Energy & Water Appropriations

PNWA supports increased funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works budget to meet national and regional navigation needs.  Each year, PNWA’s members advocate for the highest possible funding for the Corps in the annual Energy and Water Appropriations bills that move through Congress.

Insufficient funding results in failing infrastructure at our ports and waterways in Puget Sound, on the Oregon and Washington coasts, and along the Columbia Snake River System.  Federal navigation infrastructure projects in the Northwest are key to safe and efficient cargo movement, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and our competitive position in the global marketplace.

 Why this matters to you:

Deep Draft Navigation: More than 94 million tons of cargo worth $36 billion moves in international trade across the docks of our Northwest ports.  Our waterways are critical trade gateways for containers, forest products, wheat, corn, soy, automobiles, mineral bulks, and so much more.  Cargo volumes in the Northwest continue to rise, and properly maintained deep draft navigation channels and jetties are vital to ensuring the Northwest remains a powerhouse for trade and maritime-related jobs.

Columbia Snake River System Inland Navigation: Barging on the inland Columbia Snake River System moves millions of tons of cargo, and feeds the lower Columbia River for export of U.S. goods to overseas markets.  Grains, petroleum, wood products, and sand and gravel make up the bulk of the cargo moving on the inland system, with wheat being the largest single commodity.  The Columbia Snake River System is the largest wheat export gateway in the nation, and barging plays a large role as the most fuel efficient, safest mode of transportation. Cruise ship operations and recreational tourism are also supported by river infrastructure and contribute over $15 million a year to communities along the river. To see the work PNWA is doing to support inland navigation, click here.

Coastal Commercial and Recreational Ports: These ports, home to commercial fishing fleets, marinas and significant recreational facilities, are critical to the economic survival of their communities. Many of these ports serve small rural communities, and thus provide employment for a significant proportion of community.  These federal waterways and jetties on the Oregon and Washington coasts serve some of the top fishing ports in the nation and support a vibrant fishing industry. For more information on the work PNWA is doing to advocate for these projects, click here.