Coons Commends USACE for Supporting Wilmington and Delaware Projects

U.S. Senator Chris Coons yesterday delivered remarks at the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee hearing on President Trump’s funding request and the budget justification for the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.

Following his opening remarks, Senator Coons questioned Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mr. Douglas Lamont, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).

“I very much appreciate the reprogramming of funds for the Port of Wilmington after they were initially left out of the FY 2017 workplan,” said Senator Coons.

“Those funds are critical for dredging our port this summer. I am also pleased to see that the FY 2018 budget includes sufficient funding for two dredge cycles for the port so we can continue having 6 million tons of cargo delivered and shipped every year.” 

“I was also glad to see the FY 2017 workplan allows the completion of the Delaware River deepening from 40 to 45 feet as well as funds to renourish some of our critical beaches. I understand the bids for the last major phase of the deepening project are out this week, and our region is very much looking forward to having that deeper channel.”

Dredging Today brings you the full video of Senator Coons’ remarks and questioning: