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Upton on Army Corps Dredging Announcement

Action comes as direct result of April outreach

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Washington, June 11, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their updated Fiscal Year 2018 Work Plan that allocates more funds for recreational harbor dredging in Southwest Michigan:

“Dredging is critical to tourism, recreation, economic activity, and jobs and we need to dig deep to protect what is the lifeblood of Southwest Michigan. These recreational harbors typically do not receive federal funding, so this is a major win for our region. I’ve always worked with our local leaders on issues like this. I’m pleased we’re moving forward, delivering real results, and keeping our tourism industry booming.”

In April, Upton reached out directly to Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James asking to include critical operation and maintenance funding for the dredging of these specific harbors. Under the new Work Plan:

  • Saugatuck Harbor/Kalamazoo River is to receive $375,000
  • South Haven Harbor is to receive $365,000
  • New Buffalo Harbor is to receive $275,000

St. Joseph Harbor has already been allocated $765,000 for commercial dredging. Please click here for further information.

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