San Rafael dredging project on the way

San Rafael Creek in Marin County, California, could be dredged – at least in part – next summer.

The Biden administration’s proposed budget sets aside $6.75 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin working on the $13 million project.

The budget must be approved by congressional committees and is expected to be finalized in October, according to the city.

It is not atypical that a project might not be fully funded in the President’s Budget – but receive the difference needed (in additional appropriations) to be fully funded in the final Congressional Work Plan, the city said.

Sometimes a project is not funded in the President’s Budget at all, and receives all of its funding in the Congressional Work Plan.

When Petaluma received funding for a full dredge in FY 2021, the project was appropriated $0 in the FY 2021 President’s Budget – but received full funding in the FY 2021 Congressional Work Plan, the city said.

If on time, the final FY 2022 Work Plan will be released closer to October. The Federal Fiscal Year 2022 runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

Photo: Dave Palmer, USACE