Upton announces Army Corps of Engineers providing emergency $500,000 to help dredge St. Joseph Harbor
Washington, April 26, 2021 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761)
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing an emergency $500,000 to dredge the St. Joseph Harbor after Upton’s request. The harbor, which is essential to jobs and economic activity in Southwest Michigan and across the state, needed the emergency funding to deepen the channel into the St. Joseph river. Upton has been in close contact with local business leaders and Berrien County officials concerning the issue, and originally the USACE had not planned any dredging this summer.
“This is welcome news for jobs, economic growth, and everyone who calls southwest Michigan home,” Upton said. “The Harbor needs this emergency funding for dredging to ensure our harbors and communities remain open and ready for business. The Army Corps remains a strong partner in our efforts to support critical, pro-jobs efforts here in southwest Michigan. I’d add that without the funding, additional sand and gravel required for the start of the final construction for the completion of U.S. 131 could well have been delayed yet another year as the Lake Michigan freight carriers told me they would not go beyond the Railroad Bridge without dredging. Bottom line - this announcement is a huge victory for the people of southwest Michigan.”
Keeping the St. Joseph harbor open to commercial traffic has long been a top priority for Upton, as our Great Lakes harbors are essential to economic growth, infrastructure development, and countless local jobs.