About Us

A Message from our Chairman

Our inland waterways are a vast national treasure of 12,000 miles of navigable rivers across 38 states, intracoastal waterways, channels, ports, canals, and locks and dams that facilitate the safest, most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation mode for essential commodities. Non-transportation beneficiaries of our waterways include hydro-power, water supply, ecosystem maintenance, recreation, national defense and more. We must strive to keep this system operating efficiently and reliably today and for decades to come. Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) exists for this purpose and educates policy-makers in the national’s capital and around the nation, in the news media, and the general public about the waterways systems’ critical importance.

The inland waterways sustain more than 541,000 jobs worth $29 billion, and keep our farmers, manufacturers and other shippers competitive in the increasingly demanding world market. Our U.S. construction industry benefits when the waterways are maintained properly, and the current energy renaissance in our country relies upon efficient waterways transportation.

Repairing or replacing our nation’s aging locks, dams and other infrastructure is necessary to continue to reliably serve current and future transportation needs as trade increases.

As the national public policy organization that advocates for a properly funded and well-maintained system of inland waterways and ports, WCI thanks you for visiting our web site to learn more about our waterways, the role they play in the economy and what WCI is doing to help modernize this link in the transportation supply chain.

Together we can keep our waterways — and America’s building block commodities — moving!

Thank you!

Merritt Lane
President and CEO
Canal Barge Company
New Orleans, Louisiana

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