The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), the commercial marine highway between Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, will receive millions in funding this year for various projects.
Specifically, according to a report by Marina Dock Age, the AIWW is receiving $29.953 million and the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJIWW) is receiving $985,000. This includes appropriations for every state along the AIWW. In addition, the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina received additional funding in the Army Corps of Engineers' work plan. This is the highest amount of funding the waterway has received in the regular appropriations process in recent history.
Construction of the Waterway was completed in 1940 and it has become valuable for commercial, military, recreational, and dredging industry traffic, generating billions of dollars of commercial, recreational, and private income annually. The authorized depth for most of the AIWW is 12 feet, however, there are areas that can be as low as 2.5 feet, creating serious navigation safety issues for users.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the AIWW.
The Corps receives its annual funding from the Energy and Water Development Appropriations subcommittee. The Corps maintains the annual Waterborne Commerce Statistics database that is the documentation the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) uses to develop the President’s budget.
In addition to the FY22 appropriations, the AIWW received $22.02 million, and the NJIWW received $14.35 million in the first year of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (FY22 IIJA), according to Marina Dock Age.