Funding Secured for Georgetown Port Dredging

The Army Corps of Engineers has included $500,000 for the Georgetown Port in their work plan for the next year, according to a release from South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice.

“I’m very pleased that the Army Corps recognizes the merit of the Georgetown Port project and has chosen to once again include the project in their work plan. Last year, the Georgetown Port received $2 million in funding,” said Rice.

“This year, we were able to continue the Army Corps’ commitment to this project with an additional $500,000. These investments show a commitment to a project that has not been dredged since 2008, and are vital steps in getting the Georgetown Port dredged.

“Infrastructure is critical to our state’s competitiveness and the Georgetown Port is one of the most effective ways to create jobs in our district.”

The Georgetown Harbor Project received $500,000 in the Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan for the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site.

When a harbor is dredged, the material must be disposed in strict, environmentally sound areas. In addition to maintaining these areas, the Army Corps is testing sediment in the Georgetown Harbor to determine where it is safe to dispose.

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