Improve System Reliability through Infrastructure Maintenance
Where We Stand
  • WCI supports increasing the budget for O&M by $100 million
  • Adequate dredging is critical to support authorized channel widths and depths to ensure the reliability of commercial operations
  • Controlling costs through hours of operation and right-sizing the work force is important, but efforts to cut costs should not merely mean transferring the cost to industry through delays

While funding in constant dollars for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) on America’s inland navigation system had remained flat for decades, Congress has begun to address the shortfall in the last four appropriations, with increases in FY ’14 – ’15 and record funding for O&M in FY ’16 and ’17.

  • Annual Funding for Operations and Maintenance, 2008-2017
    Funding Chart Here
  • While the private sector constantly innovates its operations, our 21st century economy relies on 1930s technology for our lock and dam infrastructure.


    Learn more here.

    Background

    • Waterways Council, Inc. Posts Corps’ 2016 Revetment Sinking Operations Schedule (September 1-November 23)
      2016 Schedule Here
    • Waterways Council, Inc. Reacts to ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
      WCI Press Release
    • On October 7, 2011, a 280-foot section of the Lockport Wall in Illinois collapsed into the river. Watch this video and understand more about the degradation of our nation’s lock and dam infrastructure.
  • Watch this short video from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the many uses of water
    Securing the Nation’s Future Through Water
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    Issue News
    Corps receives 466 comments on what to do with the aging Lock and Dam Jun 15, 2017 - The Augusta Chronicle ...lock and dam), and our desire not to delay" the Savannah project. Davis noted the original purpose of the lock and dam was for commercial navigation on the river. "It is because of this original intent that Augusta further advocates for repair of the lock in order to maintain the pool for navigation upstream downstream, water supply, manufacturing operations and recreational use, and other activities," Davis wrote. Concerning the fish passage, however, "Augusta remains...