Work Plan: Additional $16.5 Million Slotted for USACE Detroit

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has announced additions to its fiscal year 2017 program based on the recently approved Work Plan.

The additional $16.5 million will be used in 2017 to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors, repair critical components at the Soo Locks and complete various projects and studies throughout the Great Lakes.

“These Work Plan funds will help address the most critical needs in six of our harbors around the Great Lakes,” said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. “We construct, maintain and operate key infrastructure projects that are crucial to the Nation’s economy, environment, safety and quality of life, now and in the future.”

The work plan was developed when Congress appropriated additional funding for ongoing work in the fiscal year 2017 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act as contained in the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The Corps developed an allocation plan for high priority work packages based on the criteria established by Congress.

In addition to the projects being completed from the 2017 President’s budget of $67.5 million, the Detroit District’s work plan increase of $16.5 million includes four dredging projects and eight repair, replacement, or construction projects. In addition, the work plan includes design funding for two environmental projects.

Projects that will be executed as a result of the fiscal year 2017 work plan include the following:


Dredging projects

  • Inland Route, Mich. – $615,000;
  • Little Lake Harbor, Mich.- $540,000;
  • Leland Harbor, Mich. – $500,000;
  • Saxon Harbor, Wis. – $575,000.

Operations and Maintenance

  • Portage Lake Harbor, Mich. – $6.2 million;
  • St. Marys River, Soo Locks, Mich. – $3.7 million;
  • Grand Haven Harbor, Mich. – $500,000;
  • Milwaukee Harbor, Wis. – $2.3 million;
  • Saxon Harbor, Wis. – $800,000;
  • Two Rivers Harbor, Wis. – $500,000.


  • N. Wisconsin Environmental Infrastructure – $50,000;
  • Oakland County, Mich., Environmental Infrastructure – $100,000.


  • Saginaw River Deepening, Mich. – $100,000.