President’s budget provides $67 million for local civil works projects

Published Feb. 9, 2016

DETROIT - The President’s Budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) includes more than $4.620 billion in discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE, (see release at: Corps of Engineers, HQ Website – with more than $67 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. 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 of $67.5 million reflects the Administration's fiscal year 2017 annual Civil Works program and we are looking forward to working hard and fully implementing this strategic investment for the development, management, restoration, and protection of the Great Lakes,” said Lt. Col. Michael Sellers, district engineer, Detroit District.  Our projects and the water resources we are charged to protect contribute greatly to a stronger economy, environment and quality of life for all Americans.”

The FY17 funding will be distributed among the Detroit District major projects as follows:

            St Marys River/Soo Locks, Mich.        Navigation/Hydropower/Recreation     $31.5 million

            Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis.               Navigation/Recreation                         $7.1 million

            Detroit River, Mich.                             Navigation                                           $5.2 million

            Green Bay Harbor, Wis.                      Navigation                                           $3.9 million

            Saginaw River, Mich.                           Navigation                                           $3.9 million

            Fox River, Wis.                                    Flood Risk Management                      $2.3 million

            Milwaukee, Wis.                                  Navigation                                           $1.2 million

            Channels in Lake St. Clair, Mich.        Navigation                                           $1.5 million    

            Keweenaw Waterway, Mich.               Navigation                                           $0.9 million

            Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.                           Navigation                                           $0.8 million

A total of $16.2 million will be used for dredging projects including the following locations: Channels in Lake St. Clair, Mich., Detroit River, Mich., Duluth-Superior Harbor, Minn. and Wis., Green Bay Harbor, Wis., Grand Haven Harbor, Mich., Holland Harbor, Mich., Keweenaw Waterway, Mich., Saginaw River, Mich., St. Joseph Harbor, Mich., and Sturgeon Bay Harbor and Lake Michigan Ship Canal, Wisc.

Also, $3.8 million will be used to continue monitoring lake levels and water flow throughout the Great Lakes.

The FY17 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 2017 budget related link:

Detroit District Website –

                                           Corps of Engineers, HQ Website –

                                           White House Website –


Bill Peoples

Release no. 02092016-01