A report unanimously adopted by the Inland Waterways Users Board sets the stage for making improvements in the vitality of the U.S. inland navigation system over the next 20 years. The report and recommendations are being sent to Congress and the Obama Administration and if adopted, will better address the needs of the entire inland waterways navigation system and provide more dollars for greatly needed infrastructure improvements.
The proposed recommendations and report prioritize navigation projects across the entire system, improve the Corps of Engineers' project management and processes to deliver projects on time and on budget, and recommend a funding mechanism that is affordable and meets the system's needs.
This new proposal is supported by 150 industry stakeholders, including the National Corn Growers Association. It does not include the imposition of a lockage fee that has been unsuccessfully offered in the last two fiscal year budgets. That fee is strongly opposed by Waterways Council, the American Waterways Operators, and the National Waterways Conference, as well as many Members of Congress.