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Since 1960, the National Waterways Conference has advocated in support of national policy and laws that recognize the vital importance of America’s water resources infrastructure to our nation’s well-being and quality of life, and has promoted a sound balance between economic and human needs and environmental and ecological consideration.

Reliable, well-maintained water resources infrastructure is fundamental to America’s economic and environmental well-being, and is essential to maintaining our nation’s competitive position in the global economy. Our water resources infrastructure provides life-saving flood control, abundant water supplies, shore protection, water-based recreation, environmental restoration, and hydropower production, essential to our economic well-being. Moreover, waterways transportation is the safest, most energy efficient and environmentally sound mode of transportation.

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