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 industry a competitive advantage over other states for 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 However, in the last 50 years, these locks and dams have become dilapidated and outdated.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 and our country and world as a whole.

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.

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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ICGA APPRECIATES SENATOR DUCKWORTH’S SUPPORT OF LOCKS AND DAMS

April 19th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) appreciates Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (IL-D) outspoken support for investments in our waterways infrastructure systems, especially the...

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UNLOCK OUR JOBS COALITION CALLS FOR GLRI FUNDING

March 27th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

The Illinois Corn Growers Association, through its partnership and coalition work with UnLock Our Jobs, sent a letter to key Members of Congress urging funding for the Great Lakes Restoration...

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LOCK AND DAM MODERNIZATION MAY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE IN 2017

January 31st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

Farmers need upgraded locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and your Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) has continually fought to elevate the visibility and awareness of that...

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CONGRESSMAN HARE SAYS LOCK AND DAM UPGRADES MUST BE DONE

October 27th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

A spilled load of soybeans on the road didn’t keep U.S. Congressman Phil Hare (IL-17) from making it to the Ursa Farmers Coop at the Meyer location today to talk river issues. The Congressman...

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