Members of Maryland’s House Delegation met yesterday with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Edward P. Chamberlayne, Commander and District Engineer of the Baltimore District office, for an update on the Corps’ current activities and projects in Maryland.
Colonel Chamberlayne also discussed the Corps’ budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 which includes the Baltimore Harbor and channel dredging, Poplar Island, and Chesapeake Bay comprehensive plan.
In addition to Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Delegation Members participating in yesterday’s meeting were Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, John Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris, and John Delaney.
“The Army Corps of Engineers’ work – including dredging the Port of Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay shipping channels—supports hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the region,” said Congressman Ruppersberger.
“The Army Corps of Engineers’ work is essential to our effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, while regular dredging of the shipping channels is critical to keeping the Port of Baltimore open for business,” said Congressman Elijah E Cummings.
Congressman Harris commented that it’s great to see the Army Corps working with the state to improve the livelihood of the First District and all of Maryland, including moving forward with crucial dredging and beach replenishment projects in Ocean City.