Fourth “R”: Support Higher Funding Levels for River Infrastructure
Where We Stand
  • George Washington, returning in the fall of 1783 from a tour of the Mohawk Valley, wrote to a friend concerning the Nation's natural waterways: "Prompted by these actual observations, I could not help taking a more extensive view of the vast inland navigation of these United States and importance of it, and with the goodness of that Providence, which has dealt is favors to us with so profuse a hand. Would to God we had the wisdom enough to improve them."
  • Our nation enjoys a vast inland waterways system, a combination of rivers and canals, locks and dams, that provides America with safe, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation for the building blocks of our economy.
  • While they are often out of sight,out of mind, waterways are critical to keeping our domestic supply chain competitive. There is a $20.37-per-ton cost savings for shipping on the inland waterways; this translates to farmer, shipper, and consumer cost savings.
  • Without waterborne cargo, our domestic products would congest the Nation's truck and rail lines, dramatically increasing costs for those within our borders.

The fourth “R” for rivers and its aging infrastructure – can’t be forgotten among Roads, Railways and Runways. Our waterways allow the nation’s critical commodities – grain, coal, agricultural inputs, steel, petroleum products, chemicals, and aggregate materials – to be used domestically and to reach export markets in the most cost-competitive way.

Annual appropriations for waterways infrastructure must remain strong and efficient for the exports that are expected to increase, and to alleviate congestion on roads and rail that are at capacity. Support the highest funding levels for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works mission to modernize our waterways system that benefits the nation.

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Report/Draft SEIS

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Report/Draft SEIS Comment Letters (WCI/GICA)

Other Background Materials: TTI Transportation Modal Comparison Study; Navigation Coalition Letter; Senators Urge NESP letter; NGFA FY 2017 funding letter and more…

Issue News
Emergency officials keep eye on ice jams on Allegheny, Kiski rivers Jan 19, 2018 - The Valley News-Dispatch jam, its size undetermined, farther north on the Allegheny in Armstrong County between Lock and Dam 5 in the Schenley section of Gilpin and Lock and Dam 6 in South Buffalo -- where the dam is no longer visible because it is completely iced over. The Allegheny at that ice jam is about 10 to 12 feet higher than normal, according to McKelvey. Additionally, ice has been flowing from the Kiski River to the Allegheny River, suggesting there was an ice jam on the Kiski that broke...