The Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB) is an advisory board established to monitor the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Fund) and to make recommendations to the Army and to Congress on investment priorities using resources from the Fund. The IWUB is a critical activity for the Corps. The Director of Civil Works (CW) serves as the IWUB Executive Director and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (CW) serves as an Inter-Agency Observer, along with representatives of the Maritime Administration, NOAA and the Department of Agriculture.
The role of the Corps’ Institute for Water Resources (IWR) is to provide analytical support on a wide array of topics requested by members of the Board, the Corps Headquarters, field operating agencies, or other stakeholders; develop a draft for the IWUB Annual Report to Congress; compile and distribute materials in advance of each meeting; compile post-meeting summaries and tasks; compile official meeting transcripts; and provide meeting logistics in collaboration with host districts, including travel arrangements for Board members. IWR support for the IWUB meets a Congressional mandate and facilitates stakeholder input to identify and prioritize inland navigation investments priorities cost-shared from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, monitors cash flows of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and assesses long-term implications of IWTF solvency and capability to support inland navigation infrastructure needs.