PITTSBURGH –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, reports that the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations will include an additional $112 million funded through the work plan for the district’s civil works program.
The work plan supplements funds provide directly for district projects through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.
Total allocations for FY18 are expected to be $276.4 million.
More than 56 million tons of material pass through the district's 23 navigation facilities on the Allegheny, Monongahela and upper Ohio rivers in 2017. The district's operation of 16 flood-risk management dams and reservoirs has prevented billions of dollars in damages to downstream communities and undoubtedly saved lives.
"This funding will allow us to continue to provide safe and reliable navigation, reduce the risk of flooding, and fund other critical water resource missions that improve the quality of life for the people living in the Upper Ohio River Basin," said Col. John Lloyd, commander, Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Highlights of the work plan include $98 million for the Lower Monongahela River Project to continue construction at Charleroi Locks and Dam. Half of this funding will be provided from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF).
Also included in the work plan is $2.3 million for the Upper Ohio Navigation Project. The funding will be used to initiate pre-construction design work and continue economic analysis for the upcoming work at Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery locks and dams on the Ohio River. The project will provide for the replacement of each auxiliary lock at the three facilities with construction of one new 110-ft.-wide by 600-ft.-long lock chamber.
Additional funds of $9.3 million in operations and maintenance funds were received through the work plan to complete high priority work at the district’s reservoirs and locks and dams. Appropriations of $101.5 million of operations and maintenance funds were previously received.
The East Branch Clarion River Lake Dam Safety Project in Elk County, Pennsylvania will receive $50.1 million as projected in the FY18 President’s Budget.
The Shallow Land Disposal Area in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, will receive $4 million.
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 “Work Plan.”
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.
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