Upton voices support for New Buffalo project
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, on Tuesday testified at the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development appropriations hearing and expressed his strong support for funding for the Army Corps of Engineers Navigation and Operation activities, which – in particular - provide funding for Section 216 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1970.
The New Buffalo Harbor is a project that is eligible to compete for Section 216 funding.
“In New Buffalo, we have had severe erosion that damaged private property and could potentially threaten the water supply as the pump house is also in the area being eroded,” Upton said. “Obviously, in order for the New Buffalo Harbor to compete for Section 216 funding, we have to have adequate resources there. I would urge the Subcommittee to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion on this issue.”
Under the authority of Section 216, the Army Corps of Engineers would need to determine if it would be advisable to modify the structure or operations because of significantly changed physical, economic, or environmental conditions.
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