Groups push for inland waterways improvements

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The Little Rock (Ark.) Port Authority is asking President Trump to include inland waterways in his proposed infrastructure plan.

Little Rock Port Authority executive director Bryan Day cited findings from the 2015 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report saying that America’s infrastructure is in disrepair.

“As our policymakers finalize America’s infrastructure program, they must consider our inland waterways and port infrastructure,” Day said in a statement.

Though Day focused on marine transportation in his statements, the boating industry also asking the Trump administration to include waterway improvements in its infrastructure plans.

One of the topics of concern at the May 15-17 American Boating Congress is infrastructure, National Marine Manufacturers Association federal and legal affairs vice president Nicole Vasilaros said during a webinar on Wednesday.

“The recreational boating industry, and outdoor recreation as a whole, must have improved physical infrastructure and access, and also systems and services in place that will contribute to our nation’s boaters and recreationists having a positive experience, one worth repeating,” Vasilaros said earlier this week, following a meeting with outdoor recreation industry representatives and Interior Department officials.

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