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Unformatted text preview: ts in delay…. Corps data suggest that Locks 26 and 27 experience some of the largest delays despite having undergone fairly recent renovation and having 1,200-ft. lock capacity.” 19 13 | P a g e Inland Waterways Negative BDL States Counterplan Solvency [___] [___] States can take control of inland waterways Institute for Water Resources, 2012 (Army Corps of Engineers, April US Port and Inland Waterways Modernization Strategy, uture_Working_Draft_v1_2012_Apr_01.pdf) The Congress and its partners in the navigation industry must find ways to increase revenues for harbor deepening and inland navigation channel, lock and dam maintenance. Options for raising revenue are only limited by our imagination. They include: • Deep draft ports o Continue HMTF user fee collection and implementation of a harbor deepening tax o Increase local cost share requirements o Increase the USACE budget ceiling for navigation o Dissolve the Federal role in harbor development and maintenance and transfer all responsibilities to non-Federal entities. 14 | P a g e Inland Waterways Negative BDL Taxes/Spending DA Link [___] [___] Locks cost $150 million to $1 billion David Grier, 2002 (The Challenge to Modernize the U.S. Inland Waterways, -021-005.PDF) A new lock is an expensive proposition, ranging from $150 million to over $1 billion, depending on the size, type and location. Further, as the system ages the need for maintenance increases. Federal budget constraints have postponed critical maintenance while at the same time the queue of new or replacement lock projects awaiting construction continues to grow. Due to budget constraints, the construction schedules of many projects now underway are being stretched, increasing congestion and reducing project benefits. Other authorized projects may not be started for the foreseeable future. 15 | P a g e Inland Waterways Negative BDL Taxes/Spending DA Link [___] [___] Plan drains the treasury – cost overruns are routine Brad Walker, W etlands & Floodplain Director at Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 2010 (Big Price – Little Benefit, Prepared by the Nicollet Island Coalition February 2010 The Corps’ own economic analysis shows new construction of seven 1,200-foot locks will result in a negative return on investment. Based on two decades of flat or decreasing barge traffic, the proposed new locks will likely result in a loss of 80 cents for every dollar provided by taxpayers. Of additional concern is the fact that other Corps lock projects currently underway are exceeding their initial cost-estimates by double and even triple the estimated amounts. 16 | P a g e Inland Waterways Negative BDL Oil Disadvantage Links [___] [___] Marine highways will reduce oil dependence Ray Lahood, US Department of Tra...
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