2Why is the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) Important? SAFETY NATIONAL SECURITY ECONOMYThe AIWW ServesUS Coast Guard14 Military Bases10 PortsBarge traffic supporting intermodal transportation to deep draft portsMilitary equipment and supply transportation barges and vesselsCommercial fishing vessels and charter fishing vesselsCruise and tour boatsRecreational vesselsNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vesselsDepartment of Energy research vesselsUS Army Corps of Engineers and industry dredging vessels
3Waterway Facts & StatsFederal law provides that the waterway be maintained at a minimum depth of 12 ft. for most of its length. This has been prevented by inadequate funding.Shoaling is a problem along several sections of the waterway.Commercial operators on the AIWW pay fuel taxes to the Inland Waterway Trust; none of these monies benefit the AIWW.Products shipped include fuel oil, gasoline, asphalt, fertilizers, chemicals, wood chips, wood, limestone, sand, gravel, iron, steel, slag, lime, fabricated metal products, soybeans, vegetables, produce, electrical machinery.US Army Corps of Engineers 2006 Waterborne Commerce StatisticsNorfolk VA to Key West FLTonnage 3,078,000Ton Miles 213,815,000Commercial Vessel Trips 49,362There are 2.7 million registered boats in the region (NC, SC,GA,FL) – the second largest number in the country.(Source 2005 NMMA boater registration study)The federal government doesn’t consider recreational boating when determining the value of the AIWW.
4Economic Benefits of Recreational Boating along the AIWW Florida$18 Billion total economic output$6 Billion total personal wages203,519 total job$38.4 Billion total property valuesIf Maintenance Dredging Ceased, Returning Waterway to a 3 foot Controlling Depth$8.8 billion in economic output (53% Decrease)$3 billion in personal wages (52% Decrease)696,040 jobs (52% Decrease)$10.8 billion in property values (28% Decrease)(Source: Studies conducted by the Florida Inland Navigation District and The Marine Industries Association of Florida)
5285 boating related businesses South Carolina285 boating related businesses1658 persons employed in boating businesses$304 million spent annually on craft-related products and services$339 million spent on annual boating trips(Source: NMMA 2008 Economic Study)Georgia$249 million in sales2,216 jobs$81 million in labor income$135 million value added(Source: NMMA Economic Study)North Carolina$257 million annually in sales4,000 jobs$124 million in wages$35.6 million in federal taxes and fees$21.4 million in states taxes and fees
6National Security and Safety The proper maintenance of the AIWW is vital to safety and national security.Movement of jet fuel to Cherry Point.Use of the AIWW at Camp Lejeune.Coast Guard access to open ocean.Safe inland passage for thousands of boats that transit the AIWW on an annual basis.
7Environmental Benefits More goods moved by water results in less congestion on the highways.It is more cost effective to maintain one mile of waterway than it is to maintain one mile of interstate highway.
8Mode Hydrocarbon Carbon Monoxide Nitrous Oxide Tow Boat.09.20.53Train.46.641.83Truck.631.0910.17Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions Control Lab
9State Funds Provided Annually Over the Past 5 Years
102011 Proposed Funding Compared to 2010 Appropriated and Annual Need
11What Can Be Done?Advocate to Congress an increase in funding for AIWW maintenance.Educate local and state governments about the AIWW and its future.Suggest a waterfront tax to state governments. Example: Success of F.I.N.D. in Florida.