The GICA was organized in 1905, to promote the idea
of a single channel that would connect all major Gulf coast ports.
This very idea materialized some 44 years later, with the formal
completion of the Waterway in June, 1949. A significant engineering
achievement, the Waterway's creation was made possible only by the
cooperative efforts of communities, legislators and government agencies,
working together toward a common goal. From its early days, the
GICA educated these groups regarding the importance of the Waterway,
and facilitated their collaboration.
An extensive history of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
is available. It is a report
authored by Lynn M. Alperin as part of a National Waterways Study.
To learn more about the GICA's activities, view our
issues pages. To learn more about the economical and environmental
benefits of the Waterway, see our promotion