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
    Blasting to start soon for new Chickamauga Lock Aug 18, 2017 - Chattanooga Times/Free Press ...new lock at the Chickamauga Dam is about to get noisier as blasting starts to help dig up the riverbed where the new and bigger lock is taking shape. Kesco Inc., a blasting contractor from Zelienopie, Pa., will soon begin blasting the riverbed in the coffer dam erected below the dam to house the new 110-foot-by-600-foot lock. Adam Walker, the project manager for the Chickamauga lock replacement project, said the lock excavation contractor, Heeter Geotechnical Construction, will...