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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)


January 15, 2020   Rebuild the United States

As Storms Continue In 2020, Mayors Say Flood Impact To Mississippi River Cities, Ports & Farmers Will Require New Infrastructure Spending & Factoring Climate Change January 15, 2020 Stas By Stas Margaronis The catastrophic flooding of 2019 appears to be repeating itself in 2020 with another…

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2020 Spending Bill Gives Money to Aging US Waterways; Is It Enough?

January 13, 2020   Progressive Farmer

Late on Dec. 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the 2020 spending bills. Contained in the spending package for fiscal 2020 was $7.65 billion for the civil works mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which oversees the inland waterways system and port dredging. That amount…

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Corps project aims to improve safety at locks and dams

January 10, 2020   Rochester Post Bulletin

  Post Bulletin – Rochester, MN – 1/10/20 – Brian Todd   TREMPEALEAU, WIS. — Warm weather so far has been a boon to work being done at Lock and Dam No. 6 on the Upper Mississippi River.   With work done on the lock being done in the winter – outside the barge…

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Water infrastructure: Long list of projects in queue for next WRDA

January 9, 2020   Engineering News Record

Engineering News Record – Troy, MI – 1/9/20 – Tom Ichniowski   As Congress gears up to produce a new water resources bill, a batch of proposed Army Corps of Engineers flood control, dredging, river locks and ecosystem restoration projects is getting in line to be included in the…

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Iowa-Illinois port designation sought along the Mississippi

January 9, 2020   Associated Press

Miami Herald

Miami Herald – Miami, FL – 1/9/20 – Associated Press                The Gazette –…

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$17 million in renovations at locks and dams along Mississippi River

January 9, 2020   WKBT LaCrosse, WI

$17 million in renovations at locks and dams along Mississippi River (video at link) WKBT – La Crosse, WI – 1/9/20 – Greg White   TREMPEALEAU, Wis. (WKBT) – $17 million…

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Industry Waits for 2020 Funds to Start Flowing

January 8, 2020   Engineering News-Record

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Trump signs spending bills with big increases for waterways and maritime programs

January 2, 2020

  Trump signs spending bills with big increases for waterways and maritime programs By Pamela Glass on JANUARY 2, 2020 SHARE Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email A tow at Locks 27 on the Mississippi River near St. Louis. USACE photo.   President Trump signed into law two massive…

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