PITTSBURGH –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District reports that the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget includes $131.0 million in new federal funding for the district’s civil works program.
This is part of the $4.785 billion in discretionary funding for the Army Corps civil works program worldwide. The proposed funding will help improve the reliability of the region’s inland waterways navigation system, enhance the environment, and reduce the risk of flooding in the Upper Ohio River Valley.
The FY19 budget provides $35.1 million for operation and maintenance of the Pittsburgh District’s 16 flood risk management reservoirs. The reservoirs provide additional flows that improve downstream water quality and ensure adequate depths for commercial river navigation. More than six million people visit the district’s lakes each year for recreation.
Also included in the budget is $70.3 million in operations and maintenance funds to provide reliable navigation on the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. This includes $47.2 million for the Ohio River navigation system; $15.2 million for the Monongahela River and $7.9 million for the Allegheny. The use of the area’s three rivers to transport bulk commodities significantly reduces pollution and the wear and tear on roadways.
The East Branch Clarion River Lake Dam Safety Project in Elk County, Pa. is slated to receive $14.0 million. The Corps lowered water levels at East Branch in 2008 when it was confirmed there was high risk for internal erosion of the dam. The FY19 budget will be used to continue the construction contract awarded in August 2014 to permanently address seepage-related concerns at the dam. The work includes construction of a 2,100-foot long, 260-foot deep concrete cutoff wall within the existing earthen dam.
The FY19 budget includes $8 million for the Shallow Land Disposal Area Project in Armstrong County, Pa.
The budget provides funding for the district’s three federally maintained local flood protection projects. The project at Johnstown, Pennsylvania received $1.6 million; the project at Elkins, West Virginia received $118,000; and, the project at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania received $719,000.
The remaining funds will pay for the Army Corps’ inspection program of completed works to include reservoirs and navigation facilities.
A list of projects and proposed funds is available at the Army Corps of Engineers’ web site at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Budget.aspx, under the heading Program Budget: Press Books.
Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.
The district’s additional missions include water supply, emergency response, and regulation of the Clean Water Act. The Corps often partners with local communities to improve water supply, sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure. During disasters, the district manages the nation’s emergency power contract which provides temporary power to downed critical infrastructure. District personnel deploy overseas to help build, manage and administer water resource infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.
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