In Support of a New Lock and Dam Start in 2021

Lindsay Mitchell

Oct 22, 2020  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

In Support of a New Lock and Dam Start in 2021


This week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association has reached out to each member of the Illinois Congressional delegation, asking for their support in encouraging the Army Corps of Engineers to include a new start for a construction project in their Work Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Civil Works.


The effort was initiated by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, whose district stretches for miles along the Mississippi River.


The encouragement to the Army Corps of Engineers includes an ask to build from a $4.5 million for preconstruction engineering and design (PED) of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway System projects in the FY20 Work Plan and allow that momentum to continue.


Lock and dam projects are included and prioritized in the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), which was authorized in 2007 and allows the Corps to address by navigation and ecosystem restoration in an integrated approach.  NESP would construct new locks at seven existing sites and provides comprehensive ecosystem restoration for the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.


NEPS maintains broad, bipartisan support in Congress.


Inland waterways infrastructure remains a critical priority of the Illinois Corn Growers Association because the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers provide a significant advantage for Illinois corn farmers that sell their corn out of our state.  Approximately 40 percent of Illinois corn leaves the state for export.


Members of the Illinois delegation that have agreed to support a new lock and dam construction in the Upper Mississippi or Illinois River are:


Senator Tammy Duckworth

Representative Mike Bost

Representative Cheri Bustos
Senator Richard Durbin Representative Sean Casten
  Representative Danny Davis
  Representative Rodney Davis
  Representative Bill Foster
  Representative Robin Kelly
  Representative Adam Kinzinger
  Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi
  Representative Darin LaHood
  Representative Daniel Lipinski
  Representative Mike Quigley
  Representative Bobby Rush
  Representative Jan Schakowsky
  Representative Bradley Schneider
  Representative John Shimkus
  Representative Lauren Underwood


Watch for future updates to this story which will include members of the Illinois delegation that lend their support to this encouragement for a new lock and dam construction project in FY21.