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Written by Brad Pickel   
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 04:44 AM


The Voice of the Waterway

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association proudly represents the interests of commercial and recreational users of the waterway.  AIWA is the only organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the AIWW and, as such, we have earned the reputation of being “The Voice of the Waterway.”Our members hail from 39 states and Canada and include both commercial and recreational users.

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) extends 1200 miles from Norfolk, Virginia to Key West, Florida.  Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are man-made canals. Congress authorized the creation of the AIWW in 1919 and the entire waterway was completed in 1940.  The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the waterway.

Be an advocate for the AIWW Join AIWA today!

Association Leaders have successfully:


         Lobbied Members of Congress annually to increase maintenance funding for all segments of the Waterway.  This has resulted in all states being included in the President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, and an increase of over 90% in the final funding for FY 2016 compared to the original President's request.

        Worked with Congressional members to include language in the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to report the operation and maintenance needs of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway directly to Congress.  Thus, identifying the unmet needs for the waterway.

         Worked with the five Waterway states to increase their participation in this joint Federal/State project.  This has resulted in Florida and North Carolina providing funds to support Federal maintenance dredging of the Waterway. 


The Association's is working to: 

    • Increase the amount of federal funding allocated for waterway maintenance.
    • Advocate for increased partnership funding by the waterway states.
    • Advocate for better data collection on the use and economic activity of the waterway.
    • Continue to promote, market and communicate with all organizations and communities about the critical importance of the waterway.

For more information about the AIWA, Click on the icon below which will lead you to our press kit, or click here to send an email to: bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com


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