The National Waterways Conference, Inc.
From the nation's earliest days, low-cost water transportation has
allowed America to grow and prosper. But Federal waterways proposals sometimes threaten
the country's economic growth. The National Waterways Conference was founded to ensure
adequate waterways investment and to encourage a sensible approach to user taxes and fees.
Since 1960, the National Waterways Conference has worked to ensure the wisest management
of America's waterways. By promoting a greater understanding of the public value of the
nation's waterways, the Conference garners support for fair and even-handed Federal
Our organization brings together farming, mining, manufacturing, refining, shipping and
other economic sectors which rely on ports, waterway transportation and flood protection.
Leaders of nearly 400 businesses, industries, cooperatives, state and local public
agencies, utilities, ports and terminals actively participate in the Conference.
The Conference serves as the secretariat for the NATIONAL WATERWAYS ALLIANCE, a loose-knit coalition of scores of trade and regional
associations, cooperatives, businesses and industries, ports, waterways services, and
labor organizations that have an interest in national waterways policy issues. This
Website includes many background papers and reports developed by the alliance.