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 five appropriations bills, with increases in FY ’14 – ’19 and record funding for O&M as well.

  • Annual Funding for Operations and Maintenance, Civil Works, and Inland Waterways Trust Fund 2008-2019
    See Funding Charts Here

    Learn more here.


    • See the Corps of Engineers’ current schedule for the Consolidated Closures of the Illinois Waterway in 2019 and 2020
      Corps IWW Closure Schedule (February 2019)
    • On October 7, 2011, a 280-foot section of the Lockport Wall in Illinois collapsed into the river. Watch this video (below) 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
  • Find the Corps’ Lakes and River Division 2019 and 2020 Lock And Dam Major Maintenance Schedule Here
    Corps Lakes and River Division 2019 and 2020 Lock And Dam Major Maintenance Schedule (November 2018)
  • Learn more about how dredging shipping channels on the Lower Mississippi River can make farmers more competitive in this Soy Transportation Coalition study
    “Product Export Flows of Dredging the Lower Mississippi” (May 2018)
    Issue News
    River levels will crest at major flood stages again this weekend May 24, 2019 - Bladen Journal (Elizabethtown, N.C.) Louis, the levels are expect to reach 41.8 feet the same day. The region enjoyed a slight break from flooding this week, when the river receded. The major road re-opened last week after being closed for almost a month. The only locks that will be closed are Lock and Dam 24 near Clarksville, Missouri, and the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam on the Kaskaskia River near Modoc.