Paul Rohde serves as Vice President, Midwest Region for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), the Washington, D.C.-based national public policy organization advocating a well-maintained system of inland waterways infrastructure and ports.
Based in St. Louis, Paul has worked on inland waterways-related public policy issues for more than 22 years and galvanizes WCI’s broad coalition from sectors including inland towing, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, contractors, and organized labor, to name just a few, as well as collaborating with conservation stakeholders on the Navigation-Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) for the Upper Mississippi River.
WCI’s recent successes include achieving record funding for the 9th straight year for the operation and maintenance for locks and dams, as well as appropriation levels and key legislative authorizations that have advanced lock and dam construction for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works mission.
WCI received the National Rivers Hall of Fame Achievement Award in 2019 for its advocacy, and in 2022 received a Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections for best public policy television campaign related to infrastructure.
Paul is a recipient of multiple awards for policy development, advocacy, public education, coalition-building, and curriculum development on behalf of inland navigation. His work on NESP earned WCI the 2022 Conservation Innovation Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Paul received the 2022 Marlin Perkin’s Award from World Bird Sanctuary, presidents’ commendations from Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, was inducted into Ducks Unlimited’s 1,000 Acres Club, and Field & Stream magazine’s Heroes of Conservation Award.