Key Issues

Operation and Maintenance Funding Improves System Reliability

While funding in constant dollars for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) on America’s inland navigation system had remained flat for decades, Congress has begun to address the shortfall in recent appropriations bills. 


  • Annual Funding for Operations and Maintenance, Civil Works, and Inland Waterways Trust Fund 2008-2019

See Funding  Charts Here


Take Action Now



  • See the Corps of Engineers’ current schedule for the Consolidated Closures of the Illinois Waterway in 2019 and 2020
    Corps IWW Closure Schedule (February 2 019)
  • On October 7, 2011, a 280-foot section of the Lockport Wall in Illinois collapsed into the river. Watch this video (below) and understand more about the degradation of our nation’s lock and dam infrastructure.



Where We Stand

80% reduction in emergency lock closures since 2010! (source: USACE HQ) WCI's advocacy to address the historically flat funding for O&M has yielded proven results.


Lock maintenance and dredging are critical to ensure the reliability of commerical operations and support authorized channel widths and depths. Robust O&M funding reduces costs for everyone.