The Big River Coalition is committed to ensuring the future of navigation on the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC) as one of the nation’s fundamental natural resources and true economic powerhouse. The Mississippi River and Tributaries has an estimated annual impact of $735 billion on the nation’s economy and is responsible for 2.4 million jobs (585,000 jobs on the Lower River – Cairo, IL to the Gulf of Mexico and 1.86 million plus jobs on the Upper River-Lake Itasca, MN to Cairo, IL when including the IL River).Sean Duffy, Executive Director, Big River Coalition.
ContactAbout BRCMembers
Sean M. Duffy, Sr. Office (504) 833-4190 x 805
Executive Director Cellular (504) 338-3165
4741 Utica Street, Suite 200 sean.duffy@bigrivercoalition.org
Metairie, LA 70006

“Advocating for a Mightier Mississippi River”

This video documents the beneficial use of dredged material or “sediment recycling” as the term the BRC uses to describe this program. The sediment recycling began in 2009 when cutterhead dredges were reintroduce to the channel maintenance toolbox, the beneficially used material removed from Southwest Pass has restored approximately 5,000 acres of new Louisiana. The sediment recycling practice also extends to removing deposited sediments for the Hopper Dredge Disposal Area (Head of Passes) and beneficially using them, the total acreage created from the HDDA is almost 3,000 acres. The sediment recycling efforts have created almost 8,000 acres of marsh in less than 10 years in an area that experiences the highest land loss rates in the world. The best economic estimates available indicate that the MRT has over a $735 billion annual impact on the economy of the United States, the acreage created helps to protect this critical artery of international trade.

Admiral Security Holdings, LLC
American Commercial Barge Lines (ACBL)
American Patriot Holdings, LLC
American Soybean Association
American Waterways Operators
America’s Central Port District
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND
Arkansas-Oklahoma Port Operators Association
Arkansas Waterways Commission
ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS OF THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS (BAR PILOTS)
ASSOCIATED FEDERAL PILOTS AND DOCKING MASTERS OF LOUISIANA
Association of Ship Brokers & Agents (USA), Inc.
ASSOCIATED TERMINALS, LLC
Belle Chasse Marine Transportation
Bertel Shipping
Biehl & Co.
Bisso Towboat Company, Inc.
Blue Marine Transportation & Security
Blue Water Shipping Company
Boasso Global
Bunge North America
CDM Smith
CF Industries
CHS Terminal
Celtic International Shipping Agency
Central Louisiana Regional Port
Channel Design Group
Channel Shipyard Companies
Chevron Oak Point
China Ship Services
Coalition to Protect the Missouri River
Coastal Cargo Company, LLC
Coastal Engineering Solutions
Columbia Port Commission
Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc.
Complete Logistical Services, LLC
Consolidated Grain & Barge
Consolidated Mill Supply
Consolidated Terminals and Logistics Company
Convent Marine Terminal
Cooper Consolidated, LLC
Cooper/T. Smith Mooring
COOPER/T. SMITH STEVEDORING
CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOTS ASSOCIATION
Crescent Towing & Salvage
DSC Dredge, LLC
Deep South Construction & Salvage
Deloach Marine Services, LLC
Dredging Contractors of America
Duffy Maritime Consultants, LLC
Ecological Service Partners, LLC
Elos Environmental
Emerald International Corporation
Empire Stevedoring
E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc.
Exxon Mobil Refining & Supply Co.
Fillette, Green Shipping Services
Fiver Rivers Distribution
Foresight Energy, LLC
GAC Shipping (USA)
General Maritime Transportation Services
General Steamship Corporation
Global Maritime Ministries, Inc.
Grain and Feed Association of Illinois
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Gulf Harbor Shipping, LLC
Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association
Gulf Inland Marine Services, Inc.
HNTB Corporation
Host Agency/T. Parker Host
Illinois Soybean Association
Impala Terminals LLC, Burnside
Inchcape Shipping Services
Ingram Barge Company
Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc.
International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans
International Marine Terminals
International Registries, Inc. (Marshall Island Registry)
Iowa Soybean Association
J.W. Allen & Company, Inc.
John W. Stone Oil, Inc.
K&C Shipping, Inc.
Kansas Soybean Association
Kentucky Soybean Association
LBH-USA D.B.A. Celtic International
Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District
Lake Providence Port Commission
Lanier & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Louis Dreyfus Company
Louisiana 23 Development Company
Louisiana Ammonia Producers
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana District Export Council
Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
LOUISIANA MARITIME ASSOCIATION
Louisiana Maritime International Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana River Pilots Association
Louisiana Supply Chain Transportation Council
Lott Ship Agency, Inc.
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc.
Madere & Sons Towing
Manson Construction
Marathon Petroleum Company, LP
Maritime & Commodity Services, LLC
Maritime Endeavors Shipping Co., Ltd.
MaRyan Mining, LLC
Massman Construction Company
Mid-Gulf Shipping Company, Inc.
Mississippi Valley Branch of Associated General Contractors
Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TRADE AND TRANSPORT COUNCIL
Moran-Gulf Shipping Agencies, Inc.
Moran New Orleans (Tugs/Towing)
Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District
Naftilos Shipping, LLC
National Association of Maritime Organizations
National Grain and Feed Association
National Waterways Conference
NEW ORLEANS – BATON ROUGE STEAMSHIP PILOTS ASSOCIATION
New Orleans Cold Storage
New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway
New Orleans Terminal
Newship (USA), Inc.
Nord-Sud Shipping, Inc.
Norton Lilly International
NUCOR STEEL LOUISIANA, LLC
Ohio Soybean Association
Oxbow Carbon, LLC
Oxy Chemical Corporation
Page & Jones, Inc.
Pellerin Milnor Corporation
Phillips 66
Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry
Plaquemines Liquids Terminal
PLAQUEMINES PORT, HARBOR & TERMINAL DISTRICT
Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Port of Little Rock
Port of Memphis
Port of Morgan City
Port of Muskogee
PORT OF NEW ORLEANS
Port of Shreveport-Bossier
PORT OF SOUTH LOUISIANA
Ports Association of Louisiana
Port Ship Service, Inc.
Propeller Club of the Port of New Orleans
RAVEN ENERGY LLC OF LOUISIANA
Red River Waterway Commission
Riley-Sherman Shipping Agency, Inc.
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation
River Consulting
Russell Marine Group
ST. BERNARD PORT, HARBOR & TERMINAL DISTRICT
St. James Business and Industry Development Group
St. Louis Regional Freightway
Save Louisiana Coalition
Seagull Marine, Inc.
Shell Trading, US
Solutions Through Science
Southern U.S. Trade Association
Southport Agencies
Soy Transportation Coalition
Stolthaven New Orleans
Stolt Tankers & Terminals
Summit Marine Services, LLC
Tallgrass Terminals, LLC
The Kearney Companies
Transmarine Navigation Corporation
Transportation Consultants, Inc.
Tricon Steamship Agency, Inc.
Trinity Shipping, Inc.
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
Turn Services
United Bulk Terminals, Davant
University of Louisiana at Lafayette:Office of Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Venice Port Coalition
Venice Port Complex
Volkert Inc.
WF Baird & Associates
Waterway Council, Inc.
Weber Marine LLC
Weeks Marine Inc.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
World Trade Center of New Orleans
World Trade Center of New Orleans Transportation Committee
YCI Methanol One, LLC
Yellow Bend Port Authority
ZEN-NOH GRAIN CORPORATION

Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Dredging Update 41719

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) continues responding to active shoaling in Southwest Pass (SWP) deposited by high river stages (flood event).  There are four industry hopper dredges, two industry cutterhead dredges… Read More »

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MVN 60-Day Lock Status Forecast 41519

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) District’s Lock and Waterway Status 60-Day Forecast as issued today (Monday, April 15, 2019) is attached. The status report includes present conditions on the on the Calcasieu, Bayou… Read More »

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FINAL: Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 41119

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) completed the closure of the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Thursday, April 11, 2019).    The Spillway was operated for 44 days, making this the fourth longest opening in… Read More »

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Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Dredging Update 41119

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) continues responding to active shoaling in Southwest Pass (SWP) deposited by high river stages (flood event).  There are four industry hopper dredges, two industry cutterhead dredges… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 41019

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) plans to close 33 bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Wednesday, April 9, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4919

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) plans to close between 35 to 50 bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Tuesday, April 9, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to… Read More »

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Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Dredging Update 4819

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) continues responding to active shoaling in Southwest Pass (SWP) deposited by high river stages (flood event).  There are four industry hopper dredges, two industry cutterhead dredges… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4819

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) plans to close between 30 to 40 bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Monday, April 8, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4719

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Sunday, April 7, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4619

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Saturday, April 6, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4519

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Friday, April 5, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4419

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Thursday, April 4, 2019). The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4319

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Wednesday, April 3, 2019).    The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum flow at New Orleans remains at/or below the trigger point flow of… Read More »

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LAMA’s Corps Mississippi River Maintenance Forum Meeting Notes 4319

LAMA’s report on the Corps’ Mississippi River Maintenance Forum meeting held earlier today (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) and the corresponding agenda are attached. Please review the attachments for complete details. RE: CORPS’ MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAINTENANCE FORUM MEETING NOTES Maintenance Forum Notes April 3, 2019… Read More »

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MVN 60-Day Lock Status Forecast 4219

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) District’s Lock and Waterway Status 60-Day Forecast as issued today (April 2, 2019) is attached. The status report includes conditions on the on the Calcasieu, Bayou Boeuf, Old RiverLocks, the East and West Calumet Floodgates. Updates… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4219

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Tuesday, April 2, 2019).    The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum flow at New Orleans remains at/or below the trigger point flow of… Read More »

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UPDATED: MISSISSIPPI RIVER SHIP CHANNEL SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING REQUESTS FISCAL YEAR 2019

The information reproduced below and in the attachment was delivered to the entire Louisiana Delegation. Members are encouraged to share this request with their delegation contacts and to Government Relations staff. Please do not hesitate… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 4119

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) did not close any bays on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Monday, April 1, 2019).    The MVN manages the opening and closing of bays to ensure the maximum flow at New Orleans remains at/or below the trigger point flow of… Read More »

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Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Dredging Update 4119

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) continues responding to active shoaling in Southwest Pass (SWP) deposited by high river stages (flood event).  There are now four industry hopper dredges, two industry cutterhead… Read More »

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Bonnet Carré Spillway Operation 32919

The Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) closed 17 bays yesterday not 20 as intended and no bays were closed on the Bonnet Carré  Spillway today (Friday, March 29, 2019).   The Corps plans to resume closing bays on… Read More »

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