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Columbia Snake River System. Chart: Columbia River Channel Coalition ... McNary Dam (Columbia River) & other three other Lower Snake River locks: ...

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Columbia Snake River System

Oregon

  • 110 mile 40-foot deep draft channel

    • 30 million tons foreign cargo

    • $15 billion cargo value

Chart: Columbia River Channel Coalition


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Wheat …

#1 in the nation

37% of U.S. exports

Graphic:Port of Portland


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Barley …

#1 in the nation

70% of U.S. exports

Graphic:Port of Portland


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Forest Products and Paper Products …

#1 on the West Coast

Graphic:Port of Portland


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Mineral Bulks …

#1 on the West Coast

Graphic:Port of Portland


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Containers and Autos …

Serving 43 States

Graphic:Port of Portland


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A Healthy Transportation SystemIs a Good Investment

  • Barging is the lowest cost, most environmentally friendly form of freight transportation

  • Low transportation costs enable growers to price commodities at levels the world can afford to buy

  • Half of Columbia River wheat exports arrive by barge; 25% of the export containers arrive by barge

  • Over 59,000 Northwest jobs are dependent or strongly influenced by Columbia River maritime commerce


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Strengths of the System

  • System is a significant national export gateway

  • Strong connections between inland ports and deep draft ports

  • Extensive cooperation between farmers, shippers, ports, pilots, federal agencies

  • Extremely supportive Congressional delegation


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Major Rehab Needs on the Horizon

  • Lower Monumental lock gate rehab (Lower Snake River)

    • Predicted cost of $26M

    • FY08 would be earliest budget; construction could occur in late '09 or '10

  • McNary Dam (Columbia River) & other three other Lower Snake River locks:

    • Repairs in the future in conjunction with normally scheduled outages

    • Maintenance studies to be done in 2006 and 2007, depending on funding

    • Construction could occur in FY09 - FY11


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Questions?

Kristin Meira, Government Relations Director

Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA)

9115 SW Oleson Road, Suite 101

Portland, OR 97223

503-234-8556 (direct)

503-234-8555 (fax)

[email protected]

www.pnwa.net


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