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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. 355 mile, 14-foot inland barge channel 10 million tons cargo $1.6-2.2 billion cargo value. Wheat …

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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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355 mile, 14-foot inland barge channel

  • 10 million tons cargo
  • $1.6-2.2 billion cargo value
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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

a healthy transportation system is a good investment

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
strengths of the system

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
major rehab needs on the horizon

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
questions

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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