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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)

Investing in the inland waterways is a wise choice

October 22, 2019   Workboat (blog)

  The LaGrange Lock and Dam at Versailles, Ill., is arguably in the poorest shape of any lock in the inland waterways system. Pamela Glass photo.   U.S. inland waterways stakeholders have notched some big victories over the last couple of years. The merciful completion of the $3 billion Olmsted…

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Donations to Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation to Honor Charlie Jones

October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019 INDUSTRY PIONEER CHARLIE JONES DEAD AT 101 On Sunday afternoon, industry pioneer and Chief Executive Office of Amherst Madison, Inc. Charles “Charlie” Jones passed away.  He was 101.   If you'd like to honor Charlie Jones with a contribution to the The Greater…

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Brandon Road Lock Closure 22 October

October 18, 2019   USACE Rock Island District

Brandon Road Lock, RM 286.0 will be closed for 12 hours, beginning at 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs on Tuesday, 22-October-2019 in order for divers to clean the intake screens. Mariners are requested not to tie up along the guide walls during this period. Please contact Brandon Road Lock and Dam, Channel 14…

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Patrol dog keeps birds from damaging locks and dam

October 17, 2019   Workboat Magazine

It has been a year since Breeze, a blue merle smooth coated border collie trained to deter birds, arrived at Cannelton Locks and Dam in Cannelton, Ind., and she continues to be an energetic and hardworking member of the Louisville District team. “Breeze is doing great,” said Larry Dunning,…

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Grain inspections fall in third quarter

October 17, 2019   Workboat Magazine

During the third quarter, inspections of grain (wheat, corn, and soybeans) for export from all U.S. ports reached 25.8 million metric tons (mmt), down 18% from the same time last year and 7% below the five-year average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today.   Despite…

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Leland Bowman Lock Closures, 28 Oct - 21 Nov

October 17, 2019   USACE New Orleans District

From USACE :  NAVIGATION BULLETIN NO. 19-144, 17 October 2019, GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - LELAND BOWMAN LOCK   Mariners are advised that beginning on 28 October 2019 and continuing through 21 November 2019, Leland Bowman Lock will be closed to navigation from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (daylight…

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Is That a Barge on Constitution Avenue?

October 17, 2019   The Georgetown Dish

The Lockkeeper’s House is located at the corner of 17th and Constitution Avenue, and until two years ago, was inches away from the street - windows boarded up, roof in bad shape.  Through the efforts of the Trust for the National Mall and multiple donors, it was moved 30 feet…

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Calcasieu Lock Closures, 21 Oct - 23 Nov

October 16, 2019   USACE New Orleans District

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District 7400 Leake Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70118   NAVIGATION BULLETIN NO. 19-143   GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY: CALCASIEU LOCK   Beginning on 21 October 2019 and continuing through 23 November 2019, mariners are advised…

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Congress Gets Back to Work With Appropriations, Impeachment Agenda

October 11, 2019   Waterways Journal

Washington, D.C.—Both chambers of Congress are scheduled to end a two-week recess Tuesday and return to the U.S. Capitol to face a challenging agenda topped by a historic impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and his actions on having a foreign nation investigate a top political rival.…

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"Phase One" of U.S.-China Trade Deal Substantially Grows Ag Exports

October 11, 2019   Brownfield Ag News for America

The U.S. and China have reached a partial trade agreement.    President Trump and Chinese officials announced the breakthrough in the Oval Office Friday, and Trump says this first phase of a trade agreement is a “substantial deal.” Trump said, “We’re going to be up…

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