Congressman Works with Army Corps to Secure Funding for St. Joe Harbor Dredging (USA)

Congressman Works with Army Corps to Secure Funding for St. Joe Harbor Dredging.

Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) joined the United States Army of Corps of Engineers in announcing $100,000 in emergency funding to dredge the St. Joseph harbor.

Over the past weeks, Upton has worked closely with local dock owners, Berrien County officials, and the Corps to reach a solution. The harbor, which is essential to jobs and economic activity in southwest Michigan, has become inaccessible to commercial traffic on account of severe shoaling. One instance of a commercial vessel grounding on the shoal has already occurred and several planned deliveries have already been put on hold.

Ensuring the St. Joseph harbor remains open and ready for businesses is essential to jobs and growth in our region,” said Upton. “The harbor is a veritable gateway for economic growth in southwest Michigan. Allowing it to shut down for the season was not an option as it would not only be detrimental to area shippers, but have a ripple effect across the local economy. Thousands of local jobs and countless businesses are dependent upon these harbors, and harbor maintenance does not need to be another worry for southwest Michigan folks this year. I am very appreciative of all the work done by the Army Corps to see this dredging take place and have asked that work starts as soon as possible. Today’s announcement is welcomed news for everyone – we look forward to seeing the harbor return to fully operational status in the near future.”

Upton is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Realize America’s Maritime Promise (RAMP) Act (H.R. 104) to ensure that all funding collected through the federal Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is fully used for the intended purpose of harbor maintenance. Upton is also a signatory of a recent letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting that the RAMP Act be included in the administration’s budget for FY 2013.

Dredging Today Staff, December 22, 2011; Image: house.gov

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Jan 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

A Summit On the National Significance of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan

The Summit follows two leadership forums convened in October 2016 and will be a highly-focused meeting to take stock of goals set…

read more >

(ISP-IDFC) International Combined Conference on INTEGRATION OF SEA PORTS & INNOVATIONS IN DREDGING & FUTURE CHALLENGES

The combined conference will focus towards enhancing the ports capabilities by doing the integration of our major and minor ports across…

read more >

North American Dredging Summit

ACI’s North American Dredging Summit follows on from the successful European editions of ACI’s Dredging Summit series…

read more >

The 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies

At the event, customers and manufacturers of dredging equipment will have an opportunity to discuss the application of advanced technologies…

read more >

Jobs>

Design & Proposal Engineer Dredging

As Design & Proposal Engineer you translate customer requirements into the design of a vessel in close cooperation with...

apply

Network Support Engineer

As Network Support Engineer you will be responsible for the installation / configuration, operation and maintenance of the infrastructural....

apply

Dredge Masters, Engineers and Superintendent\\\\\\\'s Urgently Required!

Flagship Management is working with a number of leading international marine and dredging organizations and require the following candidates for a range of global projects...

apply