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New Approaches for U.S. Lock and Dam Maintenance and Funding

Posted by Content Coordinator on Thursday, January 10th, 2013


Executive Summary

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is responsible for building and maintaining much of the federal water resources infrastructure in the nation and is responsible for construction and maintenance of navigation projects on 12,000 miles of river channels that comprise 27 inland river systems, and 207 lock chambers at 171 lock sites.

The Corps faces a higher demand for building and maintaining its projects than available federal funding allows. This situation is raising basic questions about how the Corps functions, including the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of Corps planning and implementation.

The objectives of this research comprised a two-­‐pronged effort to investigate the possibility of alternative solutions to these issues. The first prong analyzed policy, legislative, economic, planning, and project implementation data and information to estimate impacts of alternative maintenance and funding approaches, both at the national level and to the individual shipper. The second prong of this effort analyzed economic, funding, and financing issues.

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