Back on October 1, the U.S. Senate approved the "America's Water Infrastructure Act" by a margin of 99 to 1. The act includes Water Resources Development and authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's resources projects. Projects include deepening of Savannah Harbor in Georgia and replacement of the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River. The National Grain and Feed Association said: "it was a victory for commercial users of the inland waterways."

When I was reading this story in the Midwest Shippers Association newsletter I was thinking about the Mississippi River Lock and Dam system. For many years efforts have been underway to upgrade some of the oldest locks. In fact, it was a decade ago that upgrades were authorized by Congress! Well, the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to announce on November 20, 2018, if it will proceed with the first of seven lock and dam replacement projects on the upper Mississippi River System.

The fiscal 2019 budget for the Corps that was enacted about a month ago does include money for the projects. However, the Trump Administration will have to authorize them. In addition, the "America's Water Infrastructure Act" was passed by the House last month. Both measures are currently headed to President Trump's desk to be signed into law!

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