DETROIT—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announces additions to its fiscal year 2014 program based on the recently approved Work Plan. This additional $17.8 million will be used in 2014 to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors and complete various projects throughout the Great Lakes.
"We recognize that in this time of economic recovery we are responsible for ensuring the maximum efficient use of the dollars provided for our projects and programs. We will continue to deliver great dividends to the region and to the nation. This 2014 work plan will allow us to fund our highest-priority projects and will assist the Corps in improving the nation’s infrastructure and revitalizing the economy,” said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, 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 2014 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act as contained in the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The Corps developed an allocation plan, which included $46.5 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 $17.8 million includes eight new dredging projects, four dredging projects with additional funding, and six repair, replacement, or construction projects. In addition, the work plan includes funding to initiate two navigation studies.
Projects that will be executed as a result of the fiscal year 2014 work plan include the following:
New dredging projects –
Black River, Port Huron $1 million
Cheboygan Harbor $610,000
Leland Harbor $260,000
St. Joseph Harbor $1.5 million
Kewaunee Harbor $800,000
La Pointe Harbor $190,000
Manitowoc Harbor $590,000
Menominee, Wis./Mich. $460,000
Added to dredging project funds already budgeted for fiscal year 2014 --
Duluth. Minn./Superior, Wis. Harbor $390,000
Grand Haven Harbor, Mich. (inner harbor) $330,000
Monroe Harbor, Mich. $510,000
Saginaw, Mich. $700,000
Repair, replacement or construction projects –
Operations and Maintenance, Hydropower, and Confined Disposal Facility repairs,
repairs, management, etc.
Detroit River, Mich. $400,000
Port Washington Harbor, Wis. $950,000
St. Marys River, Soo Locks, Mich. $5.5 million
St. Marys River, Soo Hydropower, Mich. $2 million
Environmental Infrastructure –
Oakland County, Mich. (drain slope stabilization) $750,000
Northeastern Minnesota (waste water treatment facilities) $100,000
Upper Saginaw River deepening, Mich.
(Initiate Feasibility study) $50,000
St. Clair River Compensating Works, Mich.
(Initiate General Reevaluation Report) $50,000