Gulf Intracoastal Waterway: 2005-2006 Legislative Report Page: 2
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Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
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Figure 2 - 1,300 Mile GIWW
The GIWW is the nation's third busiest
waterway with the Texas portion handling
over 58 percent of its traffic. In Texas, the
GIWW is 423 miles long. In 2004, over 72
million short tons of cargo were moved on
the Texas portion of the waterway with a
commercial value of over 25 billion dollars.
In combination with ports,Texas ranked
first in the nation for 2004 in total
waterborne tonnage moved in the United
There are numerous issues concerning the
continued use of the GIWW. Shoreline
development along the GIWW and
recreational boaters create conflicts with
commercial navigation. It is becoming
difficult to maintain existing and to find
new locations for the placement of
dredged material. Federal budget issues
have also impacted funding of operation
and maintenance activities. The Corps of
Engineers is not able to maintain the
GIWW at optimum levels and commercial
navigation is not able to fully load vessels.
During the last few years barges have had
high incidents of grounding and the Coast
Guard has needed to impose restrictions
on use of the GIWW and other navigation
channels in problem areas.
The GIWW is an essential component of
the state's and nation's transportation
network and is an integral part of the
Governor's priority goal,"provide for all of
Texas transportation needs for the new
century."3 To support the state's
nonfederal sponsorship of the GIWW in
Texas and facilitate planning, maintenance,
preservation, research, and improvement
of the waterway, the state should continue
to recognize and promote the Gulf
Intracoastal Waterway as an integral and
valuable part of the state's multimodal
transportation system. This can be
accomplished by providing the financial
resources necessary to support nonfederal
responsibilities such as the acquisition of
disposal areas and cost-sharing in
beneficial use of dredged material
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Texas. Department of Transportation. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway: 2005-2006 Legislative Report, text, 2006; Austin, TX. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth637412/m1/7/?q=intracoastal%20canal%201930: accessed December 9, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.