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 However, in the last 50 years, these locks and dams have become dilapidated and outdated.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.

SENATE CLEARS WRDA 2018 BILL, HEADS NEXT TO PRESIDENT

October 11th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

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'...

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CRITICAL WATERWAYS LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE

September 14th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

House and Senate committee leaders reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation earlier this week, known as the America’s Water...

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WE ARE OLMSTED - LOCK AND DAM OPENS

September 5th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

Thanks to Jim Tarmann for this editorial on Olmsted’s first historic lockage.   Last week on August 30, 2018, after more than 30 years in the making, we cut the ribbon for one of the largest...

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LOCKS AND DAMS ARE STILL CRUMBLING AND WE’RE STILL TRYING TO GET THEM FIXED

August 22nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

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...

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JOURNALISTS LEARN ABOUT NEED FOR LOCKS AND DAMS

July 16th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

At the end of June, the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources took a group of journalists on a tour of the Mississippi River.  They wanted to understand the issues impacting climate and...

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REPS. DAVIS, LAHOOD ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR LAGRANGE LOCK

June 8th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

This week, the House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 that authorizes Corps of Engineer’s work on locks and dams, dredging and other water resources...

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MODERNIZE OUR LOCKS AND DAMS

May 3rd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

  For years (and years, and years, and years) we have asked for the funds to modernize our inland waterway transportation system.  For years, our government has failed to appropriate the funds...

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BUSTOS AND DAVIS VOICE STRONG SUPPORT FOR UPGRADED LOCKS AND DAMS

March 16th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

During yesterday’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing in Washington, DC, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Rodney Davis reminded the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) that...

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PERDUE: RURAL AMERICA WILL SEE MAJOR BENEFITS FROM INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

February 20th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

An op-ed by US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue concerning the recently proposed infrastructure plan by the Trump Administration. Originally published by Des Moines Register...

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WHITE HOUSE BUDGET TROUBLESOME FOR WATERWAYS IMPROVEMENTS

February 14th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

The Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), is expressing worry that the President’s budget request is inadequate for waterways infrastructure improvement needs, running contrary to what Mr. Trump had...

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IL CORN WELCOMES NEWLY CONFIRMED ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO OVERSEE WATERWAYS WORK

January 26th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

R.D. James was confirmed On January 25, 2018, by the full Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works (ASA (CW)). His nomination had been favorably reported by both the Senate...

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U.S. SENATORS SUPPORT LOCK MODERNIZATION

January 9th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

  Ten Senators from seven states sent a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney requesting immediate attention to Mississippi & Illinois River lock modernization and ecosystem restoration in the...

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ICGA COMMENDS SENATOR DUCKWORTH FOR CHAMPIONING WATERWAYS IMPROVEMENTS

December 11th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

At a recent hearing conducted by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL-D) exhibited leadership in advancing the case for long-overdue...

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WE WON’T BACK DOWN ON LOCKS AND DAMS

November 13th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

Last week, members of the Waterways Council, Inc, and stakeholders in the upper Mississippi River Basin transportation system evaluated the needs of the system, economic climate, and the impact of...

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PANAMA CANAL SETS RECORD ANNUAL CARGO TONNAGE IN FISCAL YEAR 2017

October 23rd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

While the U.S. continues a decades-long trend of not reinvesting and upgrading our vastly important river infrastructure, the new Panama Canal expansion has contributed to a record 403.8 million...

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DAM FAILURE ON OHIO RIVER

September 13th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

Want to see the potential impacts of a lock or dam failure on the Missisippi or Illinois River?  Look no further than a case study on the very close Ohio River at Lock 52. Broken wickets that can...

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SENATOR DUCKWORTH LOCKS THROUGH ROCK ISLAND #15

August 4th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) studied the condition of Locks and Dam #15 at Rock Island on the Mississippi River while aboard an educational barge tour sponsored by the Illinois Corn Growers...

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LOCKS IN DISREPAIR PUT RIVER TRANSPORTATION IN JEOPARDY

July 12th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

President Trump’s focus on investing and rebuilding infrastructure in America has brought new focus to the dilapidated locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois River. Check out this recent...

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WATERWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IN MUCH NEED OF UPDATES

June 20th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

The need for an improved infrastructure is an issue that has received serious attention in recent months. When President Donald Trump spoke on June, 7th in Cincinnati, Ohio on the subject on...

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STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REMARKS ON WATERWAYS INFRASTRUCTURE

June 8th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s comments in support of...

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