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Factoids: In 2017, 578 million tons valued at $220 billion were shipped on the fuel-taxed portion of our inland waterways system

There are 219 locks at 176 sites on the inland waterways system. The average age of these locks is over 60 years, and 59% of the locks are over 50 years old.

$16 in annual net economic benefits to the nation are generated by the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Mission for every $1 expended.

(Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

What Others are Saying…

Editorials, Op-Eds, Articles, Radio/TV Interviews and Videos in Support of America’s Waterways (2019)

Admiral Schultz Emphasizes Maritime as a Driver of U.S. Commerce (Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, July 9)

Commentary by Mike Toohey: Waterways Are Worth Fighting For (Marine Log, June issue)

With the Mississippi at Flood Stage, Coast Guard Officials Eye Risks to New Orleans River Traffic (New Orleans Advocate, June 22)

Editorial: Our Views: High Water Shows Importance of Big Muddy (New Orleans Advocate, June 22)

Editorial: Flood Damage Ripples Through Economy (Waterways Journal, June 17)

Mississippi River’s Record High Water Wreaks Havoc on River Traffic and Commerce in South Louisiana (New Orleans Advocate, June 15)

Later Than Almost Ever, Minnesota Farmers Hustle to Get Crops into Rain-Soaked Fields (Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 11)

Paralysis on America’s Rivers: There’s Too Much Water (New York Times, June 10)

Hundreds of Barges Stalled as Floods Hinder Midwest Supplies (Bloomberg, June 8)

Ports, Waterways Would Get Funding Boost (Agri-Pulse, June 5)

Another Blow to Farmers as Mississippi River Flooding Impacts Production (Fox News, June 1)

Inland Advocates Renew Push for Lock and Dam Funding (Workboat, June issue)

Flooding Disrupts Farm Shipments on Mississippi River (Associated Press/Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 20)

Mississippi River Closures Impact Illinois Farmers (National Public Radio, May 8)

EDITORIAL: Bridge to Cooperation: Infrastructure Bill May Help in More Ways Than One (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 7)

Flooding Wreaks Havoc Along Mississippi River, a Transit Hub for $1 Billion in Goods (Washington Post, May 7)

Push for $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Comes to Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 6)

Fiscal Funding for the Future, Commentary by Mike Toohey (Marine Log, April)

Editorial: Securing The Waterways: Funding for Lower Mon Project Arrives Just in Time (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 22)

Trump Budget Proposes Funds to Finish Lower Mon Locks and Dam Project (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 15)

Editorial: President’s Waterways Budget Request Is Non-Starter (Waterways Journal, March 15)

Fleischmann, Alexander Vow to Work to Restore Funding for Chickamauga Lock Replacement (Chattanooga Times Free Press, March 13)

Insights by Peter Stephaich (Marine News, March issue)

Take the Infrastructure Opportunity, Commentary by Mike Toohey (Marine Log, February issue)

‘Built to Last’ Promo Spot

Structuring Infrastructure: The Inland Waterways View, Commentary by Mike Toohey (Marine News, February issue)

Editorial: Infrastructure Still Waiting For Vision And Plan (Waterways Journal, February 8, 2019)

Congress Backs Towing Industry, Passes New WRDA With No User Fees (Professional Mariner, February issue)

Funding Hits Record Levels For the Inland Waterways (WorkBoat, January issue)

2019 Review and Outlook (Commentary by Mike Toohey, Journal of Commerce, January 7)

Media Coverage (2018)

Wait Over for WRDA (Commentary by Mike Toohey, Marine Log, December)

The Completion of the Olmsted Locks and Dam (HBO Vice, 2017)

Inland Waterways Advocates Optimistic About the Future (Paducah Sun, December 9)

Editorial: Another Bipartisan Win for Waterways Interests (Waterways Journal, October 22)

Editorial: Hydropower Revenues Should Support Locks and Dams (Waterways Journal, October 5)

Master Lock: Olmsted Locks and Dam is Finally Set to Open (Workboat, October)

Editorial: Corps Funding Continues Upward Progress (Waterways Journal, September 28)

Critical Waterways Legislation Passed the House (Illinois Corn Audio Update, September 14)

Money Flowing to Lower Mon Work to Replace Aging Locks and Dams (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 14)

Olmsted: Online and Open (Marine News, September)

Thirty Years and $3 Billion Later, Olmsted Ready to Lock and Roll (Professional Mariner, October/November)

Editorial: Olmsted Opening: A Time For Reflection And Resolution (Waterways Journal, September 7)

New Maritime Office to Open in Paducah (Paducah Sun, August 24)

Four-part series of articles on Olmsted Locks & Dam (Metropolis Daily Planet, August 2, 9, 16, 23)

Iowa River Traffic Relies on Aging Lock and Dam System (Herald-Whig, August 18)

River Infrastructure a Necessary Expensive Investment (Herald-Dispatch, August 12)

Olmsted Locks & Dam: A Look at the Largest Army Corps of Engineers Project in the United States (Metropolis Daily Planet, August 2)

Thirty Years and $3 billion Later, Olmsted Lock and Dam to Open in October (Workboat, July 31)

It Took 30 Years, But the Biggest Traffic Jam on the Nation’s Rivers is About to Be Cleared (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 30)

Opinion: BIG HELP: Opening of Olmsted Arriving Just in Time (Paducah Sun, July 28)

Nearing Completion (Metropolis Daily Planet, July 26)

Half of U.S. Locks and Dams Past Design Life, Port Official Tells Congress (Workboat, July 19)

Senator Casey Calls for Action on Ohio River Lock and Dam Projects (Pittsburgh Tribune Live, July 11)

Barging on Through (Daily Mail, Charleston, West Virginia), July 6)

Don’t Forget the Fourth “R”, Commentary by Mike Toohey (Daily Mail, Charleston, West Virginia), July 6)

Commentary by Mike Toohey: Corps Gets Funding Boosts in FY 2018 and FY 2019 (Marine Log, June)

Editorial: Moving Civil Works Has Been Proposed Before (Waterways Journal, June 29)

Editorial: On Infrastructure, Congress Is Acting Like Congress (Waterways Journal, June 15)

Dire Straits (USA Today, June 14)

The Mississippi River Lock and Dam System is Critical to the Economy. But It’s Falling Apart Fast (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 1)

Barge Industry Still Faces Challenges, CEO Says (Workboat, May 23)

Congress Working with Trump to Strengthen Our Nation’s Crucial Infrastructure, Op-Ed by Rep. Sam Graves (Kansas City Star, May 23)

Inland Waterways Move America (Port Bureau News, Greater Houston Port Bureau, May issue)

Disappearing Waterways? Perhaps If We Reap What They Sow…Op-Ed by Mike Toohey (Marine Log, April issue)

The Region’s Locks are Showing More Cracks, But High Waters Mask How Much Repair They Need (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 19)

McCracken County Officials Discuss Maritime Issues with Congressmen (West Kentucky Star, March 27)

River Industry Worried Current Administration Doesn’t Understand Our Business
(WKMS, March 27)

Editorial: A New Busy Season on our Working River (Pioneer Press, March 22)

McCracken County Officials Discuss Maritime Issues with Congressmen (West Kentucky Star, March 27)

Century-old Locks and Dams Require Urgent Upgrades, by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) (Washington Times, March 21)

Infrastructure is Not a Republican or Democratic Issue, It’s an American Issue, by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) (Washington Times, March 21)

Taming the Mississippi (Washington Post, March 14)

A Perilous Trip Down the River for Inland Operators (Maritime Professional, March 1)

Disconnect from River to Washington (Marine News, March issue)

Waterways Council CEO Critical of White House Infrastructure Plan (American Shipper, March 2)

Work Progresses on New Chickamauga Lock Despite Budget Challenges (Chattanooga Times Free Press, March 1)

It’s Time for the Waterways to Raise a Ruckus (WorkBoat, March 1)

President’s Infrastructure Plan Falls Short on Inland Waterways (Marine Log, February 12)

View: Congress Should Invest in River Upgrades (Herald Whig (Quincy, Illinois) January 28)

Editorial: Treading Water: Time to Fix our Aging Water Highways (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) January 14)

Editorial: Infrastructure Negotiations Loom in Congress (Waterways Journal, January 8)

Media Coverage (2017)

United Soybean Board LaGrange Lock & Dam Documentary (2016)

Real-World Infrastructure Needs, Marine News Op-ed by Mike Toohey (December issue)

Wooden Dams and River Jams: U.S. Strains to Ship Record Grains, Reuters (December 5)

Federal Waterways Infrastructure Outlook, Marine Link (December 4)

Take Me to the River: America’s Oldest Transport Network Needs Some Attention, The Economist (October 12)

Farmers Moving Grain Concerned About Locks and Dam Closing, Iowa Ag Radio (October 12)

Shutdown on the Ohio River Backs Up Traffic for Miles, Agri-Pulse (October 3)

Ohio River Closed to Shipping After Lock Failure, Reuters (October 2)

Let’s Get It Right, Commentary By Mike Toohey, Marine Log (August)

Locks in Disrepair Put River Transportation in Jeopardy, Fox News (July 7)

Op-Ed by Rick Calhoun, Cargill: Seeking Equitable, Fair Proposals to Modernize our Inland Waterways, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 15)

Radio Interview with Austin Golding, Golding Barge, on President’s Trump’s Visit to the Ohio River, National Public Radio’s Marketplace (June 12)

Trump Puts US Waterways in Spotlight, CNBC Squawk Box (June 7)

Trump Offers Few Details in Cincinnati Infrastructure Speech, Politico (June 7)

Shipping Group Balks at Trump Budget (June 1)

WCI Meets the Press, Addresses FY 2018 Budget Request (June 1)

Administration’s Infrastructure Plan Won’t Work for Inland Waterways, Group Says (June 2)

Trump’s Chance to Rebuild America’s Inland Waterways, Op-Ed by Michael J. Toohey, LifeZette (May 2)

Barges are Best!, Op-Ed by Charles T. Jones, Daily Mail Opinion Page of the Charleston Gazette-Mail (April 7)

Barge Transport Wins on Fuel Efficiency,” Maritime Executive (March 29)

Public-Private Partnerships Could Generate More Waterway Funding,”AgDay TV (March 14)

“Illinois Rivers Project Could Get New Life with Trump Infrastructure Push,” Chicago Tribune (March 13)

“Investing in the Mississippi River Ought to be a National Priority: Editorial,” New Orleans Times Picayune (March 5)

“Mike Toohey: Guest on the Infra Blog,” Infra Update (March 1)

“Opposing Forces Find Common Ground,” Iowa Public Television Market to Market (January)

WCI Press Releases (2019)

July 9 WCI Produces New Educational Videos That Highlight Inland Waterways’ Connection to Agriculture, Labor Community, Shippers, Corps of Engineers, and Communities

April 10 WCI Chairman Peter Stephaich Testifies Before House Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee on “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund And Investment In Our Nation’s Waterways Matter”

March 12 President’s FY20 Budget Request Cuts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Funding by 31 Percent

February 14 Waterways Council, Inc. Presents 18th Annual Leadership Service Award to Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

WCI Press Releases (2018)

December 10 Tracy R. Zea Named Vice President-Government Relations, Waterways Council, Inc.

November 20 WCI Elects Directors, Executive Committee, Officers and Audit Committee

November 19 WCI Elects Peter H. Stephaich As Chairman

October 10 WCI Commends Senate for WRDA 2018 Passage

September 13 WCI Applauds Passage of Strong FY 2019 Minibus Conference Report That Funds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Full Use of Inland Waterways Trust Fund to Continue Five Navigation Projects

June 25 WCI Applauds Senate FY19 Energy & Water Appropriations Funding in Minibus; Full And Efficient Funding For Top Five Navigation Projects

June 11 WCI Reacts to Corps’ FY18 Work Plan, House WRDA Passage, FY19 Energy & Water Appropriations Funding

March 22 WCI Applauds House Passage of Strong FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill That Funds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

February 15 WCI Presents 17th Annual Leadership Service Award To Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Former Corps Chief of Navigation Jeff McKee Receives 2018 Waterways Counsel Award

February 12 President’s FY2019 Budget Request Cuts Corps’ Funding By More Than 22 Percent

February 12 WCI Reacts to Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative; Proposal Moves Toward Federal Role Elimination on Inland Waterways

February 5 Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to Receive 17th Annual WCI
Leadership Service Award

Capitol Currents (WCI Newsletter)

Current issue: May 24, 2019

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March 4, 2019
December 10, 2018
September 28, 2018
July 23, 2018
May 4, 2018
March 2, 2018
December 19, 2017
September 28, 2017
June 8, 2017
February 28, 2017
December 19, 2016
September 30, 2016
May 13, 2016
March 1, 2016
December 22, 2015
October 8, 2015
July 15, 2015
April 27, 2015