Columbia River Channel Maintenance

November 2010 marked the completion of the Columbia River channel improvement project.  This was a deepening project that modernized the 110-mile lower Columbia River navigation channel to a depth of -43 feet.  The improved capacity and reliability have already brought over $1 billion in public and private investment on the lower river to date.

It is extremely important that the federal government continue to ensure the navigation channel is maintained to its new depth.  The value that this global trade gateway provides to the nation must be protected by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to move goods in and out of the region.  The Columbia Snake River System continues to be the largest wheat export gateway in the nation, exporting over 50% of the nation’s wheat exports. It is also second in the nation for soy and corn, and is the third largest grain export gateway in the world.  In addition, it is a critical gateway for automobiles, and tops on the west coast for wood products and mineral bulks like potash and soda ash.  The channel supported 50 million tons of cargo in 2016, valued at over $24 billion, and provides for over 40,000 local jobs.  Advocating for the funding to maintain the navigation channel is a key priority for PNWA and our members.

Supporting Materials

PNWA Supported Projects
Columbia River Channel Maintenance
ECONorthwest Study on Impacts of Channel Deepening
Lower Columbia River Ports – Contact information & background
Columbia Snake River System – the Facts