The President’s Budget for fiscal year 2022 includes more than $6.79 billion in discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with just over $89.3 million set aside for Buffalo District projects.
Great significance for the region is an additional $500,000 for the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, a new start project that includes the three Great Lakes districts, Buffalo, Chicago and Detroit.
The goal is to create a plan identifying vulnerable coastal areas and recommending actions to bolster the coastal resources’ ability to withstand, recover from and adapt to future hydrologic uncertainty with respect to built and natural coastal environments. Recent high-water events across the Great Lakes brought about the study’s need.
The Civil Works budget funds the Operation and Maintenance Program, which includes the maintenance of federal shipping channels and navigation structures within the Buffalo District’s area of responsibility, and operation and maintenance of the Black Rock Lock and Mount Morris Dam.
The FY22 funding includes: $10.6 million for the Black Rock Channel; $20.9 million for the Buffalo Harbor; $6.9 million for Little Sodus Bay; $5.6 million for Oswego Harbor; $5 million for Rochester Harbor; $10 million for Cleveland Harbor; $3.8 million for Fairport Harbor; $6.9 million for Toledo Harbor works; etc.
For more information on the Fiscal Year 2022 Civil Works Budget, please click here.