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March-April 2004

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Using ton-miles is a specious method of judging the value of a waterway.

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is a valuable resource that is being ignored to death by the Administration.

Environmental Activists Urged to Look at Facts

On March 30, Worth Hager, president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC), defended the Corps of Engineers and denigrated the latest report issued by the National Wildlife Federation and Taxpayers for Common Sense. "I've seen the new 'Crossroads' report. It appears to be a rehash of previous claims and innuendoes, and is a testament to the willingness of these groups to risk our country's economic base in order to reach the goal of transferring the wetlands decision-making process [Section 404] away from the Corps of Engineers. They mistakenly assume that the full value of a project is reflected in the benefit-cost analyses performed by the Corps of Engineers. A benefit-cost analysis only relays the national economic benefits of a project not the regional economic and social benefits such as reduced air pollution, congestion mitigation, safety, security, reduced transportation rates by other modes, and recreational opportunities, she said. If those extremist activists were really serious about being 'environmental', they would join their European Green Party counterparts in championing the development of waterways, (which provide the most environmentally-friendly mode of transporting goods) she said. (See full report in IDR Online.)

Environmental Activists Urged to Look at Facts

On March 30, the National Waterways Conference (NWC) called for common sense and balance regarding the latest report issued by the National Wildlife Federation and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

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