Detroit Corps office receives more than $17 million in recently approved Work Plan

Published March 28, 2014

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 –

            Michigan –

                        Black River, Port Huron                     $1 million

                       Cheboygan Harbor                              $610,000        

                        Leland Harbor                                     $260,000

                       St. Joseph Harbor                                $1.5 million

            Wisconsin –

                        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



Lynn Rose

Release no. 14-004