The National Waterways Foundation report released this month on U.S. waterways’ economic competitiveness is very timely, coming as it does after news about ramped-up investment in U.S. waterways infrastructure.
The United States is blessed with the most extensive developed inland waterway system in the world, well-positioned to drain a huge area of fertile farmland.
It can’t be repeated too often: even though water transportation can and will get greener and improve its carbon emissions, it is already by far the greenest mode of transportation by the ton-mile, even in its current state, because of its inherent energy efficiencies.
Wondering what the safest, cleanest and most economical mode of industrial transportation is? It's the barge—and the waters of the Tennessee River provide safe passage for billions of dollars of goods each year. Here, we get the story straight from a riverboat man.
National Waterways Foundation Commissions Waterways Profiles for 17 Inland/Coastal States