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May 15, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Inland Waterways International

New inland waterways blog – IWI campaigns blog 

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This is a new action by Inland Waterways International, to draw attention to and debate specific issues of development of inland waterways and their potential role as economic/environmental assets and cultural heritage.  The association aims to raise awareness of the value of navigable rivers and canals in many of the densely-populated regions of the planet. Lobbying for governments’ attention and spending on waterways for moving freight and all their other functions is a constant challenge.  The blog site, mainly written by the association’s vice-president David Edwards-May, features posts relating to European and global inland waterways issues:

  • Highlighting the limitations of a recent development site at Chanaz on the Canal de Savières which links the upper river Rhône to Lake Bourget.
  • Supporting the project to rewater the Erie Canal and its historic aqueduct in Rochester NY
  • How $29 million in budget cuts for the national park system, Parks Canada, has led to reduce operating hours for the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Rideau Canal and other cruising routes in Canada.
  • Adopting a new approach to categorising secondary waterways in Europe, for a new map of the Inland Waterways of France, based on the guaranteed depths. This last question is directly linked to the issue of dredging which will be the subject of a presentation by the Netherlands partners at the next meeting of the Interreg IVC ‘Waterways Forward’ project partners in The Hague on May 31.

* This new site has links to this Waterways Forward blog.

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  1. Marina Travis / Jan 31 2014 9:21 pm

    Thank you for bringing these issues to public attention. Government officials will be surprised to find out how much people enjoy these waterways — and how strongly we will object to the cuts in funding for these projects.

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