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Obama sets aside money in budget for Charleston Harbor dredging project

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 10, 2016

President Barack Obama has designated $21.3 million in his fiscal year 2017 budget for major civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District.

The money is to be used for maintenance dredging, condition surveys and environmental activities.

Funding allocations:

  • $13.92 million for Charleston Harbor maintenance dredging.
  • $6.37 million for routine operation and maintenance of the Cooper River Rediversion Project.
  • $875,000 for project condition surveys.
  • $100,000 for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
  • $65,000 for inspections of completed works.

“Continued funding of the construction, maintenance and operation of critical Civil Works infrastructure projects is an investment in the nation’s economy, security and quality of life, now and in the future,” Lt. Col. Matthew Luzzatto, Charleston District commander, said in a statement.

Additionally, more than $30 million was allocated in the work plan for fiscal 2016 activities across South Carolina; some of those projects have already begun.

Among the 2016 funds, $225,000 was designated for the Charleston Harbor deepening project’s pre-construction engineering and design phase. Some $2.89 million was designated for raising a dike at the Clouter Creek Placement Area and $17 million was set aside for annual maintenance dredging in the harbor.

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