President’s 2021 budget provides more than $181 million for district civil works projects including $123 million for New Lock at the Soo

Published Feb. 12, 2020

The President’s Budget for fiscal year 2021 includes more than $5.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (see release at: Corps of Engineers, HQ Website – with more than $181 million for Detroit District projects around the Great Lakes.

The Civil Works budget funds the operation and maintenance program, which includes the maintenance of federal shipping channels on the Great Lakes, maintenance of federal structures and the operation and maintenance of the Soo locks, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Incorporated in the budget is funding that will be used across the district's jurisdiction in Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

“The Detroit District budget reflects the Administration's commitment to investing in the Great Lakes,” said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer. “We stand ready to deliver the program and continue the momentum that we are making towards improving the region's infrastructure. Detroit’s robust mission promotes economic growth, quality of life, environmental health and national security.”

In addition, more than $123 million in construction funds are budgeted for the New Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. These funds will be used to continue construction of the upstream approach walls, continue the design of the New Lock at the Soo chamber and complete construction of the upstream channel deepening.

The fiscal year 2021 funding will be distributed among these highlighted Detroit District projects as follows:

            St Marys River/Soo Locks, Michigan     Navigation/Hydropower/Recreation       $31 million

            Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wisconsin       Navigation/Recreation                              $5.4 million

            Detroit River, Michigan                            Navigation                                                  $7.2 million

            Fox River, Wisconsin                                Flood Risk Management                          $3.3 million

            Green Bay Harbor, Wisconsin                Navigation                                                  $3 million

            Keweenaw Waterway, Michigan            Navigation                                                  $973,000

            St. Clair River, Michigan                          Navigation                                                   $786,000

            Lake St. Clair, Michigan                           Navigation                                                  $201,000

            Sebewaing River, Michigan                    Navigation                                                   $137,000

            Saginaw River, Michigan                        Navigation                                                   $3 million

            Rouge River, Michigan                            Navigation                                                  $1.1 million

            Sturgeon Bay Harbor, Michigan           Navigation                                                   $1.5 million

As with each year, most of the Detroit District navigation projects are funded through reimbursement with the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. This year, almost $51 million of the district’s operations and maintenance projects are funded from that account.

A total of $11.2 million will be used for dredging projects including the following locations: Detroit River, Rouge River and Saginaw River in Michigan; Duluth-Superior Harbor, Minn. and Wisconsin; Green Bay Harbor; Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Also, roughly $4 million will be used to manage outflows and to continue monitoring lake levels and water flow throughout the Great Lakes.

The fiscal year 2021 Civil Works budget press book is available on the Corps headquarters Website at:, under the heading Program Budget: Press Books. 

For more information go to the 2021 budget related links:

Detroit District Website –

Corps of Engineers, HQ Website –

White House Website –


Lynn Rose
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Emily Schaefer

Release no. 20-007