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various port imagesEvery day thousands of vessels move people, animals, and products across the country via the nation's rivers and harbors. This water traffic is a vital component of the nation's economy. One of the Corps primary missions is to ensure that this traffic can move safely, reliably, and efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.

The Corps primary navigation responsibilities include planning and constructing new navigation channels and locks and dams, and dredging to maintain channel depths at U.S. harbors and on inland waterways.

The Corps operates and maintains 25,000 miles of navigable channels and 196 commercial lock and dam sites and is responsible for ports and waterways in 41 states.

In partnership with local port authorities, Corps personnel oversee dredging and construction projects at hundreds of ports and harbors at an average annual cost of nearly $1.5 billion. The Corps dredges nearly 300 million cubic yards of material each year to keep the nation's waterways navigable. Much of this dredged material is reused for environmental restoration projects including the creation of wetlands.

Jacksonville District is responsible for 17 deep draft harbors and 20 shallow draft harbors in Florida and the Caribbean, as well as approximately 900 miles of navigable inland waterways. Seven of the ports are in the top 100 ports in the United States based on annual tonnage.

Navigation News

East and west approach wall construction is complete and operations at Canaveral Lock have returned to normal hours. Vessels may lock through between 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily.

Repairs impact operations at Ortona Lock
Boaters on the Okeechobee Waterway that they could encounter delays as they navigate through Ortona Lock due to repairs. An alternate locking schedule that will be in effect during replacement of guide walls on either side of the lock when work obstructs the navigation channel or whenever divers are in the area. The repair work is expected to last through the rest of the summer.
As necessary during the repair period, the Corps will operate the lock on the following alternate schedule:

7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.          Lock open

7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Closed for repairs

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Lock open

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.    Closed for repairs

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.           Lock open

The alternate schedule above only applies Monday through Friday. The Corps will operate the lock on demand from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, with last lockage beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Click to read the news release for details.

Okeechobee Waterway Lock Hours (as of April 2015)
Okeechobee Waterway Lock Operating Hours
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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