Who is WCI

A Message from our Chairman


Welcome to Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), the only national organization that advocates for a modern, efficient and well-maintained inland waterways, including lock and dam infrastructure, and channel maintenance. Find out more about our coalition here.


The nation’s inland waterways are a vast national treasure of 12,000 miles of navigable rivers stretching across 38 states, intracoastal waterways, channels, ports, canals, and locks and dams that facilitate the safest, most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation mode for essential commodities. Our inland waterways sustain more than 541,000 jobs worth $29 billion, and facilitate efficient access to global markets for farmers, manufacturers and other shippers across the country.


The U.S. construction industry benefits from properly maintained waterways, and America’s energy industry relies upon efficient waterways transportation. Other non-transportation beneficiaries of our waterways include hydropower, water supply, ecosystem vitality, recreation, national defense, flood control and more. WCI strives to keep this system operating efficiently and reliably today and for decades ahead.


We educate policymakers in the Nation’s capital and around the United States, the news media, and the general public about the waterways system’s critical importance. With aging locks and dams built in the 1920s and during the New Deal of the 1930s, it is time to modernize these structures to continue to reliably serve the nation’s transportation supply chain.


Join WCI’s broad, bi-partisan coalition of interests that support our waterways (learn more here.) Together, we can keep our waterways – and America – open for business.


Thank you!



Matt Ricketts


Crounse Corporation

Paducah, KY