The inland waterways of the United States historically have been maintained and improved by the federal government at no cost to waterway users. However, in 1978, legislation was enacted that imposed a fuel tax on commercial waterway traffic. The debate over this legislation raised concerns that such charges could reduce significantly the freight tonnage carried on the inland waterway system and could affect adversely major industries dependent upon waterway transportation. The study assesses the likely impact of such a charge on the movement of grains and the location of the broiler chicken industry. The results of the analysis suggest that a uniform charge administered as a fuel tax on all waterways would have a small impact on grain movements by barge if full federal operation and maintenance costs are recovered.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Department of Agronomy
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061

    Office of Water Research and Technology

    C Street between 18th and 19th Streets, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20242
  • Authors:
    • SHABMAN, L
    • Havlicek, M
    • Binkley, J
    • Luppold, W
    • Stillman, R
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312790
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VPI-VWRRC-BULL-121, OWRT-B-082-VA(4)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM