This paper briefly describes Missouri's approach to utilization of the vast inland, coastal, and Great Lakes waterway system; and it presents related recommendations in five functional areas of activity: organization, planning and administration, finance, promotion, and national issues. Despite its possession of the largest inland waterways port in annual tonnage, St. Louis, Missouri's involvement in port development did not begin until 1974 with creation of the new Missouri Department of Transportation (DOT) and its Division of Waterways. In addition to the constitutional and legislative powers of the department, the division is responsible for Missouri's port legislation that authorizes each city or county situated on or adjacent to a navigable waterway to create a port authority. DOT provides planning and managerial guidance and technical assistance to port authorities and local government agencies. It ensures that all state agencies affected by port development have a chance to review and comment on proposed developments while they are still in early planning stages. Finally it acts as a liaison between federal agencies and local port authorities to issue bonds and levy local taxes. The Legislature was also asked to appropriate "seed" grants to the port authorities. The study identified 17 industries and six locations that have a potential for port development in Missouri, which provides an opportunity to more than double the state's port authority.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 7-10
  • Monograph Title: Waterborne commerce and inland port development
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM