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)
High river levels have caused delays in demolishing what is left of locks and dams 52 and 53 along the Ohio River. The opening of the Olmsted Locks and Dam in August 2018 made 52 and 53 obsolete, eliminating a frequent bottleneck for tows. The dams were in place for nearly 90 years. Each included…Read More View Source
At the recent Waterways Symposium in Pittsburgh, Jim Stark, president of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, gave a cogent tour of serious issues facing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. He singled out four navigation structures in desperate need of modernization that has been delayed for years.…Read More View Source
Commercial navigation is moving again through the John H. Overton Lock—also called Lock 2—on the Red River located at Mile 40.8 near Alexandria, La., following a two-month closure for dewatering, inspection and maintenance. The lock closure commenced in early September. It was the…Read More View Source
"The "SS Bingle" is a gingerbread tugboat made completely out of gingerbread and confections. It is a nod to the economic and cultural importance of New Orleans' location on the Mississippi River," Annie Jones, Communications Manager at Ritz-Carlton New Orleans said.…Read More View Source
Congressional Appropriators Reach Agreement On Spending NOVEMBER 29, 2019 BY JIM MYERS Washington, D.C.—Top congressional appropriators have reached a crucial agreement on spending levels for fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, a major breakthrough that could boost their chances…Read More View Source
Washington, D.C.—A House hearing on using the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to promote infrastructure resiliency exposed major differences on the popular legislation that traditionally encourages bipartisanship. “Want to see the impacts of climate change?”…Read More View Source
Two members of Congress from Minnesota announced November 14 that they had secured the release of $100 million in dredging and restoration funds for the Upper Mississippi River to address the after-effects of this spring’s devastating flooding and the resulting higher-than-usual levels of silting.…Read More View Source
For Immediate Release: November 21, 2019 Contact Info: Mariel Saez 202-225-3130 WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) issued the following statement today after releasing the House legislative schedule for calendar year 2020: “I am pleased to…Read More View Source
Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. The good news? We are rebuilding. When I was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I led the charge to enact the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, which went…Read More View Source