Author: Carlo Salzano

Brownwater News, April 2020

AAPA notes COVID-19 concerns on Ports Day The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) held its Western Hemisphere Ports Day on April 5 “to acknowledge the sacrifice, professionalism and commitment of ports and their workforce to ensure the safe and…

Brownwater News, March 2020

AAPA: Ports first line of defense against coronavirus The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has assured the maritime industry that it recognizes the threat to both human health and world economic stability related to the coronavirus outbreak, and it…

Brownwater News, February 2020

Trump proposes ‘zero infrastructure investment’ for inland waterways The Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) took a hard look at President Trump’s proposed $4.8 trillion fiscal year 2021 budget on Feb.10 and came away disappointed. 
Mike Toohey, WCI president and CEO since…

Brownwater News, January 2020

Spending bill includes $48 billion for energy and water programs The fiscal year 2020 spending bill signed by President Trump near the end of December — a $1.4 trillion package to fund the federal government through next September — included…

Brownwater News, December 2019

NWC urges ‘resilient’ water resources infrastructure Julie Ufner, new president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC), stated last month that it takes “a resilient water resources infrastructure” to help Civil Works projects deliver their benefits as intended. 
Testifying at a…

Brownwater News, November 2019

House passes bill to boost HMFT expenditures The House has passed legislation to expand expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), which supports the Army Corps of Engineers’ deep-draft operation and maintenance activities. Aaron Ellis, director of public affairs…

Brownwater News, September 2019

Congress back in session; waterways bills await The National Waterways Conference (NWC) advises the transportation industry that Congress is back in Washington after its summer recess with little time left this year to go to work on a full agenda.…

Brownwater News, August 2019

Baltimore, Cleveland, Miami get $142 million in port grants The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) learned at the end of July that the Department of Transportation forwarded to Congress three port-related projects — in Baltimore, Cleveland and Miami —…

Brownwater News, July 2019

AAPA pushes Congress to ‘fix the HMT for good’ The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), supported by 100 U.S. ports and other groups, has urged Congress to find a solution to problems with the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT). 
In…

Brownwater News, June 2019

House proposes funding increase for Civil Works The first appropriations bills of the year, including the Energy and Water Development Bill, are expected to be taken up by the House before the July 4 recess. There had been no Senate…

Brownwater News, May 2019

High water levels slow Midwest barge traffic The U.S. Coast Guard established a safety zone on the Illinois River on May 7, restricting all vessel traffic from mile marker 187 to mile marker 145.6 and mile marker 80.2 to mile…

Brownwater News, April 2019

St. Lawrence Seaway opens for season, marks 60th anniversary On March 26, the St. Lawrence Seaway marked its 60th anniversary with the opening of the 2019 navigation season. Federal Kumano, loaded with bulk titanium chloride, served as the opening vessel…

Brownwater News, March 2019

Trump budget cuts Civil Works funding by 31 percent President Trump unveiled a proposed $4.75 trillion budget for fiscal year 2020, including $4.83 billion to fund the Civil Works program of the Army Corps of Engineers. The total proposed for…

Brownwater News, February 2019

Chao, port groups applaud Trump on infrastructure The Department of Transportation and the nation’s port groups were quick to comment on President Trump’s views of the State of the Union (SOTU) on Feb. 5. 
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao noted that…

Brownwater News, January 2019

Government shutdown curtails NMC operations The U.S. Coast Guard reports that due to the partial government shutdown, the National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Exam Centers (REC) have been closed until further notice. Furthermore, customer walk-in services have been…

Brownwater News, December 2018

VIDA sets uniform standards for incidental water discharges Legislation that sets uniform standards for incidental discharges from vessels in the United States was signed by President Trump on Dec. 4 to become law. The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), part…

Brownwater News, November 2018

Trump signs WRDA to fund water infrastructure improvements President Trump in late October signed into law the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, designed to provide for investment in harbor, waterway, flood protection and other related infrastructure improvements across…

Brownwater News, October 2018

River carriers, ports applaud passage of WRDA 2018 The nation’s river carriers and ports expressed their support of the Senate for its passage Oct. 10 of a bill that includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, which authorizes…

Brownwater News, September 2018

Congress approves $6.99 billion for Army Corps' Civil Works Congress gave final approval in mid-September to an appropriations bill that includes $6.99 billion for the fiscal year 2019 Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The House…

Brownwater News, August 2018

Trump signs bill delaying installation of TWIC readers A bill signed into law on Aug. 2 by President Trump prohibited the U.S. Coast Guard from implementing an Aug. 23 deadline requiring the installation of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) readers…

Brownwater News, July 2018

Senate approves $6.9 billion for Army Corps' Civil Works The Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) has applauded the Senate’s passage of fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development (E&WD) appropriations funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. By a vote…

Brownwater News, June 2018

Corps' new work plan goes beyond Olmsted; House approves WRDA The Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) reports that the fiscal year 2018 work plan released June 11 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocates $399 million for construction from the…

Brownwater News, May 2018

Senate vote against VIDA disappoints AWO Expressing support for the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), American Waterways Operators (AWO) President Thomas Allegretti said the Senate vote against the measure on April 18 was a “great disappointment to the men and…

Brownwater News, April 2018

Olmsted Locks and Dam to be in operation by October The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that the long-awaited Olmsted Locks and Dam project on the Ohio River will go into operation by October. At that time, locking will…