Serving 5 river basins in 5 states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District delivers vital engineering and water resources solutions in collaboration with their partners to secure the nation, reduce disaster risk, and enhance the quality of the nation’s inland waterway system. The Rock Island District maintains the second longest nine-foot navigation channel (582 miles) and 18 locks and dams. This system supports the movement of 313 million tons of cargo annually (2021).
Programs and projects include the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program, Brandon Road Interbasin Project in Joilet, Cedar Rapids Flood Risk Management Project, and maintenance projects at five locks and dams in 2020 with four additional planned for 2023. The Lock 15 dewatering project completed March 3, 2022 was finalized in one quarter and included repair of miter gate and seals, concrete repair, and bubbler system repair and replacements.
FY2022 funding of the Rock Island District is $416.3 million. With the passage of the Instructure Investment and Jobs Act, the will be an influx of funds amounting to $1.2 billion to complete critical projects in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The Mississippi River Project is planned for $50 million to repair scour, lock damage, guide wall work, gate repairs, and dredging among items.