The GICA spans the five Gulf Coast states, and brings
common issues and solutions to bear along the entire length of the
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Policies are based on the concept that the Waterway
is, first and foremost, a commercial transportation artery, vital
to the nation's economy. A major focus is insuring that priorities
of commercial navigation are adequately funded in the budgets of
the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers and the U.S.
Coast Guard. The GICA fosters strategic partnerships with both
agencies toward that end.
Another major focus of the Association is protecting
the Waterway from efforts that threaten its necessary maintenance
and improvement. When environmental issues affect the Waterway,
for example, the GICA brings balance to the discussion by voicing
the concerns of commercial navigation.
The GICA provides a conduit for two-way communication
between members and agencies. Through the Association, members have
a forum to express their concerns and ideas to others in the industry,
and collectively form a coalition of support for specific causes.
Members in turn depend upon the Association to keep them informed
regarding Waterway issues, including navigation
problems, needed improvements, legislative, regulatory and environmental
Information is shared with members via the GICA quarterly
Connecting Link, this web site, and other vehicles.