- 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.
America's Water Infrastructure Act, which included the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018:
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)
- House of Representatives letter signed by 41 Members from 10 states sent to Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James urging PED funding for NESP in the Corps’ FY2019 Work Plan and to complete a NESP economic update the Corps’ FY2018 Work Plan (September 27, 2018)
- Senate “Dear Colleague” letter signed by 10 Senators from seven states sent to OMB Director Mulvaney requesting PED funding for NESP in FY 2019 (December 22, 2017)
- House “Dear Colleague” letter signed by 40 House Members sent to OMB Director Mulvaney requesting PED funding for NESP in FY 2019 (November 29, 2017)
- 2018 Navigation & Ecosystem Sustainability Program Fact Sheet
2018 NESP Fact Sheet
- 2017 Infrastructure Report Card by the American Society of Civil Engineers
Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap
- The Capital Development Plan
Inland Marine Transportation Systems (IMTS) Capital Projects Business Model
- Riverkeeper among those offering solutions for Corps' recommended planApr 15, 2019 - The Augusta Chronicle
- Comment period on Lock and Dam plan extendedFeb 27, 2019 - The Augusta Chronicle
- Rollin' on the Illinois River: New cruise does deep dive into Land of LincolnOct 11, 2018 - Chicago Tribune
- Severe Flooding Omaha to Southern Wisconsin - 50s Possible Late Next Week Mar 19, 2019 - Star Tribune
- Trump Budget Proposes Funds to Finish Lower Mon Locks and Dam Project Mar 15, 2019 -
- More ideas emerge about how to fix lock and dam Mar 11, 2019 - The Augusta Chronicle