Author: Carlo Salzano

Brownwater News, January 2016

Omnibus bill includes $6 billion for Army Corps’ Civil Works Congress approved the $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill on Dec. 18, with President Obama signing the measure into law the same day. The bill includes nearly $6 billion for the…

Brownwater News, December 2015

House eyes maritime role in U.S. food aid programs Two House subcommittees responsible for legislation dealing with the transportation of farm products held a joint hearing Nov. 17 to learn more about maritime transportation’s role in America’s international food aid…

Brownwater News, November 2015

Court blocks implementation of WOTUS rule On Oct. 9, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked implementation of the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule released earlier this year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On…

Brownwater News, October 2015

Federal budget deadline moved to Dec. 11 Voting just hours before a midnight deadline on Sept. 30, the House approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government open another 71 days. Republicans opposed the bill by a clear…

Brownwater News, September 2015

Congress pumps new life into inland waterways Looking back over the first session of the 114th Congress, Michael Toohey, president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc., applauded Capitol Hill for the enthusiastic attention lawmakers gave to the nation’s inland waterways.…

Brownwater News, August 2015

Congress keeps highway bill alive until Oct. 29 A bill that extends highway construction funding through Oct. 29, three months after the government’s highway spending authority was scheduled to expire, was signed July 31 by President Obama. The House passed…

Brownwater News, July 2015

Railroads eye final WOTUS rule The nation’s major railroads are taking a close look at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule. In a statement on May 27, Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of…

Brownwater News, June 2015

Administration finalizes clean water rule The Obama administration moved ahead May 27 to implement a controversial clean water rule that would broaden the federal government’s power to regulate waters and adjacent lands. Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee…

Brownwater News, May 2015

TIGER grant program has $500 million available Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the availability of $500 million for transportation projects under the seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The TIGER 2015 grant program…

Brownwater News, April 2015

Jaenichen: U.S. waterways ‘crucial’ but underused Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen said March 17 that while it may take “nonstop work” to maintain America’s position in today’s global economy, “we have one large-scale, crucial asset that gives us an edge on…

BrownWater News, March 2015

Coast Guard suspends automated credential responses The National Maritime Center has advised the industry that because of new security protocols, the use of automated email responses regarding the receipt of Merchant Mariner Credential applications has been temporarily suspended. Mariners will…

BrownWater News, February 2015

Obama budgets $4.7 billion for Corps civil works in FY 2016 President Obama has asked the new Republican-dominated 114th Congress for $4.7 billion for the fiscal year 2016 civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers. Last year, the…

Brownwater News, January 2015

Waterways industry looks to build on 2014 success The nation’s waterways industry appears to be looking forward to a new year with lots to be thankful for. Debra Colbert, senior vice president of Waterways Council Inc., greeted 2015 with the…

BrownWater News, December 2014

Hill appropriators fund government through FY 2015 House and Senate appropriators have released a $1 trillion spending bill, including over $5.5 billion for the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers, to fund most of the government through…

BrownWater News, November 2014

Midterm elections yield ‘a mix’ for waterways stakeholders Debra Colbert, senior vice president of Waterways Council Inc., concluded Nov. 5 that the midterm elections yielded “a mix of outcomes for waterways stakeholders.” On the positive side, “key Senate leadership and…

BrownWater News, October 2014

Hours of three locks on Upper Mississippi to be reduced The Army Corps of Engineers plans to reduce the hours of operation of three Mississippi River locks in Minneapolis, Minn. — Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls, and Lock and…

BrownWater News, September 2014

Mixed views of U.S. maritime industry Mark Tabbutt, chairman of Saltchuk Resources, a major transportation and distribution company, told the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee on Sept. 10 that the American maritime industry is “strong, vibrant and growing.”…

BrownWater News, August 2014

TSA implements TWIC OneVisit program The American Waterways Operators has advised the industry that the Transportation Security Administration has begun implementing a program that reforms the process by which mariners and other transportation workers receive their required Transportation Worker Identification…

BrownWater News, July 2014

Aging waterway infrastructure major challenge for COE Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Army chief of engineers and commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers (COE), said June 26 that a major challenge facing the Corps is the nation’s “aging, deteriorating…

BrownWater News, June 2014

Congress passes WRRDA, Obama signs it into law The Senate observed Maritime Day on May 22 by voting 91-7 in favor of the conference report accompanying the new Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) and sending it to President…

BrownWater News, May 2014

Obama’s budget ‘shortchanges’ water transport system Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, lashed out at the administration for submitting a proposed budget that “shortchanges” America’s water transportation system. In an opening statement at…

BrownWater News, April 2014

Jaenichen boasts StrongPorts and marine highways The Maritime Administration’s StrongPorts initiative is one of several programs that Acting Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen said are designed to establish the U.S. as a nation that moves “more freight and even passengers by…

BrownWater News, March 2014

U.S. budget for fiscal 2015 includes $4.6 billion for COE civil works President Obama unveiled a proposed $3.9 trillion budget on March 4 that includes $4.6 billion for the fiscal year 2015 civil works program of the Army Corps of…

BrownWater News, February 2014

Lawmakers aim to revitalize cargo fleet under new maritime strategy Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., disclosed Jan. 14 that his House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee is busy working on new legislative proposals aimed at revitalizing the U.S. merchant fleet…