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Posted 2/3/2015

Release no. 15-001


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Lynn Rose
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Lynn.M.Rose@us.army.mil

DETROIT—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announces additions to its fiscal year 2015 program based on the recently approved Work Plan. This additional $12 million will be used in 2015 to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors and complete various projects throughout the Great Lakes. 

"We recognize that we are responsible for spending our resources responsibly to ensure that taxpayer-provided funds maximize value to Great Lakes projects and programs. We construct, maintain and operate key infrastructure projects that contribute to the Nation’s economy, environment, safety and quality of life, now and in the future,” said Lt. Col. Michael Sellers, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. 

The work plan came about when Congress appropriated additional funding for ongoing work in the fiscal year 2015 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act as contained in the 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Act.  The Corps developed an allocation plan, which included $67.7 million in additional funds for the entire Great Lakes, for high priority work packages based on the criteria established by Congress. 

The Detroit District’s work plan increase of $12 million includes five new dredging projects and three repair, replacement, or construction projects. In addition, the work plan includes funding to complete a flood risk management study, and funding to fulfill the Corps’ obligation for the repair and rehabilitation of the navigation locks along the Fox River that were transferred to the State of Wisconsin.

Projects that will be executed as a result of the fiscal year 2015 work plan include the following: 

New dredging projects –

    Michigan –

 

Holland Harbor $635,000
Muskegon Harbor $1 million
Rouge River $960,000
St. Joseph Harbor $800,000

    Wisconsin –

 

Sturgeon Bay Harbor $800,000

Repair, replacement or construction projects –

    Operations and Maintenance

        Grand Haven Harbor, Mich.                                               $2.1 million

        St. Marys River, Soo Locks, Mich. (2)                                $3.3 million

        Fox River, Wis. (Reimbursement to State of Wisconsin)         $2.1 million

    Studies

        Ecorse Creek, Mich. (Complete General Reevaluation Report)       $300,000 

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