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Local Projects Part of Corps Of Engineers Allocation

December 15th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 includes $70.3 million for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Maryland making public investments in waterways that support private sector jobs.

The legislation has passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives and now heads to the White House to be signed into law by the President.

“These public investments in Maryland’s waterways create and sustain private sector jobs. This federal investment in the lives and livelihoods of those who depend on clean and open waterways will keep businesses open and keep Marylanders working,” Senator Mikulski said. “The Corps’ dredging of the Port of Baltimore keeps our economy rolling. The Port means jobs, from the dock workers who unload the ships to the manufacturers who rely on cargo transported by the ships. It’s also crucial in preparing us for the bigger ships that will soon be sailing through the widened Panama Canal. These investments make our country safer and Maryland’s economy stronger.”

The spending bill includes funding for the following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects throughout Maryland:

·  $156,000 for Cumberland to support the operation and maintenance of a project that protects Cumberland, MD and Ridgeley, WV against flooding.

·  $1.87 million for the operation and maintenance of Jennings Randolph Lake in Garrett County, which provides flood control and recreation to Western Maryland and water quality and water supply for Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

·  $140,000 for annual levee system inspections on seven levees in Prince George’s County; two in Kitzmiller in Garrett County; and three in Cumberland in Allegany County.

·  $62,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District to coordinate the operation of the Jennings Randolph Lake project.

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