Inland Waterways: Measuring Impact State by State

New NWF state profiles highlight importance of inland waterways to key states.

By Tom Ewing

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In February, the National Waterways Foundation (NWF) announced updates to its portfolio of state profiles characterizing and summarizing each state’s activity and standing within the Mississippi and central river inland waterway system (Pacific Northwest waterways are not included). NWF presents data for: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

NWF’s new state profiles build on original material developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2014, material collected to support passage of the 2014 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

NWF worked with Cambridge Systematics, Inc. (CSI) to estimate states’ economic impacts. The analysis covers current economic and commodity flow information, related maritime industries, top commodities, and, more generally, industries that most benefit from a state’s inland waterways.

“These updated profiles highlight the critical value of the inland waterways to key states and are a great additional source of information. The National Waterways Foundation is proud to have commissioned this important project,” said NWF chairman Matt Woodruff.

Tom Ewing

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Tom Ewing is a freelance writer specializing in marine, energy and environmental issues. He contributes regularly to this magazine.

March 2024
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