Locks and dams matter.
Improving the Illinois, Mississippi, and Ohio River system has been an Illinois Corn Growers Association priority for over 20 years. Waterways infrastructure gives Illinois farmers and other Illinois industries a competitive advantage over other states in transportation of grain and other agricultural products. However, in the last 50 years, these locks and dams have become dilapidated and outdated. The crumbling lock and dam system costs Illinois corn farmers every day in lost efficiency getting their product to global marketplaces.
Improving our lock and dam system NOW is critical not only for Illinois farmers but also for all Illinois citizens, for our country, and for our world.
Ensuring Cleaner Air: Inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions than rail or truck. The emission comparison between inland towing, rail and truck transportation shows that fewer air pollutants are generated by moving products on American’s inland navigation system.
Saving Energy: Transporting freight by water is the most energy-efficient choice. The most energy-efficient way to move commodities such as coal, grain, iron, steel, aggregates, petroleum and chemical products is to use the nation’s navigable rivers. Barges can move one ton of cargo 576 miles per gallon of fuel. A rail car would move the same ton of cargo 413 miles, and a truck only 155 miles.
Protecting Communities: Inland waterways transport moves hazardous materials safely. All transport modes work hard to prevent accidents, human errors and other causes of spills, including groundings in the case of barge transportation. Overall, spill rates are very low – with trucks losing only 6.06 gallons per one million ton-miles, rail cars only 3.86 gallons and barges 3.6 gallons per one million ton-miles.
Audio Update: Importance of the Lock and Dam System with Marty Marr Illinois grain and livestock farmer Marty Marr explains the importance of the lock and dam system, the need for an efficient...More
LaGrange Lock on the Illinois River Reopens; Other Newly Maintained Locks Follow The LaGrange Lock and Dam at Versailles, IL on the Illinois River reopened last week after a major maintenance...More
House Passed WRDA Bill That Includes Advocated For Cost-Share Shift for Lock and Dam Construction The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) today,...More
Today, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA). The bill included within it the Committee’s version of the Water Resources...More
According to the Russell Marine Group, a logistical coordination company working on the rivers, the inland waterway transportation system and everything within is stressed and upside down, with...More
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue believes that U.S. farmers will see an immediate response from China regarding commodity purchases once a free trade agreement is signed. Additionally, USDA...More
Peter H. Stephaich is Chairman and CEO of Blue Danube Incorporated and Campbell Transportation Company. Currently, he is also Chairman of the Board of the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI). WCI is...More
The Waterways Council Inc (WCI) is holding a national conference this week in Washington, D.C. On the agenda is an address by Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue and by officials from the Army Corps of...More
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth will receive the Waterway Council Inc’s (WCI) 18th Annual Leadership Service Award on Tuesday evening, February 12, 2019, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington,...More
The Senate approved America's Water Infrastructure Act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 this week by a vote of 99 to 1. S. 3021 authorizes Corps of Engineers'...More
Last week, leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leadership from IL Corn and American Commercial Barge visited LaGrange Lock and Dam. The dam was built in the 1930s for 50 years of...More