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Funding Dredging Operations At Oregon’s Ports
Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has funded dredging operations at Oregon’s ports. As a result, Oregon’s ports will receive $19 million more in assistance – $4.2 million of it to six small ports that would have otherwise received $0 in federal funding. The new funding includes nearly $12.5 million in funds for dredging and jetty reconstruction on the Columbia River.
Wyden and Merkley praised the inclusion of $40 million in small port funding in January’s 2014 appropriations bill, a provision that Merkley fought for as a new member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Then they followed up in a February letter to the Army Corps pushing for a portion of those new funds to ensure dredging at Oregon’s coastal ports.
The six ports that will receive the following amounts under the Army Corps’ 2014 Work Plan:
Coquille (Bandon) – $413,000
Depoe Bay – $380,000
Port Orford – $1,262,000
Rogue River (Gold Beach) – $638,000
Tillamook Bay and Bar (Garibaldi) – $659,000
Umpqua (Reedsport/Salmon Harbor) – $861,000
Additionally, two small parts that had received small sums will now get significant support for their dredging operations. Chetco (Brookings) had received $21,000 and will now get an additional $696,000, while Siuslaw had received $32,000 and will now get an additional $698,000.