Author: Carlo Salzano

BrownWater News, January 2014

Congress ‘strongly urged’ to produce WRDA report The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has “strongly urged” the House-Senate conference committee working on the new water resources legislation to resolve its differences and “favorably report a conference report as soon as practicable.”…

BrownWater News, December 2013

Congressional panel begins work on new WRDA A conference committee created to iron out differences between House and Senate water resources bills has begun piecing together a new Water Resources Development Act, the first since 2007. The two bills under…

BrownWater News, November 2013

National freight transport policy recommended A special panel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released its final report on the state of freight transportation in the United States and its recommendations for improvements. The Special Panel on 21st…

BrownWater News, October 2013

AWO reports mixed effect from shutdown A survey conducted by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) showed that the government shutdown that began Oct. 1 had a mixed effect on the inland waterways industry. Jennifer Carpenter, senior vice president of national…

BrownWater News, September 2013

New water resources development bill introduced in House Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced a new water resources reform bill that emphasizes an absence of earmarks, a streamlined project delivery process, fiscal responsibility and deauthorization of…

BrownWater News, August 2013

House panel to consider new WRDA in September Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has announced plans for the committee to consider a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) when Congress returns in September.…

BrownWater News, July 2013

Waterways Council sure new development act ‘will make it’ Michael J. Toohey, president and chief executive of the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI), and John Doyle, a lobbyist with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Jones Walker, are looking forward to…

BrownWater News, June 2013

TWIC program found ‘inaccurate, unreliable’ The Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) latest assessment of the results of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader pilot program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found the test results to be “incomplete, inaccurate…

BrownWater News, May 2013

Obama to nominate Foxx as DOT secretary President Obama announced April 29 that he intends to nominate Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., as successor to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Crediting LaHood with making the U.S. transportation system “not just…

BrownWater News, April 2013

Obama proposes $4.8 billion for Corps’ civil works program On April 10, the administration proposed a $4.8 billion budget for the fiscal year 2014 civil works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During an afternoon briefing, Jo-Ellen Darcy,…

BrownWater News, March 2013

WCI supports bill to modernize inland waterways The executive committee of Waterways Council Inc. has voted to support the Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers and Waterways Act of 2013. The proposed legislation, sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), would establish…

BrownWater News February 2013

Boxer readies new WRDA legislation At a recent hearing on the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calf.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said that “in the coming weeks” she intends to move forward with…

BrownWater News, January 2013

WCI executive assesses waterways’ future Debra Colbert, senior vice president of Waterways Council Inc. (WCI), believes the outlook for the nation’s waterways in 2013 has “both good and not so good elements.” “The not so good of the outlook is…

BrownWater News December 2012

NWC head: Lawmakers, not White House, know water projects best Amy Larson, president of the National Waterways Conference, suggested Nov. 15 that legislators, rather than the White House, are in the best position to select and authorize navigation projects. Testifying…

BrownWater News November 2012

U.S. Coast Guard legacy vessels labeled ‘generally poor’ A congressional panel looking into the condition of the U.S. Coast Guard’s equipment was told at a recent hearing that the Coast Guard’s older assets, or its so-called legacy vessels, offered the…

BrownWater News October 2012

NWC offers ‘objectives’ for new water resources bill Amy W. Larson, president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC), offered lawmakers several "objectives" to consider while working on a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Writing to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate…

BrownWater News September 2012

Engineering society warns of failure to renew waterway infrastructure Jerry A. Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, warned Sept. 13 that if the current level of investment in the highways and waterway infrastructure serving ports persists, “The losses…

BrownWater News August 2012

Corps unveils new ‘Levels of Service’ initiative Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) rallied its own members and those of two other major waterway associations in a concerted effort to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develop more efficient use of…

BrownWater News July 2012

Mississippi River can handle traffic from post-Panamax ships, report says The Army Corps of Engineers has concluded in a new report that there is no immediate need to expand any lock on the Mississippi River to accommodate more grain traffic…

BrownWater News October 2011

Congress weighs capital development plan and user financing  Michael J. Toohey, president and CEO of Waterways Council Inc. (WCI), recommended Sept. 21 that Congress adopt the Inland Waterways Capital Development Plan to improve the reliability of the U.S. inland waterways…

BrownWater News November 2011

Key senators see need for new waterways infrastructure law Indicating that the 112th Congress intends to proceed with a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said Oct.…

BrownWater News January 2012

NIT League shows new interest in river transport The National Industrial Transportation League has taken new steps to revitalize the organization's interest in commercial inland navigation and its impacts on moving freight. The League's Ocean Transportation Committee pursued its members'…

BrownWater News December 2011

MarAd unveils ship designs for users of ‘Marine Highways’ The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has released a report detailing 11 new designs for ships specifically engineered for America’s Marine Highways. The designs are for new ships that can transport cargoes…