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Unformatted text preview: s unnecessary – small scale improvements extend the life of existing locks Charles V. Stern, Analyst in Natural Resources Policy, 2012 (Inland Waterways: Recent Proposals and Issues for Congress Charles V. Stern April 12, 2012 Congressional Research Service http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41430.pdf) Other groups argue against significant new investments for inland waterway projects. In arguing against new locks on the Upper Mississippi River, a coalition of environmental groups noted that while the design life of new investments is usually only 50 years, regular maintenance can extend the life of existing locks for an additional 50 years at a considerably lesser cost than that for new construction. 53 These groups generally argue that the costs of new lock construction greatly exceed the benefits of reduced waiting time and lock unavailability, and point out that issues associated with most aging inland waterways infrastructure can be overcome by improved smallscale and nonstructural improvements. 54 7|Page Inland Waterways Negative BDL No Harms – Lock Closure Impact Exaggerated [___] [___] Shipping industry exaggerates the impact of lock closure – barge traffic is declining Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune, 2010 (Study: Cost of closing Chicago locks exaggerated By Chicago Tribune 2/17/2010 http://www.workboat.com/newsdetail.aspx?id=4294989267) John Taylor, an associate professor of supply-chain management at Wayne State, and a transportation consultant told reporters today that Illinois officials and some in the boating and shipping industries have exaggerated the economic impact of lock closure. Many jobs would be lost, Taylor said, but others would be gained by the creation of new truck and rail terminals to carry freight to their final destinations. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order Illinois to close locks to permanently separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed, paid Taylor and Jim Roach of J.L. Roach Inc. to analyze the impact of closure. "We believe the documents submitted by the U.S. and Illinois to the Supreme Court have seriously exaggerated the transportation and economic impact associated with closures of portions of the Chicago waterway system," Taylor said. Taylor and Roach studied boat and barge traffic through the Chicago River Controlling Works outside of downtown and the O'Brien lock and dam in the Calumet River since 1994. Their data indicated that barge and freight hauling traffic through those two points, the primary entry points exiting Lake Michigan and into Chicago waterways, has declined about 50 percent over 15 years. Less than 4,300 barges traveled through those locks in 2008, carrying about 7 million tons of cargo. [___] No traffic increase – Army Corps projections are wrong Charles V. Stern, Analyst in Natural Resources Policy, 2012 (Inland Waterways: Recent Proposals and Issues for Congress Charles V. Stern April 12, 2012 Congressional Research Serv...
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