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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.  70% of America's locks 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

Corps of Engineers announces closed areas at locks and dams due to COVID-19

April 7, 2020   USACE, St. Paul District

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED   For Immediate Release: Patrick Moes: 651.290.5202, 651.366.7539, patrick.n.moes@usace.army.mil April 7, 2020                                          …

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Water utilities, shippers line up for future pandemic aid

March 27, 2020   Energy & Environment Daily

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As COVID-19 Grips Country, Maritime Industry Keeps Moving With Precautions

March 20, 2020   Waterways Journal

In little more than a week, COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has brought much of daily life in the United States to a halt as communities and government officials struggle to “flatten the curve” of infection. On the nation’s waterways and at shoreside ports and…

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