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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)

Neglecting Inland Waterways Would Hurt US Economy

September 10, 2019   The Hill (Opinion)

Neglecting inland waterways would hurt US economy (Opinion)  The Hill – Washington, DC – 9/10/19 – Mary Ann Bucci and Matt Smith     Long before the first road was built, rail line put down and runway developed, our rivers were flowing and helping to nourish our emerging…

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Twelve years later the locks still not replaced

September 5, 2019   Stas Margaronis, American Journal of Transportation

Twelve year congressional delay funding upper Mississippi lock and dam project hurts U.S. farm exports & aids U.S. competitors Congress continues to delay funding its 2007 authorization for replacing seven aging locks and dams in Missouri and Illinois that are crucial to competitively exporting…

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(Cost-Share) Change is Good

August 20, 2019   Mike Toohey, via Marine Log

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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 ****** WCI Urges Cost-Share Change in WRDA 2020 On July 10, Rob Innis, Plant Manager…

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