About the AIWA
The Voice of the Waterway
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) is a national, non-profit organization started in 1998 with the mission of securing funding and support for the maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). We proudly represent all the stakeholders of the waterway and are the only organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the AIWW. As such, we have earned the reputation of being The Voice of the Waterway.
Our members hail from over 20 states and countries, and includes commercial and recreational users, local governments, and associations.
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) extends more than 1,100 miles from Norfolk, Virginia to Key West, Florida. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are man-made canals. Congress authorized the creation of the AIWW in 1919 and the entire waterway was completed in 1940. The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the waterway.
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Association Leaders have successfully:
- Lobbied Members of Congress annually to increase maintenance funding for all segments of the Waterway. This has resulted in $47.8 million dollars in waterway maintenance in 2017, and all states being included in the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.
- Worked with Congressional members to include language in the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to report the operation and maintenance needs of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway directly to Congress. Thus, identifying the unmet needs for the waterway in 2017 at approximately $106 million.
- Worked with the five Waterway states to increase their participation in this joint Federal/State project. Florida and North Carolina currently have dedicated funds to support Federal maintenance dredging of the Waterway, and we are working on establishing dedicated funding in other states.
The Association is working to:
- Increase the amount of federal funding allocated for waterway maintenance.
- Advocate for increased partnership funding by the waterway states.
- Advocate for better data collection on the use and economic activity of the waterway.
- Continue to promote, market and communicate with all organizations and communities about the critical importance of the waterway.