We discover, develop and deliver solutions to enhance safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems for movement of commerce, national security needs and recreation.

We conduct general research regarding the planning, design, operation, management and maintenance of navigation channels, locks, ports and waterway systems to provide safe and efficient marine transport, cost effective systems and environmentally acceptable conditions including research on fish passage and avoidance relative to hydraulic structures.

Participation of the U.S. in the world’s economy requires the movement of goods quickly, efficiently and safely through interconnected modes of transportation, such as roads, rails and waterways.

Navigation projects produce environmental benefits through such activities as beneficial use of dredged material.

Navigation projects provide a refuge from perilous sea conditions or the only means of providing critical support for a community’s livelihood.

Waterborne transportation provides proven economic benefits by creating jobs and providing less costly means of transporting goods than rail or trucks for a wide range of commodities such as bulk materials, aggregates, steel and grain, while consuming less energy to move the freight, easing surface transportation congestion and improving the quality of life of our citizens.

Safe navigation is also essential to some of the nation’s most critical defenses, such as supply and troop distribution, fleet access and power production.

Our navigation research, development and applications provide advancements to support both civil works and military requirements.