The designation of the lock and dam is part of a $12.3 billion water resources bill passed by Congress this past week and sent to President Barack Obama
Waldon, a Columbus native, served as deputy administrator from 1975 until he was appointed administrator of the Tenn-Tom Development Authority on July 1, 1984. He retired in 2005.
There waterway is the largest water resource project ever built in the U.S. The waterway has 10 locks and dams, a 175-foot deep canal connecting the Tennessee River with the Tombigbee River watershed and 234 miles of navigation channels between the Tennessee River and Mobile, Alabama.