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In 2019, 514.9 million tons of waterborne cargo transited America's inland waterways, a volume equal to roughly 14% of all intercity freight.  These products, valued at $134.1 billion were shipped on the portions of our inland waterways system that generate revenue for capital improvements by a fuel user fee on commercial vessels.  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 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

Togiak wins wing dam modification project in Pool 2

December 2, 2022   Dredging Today

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded a $324,000 contract, November 29, to Togiak Management Services of Anchorage, Alaska, to complete a wing dam modification project in Pool 2 of the Mississippi River downstream of St. Paul, Minnesota.   This contract marks the first ecosystem…

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Waterways Symposium coming to Paducah next week

November 30, 2022   Metropolis Planet

PADUCAH – Paducah’s importance in the inland waterways system will be highlighted next week as the Waterways Council, Inc. will be hosting its 19th annual Waterways Symposium in Paducah for the first time on Dec. 7 and 8.   The symposium, which will feature panels addressing topics…

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Maintaining and protecting the Mississippi River

October 27, 2022   Dredging Today Dredging Today – Schiedam, Netherlands – 10/27/22 – Eldin Ganic   The Mississippi River is one of the busiest waterways in the United States. Of its 4,267 miles of navigable channels (1/3…

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German transportation delegation explores America's river system

October 21, 2022   The Waterways Journal

Gathered around a map of the inland waterways of the United States, a four-person delegation from the German Ministry of Transport only had two words: “unbelievable” and “wow.”   Another map showed the officials, who visited Seamen’s Church Institute’s Center…

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Students learn about 'incredible' river jobs

October 19, 2022   The Telegraph

1of8 Alton High School students Jariah Webber, right, Keviona Usher and La'Jadia Smith look out of the observation room over the main lock at Lock and Dam 26 Wednesday during “Who Works the Rivers,” at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton Wednesday. The program brings in representatives…

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Chickamauga, Kentucky Lock Projects Discussed At 56th TRVA Meeting

October 14, 2022   The Waterways Journal

    Projected timeline extensions and cost overruns on major construction and rehabilitation projects and the need for ongoing funding to replace aging infrastructure were some of the topics discussed at the combined 56th annual meeting of the Tennessee River Valley Association and Tennessee/Cumberland…

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Ongoing R&D is discovering new ways to put dredged sediment to use

October 14, 2022   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters

Dredging is a central part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) largest mission – to maintain clear, safe and navigable waterways. Without periodic dredging, many harbors and ports would be impassable, and so more than 400 ports and 25,000 miles of navigation channels are dredged…

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Storybook tells about lock through cartoon figure

September 30, 2022   The Waterways Journal

    Thanks to the work of a Pittsburgh Engineer District intern, children are being introduced to an old lock by a new name: Larry the Lock.   The lock, known to adults as Allegheny River Lock and Dam 2, was personified as a cartoon with big googly eyes, shoulders made out of round…

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