The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its annual spending plan for the current fiscal year today. Included in the plan are several projects important to Florida, which U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has been pushing for the Corps to fund, including:
- $105.426 million for Everglades restoration, including $3.5 million to initiate and complete design for C-23/C-24 north reservoir.
- $82 million for Herbert Hoover Dike. Sen. Nelson has consistently pushed for additional federal funding to complete the dike three years ahead of schedule.
- $32.389 million to deepen the JAXPORT harbor.
- $28.375 million for Brevard County beach renourishment.
- $13.462 million for the Lido Key beach renourishment project.
- $4 million for the Florida Keys Water Quality Improvement Program.
Here’s a comment from Nelson on the projects funded in this year’s plan:
“This year’s plan will fund several important projects in Florida, including beach renourishment projects in Sarasota and Brevard, harbor deepening projects in Jacksonville and funding to continue restoring the Everglades and repairing Herbert Hoover Dike. While this year’s plan is certainly good news for Florida, it’s important that we continue to push the Corps to use the additional disaster funds Congress recently approved to fully fund the remaining work needed on Herbert Hoover Dike and get the project done ahead of schedule.”
And here’s a link to the Corps’ work plan.