For the week ending Aug. 21, barged grain movements totaled 401,478 tons, 26% lower than the previous week and 56% lower than the same period last year. For the week ending Aug. 21, 254 grain barges moved down river — 80 fewer barges than the previous week. There were 487 grain barges unloaded in New Orleans, 5% lower than the previous week.
Using research and data from various government sources, the National Waterways Foundation (NWF) collaborated with Cambridge Systematics Inc. to estimate the economic value of inland-waterways systems in 17 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Released on Aug. 11, individual state profiles detail each state’s current commodity flows (including top inland commodities by weight and value); accessible inland waterways (including number of miles of navigable waterways within the state); and waterways-dependent industries (including those that benefit most). Readers will also find information on each state’s number of inland waterways-supported jobs, associated state and local tax revenues, and relationship between inland-waterways freight volumes and trucking demand.