USACE HQ Announces FY12 Work Plan Budget Allocations (USA)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters has released its work plan for the Army Civil Works program through the end of fiscal year 2012 and it includes approximately $163 million dollars for projects and studies being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District.
“Now that Fiscal Year 2012 federal dollars have been allocated, the Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with our local partners to execute our various water resource development and management projects,” said New York District Commander Col. John R. Boulé. “We’ll continue to deliver the navigation, flood damage reduction and environmental restoration benefits to communities throughout the New York and New Jersey area and really the nation as a whole.”
New York District’s Civil Works Program encompasses a wide range of areas including flood risk reduction, operations and maintenance dredging, harbor deepening, environmental remediation, and environmental restoration.
The funding is primarily distributed into four main areas of operation within the District:
– Construction, General – $87.57 million,
– General Investigations – $1.47 million,
– Operations and Maintenance, General – $27.41 million,
– Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) – $43.15 million.
Some examples of the projects funded under the FY12 Work Plan include:
New York/New Jersey Harbor Deepening – $65 million – to continue efforts to deepen NY/NJ Harbor channels to 50 feet or more to accommodate larger ships expected when the Panama Canal expansion is complete
Green Brook Sub Basin, NJ – $5.8 million – to continue work on ongoing the flood risk management project as it expands into Middlesex Boro now that most of the work is completed in the Bound Brook portion
Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet, NJ – $12.3 million – for coastal storm risk reduction and beach renourishment work along the coast of New Jersey
Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan – $583,000 – to continue evaluating ecosystem restoration opportunities in the New York and New Jersey Harbor Estuary by assessing the ecological benefits and costs of restoration opportunities outlined in draft the restoration plan
Passaic River Basin, NJ – $250,000 – to begin the general re-evaluation study of flood risk management alternatives for the communities in the Passaic River Basin
Operations and Maintenance:
Jamaica Bay Federal Navigation Channel – $3.29 million – to conduct maintenance dredging removing approximately 380,000 cubic yards of fill from the Jamaica Bay Federal Navigation Channel, which sees an annual commercial tonnage of approximately 560,000 tons
Hudson River Channel from New York City to Albany, NY – $2.1 million – to conduct required maintenance dredging of the deep-draft navigation channel to restore full channel dimensions for the ocean-going ships which use the channel to and from the Port of Albany. The Port of Albany is the 61st busiest port in the Nation and the channel carries an average annual commercial cargo tonnage of 7,600,000 tons
New York and New Jersey Harbor Drift Removal – $9 million – to operate the Army Corps’ fleet of three drift collection vessels that operate in and around the New York and New Jersey Harbor collecting drift and debris that could be hazardous to navigation and/or the environment FUSRAP (Formerly Utilized Sites Remediation Action Plan):
Maywood– $40.5M- to address contaminated ground water and continue the remediation of radioactively contaminated soils located in the Boroughs of Maywood and Lodi, and the Township of Rochelle Park, Bergen County, New Jersey.
The Work Plan released by Headquarters details how the Corps of Engineers will execute the $5.002 billion Civil Works appropriation it received on December 23, 2011 when President Barrack Obama signed Public Law 112-74, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012. This Work Plan and the dollar amounts in it represent federal dollars allocated to Corps of Engineers programs for fiscal year 2012, which goes from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. It is separate from the President’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget, which is slated to be released later this month and needs to go through Congress before it is enacted.
Dredging Today Staff, February 12, 2012; Image: usace