OUR TROUBLED WATERWAYS

The requirement to dredge navigable waterways to insure proper channel depths for shipping, and the resultant need to dispose of the dredged materials, has become a problem of great national significance. Unless ways can be found to continue the maintenace of waterways in the face of environmental, legal and technical constraints, a situation may be preciptated which could adversely affect the entire economy. For the past 30 years, domestic waterborne commerce, including inland barge and Great Lakes traffic, has moved almost 16 percent of the Nation's ton-miles of intercity cargo. This inland waterway barge traffic has increased over the past 2 decades at a compound rate of slightly over 5 percent per year. Three problems are discussed which have arisen almost simultaneously, and which have seriously affected the ability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain navigation. These are: the dredged material and its placement, the Environmental Impact Statement requirements, and the moratorium placed by the Congress on any additions, modifications or replacements to the Corps-owned dredge fleet.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Government Printing Office

    Superintendent of Documents
    Washington, DC  United States  20402-9325
  • Authors:
    • Morris, J W
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1-10
  • Serial:
    • Water Spectrum
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Government Printing Office

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126803
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM