The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District leadership hosted several political figures and representatives from the navigation industry a tour of Locks and Dam 4 on the Monongahela River at Charleroi, Pa., June 5.
Chairman Mike Simpson, House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Congressman Tim Murphy attended the tour that offered a backdrop for the district to show Chairman Simpson how Pittsburgh’s waterways fit into national transportation system and to explain the importance of the inland navigation.
Additionally, the district provided updates on the Capital Business Model, the Lower Monongahela Project, Charleroi construction, Inland Marine Transportation System’s levels of service, and public-private partnerships contributed funds for navigation lockages.
“Having him [Chairman Simpson] here and giving him a picture of our projects and challenges was big for us,” Col. Bernard Lindstrom, district commander, said.
This was Simpson’s first visit to the district.
His committee provides funding for the Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
Other guest included, House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Donna Shahbaz and Angelina Giancarlo; Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Burkett, U.S. Coast Guard MSU; Dr. Grace Bochenek, National Technology Laboratory director; and representatives for the navigation industry.
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