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NATIONAL WATERWAYS COMMISSION. Congress established the commission on 3 March 1909, upon recommendation of the Inland Waterways Commission, to investigate water transportation and river improvements and report to Congress. The commission of twelve congressmen submitted a preliminary report in 1910 on Great Lakes and inland waterways commerce. It urged continuance of investigations by army engineers and completion of projects under way and opposed improvements not essential to navigation. A final report in 1912 favored the Lake Erie–Ohio River Canal, suggested further study on the Lake ErieLake Michigan Canal, opposed the Anacostia-Chesapeake Canal, and urged regulation of all water carriers by the Interstate Commerce Commission.


Hull, William J., and Robert W. Hull. The Origin and Development of the Waterways Policy of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Waterways Conference, 1967.

Hunchey, James R., et al. United States Inland Waterways and Ports. Fort Belvoir, Va.: U.S. Army Engineers Institute for Water Resources, 1985.

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See alsoCanals ; Conservation ; River and Harbor Improvements ; Waterways, Inland .

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