Cochran Announces Additional Funding for Coast Harbor Dredging, Jackson County Wastewater Project
Funds Part of Additional $67.5 Million Headed to Mississippi for Flood Control, Harbor Dredging, Levee Maintenance, Environmental Infrastructure Projects

From:  News Release   5/31/17  GCN
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allocate an additional $67.5 million in FY2017 appropriations in Mississippi, including funds for dredging at the Gulfport and Pascagoula harbors.
 
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (PL.115-31) provided funding above the budget request for the Army Corps to use at its discretion to advance ongoing Civil Works projects and ensure continued improvements to the national economy and public safety.  The new funding for Mississippi is outlined in the Army Corps FY2017 Work Plan.
 
“The Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan invests additional funding provided by Congress on projects that were not included or insufficiently funded in the 2017 budget request.  I am pleased the Army Corps will direct significant resources to Mississippi to improve the management and operation of waterways, levees, and public works,” Cochran said.
 
Cochran serves on the appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Army Corps, and advocated Mississippi projects for Work Plan funding.
 
As a result, the Work Plan includes $3.0 million more for dredging the Gulfport Harbor channel and $1.0 million more for similar work at the Pascagoula Harbor.  The additional funding will mean the Army Corps will have $8.22 million this year for this work in Gulfport, and $2.36 million in Pascagoula.  (The underlying appropriations bill also provides $1.81 million for operation and maintenance of the Biloxi Harbor.)
 
The Work Plan also includes $3.0 million in environmental infrastructure funding for the Eastern Jackson County Consolidated Water Reclamation Facility.  This Section 219 funding, which was not included in the President’s budget, will support a project to reclaim treated wastewater from Moss Point and Pascagoula to benefit the Jackson County Industrial Park.  Cochran worked to include $55 million in FY2017 for Section 219 projects nationwide.
 
When combined with $70 million for Mississippi-specific Army Corps projects funded in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act, the additional $67.5 million brings total Army Corps funding in Mississippi to more than $136.9 million this fiscal year.  The bulk of this funding will support Mississippi River & Tributaries (MR&T) projects.  The state will also benefit from $22 million provided in the legislation for research activities primarily carried out at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg.