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Want more efficient way of moving cargo? Think waterways.

An article published in the online version of "Roll Call," a Washington Capitol Hill news outlet since 1955, calls for more investment in the nation's waterways as a method to improve efficiency in the US transportation system. Written by the US Soybean Board, the article naturally promotes the waterways from the perspective of agribusiness in [...]

March 14th, 2017|

ASCE: US Infrastructure near Flunking

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers publishes a report assessing the quality of the nation's infrastructure, i.e., roads, bridges, rail, ports and waterways, air, and other basic foundations of our society.  The report just published gave that infrastructure a D+, which is up all the way from the D- mark from four years ago, [...]

March 10th, 2017|

“The wind is at our backs,” says US House T&I Committee Chair

Does the President's mention of infrastructure in his inaugural address mean there's hope for waterway projects in Alabama?  Well, so far there's no direct indication,  but there is eternal hope as the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) began hearings today on America's "21st century infrastructure." In a statement released by T&I [...]

February 1st, 2017|

Orientation Tour for Mobile District Commander

The Commander of Mobile District, US Army Corps of Engineers, Colonel James A. DeLapp, is scheduling a tour of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin to learn about the issues affecting the District's operations in the Basin.  Tour stops tentatively are in Selma, Montgomery, Lay Lake on the Coosa, Gadsden, Birmingham, and Rome, Georgia.

December 6th, 2016|

ACF Water Battle in Court – – in Maine

The "Water Wars" between the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have been ongoing three decades without resolution.  The dispute is over how much water each state is entitled to in both the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) and the Apalachilcola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basins.  The more contentious of the two has been the ACF with the latest round [...]

November 1st, 2016|

Port of Greater Baton Rouge Using Containers on Barge

Containers on Barge (COB) has been long touted as one of the ways movement of goods on our inland waterways can be made efficient, safely, and environmentally friendly.  Read this article from the Inland Rives Ports and Terminals on how the Port of Greater Baton Rouge has instituted a service in which empty containers are accepted [...]

July 29th, 2016|

Waterways have excess capacity to move cargo

A July 23 article from the The Vicksburg Post describes how the the nation is not using the capacity available on our inland waterways to move freight, and, as a result we are not seizing an opportunity to reduce the ever-increasing congestion on our roads and railways.  The article naturally focuses on the main stem channels of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, [...]

July 25th, 2016|