Support biennial Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA)
Where We Stand

    America's Water Infrastructure Act, which included the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018:

    • did not include authorization language to allow for lockage fees and/or tolls on the inland waterways system. WCI has been adamantly opposed to any additional taxation, tolling, or lockage fees for the inland waterways transportation system.
    • authorized 12 Chief’s Reports, including one that will be funded by the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Three Rivers in Southeast, AR).
    • authorized three project modifications, including the Post Authorization Change Report for Chickamauga Lock. This will ensure that the Chickamauga project can continue construction once the project has reached its original authorized amount.
    • directed the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to evaluate the current organizational structure of the Corps’ Civil Works function, to identify impediments to efficient project delivery, and to provide recommendations to Congress.

Support biennial Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA) that authorize Corps of Engineers’ work on locks and dams, dredging and other water resources projects.

Maintaining water resources bills on an every two-year cycle is important to waterways modernization continuity. Congress ended with a WIIN in WRDA 2016 and in 2018, passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which included the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. We now look ahead to a WRDA bill in 2020.

Letters of Support: WRDA

  • WRDA policies are critical to our nation’s inland waterways, which provide and sustain more than a half-million jobs, support exports, and protect the environment. The waterways help relieve traffic congestion, and are the safest, most energy-efficient mode of surface transportation. Waterways are vital to our agriculture, manufacturing and energy sectors. Before passage of the 2016 bill, the 2014 Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) was signed into law after a seven-year delay. WRDA/WRRDA bills have strong bi-partisan support in Congress to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform various water-related, water resources projects within their Civil Works mission.

    Letters of Support: Navigation & Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP)

    Background

     
    Issue News
    Rollin' on the Illinois River: New cruise does deep dive into Land of Lincoln Oct 11, 2018 - Chicago Tribune The limited-but-growing inventory of overnight cruise boats plying U.S. rivers tends to cluster on bigger, better-known waterways. The American Duchess and American Queen operate year-round, traveling the Mississippi, as well as the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. A fourth ship, the 245-passenger American Countess, is under construction. ILLINOIS RIVER: The Duchess ran two Illinois River trips this year.