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

    • 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
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    Issue News
    In Westerly, Pawcatuck River to flow free to let fish reach spawning grounds Dec 10, 2017 - The Providence Journal Rocks will be aligned along the wall to hide the steel reinforcement. A worker with contractor SumCo Eco-Contracting sprayed sediments in between the rocks to lock them together. The bank along the complex was also widened to about 15 feet. And the demolition of the rock-and-timber dam removed a potential flood hazard, too.