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The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 created a follow -on discretionary grants
program for surface infrastructure projects. 3|Page Inland Waterways Negative BDL
Economy Add-on Answers [___] [___] No economic gains – plan forces taxpayers to subsidize corporations
Brad Walker, W etlands & Floodplain Director at Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 2010
(http://www.iwla.org/index.php?ht=a/GetDocumentAction/i/7807 FACT SHEET: Historic Subsidy of
Inland Waterways Navigation System)
Barge Industry contributions are inadequate to properly fund the Inland Waterways Trust Fund’s
projects backlog, yet the industry wants to restore IWTF solvency and increase inland
waterways navigation investment primarily by increasing the burden on all other taxpayers.
The barge industry touts itself as the cheapest form of commodity transportation.
Unfortunately, the equation used to derive that designation excludes over 90 percent of
the costs to support the inland waterways system. According to the National Academy of
Sciences, 1 U.S. taxpayers pay 92 percent of the inland waterway system (IWS) costs of
constructing, operating and maintaining barge navigation infrastructure. This is compared to
virtually no taxpayer support for rail system users and only 20 percent for highway system users.
The general public does receive some benefits from the current dams on the rivers, though it can
be argued that the costs, both financial and to the environment, have far exceeded these
benefits. The barge industry paid nothing for the original lock and dam system and do not
contribute to repairing and restoring degraded riverine ecosystems, which the inland waterways
navigation system is largely responsible for causing. The taxpayers have been totally responsible
for these costs, and as mentioned above all of the O&M costs and 50 percent of the construction
and rehabilitation costs. When all costs are accounted for, the inland waterways system is
by far the most expensive shipping system in the country. 4|Page Inland Waterways Negative BDL
Economy Add-on Answers [___] [___] Corps’ estimates overstate transportation benefits
Donald C. Sweeney, Center for Transportation Studies as its Associate Director and Teaching
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management, 2009
(A Critique of “Final Re-Evaluation of the Recommended Plan: UMR-IWW System Navigation Study:
Interim Study” Prepared for The Nicollet Island Coalition Donald C. Sweeney II, Ph.D. 9/30/2009
The Corps’ estimates of NED transportation benefits likely overstate the real NED
transportation benefits of the recommended plan. The NED model employed by the Corps integrates
empirical estimates of shippers’ responses to changes in transportation prices that were derived from
surveys of shippers. However, the NED model does not incorporate shippers’ responses to
either increased shipping times or decreases in system reliability. W hile incorporating
shippers’ responses to changes in water transportation costs represents a significant improvement
over older Corps...
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