DETROIT (WLUC) – The President’s budget for fiscal 2022 includes $ 6.793 billion in discretionary funding for the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program, which is the highest annual budget ever proposed for the Corps of Engineers. ‘army.
This includes approximately $ 595 million earmarked for projects in the Detroit District, including $ 480 million for the new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Married.
The civil works budget funds the operations and maintenance program, including federal Great Lakes shipping lanes and shipping structures in the Detroit District Area of ââResponsibility in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This includes funding for the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, which is a critical infrastructure project for the nation.
âThe Detroit District Budget reflects a strong commitment to the Great Lakes and our region,â said Lt. Col. Scott Katalenich, District Commander for Detroit. âWe are ready to execute the program and continue to improve the region’s infrastructure. Detroit’s strong mission promotes economic growth, quality of life, environmental health and national security. “
The Detroit District will use the $ 480 million from the Soo to begin construction of the New Lock Chamber, the third and final phase of construction, as well as to manage the construction of the upstream approach walls for the new Soo Lock.
An additional $ 500,000 for the Great Lakes region is of great importance for the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Study, a new start-up project that includes the three Great Lakes Districts, Buffalo, Chicago and Detroit . The aim is to create a plan identifying vulnerable coastal areas and recommending actions to strengthen the capacity of coastal resources to resist, recover and adapt to future hydrological uncertainty with respect to built and natural coastal environments. . Recent flood events across the Great Lakes made this study necessary.
KProjects that will receive funding from the $ 108.88 million in the FY22 O&M program include:
- Ashland Harbor, Wisconsin – Navigation – $ 1,020,000
- Canals in Lake St. Clair, Michigan – Navigation – $ 243,000
- Port of Charlevoix, Michigan – Navigation – $ 570,000
- Detroit River, Michigan – Navigation – $ 7,645,000
- Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wisconsin – Navigation / Recreation – $ 6,847,000
- Grand Haven Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 3,934,000
- Harbor Beach Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,320,000
- Holland Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 516,000
- Inland Rte / Crooked River Lock, Michigan – Navigation – $ 52,000
- Kawkawlin, Michigan – Flood Risk Management – $ 570,000
- Keweenaw Waterway, Michigan – Boating / Recreation – $ 1,279,000
- Ludington Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,007,000
- Manistee Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 4,111,000
- Manistique Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,332,000
- Monroe Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,137,000
- Muskegon Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,711,000
- Ontonagon Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,136,000
- Presque Isle Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,505,000
- Rouge River, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,133,000
- Saginaw River, Michigan – Navigation – $ 3,844,000
- Sebewaing River, Michigan – Flood Risk Management – $ 214,000
- South Haven Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 500,000
- St. Clair River, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,653,000
- St. Joseph Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 1,068,000
- St. Marys River / Soo Locks, Michigan – Boating / Hydroelectricity / Recreation – $ 58,361,000
- White Lake Harbor, Michigan – Navigation – $ 500,000
Notably, the O&M budget includes funds for beach refueling at seven Michigan ports: Grand Haven, Holland, Ludington, Muskegon, South Haven, St. Joseph and White Lake.
Like every year, most of the District of Detroit’s boating projects receive reimbursement of funds through the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. This year, the district’s operations and maintenance projects will receive approximately $ 97.2 million from this account.
The President’s budget designates a total of $ 20.1 million for dredged navigation projects, including the following locations: Port of Charlevoix, Detroit River, Port of Grand Haven, Port of Harbor Beach, Keweenaw Waterway, Ludington Harbor, Manistee Harbor, Manistique Harbor, Monroe Harbor, Muskegon Harbor, Ontonagon Harbor, Rouge River, Saginaw River and St. Joseph Harbor in Michigan; Ashland Harbor in Wisconsin; and Duluth-Superior Harbor, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
An additional $ 570,000 will be used for flood risk management dredging on the Kawkawlin River in Michigan.
The District of Detroit will use approximately $ 4.1 million to manage and monitor Great Lakes water levels and flows, which includes supporting the mission of the International Joint Commission.
The Corps of Engineers Civil Works Budget Press Kit for Fiscal Year 2022 is available from Click here.
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