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$101M for Delaware in Army Corps Projects

Posted on June 13, 2022

The Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2022 Action Plan provides $101 million for Army Corps projects in Delaware to maintain the state’s infrastructure, shore up our coasts, and strengthen our waterways.

These funds are in addition to the nearly $70 million already secured for Delaware under the bipartisan infrastructure law earlier this year.

“Delaware’s critical infrastructure is protected or maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers,” Senator Carper said in a statement. “Corps is a vital partner for our state by supporting the many projects that drive our economy. These activities include maintaining access to our harbor and navigable waterways that support our commerce flows, putting our communities at significant flood risk protect against the growing threats of climate change with mitigation measures, and maintain our five-star beaches to support our expanding tourism industry.

“The work of the Army Corps of Engineers is critical to the strength of Delaware’s economy and quality of life, and securing funding for the Corps’s Delaware projects is one of my top priorities as an investor,” Senator Koons said. “In addition to investments from the bilateral infrastructure law, this funding will support commerce and entertainment across our state, while making our communities more resilient to climate change. Thanks to these investments, Delaware is a great place to call home. Will continue.”

“To keep our economy strong, we must make bold investments in our infrastructure,” Congress member Blunt Rochester said in a statement., “Bipartite infrastructure legislation is already doing that. So I’m excited that the Army Corps of Engineers plan will include more than $101 million in additional funding for Delaware-based Army Corps projects — from beach nutrition to climate change. Till mitigation – so that the corp can continue its important work to invest and maintain the infrastructure of the state first.”

Delaware Projects Funded Under the 2022 Appropriation and Action Plan:

  • $4,000,000 for the Beach Nurturing Project on Fenwick Island to protect the community and support the local tourism economy.
  • $1,200,000 for the operation of the Indian River Inlet Sand Bypass Plant, which nourishes the beach on the north side of the inlet that protects a section of Delaware Route 1 Highway.
  • Additional $30,000 for Indian River Inlet operation and maintenance work.
  • $7,650,000 for the Beaches Nurturing Project that protects the City of Rehoboth Beach and the City of Dewey Beach while maintaining the beach for tourism.
  • $2,000 for periodic inspections of federally authorized levee systems in Delaware, which are natural or artificial walls that block water from flooding local communities.
  • $150,000 for additional operation and maintenance activities along the Lewis and Rehoboth Canal.
  • $225,000 for the Corps to survey and assess the condition of federally authorized navigation channels, including minor ports, in Sussex County.
  • $78.4 million to upgrade the Intracoastal Waterway – from the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay – and the Reedy Point and St. George Bridges.
  • $9.2 million for operations and maintenance work on Wilmington Harbour, including a new management plan to support the port’s expansion to Edgemoor Terminal.
  • $250,000 for Little River Maintenance Dredging.
  • $400,000 for Misspelian River Maintenance Dredging.

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