WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works announced additional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studies, projects, and programs funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These actions will invest almost $800 million to address urgent issues facing Americans, including supply chain resilience, flood mitigation, and coastal storm damage protection.
"The transformative investments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will continue to meet the President’s priorities of strengthening supply chains to bring down costs for working families, protecting American economic competitiveness, combatting climate change, and promoting equity by prioritizing underserved communities," said Michael L. Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
The spend plan builds on critical investments the Administration has made to improve the resilience of our nation’s manufacturing supply chain – including new investments in the Houston Ship Channel in Texas and more than $250 million in additional funding for the Soo Locks replacement project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, which is contingent on passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022. These coastal navigation projects support the faster delivery of goods and boost the nation’s economy.
Additionally, the spend plan invests heavily in flood mitigation and safeguarding coastal communities by funding the construction of 31 additional projects and 11 previously announced projects that will reduce riverine and coastal flood damage, assist economically disadvantaged communities, restore aquatic ecosystems, and provide a down payment for future bridge replacements. The spend plan includes a total of $60.6 million to be provided to the storm-ravaged area of Rio Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, to assist with flood damage reduction. The plan also includes $221 million in construction funding for a comprehensive flood damage reduction plan for the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi, contingent upon the Secretary’s evaluation that the proposed project will meet environmental and other criteria. Funding to perform the evaluation is also contained within the spend plan.
Additional details regarding the amounts provided to various programs, projects and activities for each of the five appropriations accounts in the 3 October 2022 Addendum may be found at: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Budget/. Please watch for future announcements regarding funds to be executed in fiscal year 2024.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works establishes policy direction and provides supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the Civil Works Program of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
For more information, please contact Ms. Lauren Leuck at email@example.com or 703-839-0383.