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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.  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

Water utilities, shippers line up for future pandemic aid

March 27, 2020   Energy & Environment Daily

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As COVID-19 Grips Country, Maritime Industry Keeps Moving With Precautions

March 20, 2020   Waterways Journal

In little more than a week, COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has brought much of daily life in the United States to a halt as communities and government officials struggle to “flatten the curve” of infection. On the nation’s waterways and at shoreside ports and…

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Barge Lines Boost Crew Safety as Virus Threatens Crucial Cargo

March 19, 2020

Barge Lines Boost Crew Safety as Virus Threatens Crucial Cargo By Karl Plume March 19, 2020   © Ronald / Adobe Stock The world has radically changed since towboat captain Terry Hall boarded his vessel late last month in Wood River, Illinois, for his four-week shift hauling bargeloads…

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