or even by...... calling your cell phone, or notify the marina staff !

    To find out more details, click here

River News From Afar......

    Update On New Orleans Flood Walls

 

The Corps of Engineers have been watching two damp spots on the flood walls on 17th Street Canal in New Orleans. They were looking for debris to see if that may be causing the seepage there. They are also watching many of the other levees along the Mississippi River. Right now, the Corps is telling residents in New Orleans not to worry, but it is hard for them not to worry after what they went through a few years ago. 

 

To get the complete update on this story, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday...17 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pic of the Day

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day........ are from Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat "Last Call".

 

 

Bill,

I went to Grafton Harbor on Friday to check on my boat before the water got too high. I caught a picture of a gentleman putting his jet ski in for the season. I also saw a Gibson Houseboat coming in and I have to say that the "Captain" was awesome. Sorry I didn't get a picture of that. I have to say though that anyone on the river on Friday had Big "Cajones" 
I returned to the harbor on Saturday around noon and sure enough I am no longer able to get to my boat. I'm pretty sure that Jan and Joe would make sure I got to my boat if I needed to. The staff at Grafton Harbor is pretty awesome. They also made sure that the Grafton ferry had a place to tie up to make minor repairs.
I hope that all the harbors and boats are safe during this high water.

See you all on the river soon, 

Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call
Grafton Harbor

 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

The River Picture on This Day in 2005....  was taken while crossing the Mississippi River on the Golden Eagle Ferry.  It's looking up-river from the ferry  towards Two Branch Island.   Looks like the heavens are shinning down on the river. 

 

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CFeatured Classified of the Day

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers has crested in the pool 26 area.  

  Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Navigation Notice ......  

   Subject: High Water Conditions Update

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1081    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Great River Road Still Open In Grafton......

     In spite of the National Weather Service forecast, the waters have stayed down and they were able to keep the Great River Road open in Grafton. They had closed the road a couple of weeks ago and finally opened it back up on Friday. They have been watching the mudslide and landslides nearby, but also watching the river depth. According to an article in Telegraph.com, the business owners are extremely happy it has stayed open because that has really helped their business. 

To read this full story, click here

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's ......

    Safe Boating Course


  Upcoming Safe Boating Course... Preregistration is on-site at Cabela's in Hazelwood on Sunday, April 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM near the front entrance

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

CPR Class........

 

   Con Trios Yacht Club (www.contriosyachtclub.org) is co-sponsoring a CPR Class with the St. Charles County Ambulance District for boaters and friends. 

 

For more information go to http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/cpr_class.htm

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

R_E_S_P_E_C_T ------      "Respect those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them"  

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

 

   

Note: The above was the subject and lead-in of an article that Kathy Flippo of  Tow Talkin'  wrote a few years back.  

 

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

April 14, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Fictional Lawyers Join US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Since mid-December, viewers of a popular television series based on a fictional law firm have heard mention of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  In fact, two of the main characters in one of the most recent episodes were preparing to take the “Coast Guard swim test”.

 

Unlike this fictional TV show, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is real; and no, you don’t have to take a swim test to join. U.S. citizens who are at least 17 years or older are eligible serve in what is regarded as the premier all-volunteer force in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

 

So, who are these Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers?

 

Auxiliarists come from all walks of life.  They are students, teachers, businessmen and women, retirees, aviators, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, health care professionals, carpenters, IT professionals, and yes, (just like in the fictional TV show) there are even some lawyers.

 

What could I do in the Coast Guard Auxiliary?

 

You can utilize your existing skills in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. For example, a teacher may teach Safe Boating Classes, or an aviator may become part of the Auxiliary Air program.  Health care professionals may decide to serve in the Health Care Directorate and provide health services to Active Duty and Reserve Coast Guard members.

 

There is plenty of opportunity to acquire new skills as well.  An Auxiliarist may choose to train to become a Boat Crew Member or Coxswain.  Or one may pursue training to become a Public Affairs Specialist, an Air Observer or an Assistant Pollution Investigator. Auxiliary Coast Guard Members, after training and qualifying, may choose to augment an Active Duty Coast Guard unit.

 

How do I learn more?

 

Whether you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, or would just like to learn more about the services offered to the boating public such as Safe Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Checks, information is available on the web at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or www.cgaux.org – or you can contact the Flotilla Commander at bcz@charter.net or 314-852-2909.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

 

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Doug Edelman - TKC Contractor

SIPRNET Tier 2 Support , ESU - St Louis

314-269-2460

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

 

Attention.....River Rat Parrot Heads !

   Capt'n Llyod Bollinger, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis, is looking for those of you that would be interested in getting together for a bus ride to the upcoming Jimmy Buffet concert.   

    Planning to meet somewhere near Hwy 270 and Dorsett Road for pre-concert drinks and food and then getting on a Deluxe River-Rat-Parrot-Head bus from JED Limousine and heading to the concert !  Back to the meeting place after the concert to continue the party.

 

    Plenty of hotels in the area for those that would want to spend the night rather than driving the land-yacht home.

 

  Click here to send Lloyd an e-mail and get the party going.

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

  

NEWS RELEASE


PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Lieutenant Nick R. Humphrey
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Nick.Humphrey@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City, MO

2008 Verification Schedule

District 1:
Truman Lake
, Shawnee Bend Boat Ramp. Located one mile west of the Truman Lake Corps of Engineers Project Office. Saturday Morning, 9:30 am to 10:30 am, April through September. Directions: From Hwy. 65 in Warsaw, take the Dam Access Road (Visitor Center Rd.). Go across the dam. You will come to a 4-way stop, go straight and follow the road all the way back to the boat ramp.
District 2:
Central Missouri including Lake of the Ozarks
- by appointment only.
District 3:
Table Rock Lake
, Kimberling City, Mo - Kimberling City Police Department. This station will be conducted from 9am until 10am every Saturday morning. This station is conducted year-round. Directions: From Highway 13, turn onto Kimberling Blvd. Follow Kimberling Blvd. to Marina Way. The police department is located at the intersection of Kimberling Blvd and Marina Way in the City Hall building.
Table Rock Lake, Shell Knob, MoNote: Change of Location: Central Crossing Fire Station located on the west side of Highway 39, north of Shell Knob across from the junction of County Road 39-1. This station will be conducted from 9am till 10am every Saturday morning. April through the end of September.
Bull Shoals Lake, Gainesville, Mo - Lick Creek Conoco Convenience Store. (Located at the intersection at Hwy 5 & 160) This station will be conducted from 8:30am till 9am every Saturday morning. April through September.
District 4:
Wappapello Lake
, Wappapello Corps of Engineers Office- Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 9 – 10 AM at the Main Office. Starting on March 22nd. Located off of T Highway near Wappapello Dam. There is a sign for the C.O.E. Project Office. (No holiday weekends)
District 5:
Missouri River
, St. Charles, Mo - Blanchette Missouri River Access, St. Charles, MO – Every 1st and 3rd Saturday, April through September, 10:00am – 11:00am. Dates of the verification station will be April 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 19, August 2 & 16, and September 6 & 20. Directions: From I-370, take Hwy. 94 south to Olive St. Turn left on Olive St. to the access. (No holiday weekends)
Meramec River
, Fenton, Mo - George Winter Park. Saturday - 10:00am to 11:00am. Verifications will be held the second and fourth Saturdays of the month in the parking lot in front of first boat ramp. Dates will be April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, and September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25. Directions: From the intersection of Hwy. 141 and Old Gravois Rd. (located in Fenton at Gravois Bluff's area). Travel east on Old Gravois Rd. for approximately ½ mile. At the last stoplight before crossing the Meramec River, turn right and go south onto Old Hwy. 141. Drive approximately ½ mile then turn east (left) onto Allen Rd. The entrance to George Winter Park will be on your left approximately .02 miles. (No holiday weekends)
District 6:
Smithville Lake
– Camp Branch Marina, 1st and 3rd Saturdays - 10am – 11am, April through September. Directions: Take Hwy. E north from Hwy. 92 to Collins Bridge Road. There are signs at the intersection to Camp Branch Marina. Go north (right) on Collins Bridge Road to the marina. The marina will be on the left.
Blue Springs Lake - Blue Springs Lake Marina - Every Saturday 10am – 11am, April through September. Directions: Take the Lakewood / Bowlin Road exit off I-470. Go east on Bowlin Road to the marina. (The road dead ends at the marina.)
Longview Lake - Longview Lake Marina – Saturday by Appointment only.
For all other areas in the state not listed above, please contact us at (573) 751-3333 to ask about scheduling a verification in your area.

**ALL PERSONS GOING TO A VERIFICATION STATION WILL NEED TO HAVE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP WITH THEM BEFORE THE VERIFICATION CAN BE DONE.**


News Release ID: N07080021
Release Date: 20080415

 

 

 The above is re-printed from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Farmer Want's A Wife Premiere Party....

   

   Farmer Want's A Wife Premiere party at K.J.'s Place in Portage Des Sioux. Wednesday, April 30th after 7:00 p.m. We will have 1/2 Price Appetizers and Bucket Beer Specials. Hope to see everyone there!

Also, K.J.'s Place in now taking applications for a full/part time cook and part time bartender. Please contact Kelli or Jamie at (636)899-1139 or come in to apply at 1530 Hwy. J. (The corner of Hwy J and Commonfield Drive in Portage Des Sioux)

Con Trios Yacht Club's....

   Past Commodores Party...May 3rd .......   

 

Click here to go to the Con Trios Yacht Club's website for more information

River Destinations...Illinois Restaurants and Bars.......

   The Controversy About The Illinois Smoking Ban

   There is still so much controversy about the smoking laws in Illinois for business owners. In an article written in Telegraph.com, they tell both sides of the story. For years, people were able to smoke anywhere they were. However, the non-smokers did not always have the choice to breathe the smoke or not. There are, of course, two sides to every story. There are certain areas that have suffered more than others. Some people who used to go to Alton bars, have started going across the bridge now. Many of the gamblers who used to go to the Alton Belle or Casino Queen are now going to Ameristar or Harrah’s. The smoking ban continues to be in debate. 

To read more about this controversial issue, click here

 Coming Soon

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A Schedule Of Events at Area Lakes on Earth Day........ 

Earth Day 2008...events at lakes Carlyle, Wappapello, Mark Twain and Rend

 

    The National Great Rivers Museum is partnering with the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation and the National Great Rives Research & Education Center for Earth Day events Muny grounds at Forest Park and Lewis & Clark Community College.

 

Click here for more information

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Kinder's Spring Dance ...........

 

   Saturday, April 26, 2008

   DJ Josh will be spinning the records for your dancing pleasure !

See ya there !

   

 

Kinder's Is Open For Your Business every Fri, Sat and Sun

Call 618 - 883-2586  or    618 - 883-2356

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

The Rains Have Caused Many More Problems.......

 

The rains have caused flooding, evacuations, mudslides and many other problems for people near the Mississippi and other rivers. However, another problem has occurred in Carrolton County recently. Some folks have to walk two blocks to use a restroom. The flood waters have caused sewage backups. This inconvenience has been no fun for these residents. Not to mention, the Carrolton City Council say that there is no quick fix for this problem. 

 

To read more about this terrible issue, click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Local Churches Are Helping Flood Victims......

    A church organization of community churches called the Meramac Valley Minsterial Alliance is reaching out to help the flood victims in the Pacific area. They are also getting calls from Arkansas, Iowa and other areas in Missouri. These volunteers are helping out in ways such as rebuilding, cleaning, financial help and even spiritual help. This is help over and above FEMA and insurance policies give. 

To find out more about this wonderful work, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Buoy

 It's TAX DAY !

 

Tuesday....15 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of The Day........ is an aerial shot of last weekend's Duck Club Yacht Club Harbor Hop sent in by TJ Kirgin and Lyndell Gray.

 

 

Bill,

   Thank you for the help, despite the cold weather, high winds and higher water, the event was considered a success and enjoyed by all. We had an estimated 120+ people show up and the Dock Dogs Exibition was a ton of fun. Keep on the look out as we are planning to attempt a dock dog event at Grafton this summer. Check out the dock dogs at www.gwdockdogs.com

Attached is an aerial, despite high winds, the copter was flying. I will forward you more arials of the high water separately

TJ

 

 

.....100's of pictures of the Harbor Hop By Lindell Gray....


Click here for more than 100 pictures of the Duck Club Yacht Club Harbor Hop sent in by Lyndell Gray !

Dan’s Boats

Buy from Boaters, Not from Sales People !!!

Click Here

Yesteryears e-mail of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006....  was a beautiful red sky sunset sent to us by S. Schulte.   What a shot !

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers has crested in the pool 26 area.  

  Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Navigation Notice ......  

  Subject: The US Coast Guard High Water Advisory  is still in effect


Click here to read Navigation Notice #1079    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Lewis Boats

Marine Sales & Service

Boston WHALER            SKEETER Fishing Boats          YAMAHA

   We pledge to treat our customers with respect, honesty, and friendliness, and to provide products of quality and value.

4030 N Service Rd        Saint Peters, MO 63376       (636) 949-9926

Click here for map from Map Quest                            Click Here for website

Volunteers Are Watching The Mudslide in Grafton...........

   The mudslide in Grafton closed the main road for a couple of weeks. The Great River Road is open again, but they have been keeping an eye on the mudslide for safety reasons. Mud, sticks, trees and debris was threatening to slide down the hill towards houses, the road and power lines. 

   Since the Great River Road was reopened on Friday,  volunteers are taking turns watching the mudslide. Even though it is calm right now, there is still a chance that it could cause danger to the people in Grafton. 

To read more about this story in STLtoday.com, click here

 

Business As Usual In Grafton.........

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been much decrease in local business in Grafton. Even though there have been high waters, mudslides, landslides and a closed road, things have still been good for Grafton businesses. 

To read more about this in Telegraph.com, click here

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

What To Do With Those Old Boat Electronics ? .........     

 

What are we supposed to do with our old boat electronics?  This weekend in Granite City and the Sierra Club are giving people a chance to dispose of them. They will take old computers, cell phones, and more. This will take place on Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 200 Alton Square. 

 

  Click here to go to the Telegraph.com. to find out more about this event and the cost of disposal...

Petition To End Personal Property Taxes in Missouri........  

    A petition to get the issue of personal property taxes in Missouri on the ballot for voting. Missouri is one of the few states that charges taxes YEARLY on things like boats and cars. This is on top of having paid states sales tax. 

Click here to sign petition.

Calendar of Events From Missouri Department of Conservation........ 

 

For a list of events in the next few months from Missouri Department Conservation online go to:

http://www.mdc.mo.gov/applications/events/teacher.htm

Con Trios yacht Club's....

Past Commodores Party...May 5th  .......   

Click here to go to the Con Trios Yacht Club's website for more information

 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Posted For RiverBill's News Editor........ Sherri Stanczak

THOUSANDS WALKED IN THE COLD FOR M.S.

   There are about 5,700 people in the St. Louis area who have M.S., according to a report from KSDK. There were thousands of people who turned out this weekend for the M.S. Walk this year in the five different locations that held this walk. It was very cold, but it didn’t stop these people from walking. The money that they make during these walks goes to help the victims with M.S. and also to research in finding a cure. Thanks for the great work! 

  For more about this walk and another walk coming up this Wednesday, click here

Boaters For MS !

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Missouri Boating Law of the Month.....

  

Chapter 306 
Watercraft Regulation and Licensing--State Water Patrol 
Section 306.130 

August 28, 2007



Regattas, races and other activities, authorization, regulation of. 


306.130. 1. The Missouri state water patrol shall authorize the holding of regattas, motorboat or other watercraft races, marine parades, tournaments, parasail operations or exhibitions on any waters of this state when it has determined that said event will not create conditions of excessive danger for the participants, observers or operators of other watercraft nor unduly disrupt navigation. It shall adopt and may, from time to time, amend regulations concerning the safety of motorboats and other watercraft and persons thereon, either observers or participants. Whenever a regatta, motorboat or other watercraft race, marine parade, tournament, parasail operation or exhibition is proposed to be held, the person in charge thereof shall, at least fifteen days prior thereto, file an application with the Missouri state water patrol for permission to hold the regatta, motorboat or other watercraft race, marine parade, tournament, parasail operation or exhibition, and it shall not be conducted without authorization of the Missouri state water patrol in writing. 

2. The provisions of this section shall not exempt any person from compliance with applicable federal law or regulation, but nothing contained herein shall be construed to require the securing of a state permit pursuant to this section if a permit therefore has been obtained from an authorized agency of the United States. 

(L. 1959 S.B. 142 § 13, A.L. 1985 H.B. 280, et al., A.L. 1989 S.B. 135) 
Effective 5-25-89 

 

 

 

Patrolman Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday....14 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Pic of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of The Day........ was sent in by Capt'n Gary Bowers.  It's a shot of the  "Our Lady of The Rivers" statue completely surrounded by the flood waters of the Mighty Mississippi River this past weekend..

Yesteryears e-mail of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005....  was an "Award Winning" photo taken by Capt'n of the Camera....Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography".  It's a shot of the Clark Bridge   taken early in the morning just when the night was starting to turn into the twilight.   The lighting on the bridge really stands out against the reddish early morning sky in the background and reflections of the lights on the water of the Mississippi River. &nbspThis photo is also RiverBIlls.com April Calendar.

 

Check out his website http://www.crystalphotographystudio.com

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US Coast Guard Auxiliary..... Added link to Flotilla 03-13 in left hand column of this webpage.

Flotilla 3-13 "Black Cat"

Serving Florissant, St Charles and St Louis, Mo.

The Operations, Education & Boating Safety Flotilla!

Click here for more info

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  GOOD NEWS !

 

  The the Mississippi River has just about crested in the pool 26 area.  Below are the water levels and predictions as of Sunday morning...

 

 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Navigation Notice ......

   

Subject: High Water Advisory Update

NAVNOTICE # 1079

SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY 
ADVISORY: 
A. ZONE 28 (MILES 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE EXTREME HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR (MILES 179.0 - 184.0). SOUTHBOUND TOWS GREATER THAN 600 FEET IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE TOWING VESSEL SHOULD LIMIT TRANSIT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS  ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD HAVE A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER FOR EACH LOADED BARGE AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO ENSURE FLEETS ARE ATTENDED BY TOWBOATS AT ALL TIMES. OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN PASSING/MEETING SITUATIONS, TO OPERATE AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED, AND TO FAVOR THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL TO AVOID WAKE DAMAGE. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THE SAINT LOUIS HARBOR. 
B. ZONES 20 - 25 (MILES 273.3 - 364.1 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. 
C. ZONES 1 - 6 (MILES 0.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. 
D. THE HERMANN REACH (MILES 0 - 100 MOR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER RECOVERY PHASE OF THE MOR WAP ANNEX. 
E. DOWNSTREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. 
F. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED VELOCITY AND HIGH WATER. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS. 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1079    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

A Big Muddy Thanks ............. Goes out to TJ Kirjin and Cheri Sappington of the Duck Club Yacht Club for getting RiverBills.com an honorable mention on KSHE95 Radio during their live broadcast at the Duck Club Yacht Club Open House Harbor Hop last Saturday.  

  RiverBills.com was one of the many sponsors of the annual event.

National Weather Service Flood Warning...........

   The National Weather service has issued a Flood Statement for the St. Louis Area...

To:      ALL MARINERS
From:  Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:   4/13/08 
Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 140245
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
945 PM CDT SUN APR 13 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN 
ILLINOIS...MISSOURI...

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CANTON LD 20 TW AFFECTING ADAMS AND LEWIS 
COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT QUINCY AFFECTING ADAMS AND MARION COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HANNIBAL AFFECTING PIKE AND MARION COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT SAVERTON LD 22 TW AFFECTING PIKE AND RALLS 
COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LOUISIANA AFFECTING PIKE COUNTY 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TW AFFECTING CALHOUN AND PIKE 
COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT WINFIELD LD 25 TW AFFECTING CALHOUN AND
LINCOLN COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON AFFECTING JERSEY AND ST. CHARLES 
COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ST. LOUIS AFFECTING ST. CLAIR...ST. LOUIS AND 
ST. LOUIS CITY COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT QUINCY LD 21 TW AFFECTING ADAMS AND MARION 
COUNTIES 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW AFFECTING MADISON AND ST. 
CHARLES COUNTIES 

Click here to read entire flood statement........

Missouri Boating Law of the Month.....

  

Chapter 306 
Watercraft Regulation and Licensing--State Water Patrol 
Section 306.130 

August 28, 2007



Regattas, races and other activities, authorization, regulation of. 


306.130. 1. The Missouri state water patrol shall authorize the holding of regattas, motorboat or other watercraft races, marine parades, tournaments, parasail operations or exhibitions on any waters of this state when it has determined that said event will not create conditions of excessive danger for the participants, observers or operators of other watercraft nor unduly disrupt navigation. It shall adopt and may, from time to time, amend regulations concerning the safety of motorboats and other watercraft and persons thereon, either observers or participants. Whenever a regatta, motorboat or other watercraft race, marine parade, tournament, parasail operation or exhibition is proposed to be held, the person in charge thereof shall, at least fifteen days prior thereto, file an application with the Missouri state water patrol for permission to hold the regatta, motorboat or other watercraft race, marine parade, tournament, parasail operation or exhibition, and it shall not be conducted without authorization of the Missouri state water patrol in writing. 

2. The provisions of this section shall not exempt any person from compliance with applicable federal law or regulation, but nothing contained herein shall be construed to require the securing of a state permit pursuant to this section if a permit therefore has been obtained from an authorized agency of the United States. 

(L. 1959 S.B. 142 § 13, A.L. 1985 H.B. 280, et al., A.L. 1989 S.B. 135) 
Effective 5-25-89 

 

 

 

Patrolman Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

The First Female River Pilots ........ While checking out the "flood" of information on the internet RiverBill's ran-a-ground on a neat article about female riverboat pilots.

 

    According to the "Women and the Sea"  section of the Mariner's Museum website, many women began making working as riverboat pilots and owning and operating boating and fishing businesses in the early nineteenth century. They began earning their pilots' and captains' licenses and taking over the wheel of the riverboats that traveled America's waterways.

  Click here to go to the Mariner's Museum website and read more.

Petition To End Personal Property Taxes in Missouri........  Pat DiFatta, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the cruiser......The Big Vibrator,  forwarded us an e-mail with a link to a petition to end personal property taxes in Missouri.

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This is a petition to get the issue of personal property taxes in Missouri on the ballot for voting. Missouri is one of the few states that charges taxes YEARLY on things like boats and cars. This is on top of having paid states sales tax. 

Click here to sign petition.

Con Trios yacht Club's....

Past Commodores Party...May 5th  .......   

Click here to go to the Con Trios Yacht Club's website for more information

 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

New Pemitt Required For Recreational Boats.....

   According to an article from April 8th in Lake Expo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going to require every recreational boat to have a new permit by September 8, 2008. There is no true facts as of yet, but it has been said that the cost for each permit may be as much as $800 per recreational boat. This fee will be paid by the owner of each boat because of a few issues. For one, the EPA feels that boats put a lot of discharge into lakes, rivers and streams. Between the bilge pump, engine cooling water and deck run-off, boats dump so many pollutants into the water.

This permit is being challenged though. There are many people who are against this permit. BoatU.S. is trying to encourage people to write to their senators about this issue, also known as Senate Bill 2766. They claim that this permit is not actually going to clean up the water anyway.

It is already becoming more and more expensive to go boating with the license, maintenance, dock fees and gas prices. This would just be one more expense and one more thing to do to put our boat in the water.

 To read more about this controversial issue and find out what you can do or who you may contact about this, click here

 

To read even more about this EPA permit and how it is affecting saltwater and freshwater boaters, coast to coast and to also fill out a form letter to go to your senator, click here

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Missouri Water Patrol Boating Safety Classes.....  

   

To find a boating safety class in your area, click here to find one near you

 

 

The High Cost of Levee Repairs.....     

Building a levee can be quite expensive, but maintaining them can be costly as well. According to an article on April 11, 2008 in Telegraph.com, they reported that sand boils or under-seepage is the main problems with levees. In fact, during the flood of 1993, there was a hole in one of the levees, about the size of a basketball. The water was flowing out of it so quickly that it filled the valley within about 35 minutes. It also wiped out several commercial buildings. The problem was that there was no road to get to the hole to repair it.

They say that these sand boils are caused by water pressure against the levees. They are a very big problem for levees and they also are very expensive to repair. 

To read the full story about these levee problems, click here

 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Bigger Lock & Dams Are Needed on The Mississippi River.....

 

Congress just authorized a $4 billion project on the Mississippi River. This project would allow the U.S. Corps of Engineers to expand the Winfield Dam and Lock 25, which is just south of Hannibal, Missouri. The Winfield Dam is only 600 feet long. Many of the barges that transport through this area are about 1,200 feet long. This means that they have to break them down and send one part through at a time. This is very time consuming.

To lengthen these lock and dams is something that the Corps of Engineers has been trying to get done for a long time. However, there are others who are opposed to this project. They claim that it is too costly and this money could be put to something else that would be more beneficial. 

To read more in the STLtoday.com, click here

Great River Road Re-opened in Grafton.....

 

STLtoday.com reported on Saturday that the road which was closed in Alton since April 1st, due to two mudslides and a landslide, was reopened on Friday. IDOT agreed to open it with the condition that police or city workers would keep their eye on it. 

To read more about this news report and find out about other nearby flooded areas, click here 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun ...11, 12, 13 April 2008

 

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated Sun at 345 PM.....Added new Classified...Added link to Flotilla 03-13.....Updated River Level Charts....

 

Pic of the Day

Sunday  

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of The Day........Sunday 

 

  A shot of the flood waters up around the Two Branch Island area taken on Saturday afternoon.  The channel looks to be sort of clear of debris, but there is lots of it along the river bank.........And.... a sign of spring with all the green along the road.

 

Pic of the Day

Saturday

 

 

  

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of The Day.....Saturday 

 

Hey Bill, 
It's almost that time! My Best friend Darla and I went to Royal Landing Thursday to check on there Camper since the waters coming up and I figured I would send you a picture of the mudslide in Grafton. They put concrete blocks around it so the road wouldn't get messed up the weekend. Bill see you on the river soon!

                                                     Kelsie Brown


 

Pic of the Day

Friday

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of The Day...Friday 

 

Hey Bill,

My wife Susan and I just got back from a trip to Clearwater Beach , FL. While we were there we went on a cocktail cruise aboard a pirate ship and took these pics of the sunset in the gulf. 

Dave and Susan Bullington
St. Charles, MO
“Whoz Yer Daddy

Yesteryears e-mail of the Day

Sunday

 

 

The River-e-mail on This Day in 2007....  was a scenic view taken from in front of the Pere Marquette Lodge just outside of Grafton, IL.  You can see the Great River Road and the Illinois River in the distance.

 

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Yesteryears e-mail of the Day

Saturday

Sun Setting over Illinois

 

 

The River-e-mail on This Day in 2005....  

    Was about a picture posted on RiverBill's on 4-11-05 with the following caption:

 

  "This is the only place in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois" 

 

    Make a statement like that and expect a rebuttal.   According to Kathy FLippo of Tow Talkin, who has probably traveled the length of the Mississippi River more times than most of us have backed our boats out of the dock, says there are more places in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois besides here in St. Louis.  

 

 Kathy wrote this response to my assumption in yesterday's edition.

 

    "It might be but it ain't.   The sun sets over Illinois down at Dogtooth Bend, UMR mile 21 to 23 and at UMR mile 14 to 17 in the Sisters Island, Scudder Towhead, Grand Lake Towhead and Thompson Towhead neighborhood.   You know of course that there is Illinois real estate on the right descending bank of the UMR also, don't you?   There at mile 110.5 up to 118.5 you are running through Illinois on both banks.   In fact the whole little town of Kaskaskia Illinois is on the Missouri side!     We fleeted at Farmer's landing light, mile 111.5.  --------   And tit for tat, a little chunk of Missouri real estate is over on the left descending bank of the UMR mile 76.5 to 79.3. It is called Grand Tower Island, Perry County, Missouri.  

 

Check out Kathy Flippo's Tow Talkin

 

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Yesteryears Bird Picture of the Day

Friday

The Piasa Bird

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---    was of the Piasa Bird.  

 

     There is an interesting article on Unexplained-Mysteries.com about the legend of the Piasa Bird.  According to the article, Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette seen a likeness of the legendary creature painted on the bluffs along the Mississippi River in 1673 near the present day city of Alton, IL. The Cheif of the Illini Indians told them of the legend.  Go to unexplained-mysteries.com to read the story.  

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Updated Sun at 12:45 PM

US Coast Guard Auxiliary..... Added link to Flotilla 03-13 in left hand column of this webpage.

Flotilla 3-13 "Black Cat"

Serving Florissant, St Charles and St Louis, Mo.

The Operations, Education & Boating Safety Flotilla!

Click here for more info

Updated Sun at 9:30AM

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  GOOD NEWS !

 

  The the Mississippi River has just about crested in the pool 26 area.  Below are the water levels and predictions as of Sunday morning...

 

 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Updated Sat at 5:50PM

RiverBill's April Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 Updated Sat at 5:30PM

Pool 26 Boating Meetup.....  

 

   Added a link to Pool 26 Boating Meetup website in the left hand column of this webpage.....Check-it-out !

 Updated Sat at 8:30AM

Help Wanted.....  Looking for that boating related job ????

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    Radio/Telecommunications Officer......... Missouri State Water Patrol

 

Click here for more info....

Updated Sat at 8:30AM 

Duck Club Open House, Boat Expo and Harbor Hop.....

    

 According to TJ Kirgin,  there are no water problems for the Duck Club Open House, Boat Expo and Harbor Hop today !  Come on out today and check it out !

Updated Sat at 8:15 AM

Navigation Notice ......

   

To:        ALL MARINERS
From:    Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:     4/11/08 
Subject: High Water 


NAVNOTICE # 1077

SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY 
ADVISORY: 
A. ZONE 28 (MILES 109.9 – 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR (MILES 179.0 – 184.0). SOUTHBOUND TOWS GREATER IN LENGTH THEN 600 FEET NOT, EXCLUDING THE TOWING VESSEL SHOULD LIMIT TRANSIT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER FOR EACH LOADED BARGE AND SHOULD PROCEED AND SHOULD PROCEED AT MINIMUM SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED ON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY. 
B. ZONES 20 – 25 (MILES 273.3 - 364.1 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. 
C. ZONES 1-6 (MILES 0.0 – 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH 
PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. 
D. THE HERMANN REACH (MILES 0 - 100 MOR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE OF THE MOR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWBOATS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO ENSURE FLEETS ARE ATTENDED BY TOWBOATS AT ALL TIMES. OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION IN PASSING/MEETING SITUATIONS AND OPERATE AT MINIMUM SAFE SPEED, FAVORING THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL TO AVOID WAKE DAMAGE. 
E. DOWNSTREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. 
F. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED VELOCITY AND HIGH WATER. 
G. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE HIGH WATER ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS. 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1077    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Updated Sat at 7:20AM 

Coast Guard Oops.....  We received the following e-mail from Capt'n Gary Cranmer, who hails out of Scott Air Force Base.

    

Hi Bill, 

I found this on  the Great Loop Blog. I find lots of good information from folks who are living aboard at;
http://lists.samurai.com/mailman/listinfo/great-loop The blog has a list of Archives which anybody can scan for a sample, or you can join does not cost any thing to sign up and you can quit any time you like.

This next link should be a good reminder to us all to be careful!! Even the USCG makes mistakes if their not watching!!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=590_1206082695


Would not hurt any of us  to review the Rule-of-the Road!

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/rules/Rule18.htm

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/rules/Rule13.htm

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/rules/Rule09.htm



See ya, On The River. Soon I hope, 

Gary

Updated Sat at 6:40AM 

Duck Club Open House, Boat Expo and Harbor Hop.....

    

 According to TJ Kirgin,  there are no water problems for the Duck Club Open House, Boat Expo and Harbor Hop today !  Come on out today and check it out !

Updated Fri at 4:00 PM

North Shore Oasis.....

    

Just talked to Sandy, of North Shore Oasis fame...... there is no water on the roads to the restaurant as of 4:00 PM Friday.  They expect the road to be open through Saturday also !

Updated Fri at 3:55 PM

Grafton Ferry.....

    

From:      "Betty M. Bannister" 
To:          "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net> 
Subject:   ferry 
Date:      Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:06:17 -0500 

 

Grafton Ferry closed today around 10:30(AM) because of wind and hi water. 

 

Betty

Updated Fri at 3:25 PM

'Rules Of The Road’ ....

   Boat Decal Available In Spanish 

    The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has the “rules of the road”  Boat Handling Guide decal available in Spanish now !    The decal is free to marinas,  boating clubs and other groups.

    The decal contains information about navigational markers, boating rules of the road, right of way illustrations and horn signals.

Click here to go to BoatUS for more information

 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

National Weather Service Flood Warning...........

   The National Weather service has issued a Flood Statement for the St. Louis Area.....

 

 

Flood Statement  (partial)
WGUS83 KLSX 110351
 FLSLSX
 FLOOD STATEMENT 
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
 1051 PM CDT THU APR 10 2008
 

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT WINFIELD LD 25 TW
* FROM THIS EVENING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS 
CANCELLED.
* AT 10:00 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 26.2 FEET. 
* MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 26.0 FEET. 
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR 31.0 FEET BY 
MONDAY EARLY AFTERNOON. 

$$
ILC083-MOC183-120350-
/O.CON.KLSX.FL.W.0114.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/GRFI2.2.ER.080410T2141Z.080414T1800Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
1051 PM CDT THU APR 10 2008

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON
* UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.
* AT 10:00 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 18.5 FEET. 
* MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET. 
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR 26.5 FEET BY 
MONDAY EARLY AFTERNOON THEN BEGIN FALLING.
* IMPACT...AT 26.4 FEET...RESIDENTIAL FLOODING IN GRAFTON OCCURS

$$
ILC119-MOC183-120350-
/O.EXT.KLSX.FL.W.0132.080411T2043Z-080422T0800Z/
/ALNI2.1.ER.080411T2043Z.080414T0600Z.080421T0800Z.NO/
1051 PM CDT THU APR 10 2008

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW
* UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.
* AT 10:00 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 18.8 FEET. 
* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 21.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR27.5 LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. 

Click here to read entire flood statement........

North Shore Oasis.....   Is Open For Business !

   

    The Sharks Will Be Playing the Music

                 Saturday Night

               9:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 

          Stop by, Say Hello & Check It Out

 

Doppler Radar & River Levels Charts

 

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

No Fix For Stupid........

 

  Capt'n Gary Meinershagen sent us a link to the some pictures titled ...

 

There is no fix for Stupid

 

  Click here and take a look Stupid...Stupid...and More Stupid

Duck Club Yacht Club Harbor Hop..........

 

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB HARBOR HOP
-----------------------------------------------------------
SATURDAY APRIL 12 10AM-5PM


*Free parking and Admission
* Gateway Dock Dogs
* Exhibits
* Shuttles to 3 area marinas full of new and used boats
* Helicopter Rides
* Chili Blast and DCYC Restaurant open to the public
* Raffles
* KSHE Radio and entertainment


The Duck Club Yacht Club is located at:
6257 Hwy. V
St. Charles, MO, 63301
(636) 250-4321

Information is also on the web at
duckclubyc.com



Open House, Chili Blast, Boat Show and Harbor Hop this

                      Saturday 10a-5p (more)
 

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

42 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. 

(Report made on 4/9/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

50 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.

(Report made on 4/10/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

 

 

~~~~~^  Paddlefish Snagging Report ^~~~~~

 

A current report on paddlefish snagging is available at:
http://mdc.mo.gov/fish/sport/paddlefish/report/ 

llinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........  

Dated 01 & 04 April 2008  is available on-line for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

       

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Navigation Notice ......

   

To:          ALL MARINERS
From:     Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:      4/10/08 
Subject: New high water advisory,


NAVNOTICE # 1072

SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY 
ADVISORY: 
A. ZONES 20 - 25 (MILES 273.3 - 364.1) AND ZONE 28 (MILES 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE UMR WAP ANNEX. 
B. ZONES 1-6 (MILES 0.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. 
C. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS 
OPERATING IN THESE ZONES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS MAY BE AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. 
D. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED VELOCITY AND HIGH WATER. 
E. COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA 
CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK 
APPROACHES IN THESE HIGH WATER ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1064    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

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Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Lake Ozarks Is At Full Pool :      With all the rain and flooding in the mid west, even the lake of the Ozarks is at full pool.

 

  Click here to read the new article on Lake Expo on-line

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday...10 April 2008

 

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Pic of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our River Picture of The Day.... is a shot from a few weeks ago.  It's the Golden Eagle Ferry unloading "land yachts" at their ferry landing on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.  Looks like the SUV in front has the turn signal on .....and is heading for Kinder's.

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---     was taken in Snake Chute this time  last year.  It's a boat "rooster-tailing" down the slough on a warm Sunday afternoon !

 

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Welcome New Advertiser !  

  

 

Click here for more info    

North Shore Oasis.....    Is Opening Friday at 5:00 PM

   

    The Sharks Will Be Playing the Music

                 Saturday Night

               9:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 

          Stop by, Say Hello & Check It Out

 

Doppler Radar & River Levels Charts

 

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

Bad News....

   Owner of Capt'n Jack's Pleads Guilty

 

    According to a news article in the St. Louis Business Journal, John "Jack" Gorecki has pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges involving false loan applications submitted to financial institutions in the St. Louis area and could be facing up to 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.

 

   Click here to read the news article.

National Weather Service Flood Warning...........

   The National Weather service has issued the following Flood Warning for the St. Louis Area.....

 

 

Flood Warning

WGUS43 KLSX 100313
FLWLSX
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1013 PM CDT WED APR 09 2008

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A FLOOD 
WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS...MISSOURI... 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW AFFECTING MADISON AND ST. 
CHARLES COUNTIES

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ST. LOUIS AFFECTING ST. CLAIR...ST. LOUIS AND 
ST. LOUIS CITY COUNTIES

 

Click here to read more........

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

 

     Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

What-A-Boat (ship)........

 

  Capt'n Gerald Morgenthaler  sent a link to the some pictures of the big ship.... Emma Maersk.

  Click here and take a look at this mega ship.

Duck Club Yacht Club Harbor Hop..........

 

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB HARBOR HOP
-----------------------------------------------------------
SATURDAY APRIL 12 10AM-5PM


*Free parking and Admission
* Gateway Dock Dogs
* Exhibits
* Shuttles to 3 area marinas full of new and used boats
* Helicopter Rides
* Chili Blast and DCYC Restaurant open to the public
* Raffles
* KSHE Radio and entertainment


The Duck Club Yacht Club is located at:
6257 Hwy. V
St. Charles, MO, 63301
(636) 250-4321

Information is also on the web at
duckclubyc.com



Open House, Chili Blast, Boat Show and Harbor Hop this

                      Saturday 10a-5p (more)
 

Rivers Rising Again........

 

  

  According to a news article in the on-line Alton Daily News a sharp rise in the river levels is expected in the next few days.


   Click here to read more........

Good News For Boating Cell Phone Users....

    

    According to a news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph.....Grafton should get a cell phone tower this year.  Good by dead zone !

   

   Click here to read the news article.

ITCS Memo ......

    Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:

 

 

From:    itcs@ribb.com 
To:        riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Navigation Notice MR 08-01 Lock #19 Half Day Closures April 15, 16, 17, 18,19 & 20 
Date:     Wed, 09 Apr 2008 12:51:44 -0600 

ITCS MEMO # 2647



MISSISSIPPI RIVER
LOCK CLOSURES NAV Notice 08-01
Lock No. 19, UMR Mile 364.3
Lock No. 19, UMR Mile 364.3, will be closed to all navigation from 0700
to 1900 on April 15, 17, 18, 19, & 20. The purpose of these closures
is for installation of the upper service gate, gate latch construction,
and adjustment and testing of new controls for the upper service and
guardgates.

Towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls during
these closure periods.


 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2647  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Points of Interest....

    

    The on-line Alton Telegraph.....has an article in today's edition about the "Points Of Interest" in and around the Alton / Grafton area.

 

    Alton historic districts, Antiques Shopping, Elsah, Great River Road, Lovejoy Monument, Lincoln-Douglas Square, Robert Wadlow statue, Piasa Bird, Lewis and Clark Historic Site, Confederate Monument, Melvin Price Locks and Dam, Gordon Moore Community Park, Pere Marquette State Park, The Nature Institute. 

   

  Click here to read the news article.

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Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Re-printed from the "Save The Delta Queen"website

 

 

form letters: House Leadership, Veterans

Apr 9, 2008

Let’s continue asking for support, let’s continue to make our cause public!

At this time we’re requesting support from

a) the House Leadership to put the exemption bill for the Delta Queen in the suspension calendar (click for details),

b) Veterans and veteran’s organizations: the Delta Queen has served in this war in the San Francisco Bay.

Please, send letters, faxes to these people requesting their support and action to save the Delta Queen.

Click here for  template letters for your inspiration when writing your letters:

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday.....08 April 2008

 Over 1.3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pic of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Our River Pictures & e-mail of The Day.... were sent in by Paul & Joan Barbary

 

Hi Bill,
The sun was shining but it was still a little cool Saturday. We thought we would check things out from up high.
We spent some time at the "Aerie's Winery", just relaxing and watching the river. We hope to be on the water soon.

See you on the river,

Paul & Joan Barbary

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2007 ---     was from Pimp and Ho Ball at Sharky's Cove last year.  Above are John and Bernie Patrico ...and...  Cindy and John Binado all dressed up for the affair.  

 

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Doppler Radar & River Levels Charts

 

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

With Deepest Sympathy........ 

 

   Joe Bryant of Woodland Marina has passed away.  

   

Joe Bryant of Woodland Marina passed away on Sunday, April 6th, 2008.  

  

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 9th from 4 PM until 9 PM.

 

Baue Funeral Home of St. Charles

620 Jefferson Street

St. Charles, MO    63301 


Click here for more information

Our deepest condolences go out to the Bryant family.

Grafton Is Still Open For Business......

 

    According to a news article in Tuesday's edition of STLtoday.com the road closure at Grafton,IL will continue, at least until Friday
 

    Click here to read the on-line news article on STLtoday.com

 

 

  

Contact: Betty Zoellner
Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX
District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
bcz@charter.net
314-852-2909
April 7, 2008
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cabela’s at Mills Mall to Host USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Class


Boater Education Saves Lives

Missouri’s Mandatory Boater Education Law took effect January 1, 2005, and requires that every Missouri resident born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes must carry a boating safety identification card issued by the State Water Patrol and a valid photo ID. This includes personal watercraft like Jet-Skis. The boating safety ID card indicates successful completion of a boating safety education course.

Flotilla 3-13 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering the Boating Skills and Seamanship course at Cabela’s in Hazelwood, at the St Louis Mills Shopping Center . The class meets from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM on 2 consecutive Saturday mornings, May 3rd and May 10th, 2008. Successful completion of this course will not only earn the boating safety ID card, but will give you invaluable information which will help you to remain safe on the water.


Course Pre-Registration is necessary as space is limited. Register at Cabela’s in Hazelwood on Sunday, April 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM near the front entrance. For more information, contact Mark via e-mail msz@charter.net or cell phone number 314-803-7044.

To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary – or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us – please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at msz@charter.net.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education. The 29,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

 

Man of the Year Award Candidate........

   Click here for a picture of a candidate for the "Man of the Year" award on dailyhaha.com.  

Help Wanted ...........

 

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB
6257 HIGHWAY V
SAINT CHARLES MO

   LOCATED INSIDE THE #1 EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE YACHT CLUB IN SAINT CHARLES THE DCYC RESTAURANT AND BAR IS NOW HIRING FOR THE 2008 SEASON. DAY AND NIGHT SHIFTS AVAILABLE FOR EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS, SERVERS AS WELL DISHWASHERS.

   ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS SHOULD CONTACT EXECUTIVE CHEF/OPERATOR MARK BACHMAN AT EITHER 314.495.5850 OR 636.250.4333.

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Wings of Spring Birding Festival ......  Most of the eagles are heading out to new destinations as our weather warms up, but the newest bird in our area is the American White Pelican.

.  The Wings of Spring Birding Festival coming up on April 26 at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary will give you a chance to see a pelican up close.

 

    Click here for more information

Ferry Service in Glasgow During Bridge Construction......

  
    The Missouri Department of transportation is taking bids to provide ferry service crossing the Missouri River ar Glasgow, Mo during the upcoming bridge closure. The bridge work is expected to start in June or July of this year and take 12 months to complete..
  Two bids have been received.  One from the Calhoun Ferry Company for $1.7 million and one from Hornblower Maritime Services for $2 million. The bids are expected to be awarded on April 9th.
 

   Click here to read the news article on  khqa.com

 

   Click here for map.
 

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

March Visitor Stats......

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for March 2008

 

69,416 unique visitors  -  Up 35,020 from the March 2007 numbers

 

Click here to look at the visitor stats chart.

 

Thanks for Logging On

 

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

A Wet April is Predicted.......
     The National Weather Service is predicting that the next two weeks of April will be wetter than normal in the state of Illinois, especially in southern part of the state.
 

  Click here to read the news article on khqa.com
 

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Fishing News From Afar.......

 

  The four-day BASS heavyweight catch record was broke this past Sunday on Falcon Lake, Texas by Paul Elais, who finished with more than 130 pounds !  The top prize money.......$100,000.

 

  Click here to read the news story on ksdk.com

 

 

 

 

 

Monday.......07 April 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated At 5:30 PM ...Joe Bryant of Woodland Marina passed away

 

Pic of the Day

 

 

 

Our River Picture Of The Day...... was sent in by Tom Henderson a week or so ago.  It's some white pelicans in the harbor at Lake Center.

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2005 --Sunday-     2005  was of  boats all anchored-out and rafted-up at the 2001 Shoot Out.   This picture is was sent in by Tom and Sandy.

 

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With Deepest Sympathy........ 

 

   Joe Bryant of Woodland Marina has passed away.  

   

Joe Bryant of Woodland Marina passed away on Sunday, April 6th, 2008.  

  

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 9th from 4 PM until 9 PM.

 

Baue Funeral Home of St. Charles

620 Jefferson Street

St. Charles, MO    63301 


Click here for more information

Our deepest condolences go out to the Bryant family.

The Missouri Fishing Report is Back....

    Missouri Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 38 degrees, falling, dingy; channel
catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Report made on 4/3/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

50 degrees, high, muddy; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 4/3/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Missouri Department of Conservation ...Kids Fishing Days

    The Missouri Department of Conservation and sponsoring organizations are provide young anglers and their families with lots of opportunities to learn to fish and enjoy the sport again in 2008.  Kids' fishing events will be held around the state. From bluegill and hybrid sunfish to bullheads and channel catfish, kids will have countless opportunities to catch their first fish or even their 100th fish

  Click here to learn more and view this year's schedule.

Grafton Is Still Open For Business......

 

  According to a news article in Saturday's STLtoday.com the mudslides that threaten the Great River Road near Grafton, IL  haven't budged much.

   The Grafton area has had about two-thirds of an inch of rain since Thursday morning and the mud slide hasn't washed away....and Grafton is still open for business !. 

    Click here to read the new article on STLtoday

Dogs and Whales........

   Click here for a neat picture of a boat dog and a whale checking each other out on dailyhaha.com.  

March Visitor Stats......

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for March 2008

 

69,416 unique visitors  -  Up 35,020 from the March 2007 numbers

 

Click here to look at the visitor stats chart.

 

Thanks for Logging On

 

Help Wanted ...........

 

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB
6257 HIGHWAY V
SAINT CHARLES MO

   LOCATED INSIDE THE #1 EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE YACHT CLUB IN SAINT CHARLES THE DCYC RESTAURANT AND BAR IS NOW HIRING FOR THE 2008 SEASON. DAY AND NIGHT SHIFTS AVAILABLE FOR EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS, SERVERS AS WELL DISHWASHERS.

   ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS SHOULD CONTACT EXECUTIVE CHEF/OPERATOR MARK BACHMAN AT EITHER 314.495.5850 OR 636.250.4333.

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

The New Issue Of Missouri Conservationist Magazine Is Out........The paper and on-line edition of  the December, Missouri Conservationist Magazine is out.

Click here to view it the on-line edition

 

  This edition contains some articles you might be interested in as boaters:

         "Attention Bird Lovers... A special glimpse at the American White Pelican" 

         "Fishing Reports.......Waterfowl Hunting regulations"  

         "Stream Team"

 

Missouri Water Patrol .......NEWS RELEASE..

   Dated 04-02-2008


PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO 65102 

For further information contact: Lieutenant Nick R. Humphrey 
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333 
E-mail: Nick.Humphrey@mswp.dps.mo.gov 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City, Missouri

Public Meeting Schedule on Buoy Guideline Changes are Set

The Missouri State Water Patrol will hold public meetings in April to provide concerned citizens the opportunity to give input on the newly proposed buoy guideline changes. These changes address problems with the current Water Patrol buoy permitting procedures. The meetings will be held in a "workshop" style format to allow the public to see and hear the exact changes that are being proposed. Citizens attending the meetings will be given the opportunity to provide input in writing, as well as discuss the topic with officials of the Missouri State Water Patrol.

The proposed guidelines can also be found on the Missouri State Water Patrol web site. In the Buoy Section on the Water Patrol home page, there is an email link to the Buoy Administrator that allows citizens to submit input and/or comments regarding the proposed buoy guidelines.

The public meetings will be held as follows:

Kimberling City Community Center 
Kimberling City, MO
April 19, 2008
5pm-8pm

Warsaw Community Building
Warsaw, MO
April 23, 2008
5pm-8pm

Morgan County Library
Versailles, MO
April 25, 2008
5pm-8pm

Osage Beach City Hall
Osage Beach, MO
April 26, 2008
5pm-8pm

Pomme De Terre Corps of Engineer Project Office
Pomme De Terre Dam
April 30, 2008
5pm-8pm

News Release ID: N07080017 
Release Date: 20080402

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Here is a Missouri Water Patrol News Release We Missed

 

   Missouri Water Patrol.......NEWS RELEASE..

   Dated 03-24-2008

 

NEWS RELEASE


PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO 65102 

For further information contact: Lieutenant Nick R. Humphrey 
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333 
E-mail: Nick.Humphrey@mswp.dps.mo.gov 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jefferson City, Missouri

Water Patrol Responds to Missouri Floods

The Missouri State Water Patrol had 54 officers assigned to flood duty during the recent flooding event in the southeastern part of the state and the St. Louis area. Officers were brought in from as far away as Kansas City for flood response. They were supported by six Water Patrol dispatchers working extended shifts to answer calls for service 24 hours a day. The officers utilized 27 department rescue boats to perform 324 rescues/evacuations and answered a multitude of calls for service. Officers responded to many areas both urban and rural including the cities of Poplar Bluff, Piedmont, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Dutchtown, Allenville, Delta, Monett, Whitewater, Ellington, Van Buren, Marble Hill, Cedar Hill, Eureka, Valley Park, and Pacific. At this time six people have lost their lives due to the recent flooding in Missouri.

The Water Patrol had two boats and two trucks damaged by flood waters. All four pieces of equipment are repairable and should be back in service in a few days.


Three Water Patrol officers received minor injuries during flood duty. One officer was injured during a physical altercation with a person refusing to leave a bridge in an area that was flooding. Two other officers and the civilians they rescued were treated for hypothermia after the officers' boat capsized during the rescue on Hurricane Creek near the city of Winona. In this situation, the officers received a call to help two teenage boys stuck in the flood waters. They diverted from their route to Cape Girardeau and responded to Hurricane Creek. Upon arriving they realized that the creek had grown into a rushing river with life threatening logs and debris flowing through the rapids. The officers managed to rescue one of the boys who was hanging naked from the trees after the rushing water had torn his clothes off. As the officers made it to the second boy, a large log flowing through the swift waters struck the bow of their boat, forcing the boat into the trees and causing it to capsize. One officer was washed downstream while the other officer put a life jacket on one of the boys and kept him from being washed downstream by hanging onto a tree (the second boy remained in a tree). One officer described the 50 degree water as feeling "like thousands of needles stabbing my body". The officer who washed downstream used a throwable flotation device to navigate himself through the trees and swam across the turbulent water to reach shore. This officer called for help on his truck radio and returned to the scene with rope and more officers. The call for help was in vein. The Highway Patrol aircraft could not fly due to weather and the Coast Guard helicopter was still in New Orleans. Oregon County Sheriff's Officers launched a boat to help the Water Patrol officer and boys but, their boat was also capsized by debris and at one point six people were in the flood waters. Swift water rescue teams from around the state were dispatched but personnel on the scene knew that the officers and boys were in immediate danger of hypothermia. Using two more boats and ropes, Officers of the Missouri State Water Patrol, National Park Service, first responders and civilians were able to get the six to shore. The two boys were treated at a local hospital for hypothermia and later released.

After the officers' close call it was apparent to the State Emergency Management Agency that aircraft with the ability for air rescue was needed. The Coast Guard flew two helicopters to the area and stayed until the waters started to subside. The helicopters made several rescues in locations that were not accessible by patrol boats due to topography or debris.

Many small communities were evacuated by Water Patrol officers as flood waters continued to rise. As rivers crested, the hot spot became Highway 53 south of Poplar Bluff as agricultural levies failed. One levy failure sent water rushing across Highway 53, washing one vehicle with an elderly couple away in the flood water. Three Water Patrol boat teams were in the area and were able to reach the vehicle as it floated away. The couple was rescued and transported to a local hospital and were later released. A second levy in the same area failed a day later and sent the residents of rural Coon Island scrambling for high ground. Water Patrol officers were able to maneuver their boats through the break in the levy and believed that air evacuation would be the safest way to evacuate the stranded residents. Water Patrol officers requested Coast Guard helicopters respond to the scene and directed them to the waiting residents by radio. Everyone was evacuated safely.

As the flood waters began to subside in southeast Missouri, some officers were reassigned to the St. Louis area as the Meramac River began to rise. Officers provided security patrols in the flooded city of Pacific and helped monitor area levies that protected large communities, particularly the levy at Valley Park. Fortunately, the levies held and officers started returning to their primary duty stations around the state by the end of Easter weekend.

"I am very pleased with our officers' response to this significant flooding event, and I am grateful for the assistance and dedication of responders from other agencies," said Water Patrol Colonel Rad Talburt. "This was the worst flooding that many areas of southeast Missouri and northern Jefferson County had ever seen. The Water Patrol was able to provide the equipment and manpower needed to supplement local response and help Missourians in their time of need. It is a sad fact that in catastrophic events such as this flood, loss of life is inevitable and sometimes unpreventable. However, due to quick response from Water Patrol Officers with rescue boats and other emergency responders from around the state, many lives were saved."


News Release ID: N07080013 
Release Date: 20080324

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun...04, 05, 06 April 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 4:30PM

 

Pic of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Our River Picture Of The Day......Sunday... Is from Tim and Val Aulabaugh, who hail out of Grafton Harbor in the boat "Last Call".

 

     It's of a couple of eagles in a dead tree "Waiting For Larry DemKo"  to come by !

 

  RiverBill says....Good picture .....I think the browns and blues really make this picture special !  The brown bark still clinging to the dead tree, the brown feathers of the eagles, the white wood of the dead tree and the white feathers on the eagle's heads...all against a winter blue sky.....Wow !

 

Pic of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Our River Picture & e-mail Of The Day......Saturday... Is from Donald Morrison.  

It's a picture of River Dawg..... Skip

 

"Skip" can be found sailing out of Sioux Harbor on sailing vessel "Ragtime" owned by Don & Mary Ellen Morrison

 

Pic of the Day

Friday

 

 

   

 

 

 

Our River Picture & e-mail Of The Day......Friday... is from Larry Demco...(the eagle hater.)

 

 

Bill:

I was out by the river with Capt. Darryll Weil and we saw what, at first glance, looked like a UFO. 

But, after Darryll snapped photo, and we watched the eagle fly erratically, we realized that there wasn't anything unidentifiable about this eagle. He could pass for your brother (or sister...or you. We weren't close enough to see what gender it was! Maybe if we enlarge the pic...) 

We were thinking that this eagle looks so much like you it might set back "eagle-admiring" for the next year or two..or until this frightening image is erased from everyone's memory. 

Now I'm beginning to understand why you post all of those bird pics on a boating site.

I was thinking about the significance of this eagle: Maybe this sighting is a little like Ground Hog Day. In other words, I saw the RiverBill Eagle which signals the end of "bird season" on Riverbills.com!

Larry DemKo
Fastrac Media

 

RiverBill says...... Thanks for the picture Larry.   It is an amazing likeness...Wow !  

 

Larry, the website isn't named BoatingBills.......It's was named RiverBills because it's a RIVER WEBSITE !....and.... eagles are a part of the river....

Send us your eagle pictures everyone !

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2005 --Sunday-     was of a southbound work-tow locking through Winfield Dam pushing   a work barge containing channel buoys.   

 

This picture is from the US Army Corps of Engineers Live-cam at Winfield Dam.

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Yesteryear Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2005 --Saturday-     was of a couple of   boats anchored behind Two Branch Island .   The boats were at the down-river end of the island.   That's Winneberg subdivision, on the Illinois side of the river,  the way it looked in 2005.  

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Yesteryear Picture of the Day

Friday

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2007 --Friday-   were taken last year on April Fools Day,  while anchored up and rafted up in Snake Chute near the UMR 224 mile marker of the Mississippi River. 

April Fools Day Wakeboarding  

 

   Some just can't wait to get out and start the Wakeboarding Season.   Whitney, Eric, Josh, Dave and Erin are some of those type of boaters.   Let's go.....who cares if it's April 1st....who cares the water is a bit cold yet...It's Sunday...the sun is out...we are young....we have a wetsuit.......Lets go !   

 

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Doppler Radar & River Levels Charts

 

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

Updated Sun at 4:30PM

Welcome New Advertiser

   

Click on Logo for more info 

Updated Sat at 8:30PM

Roberson's Marine ....

 34' Triple Axle Roller Trailer Available For Rental, 24' Pontoon Trailer Available 

 Hauling Available up to 40' / 18,000 lbs.

Phone..636.916.0036

Updated Sat at 7:50PM

Boat Wedgie...Ouch 
   

   Click here for a picture of a serious Boat Wedgie....... from the dailyhaha.com

Updated Sat at 7:40PM

Boating News From Afar.......

   Tax Break For Kansas Boat Owners Is Possible 


  According to the Saturday edition of the Lake Expo.com boat owners in the neighboring state of Kansas might get a tax break under a future constitutional amendment that has been approved by the Kansas House. 

   Boats in Kansas are taxed as personal property based on market value, but supporters amendment say that dollar value is difficult to determine and that the boats are taxed too high. 
   The amendment would allow the Kansas Legislature to develop a new method for taxation of boats.

 

  Click here to read more.

Updated Sat at 8:45 Am

Grafton’s Mudslide Has Hurt Their Business.......

 

    With Hwy 100 being closed west and south of Grafton, Illinois due to the mudslide they are keeping an eye on, it has caused people to detour around their town. This has cut their business in half. Grafton is a town of about 900 people and it is located about 25 miles north of St. Louis. The city wants to meet with transportation to try to figure out when to open the highway. They are also trying to figure out who is responsible for the damage. No real damage has been done as of yet, but if it wipes out that house that is right in its way, someone will have to pay for that. 

 

To read more about this mudslide report, click here

 

Updated Sat at 8:45 Am

Calhoun County Is Holding Off On Backing Levee Support........

    There has been a request to raise the Nutwood Drainage Levee. If they do this, it would protect Jersey County more. However, Calhoun County is worried that it may push the water towards Calhoun County instead. Because of that, officials are holding off on backing this levee support. 

To read the full story in Telegraph.com, click here

Updated Sat at 8:45 Am

FEMA Is In The Area Meeting With Flood Victims

 

   FEMA is in the Pacific area meeting with victims who have been flooded out of their home or business. There is also a location set up in High Ridge. FEMA officials say that you don’t have to be from that area to go to them for assistance. They do, however, recommend that victims register online or on the phone before visiting their location. 

 

To find out more about this, click here

Updated Sat at 8:45 Am

Officials Are Keeping An Eye On The Meramec River......

 

Since the Meramac River area is still recovering from the last flood, the last thing they want in the forecast is more rain. However, it appears that so far they are pretty safe. The Meramec River is about 6 feet away from being up to Hwy 141. Since the most rain is staying south, rivers such as the Current, St. Francois and Black are more in danger of flooding. They are still keeping an eye on things; as they are in Grafton also with the mudslide. Right now, things are pretty calm. 

 

To read this full story, click here on STLtoday.com

 

Updated Sat at 8:45 Am

Corps Warn People Of More Flooding.....

    Carlyle, Rend &  Wappapello Lakes 

 

      With the recent rains and more rain in the forecast, flooding has been a major issue. Carlyle Lake was in a 60% of its flood storage capacity. Carlyle Lake leads into the Kaskaskia River, which empties into the Mississippi River. Wappapello Lake was at 45% of its flood storage capacity. Officials say that Carlyle Lake is usually about 24,000 to 25,000 acres during the summer time. Right now it is about 40,000 acres. They say that it may even double its size at 50,000 acres if the rains persist as forecasted. 

 

To read more about this story in STLtoday.com, click here

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To get some more tips on how to register with FEMA and what to do, click here

 

Updated Sat at 8:45 Am

Pet Store Owners Help Animals Who Are Flood Victims......

 

On March 30th, MyFox St. Louis News reported that the Pigg Pet Store has opened up a shelter for animals that have been affected by the flood. Some of them are left without a home and some just need a place to stay while their homes are being built. In fact, the owner is now living at the pet store to be sure that these animals are fed and taken care of. The town of Pacific is also helping out by volunteering their time to help and donating pet food. 

 

To read more about this inspiring family, click here

 

Still Watching Out For The Mudslide In Grafton......

 

According to KSDK, officials have been watching out for a mudslide in the Grafton area. They actually had the Great River Road closed there for awhile for precautionary reasons. They are still keeping an eye on it as there have been trees, mud and debris washing down the hillside right below Tara Point Bed and Breakfast Inn.

 

    To read the full story, click here

 

Corps of Engineers announces high water preparations at three St. Louis District lakes

Wednesday, April 2 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis is making advance preparations to be ready for possible heavy rain affecting levels at three of its District Lakes: Carlyle and Rend Lakes in Illinois and Wappapello Lake in southeastern Missouri.  District officials emphasize that these are precautionary steps at this time, made prudent by current lake levels after heavy rains two weeks ago.  The measures are being taken with public safety uppermost in mind.

If these rains materialize, the public living and working downstream from these lakes is urged to exercise caution by monitoring media, paying attention to local and regional emergency planners and maintaining individual awareness if they live or work in areas prone to previous flooding.  Fishermen who may fish downstream of these dams are likewise cautioned to watch for increasing water levels and flows and to be mindful of their departure routes from their locations.

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The above info re-printed from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

River Destinations      Hannibal........

   Hannibal Inn Should Open On Saturday As Scheduled

The Hannibal Inn is scheduled to open this Saturday on April 5th

  There were rumors that it might not open, but according to KHQA online, it appears that it will open. In spite of the small things that inspectors have found in there that need to be taken care of, they should have it taken care of and open according to schedule. The major problem that was wrong was the cracked manifold in the boiler. However, they claim that the part is ordered and should be in on Thursday morning. To read more about this place and see the full article, click here

 

Help Wanted ...........

 

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB
6257 HIGHWAY V
SAINT CHARLES MO

   LOCATED INSIDE THE #1 EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE YACHT CLUB IN SAINT CHARLES THE DCYC RESTAURANT AND BAR IS NOW HIRING FOR THE 2008 SEASON. DAY AND NIGHT SHIFTS AVAILABLE FOR EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS,SERVERS AS WELL DISHWASHERS.

   ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS SHOULD CONTACT EXECUTIVE CHEF/OPERATOR MARK BACHMAN AT EITHER 314.495.5850 OR 636.250.4333.

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB HARBOR HOP 

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008

We are looking for vendors to participate in the Annual Boat Show/ Harbor Hop! Over 100,000 flyers have already been sent out to St. Charles and St. Louis county homes. Please go to. www.ducktalesonline.com to view the current list of events and sponsors. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me at csapping@vphus.jnj.com or by phone at #314-603-1333. 

Here is a partial list of sponsors and events:
Gateway Duck Dogs demonstrations all day 
Helicopter rides 
Chili Blast 
Dans Boats 
Wahoo 
Xtreme Toy Store 


Thank You,
Cheri Sappington
Duck Club Yacht Club Social Committee

 

With Deepest Sympathy........ 

   Bertha Wright, mother of Marsha Seidler, passed away.  

   Bertha L. Wright, 85, went to be with the Lord with her children by her side at 1:54 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at her home

  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.  

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Alton.

  Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Godfrey

  Click here for more information

Our condolences go out to Marsha and Carl Seidler and their family.

Marsha and her husband, Carl, hail out of Grafton Harbor

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

The RiverBills.com April 2008 Calendar ------ 

  

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

RiverBill says...Thanks Capt'n Pat Reid for the great picture !

                       Art work by John Hornung

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

St. Louis Corps Of Engineers Permits Office Public Notices Open for Comment:

  1. P-2597: The applicant, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD), proposes improvements to the existing Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant by providing Secondary Treatment Upgrades in order to meet anticipated needs by the applicant to comply with expected tightening of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discharge standards. The proposed expansion will impact a compensatory wetland mitigation site. The compensatory mitigation site was a result of a Kansas City District, Corps of Engineers permit condition issued in 1985. To date, MSD is not in compliance with the terms and conditions of the 1985 permit. The St. Louis District is soliciting comments on the proposed expansion; resolution of the permit non-compliance; the ramifications of impacting the non-functioning mitigation site; and if a permit is to be issued, the appropriate amount and type of compensatory mitigation for the impacts to the mitigation site, taking into consideration the temporal loss of the original wetlands impacted in 1985. The project is located north of the Maryland Heights Expressway at approximate Missouri River mile 31 in St. Louis County, Missouri. The public notice comment period opens April 3, 2008 and closes on May 2, 2008

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The above info re-printed from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

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Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

Downunder......Swimming With The Crocs......

 

    A couple was swimming in the northern part of Australia when a crocodile attacked a woman. Her husband jumped on the crocodiles back and it released his wife and swam away. The man was not hurt. The woman had several teeth marks in her thighs. His quick thinking saved her life. This was the fourth crocodile attack in that area in the past several months. 

 

To read more in Mad Mariner about this fascinating story, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday...03 April 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pics of the Day

The Grafton Mud Slide

 

  

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures Of The Day......... are from Paul and Joan Barbary, who hail out of Grafton Harbor.......

 

Hi Bill,
We ran up to Grafton Harbor today at noon.. We wanted to check out the boat and start making plans to get the river season under way. Everything is starting to look good.
While we were in Grafton, we stopped to see the mud slide as reported on the St. Louis news. I took these pictures today and thought you might like to see them. "Tara Point" is at the top of the hill. These folk's do not need anymore rain this spring.

See you on the river,

Paul & Joan Barbary
 


RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Paul. 

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

      

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---    were of John in his red zute suit and the Sharks belting out the tunes on Saturday night at Sharky's 2nd annual Pimp and Hoe Ball.

 

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Yacht Club of St. Louis

   The Sharks Are Coming.......

 

   The Sharks Band will be playing at the Yacht Club of St. Louis on Saturday night April 5, 2008 beginning at 9pm till Close

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

The National Weather Service

   As of 04-03-08.....3:00AM

   St. Louis Area...."There currently are not any warnings, watches, or advisories for this area"

 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Grafton Is Still Up and Running........  RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the Rotten Apple CiderHouse in Grafton, IL.

 

 

Date:        Wed, 2 Apr 2008 22:46:47 -0500
From:      "Rotten Apple Ciderhouse & Microbrewery"
Subject:    Business as Usual!


It's going to take more than a little mud to stop us ~ the Rotten Apple is OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual!
Despite news reports the contrary, Grafton is still up and running and so are we!
Please note that Highway 100 (The River Road) is NOT closed between Alton & Grafton.
Come see us! It's going to be a great weekend!

--
Rotten Apple Ciderhouse & Microbrewery
220 West Main Street
Grafton, Illinois 62037
618/786-2798  
 

State Lawmakers Are Trying To Lower The Legal Blood-Alcohol Content For Boaters........

 

    According to a news story on  KHQA online, state lawmakers are trying to lower the legal blood-alcohol content to .08 percent for boaters, which is what it is for driving a car or a truck. In 2001, they set the level of blood-alcohol content to .08 percent for cars. If this law passes, it will affect Missouri lakes and the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The state lawmakers say that about half of all boating accidents last year involved alcohol.

 

To read more about this issue, click here

 

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A Wet Spring Can Cause Many Problems...........

 

   Since this has already been a very wet spring, it has caused many problems. Flooding, of course, is the main issue. However, on Tuesday, the Great River Road was closed in Grafton for awhile due to a mudslide that was close to the road. Farmers are being held up from planting their crops. Ballgames are being rained out or it is too muddy to play. Then there is allergy season. With all of the wetness, mold is higher than normal, which causes problems for people with allergies.

 

To read more in STLtoday.com about this messy situation, click here

 

Help Wanted ...........

 

DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB
6257 HIGHWAY V
SAINT CHARLES MO

   LOCATED INSIDE THE #1 EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE YACHT CLUB IN SAINT CHARLES THE DCYC RESTAURANT AND BAR IS NOW HIRING FOR THE 2008 SEASON. DAY AND NIGHT SHIFTS AVAILABLE FOR EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS,SERVERS AS WELL DISHWASHERS.

   ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS SHOULD CONTACT EXECUTIVE CHEF/OPERATOR MARK BACHMAN AT EITHER 314.495.5850 OR 636.250.4333.

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Great River Road Closed Due To Mud Slide.......

     According to a news article in yesterday's on-line Telegraph, the Great River Road was closed due to problems with mud slides !

    Mud came down a the side of a bluff in two places yesterday near Grafton, IL endangering a house and closing Illinois Route 100 to all but local traffic.

   To read more, click here

With Deepest Sympathy........ 

   Bertha Wright, mother of Marsha Seidler, passed away.  

   Bertha L. Wright, 85, went to be with the Lord with her children by her side at 1:54 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at her home

  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.  

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Alton.

  Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Godfrey

  Click here for more information

Our condolences go out to Marsha and Carl Seidler and their family.

Marsha and her husband, Carl, hail out of Grafton Harbor

FEMA Is Helping Missouri Flood Victims

 

   On Tuesday, St. Louis County flood victims and also 15 other counties became eligible for $28,800 worth of funds to rebuild their houses. According to STLtoday.com, there are 35 counties total in Missouri who are eligible for FEMA help.

 

   To register with FEMA you can go to their website at FEMA.gov or you can call 1-800-621-3362. To read the full article, click here

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

The RiverBills.com April 2008 Calendar ------ 

  

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

RiverBill says...Thanks Capt'n Pat Reid for the great picture !

                       Art work by John Hornung

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Missouri Stream Team Has To Clean Up More Than Normal........

    In an article in the Suburban Journal, members of the Missouri Stream Team have been cleaning up in DeSoto. Usually this group gets help from a group in Arnold but they are busy cleaning up their own debris from this last storm. The Missouri Stream Team gathers together and tries to keep Missouri’s waters cleaner. They also plant trees along the banks of streams, creeks and rivers. One of the teams has been working on Plattin Creek for the past three years. They say that it has come a long way from when they started. They began digging up washing machines, tires and other large objects that have been buried in this area for years. The other day they even found a Meth lab that had washed up next to a bridge.

   If you are interested in joining one of these Missouri Stream Teams or would like to start your own, click on www.mostreamteam.org

   To read this full article, click here

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   Tow Hits Pier And At Least 23 Loaded Barges

   Down-river in Vicksburg, Mississippi, a tow hit Pier 4 of the old river bridge and at least 23 loaded barges and 2 empty ones. One of the barges loaded with coal, steel and grain sank to the bottom of the Mississippi River.

   Authorities are investigating to find out what may have caused the accident and how it may have been avoided. Some believe that it may have been caused by the high waters. This bridge was built in 1927 and has been hit about twice a year.

 

   To read more about this accident, in Mississippi River News, click here
 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Missouri Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities.......

   The Missouri Water Patrol has put together a handbook with boating laws and responsibilities. It can be downloaded on your computer in PDF format. To download this handbook or view it on your computer, click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Man Overboard Alarm System........

 

       There are more and more things on the market now to alert the other crewmembers that someone has fallen overboard. Many of them are just a small remote that is fastened onto everyone on board. It alerts the other people if someone falls overboard. Some of them have a manual switch to push if you need to. Many of them even have GPS systems to help the others locate the person overboard.

 

    To read more about these alarm systems in the Mad Mariner Magazine, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday...02 April 2008

 Over 1.2 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Pics of the Day

Let's Go Fishin Wednesday !

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures Of The Day......... are from Capt'n Larry Hellrung, who hails out of Grafton Harbor, in the houseboat "Liberty".  Larry sent us some fishing pictures from Florida.

 

Bill

We fished the Naples SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) tournament last week end. Our team members are Steve Katich- (Tambo) from Harbor Point and Larry & Patty Hellrung - (Liberty) from Grafton Harbor.
 

Saturday we ran 128 miles and caught only one 27.81 fish late in the day. Sunday we ran 80 miles and caught 15 fish but the largest was only 24.89 lbs. Attached is picture of our largest fish from Sunday and the bait from one that we missed.

Larry Hellrung

 

Yesteryear Picture of the Day

 

 

      

 

      

 

   

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 ---    were sent to us by Marty Haugh, who hails out of Johns Harbor.  Marty sent us some pictures of the Antique and Classic Boat Society's annual boat show in Mt. Dora, Florida..  

 

Marty wrote in his e-mail:   

 

Bill,

  Just returned from Mt.Dora Fl. The Sunnyland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society has just put on their annual boat show. There were around 350 boats from all over the US. I even had a long conversation with Chris Smith, the grandson of the founder of Chris-Craft. Mt.Dora is a beautiful place and if you have never been, it is unlike the rest of Florida. It's about 45 miles north of Orlando in lake county Florida. It has three rather large lakes that are all connected to each other and to the St. Johns River. One of only two rivers in the world that runs north to south. A large group of antique boats made a two day run up the river  to Jacksonville . I may try that next year. Anyway, I can't wait to get on the river.

 

Happy Boating

Marty Haugh

 

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Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

The National Weather Service Has Issued the Following Flood Warning........
 

 

Flood Warning

WGUS83 KLSX 011820
FLSLSX
LOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
120 PM CDT TUE APR 01 2008

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN ILLINOIS...MISSOURI...

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT GRAFTON AFFECTING JERSEY AND ST. CHARLES
COUNTIES

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CHESTER AFFECTING RANDOLPH COUNTY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS SITUATION AND ISSUE FOLLOW UP STATEMENTS AS CONDITIONS OR FORECASTS CHANGE.

SAFETY MESSAGE...NEVER DRIVE CARS...TRUCKS OR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. THE WATER MAY BE TOO DEEP TO ALLOW FOR SAFE PASSAGE.

THIS PRODUCT ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL WEATHER AND STREAM INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=LSX /LOWER
CASE/

Click here for the current Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........

 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service Flood Warning

~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date river levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

 

Lewis Boat Marine Sales and Service.....

 

   Lewis Engines will be open for business at their new location on Monday March 31st.  and the St. Charles store will be closed.

 

  The new company name is Lewis Boat Marine Sales and Service.  The new address is 4030 North Service Road, St. Peters, Mo 63376 (The old Pappas Toyota building) 

  Click here for map from Map Quest ..  

 

One of the first tows to lock through the reopened lock at Winfield Dam in the early hours of April 1st, 2008.

 

Picture from Army Corps of Engineers RiverCam at Winfield Dam

 

Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

Lock 25 Reopened....... RiverBill's received the following e-mail press release from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

 

 

Subject:   Press Release 12-08 -

                  Mississippi River Commerce restored: Lock 25 reopened
Date:          Tue, 1 Apr 2008 10:04:59 -0500
From:         "Stringham, George E MVS" <George.E.Stringham2@usace.army.mil>
 

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Mississippi River Commerce restored: Lock 25 reopened

Winfield, Mo. - Commercial traffic resumed through Lock 25 at Winfield,
Mo., at 12:45 a.m. when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed emergency repairs on the lock. Work was completed a day earlier than previously announced. All navigation - commercial and recreational - had to be suspended during the work.

The first vessel to lock through was the Wayne P. LaGrange, a 6,200 horse power tow boat operated by the American Commercial Barge Lines. The first tow to pass was the 6,000 horse power Bernard G, an Alter Barge Line boat pushing 15 commodity barges  with four loaded barges of coal and fertilizer and eleven empty barges.

Work to repair the down stream lock gate was carried out by a combined team of experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Districts in Rock Island, Ill. and St. Louis, Mo. The same team recently performed similar repairs at Lock 24 at Clarksville, Mo., and last summer worked with crews from St.Paul, Memphis, Vicksburg and Louisville on a major project at the Mel Price Locks and Dam near Alton.

In a plan coordinated with the navigation industry and U.S. Coast Guard, the lock was originally scheduled for emergency closure Friday morning. But it was closed Wednesday, March 26, at 10:42 p.m. when engineers who were monitoring the lock's condition detected further deterioration to lock gate's hinge and movement mechanism.

These critical parts suspend and allow opening and closing of the two massive steel gate leafs, or doors. Each leaf is some 35-feet high and 61-feet long, and weighs 130 tons. The lock has two gate comprised of two gate leafs each.  One pair is at the upstream end, with the other at the downstream end.  The damage occurred at the downstream end. 


Work proceeded around the clock, even during torrential rain that hammered the lock's area at least twice during the work.

Lock 25 was placed in service in 1939 and last year passed more than 30 million tons of commodity cargos north and south bound.

 

Lock 25 is one of seven similar locks on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers that were authorized for expansion with an added 1200-foot-long chamber in the Water Resources development Act of 2007.

Lock expansion is slated to cost $ 1.95 billion, and is paired with an ecosystem restoration program tagged at $ 1.72 billion. The work is in a combined plan called the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP.) This program is designed both to both speed river navigation by relieving bottlenecks and to provide substantial environmental benefits to the Mississippi and Illinois River basins.
 

March Breaks The Record For Rainfall.......

     According to a news article in the Alton Daily News, St. Louis broke the record for rainfall in the month of March.

   St. Louis had 8.39 inches of rain  in March 2008...... the old record was 8.25 inches set back in 1897. Some areas in Missouri and southern Illinois received about a foot of rain. With snow melting and more rain in the forecast, we will probably have a very wet spring and an early summer.

    According to the National Weather Service........  14.78 inches of rain in August 1946 is the record for the most rain in any one month.

  To read more click here

New England Company Wants to Use The Mighty Mississippi River To Generate Electricity.......

     According to a news article in yesterday's STLtoday.com, a company from New England wants to use the Mississippi River to generate electricity.

  The company is pursuing a multi billion plan to install thousands of small electric turbines in the river all the way from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico.   The gnereators would collectively generate 1,600 megawatts of electricity.  That's enough to power 1.5 million homes.

  To read more....click here
 

Apartments For Rent......  One and two bedroom apartments at Kinder's No Wake Inn.     Call: 314-620-1971 .. or .. 618- 883- 2356   

Great River Road Closed Due To Mud Slide.......

     According to a news article in yesterday's on-line Telegraph, the Great River Road was closed due to problems with mud slides !

    Mud came down a the side of a bluff in two places yesterday near Grafton, IL endangering a house and closing Illinois Route 100 to all but local traffic.

   To read more,
click here

RiverBill's March Calendar :         Click here 

The RiverBills.com April 2008 Calendar ------ 

  

   Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC. 

   To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy

RiverBill says...Thanks Capt'n Pat Reid for the great picture !

                       Art work by John Hornung

Help Wanted !  .......   Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks 

  Bartenders, Servers, & Cooks Needed for Marina on the Mississippi River..

VERY BUSY in the SUMMER!


Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373
636-899-1093   or   Cell 636-233-2354

Lost & Found.......

 

Home made jet ski docking station made out of large PVC and decking - floated south of Two Branch Island on the Miss. river, last fall.

Reward.

 

Call 314-440-1665 or e-mail brad@mchsi.com with any information.

Thank you

Tony Bradley

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   Twin Brothers Rescued From Mississippi River In Keokuk, Iowa

  

    Two twin brothers, fishing on the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa, had to be rescued from the river when their fishing boat sank after it hit a wave and filled with water. A boat from a nearby marina rescued the two men, who where treated at the scene.

 

  To read more about this news story on KHQA.com, click here

 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

Click here to sign the on-line petition

 

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Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Missouri Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities.......

   The Missouri Water Patrol has put together a handbook with boating laws and responsibilities. It can be downloaded on your computer in PDF format. To download this handbook or view it on your computer, click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .