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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)

Focus remains on Kentucky, Tennessee in fight against Asian carp

August 12, 2019   Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Illinois River Closure Plan

August 6, 2019   USACE Rock Island

Link to "IWW Consolidated Closures_Info Sheet_01 Aug 2019.pdf"

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Capitol Currents - Text Only Version

July 31, 2019

Capitol Currents Newsletter July 31, 2019 This is a text-only version of Waterways Council’s newsletter, Capitol Currents.  To read the full PDF version, including all images, visit www.waterwayscouncil.org. ****** WCI Urges Cost-Share Change in WRDA 2020 On July 10, Rob Innis, Plant Manager…

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Mississippi Commerce needs US investments to defend against future flooding

July 31, 2019   Stas Margaronis

American Journal of Transportation

Maritime commerce along the Mississippi River is slowly recovering after 2019 rains and floods disrupted port operations, shipping, tug and barge services, roads and farming, but the region cannot fully recover without a dramatic increase in federal spending for expanded levels of flood control that…

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Farmers learn more about Illinois River closures

July 27, 2019   Deborah Gertz-Husar

Quincy Herald-Whig

MEREDOSIA, Ill. -- All of Jon Boylen's grain ships on the Illinois River, so the Mount Sterling area farmer wonders what closing the river in 2020 for lock and dam repairs will mean to his farming operation.   Boylen got some answers Friday at a meeting in Meredosia, one of five sponsored by…

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Admiral Schultz Emphasizes Maritime as a Driver of U.S. Commerce

July 9, 2019   Greg Trauthwein

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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