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.


    • 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
    Issue News
    BRIEF: Corps holds open house on Lock and Dam Jun 22, 2018 - The Augusta Chronicle ...the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam will be discussed Tuesday at an open house in Augusta. The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold the public session from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive. Officials will give presentations at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The corps said in a news release there will be an update on the different alternatives being studied for a fish passage at the site of the Lock and Dam, which is part of the Savannah Harbor...