March 08, 2018

Duckworth Meets with Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers


[WASHINGTON, DC] — Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with officials from the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Colonel Craig Baumgartner, to discuss the crumbling lock-and-dam systems along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, flood risk management and the ongoing Brandon Road Lock and Dam study. A photo of the meeting is available here.

“Colonel Baumgartner and I had a great discussion about the need to create a stronger inland waterway system by modernizing our locks and dams along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, many of which are outdated and unable to meet today’s demand,” Senator Duckworth said. “Improving our waterway infrastructure is one of the best things we can do to ensure Illinois’s agriculture industry can compete globally by making it easier for farmers to move their products to the marketplace.”

As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Duckworth is tasked with overseeing issues related to the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure projects and works to ensure Illinois receives adequate funding from the federal government to rebuild and modernize state infrastructure and transportation systems.