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Telling the story of river transportation, barges and towboats, locks and's not something most people think about.  We get it.


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download this image 1 boat/15 barges or 1,050 more trucks??  Easy choice!  Towboats and barges provide the safest, most efficient, most environmentally-friendly, least expensive surface transportation. #LocksMoveUS






Want to reduce @USDOT greenhouse gas emissions? Move it by barge! Towboats move commodities we all rely on through @DOTMARAD inland waterways. Not just on #EarthDay but EVERY day, 24/7/365.  Lowest carbon footprint, safest, lowest-cost, but our lock and dam infrastructure needs updating.  More info? Text LOCKS to 313131 



   Download this Image   Inland marine transportation workers keep the products we use every day moving, 24/7/365, even amid COVID-19.  Thank you!!  Want to help? Text LOCKS to 313131 and tell Congress #RiversMoveAmerica

Photo credit: Brian Krause, captain/master of the Dredge Goetz.




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The @mississippivalleydivision @usacenola Inner Harbor Navigation Canal's gates need sandbags to keep flooding out!  1st world country/3rd world solutions. What is wrong with this picture. 



​​​​​  Download this image Rebuilding our lock and dam infrastructure would have huge benefits - increasing our GDP by 39%, huge job creation - let's get to work because #RiversMoveAmerica!  More info? Text LOCKS to 313131





 Download this image Working with @WaterwaysCouncl to improve America's river transportation infrastructure because #RiversMoveAmerica #IAmWaterwaysCouncil #WCISymposium2020



  Download this image  Inland Waterway shipping saves $7B-$9B over other modes! Let's update the lock and dam infrastructure that keeps America's inland waterways working.


  Download this image   Amazing that we're moving almost half a billion tons of commodities each year on our rivers and relying on antiquated lock and dam infrastructure.  Rebuild our locks and dams because #RiversMoveAmerica!  Get involved - text LOCKS to 313131


  Download this image  Like clean air? Then tell Congress to support lock and dam funding!  @EPA says transportation = more than 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.....Towboats on our inland waterways generate 30% less than rail, 1,000% less than trucks!  Want more info?  Text LOCKS to 313131


    Download this image Did you flip that wall switch this morning and expect the lights to go on?  Then you're impacted by barge transportation!  #RiversMoveAmerica including our energy resources to keep the lights on. More info? Text LOCKS to 313131


 Download this image   $8B of construction jobs waiting to be created if Congress funds it. Lock rehabs and construction will save U.S. $7-9B in shipping costs AND increase GDP by 39%!  More info? Text LOCKS to 313131


  Download this imag e  America's agriculture advantage comes from our inland river transportation system - barges and towboats moving America's harvest and vital inputs that farmers need to keep competitive in a global market.  Our 80-year-old lock and dam infrastructure needs to be fixed because #RiversMoveAmerica


 Download this image America's advantage in agriculture trade relies on our waterways says @USDA.  Lowest-cost shipping is also safest, most efficient and lowest carbon footprint - but relying on 80-year old lock and dam infrastructure.  Tell Congress to act!  Text LOCKS to 313131


   download this image  Barges move America's agriculture bounty 24/7/365 across the country through our inland waterway system - and an antiquated lock and dam infrastructure.  Get involved - text LOCKS to 313131




  Download this image Our waterways and locks and dams move not only barges but recreational boats - 250M visitors through locks in one year, supporting 189k jobs nationwide!  Tell Congress: fund lock maintenance because #RiversMoveAmerica  Text LOCKS to 313131


  Download this image  One tow of 15 barges or 1.050 additional trucks on our roads? Simple choice! Tell Congress to fund waterway lock and dam infrastructure - text LOCKS to 313131


  Download this image  A clear choice because #RiversMoveAmerica!  Text LOCKS to 313131 to tell Congress to fund lock and dam infrastructure and keep barges moving.  


  download this image  Barges move hundreds of millions of tons each year - safely, at lower-cost, and with the smallest carbon footprint.  Contact Congress and tell them to fund lock and dam infrastructure! Text LOCKS to 313131

Have you seen this @ABC7Chicago episode of "Built to Last" by @CRCCarpenters?  Locks and dams keep products moving safely on our rivers. Let's build the future of river infrastructure because #RiversMoveAmerica and put people to work!

Thank you @UnitedSoy for these great videos highlighting the importance of river transportation and lock and dam infrastructure!

Great @PJStar article on COVID-19 and crews.  Thank you to the deckhands, pilots, captains, cooks, engineers and everyone on the boats and in the offices who keep towboats moving America's products 24/7/365 even amid COVID-19.  #RiversMoveAmerica