The president’s budget for fiscal 2017 (FY 2017) includes roughly $109.3 million in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District.
Colonel Edward P. Chamberlayne, Baltimore District Commander, said: “In addition to funding our flood risk management projects across the Mid-Atlantic region, the proposed budget includes funding for dredging channels in the Baltimore Harbor, which is a serious economic engine for the region and subsequently the nation.”
“It also funds construction at Poplar Island, which brings environmental benefits to the Chesapeake Bay and increases the capacity for the beneficial reuse of dredged material from the Baltimore Harbor and channels for years to come.”
The funds are distributed between primary program accounts within the District’s Civil Works program:
- Construction General – $62.9 million;
- Operation and Maintenance (O&M) – $44.145 million;
- General Investigations – $1.375 million;
- Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Plan (FUSRAP) – $850,000.
The $62.9 million in the FY 2017 budget for Construction General would be for two projects:
- Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island, Maryland – $62.3 million;
- Assateague Island, Maryland – $600,000.
The $44.145 million in the FY 2017 budget for Operation & Maintenance:
- O&M of Flood Risk Management Projects owned and operated by Baltimore District – $13.18 million;
- Navigation – $24.4 million.
The $1.375 million in the FY 2017 budget for General Investigations would primarily fund progress on two studies:
- Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan – $1 million;
- Washington D.C. and Metropolitan Area Coastal Flooding – $300,000.
The $850,000 in the FY 2017 budget for FUSRAP would be used for continued funding of the ongoing environmental remedial activities at the W.R. Grace and Company Curtis Bay Facility site in Baltimore.