In 2019, 514.9 million tons of waterborne cargo transited America's inland waterways, a volume equal to roughly 14% of all intercity freight. These products, valued at $134.1 billion were shipped on the portions of our inland waterways system that generate revenue for capital improvements by a fuel user fee on commercial vessels. 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 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)
The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee recently passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act out of committee—unanimously. It included a provision to permanently change the cost-share of lock and dam projects to 75 percent federal, with 25 percent coming from the…Read More View Source
May 18, 2022 – 5:40 p.m. By Benjamin J. Hulac, CQ The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced a water policy bill that would authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to complete dozens of studies and projects on a range of issues, including flood control, navigation, dredging and…Read More View Source
House panel poised to vote on new WRDA bill https://www.enr.com/articles/54136-house-panel-poised-to-vote-on-new-wrda-bill Engineering News-Record – Troy, MI – 5/17/22 – Tom Ichniowski Plans for a new water resources bill are moving ahead in the House, with the introduction…Read More View Source
Analysis: How earmarks will affect energy, enviro projects https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/eenews/2022/05/17/analysis-how-earmarks-will-impact-energy-enviro-projects-00031275 Energy and Environment News – Washington, DC – 5/17/22 – George Cahlink, Hannah Northey and…Read More View Source
House panel unveils water projects, sea-level rise package https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/eenews/2022/05/17/house-panel-unveils-water-projects-sea-level-rise-package-00032926 Energy and Environment News – Washington, DC – 5/17/22 – Hannah Northey House lawmakers…Read More View Source
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FEATURES Cherrie Felder To Receive IMX Achievement Award MAY 13, 2022 BY FRANK MCCORMACK Cheryl “Cherrie” Felder is one of the maritime industry’s most recognized and beloved leaders, especially in the tight-knit New Orleans community where she lives, and it’s been that…Read More View Source
St. Louis Engineer District celebrate rich history https://www.waterwaysjournal.net/2022/05/13/st-louis-engineer-district-celebrates-rich-history/ Waterways Journal Weekly – St. Louis, MO – 5/13/22 – David Murray This year, the St. Louis Engineer District celebrates its 150th…Read More View Source
Senate committee passes WRDA 2022 https://southeastagnet.com/2022/05/09/senate-committee-passes-wrda-2022/ Southeast AgNet – Newberry, FL – 5/9/22 Last week, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously passed its Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA…Read More View Source
LOCKS AND DAMS Corps To Provide Updated Kentucky Lock Timeline, Costs MAY 6, 2022 BY SHELLEY BYRNE The Corps of Engineers expects to have a new estimate within the next week or two on both a projected timeline for completion and cost estimate for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. In a…Read More View Source