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578 million tons valued at $220 billion were shipped on the fuel-taxed portion of our inland waterways system in 2017.  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

Lock & dam work still on schedule despite current high water

May 25, 2020   FarmWeek Now

Current high water on the Illinois River will not impact planned lock closures on the Illinois River this summer.   “We are still holding to those original dates,” said Tom Heinold, chief of operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District. “That’s probably…

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Modernizing lock and dam infrastructure is beneficial

May 21, 2020   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Op-Ed)

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The unsung benefits of the inland waterways

May 18, 2020   Marine Link

With developments in the current health crisis almost entirely consuming nearly all news reporting, one could be forgiven for thinking that the members of Congress are thinking about and working on little else, and that even if they were, the divisive partisanship of recent years would doom the prospects…

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Corps of Engineers reopens lock facilities to the public

May 18, 2020   Vernon Broadcaster

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is removing the closures to its facilities near the Mississippi River locks and dams from Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minn., to Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The change is effective immediately.   The guide walls, loading docks and…

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Senate Committee Advances Water Resources Bill

May 8, 2020   The Waterways Journal

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LaGrange Lock & Dam Rehab Proceeds

May 5, 2020   WLDS/WEAI

The LaGrange Lock & Dam repair project is still full steam ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed the planned closure of the lock & dam scheduled for July 1st to September 30th for full repairs of the lock & dam system. The Army Corps of Engineers is hoping that this summer will be…

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LaGrange lock closure ‘still on schedule’

May 3, 2020   Quincy Herald-Whig

LAGRANGE, Ill. — Even the COVID-19 pandemic is not slowing down plans for construction work this summer on locks and dams along the Illinois River.   "Everything is moving along very well," said Mike Walsh, chief of locks and dams on the Illinois Waterway for the U.S. Army Corps…

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Corps Shows What It Can Do In A Crisis

May 1, 2020   The Waterways Journal (Editorial)

By now, the USNS Comfort has left New York Harbor, where it was deployed to provide additional hospital beds: originally for non-COVID-19 patients from New York’s hospitals. The fact that its full capacity turned out not to be needed is nothing but good news. And it does not detract from…

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