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In 2017, 578 million tons valued at $220 billion were shipped on the fuel-taxed portion of our inland waterways system.  Much of that tonnage travels through some of the 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-year-old design life.  By 2020, 78% of America's locks will have exceeded their intended design life. 


$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)

Brandon Road Lock Closure 22 October

October 18, 2019   USACE Rock Island District

Brandon Road Lock, RM 286.0 will be closed for 12 hours, beginning at 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs on Tuesday, 22-October-2019 in order for divers to clean the intake screens. Mariners are requested not to tie up along the guide walls during this period. Please contact Brandon Road Lock and Dam, Channel 14…

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Grain inspections fall in third quarter

October 17, 2019   Workboat Magazine

During the third quarter, inspections of grain (wheat, corn, and soybeans) for export from all U.S. ports reached 25.8 million metric tons (mmt), down 18% from the same time last year and 7% below the five-year average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today.   Despite…

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Congress Gets Back to Work With Appropriations, Impeachment Agenda

October 11, 2019   Waterways Journal

Washington, D.C.—Both chambers of Congress are scheduled to end a two-week recess Tuesday and return to the U.S. Capitol to face a challenging agenda topped by a historic impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and his actions on having a foreign nation investigate a top political rival.…

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"Phase One" of U.S.-China Trade Deal Substantially Grows Ag Exports

October 11, 2019   Brownfield Ag News for America

The U.S. and China have reached a partial trade agreement.    President Trump and Chinese officials announced the breakthrough in the Oval Office Friday, and Trump says this first phase of a trade agreement is a “substantial deal.” Trump said, “We’re going to be up…

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Farm Facts: USDA Study Underscores Value of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture

October 10, 2019

Marine News (October 2019) Farm Facts:  USDA Study Underscores Value of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture By Michael J. Toohey, WCI President/CEO   On August 28, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works R.D. James toured Mel…

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Illinois Waterway Closures: Look for the Workaround

October 8, 2019   MarineLink

A set of complicated lock-and-dam projects on the Illinois Waterway, from Chicago to the Mississippi, has yellow lights flashing throughout the Midwest freight industry. In effect, the entire Waterway will be shut down next summer as the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island Division, starts some hefty…

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Governor Parson strongly supports Mississippi River dredging

October 7, 2019   Dredging Today

Missouri Governor Michael Parson has joined the Missouri Soybean Association in support of dredging the lower Mississippi River and securing the federal funding necessary to capture that benefit for Missouri and other states connected to the Mississippi River and tributaries.   “Missouri…

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Illinois Waterway Closures Extended

October 4, 2019   The Waterways Journal

​​​​​​High water has delayed the reopening of Starved Rock and Marseilles locks on the Illinois Waterway. The temporary closures began September 20 and were expected to last until October 5, but rains and high water have changed those plans. According to Tom Heinold, chief of operations…

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Senator Blunt Tours Northeast Missouri, Talks Infrastructure

October 1, 2019   WGEM TV

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt toured Northeast Missouri Tuesday, starting off at Lock and Dam 20 near Canton, where he spoke about his goal for infrastructure improvement.   Lewis county officials at the meeting said moving product through the Lock and Dam is a lengthy process that they’ve wanted…

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The Importance of Efficient Funding of River Infrastructure

September 27, 2019   Waterways Journal (Editorial)

Among the graphics shown by Warren Preston, deputy chief economist of USDA, at a recent conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis focusing on agricultural market and supply chains, was a bar graph from the recently published USDA report on the importance of waterways to agriculture. The…

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