Key Issues

Operation and Maintenance Funding Improves System Reliability

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 five appropriations bills, with increases in FY ’14 – ’19 and record funding for O&M as well.


  • Annual Funding for Operations and Maintenance, Civil Works, and Inland Waterways Trust Fund 2008-2019

See Funding  Charts Here


Take Action Now



  • See the Corps of Engineers’ current schedule for the Consolidated Closures of the Illinois Waterway in 2019 and 2020
    Corps IWW Closure Schedule (February 2 019)
  • 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.



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