Congresswoman Cheri Bustos along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced yesterday a plan to modernize locks and dams.
Seven outdated locks and dams on the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers would be modernized.
Around $4.5 million worth of funding for the Navigation and Ecosystem Restoration Program was included in the US Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan.
The program was previously authorized in Title VIII of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 but had yet to be funded.
Bustos said in a statement that “Our inland waterways are responsible for moving more than 600 million tons of goods each year, but outdated and aging locks and dams could bring this local economic driver to a standstill.”
In April of last year, Bustos and Senator Durbin led a push for the inclusion of this funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills.