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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that the Army Corps of Engineers will spend more than $323 million on projects across Louisiana.  As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Kennedy helped secure these funds, including $14 million for the Comite River Diversion Canal and $9.47 million for the Houma Navigation Canal. 

“Louisiana is sorely lacking in flood control and protection.  The Comite River Diversion Canal and the Houma Navigation Canal are just two examples of projects that need funding so homeowners can sleep without worry at night,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “That’s why I am pleased to announce more than $323 million in funding for our state’s water infrastructure projects.  These funds will go a long way towards helping Louisiana.”

Below are just a few highlights included in the Army Corps of Engineer’s FY 2018 Work Plan:

Construction Funding Projects:

  • $1 million for the Ascension Parish Environmental Infrastructure Program: These funds will be used for the supervision, administration and construction of the effluent discharge system.
  • $14 million for the Comite River Diversion Canal: These funds will help fund various segments of the flood control project.
  • $1.5 million for the East Baton Rouge Parish Environmental Infrastructure Program: This money will go towards the pump station construction.
  • $250,000 for the Iberia Parish Environmental Infrastructure Program: These funds will go towards the water and waste water infrastructure master plan.
  • $750,000 for the Livingston Parish Environmental Infrastructure Program: This money will go towards the water and waste water infrastructure master plan.
  • $900,000 for the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway project: This money will be used to help design and construct the Teague Trails Extension south recreation feature in Bossier Parish.

 

Mississippi River and Tributaries Funding:

 

  • $1.807 million for the Atchafalaya Basin’s floodway system: These funds will be used to manage, operate and protect natural resources on approximately 50,000 acres, including visitor assistance.
  • $51.789 million for the Atchafalaya Basin: This money will go towards operating and maintaining the flood risk management project feature to maintain the integrity and reliability of the existing structure and facilities.
    • $24.85 million for the Atchafalaya Basin: Will help perform bank stabilization/revetment repairs at Bayou Big Graw, Petite Prairie and Calumet flood gate; procure levee surfacing materials; repair Morganza control structure expansion joins and gate seals; process Morganza control structure- paint contract calm; perform Bayou Boeuf lock major gat maintenance and dewatering repair timber guide wall and chamber wall at Bayou Sorrel and Bayou Boeuf Lock. 
    • $11.3 million for the Atchafalaya Basin: To replace Bayou Boeuf south chamber guide wall; perform Bayou Sorrel south end gate repairs and dewatering and develop plans and specifications for guide wall replacement at Bayou Boeuf and Bayou Sorrel locks.
    • $543,000 for the Baton Rouge Harbor- Devil Swamp: Funding will be used to provide engineering, design and surveys for dredging.
    • $36,000 for the Bayou Cocodrie and Tributaries: Funding will be used for routine operation and maintenance for flood risk management activities.
    • $2.345 million for Bonnet Carre: To operate and maintain this project feature; manage and maintain natural resources including bottomland hard and swamp reforestation; create new parking areas and re-open North Main Road; and construct ranger office with energy efficiency improvements.  It will also help perform monthly water quality sampling; provide invasive plant management; provide pond improvements for fisheries management; and procure limestone for road maintenance.
    • $1.727 million for inspection of completed works: Inspection and levee screenings of 470.6 miles of levees, 461.5 miles of channels, 131 drainage structures, 5 pumping stations and 15 weirs in the state of Louisiana.
    • $638,000 for the Lower Red River South Bank Levees: Funding will be used to perform routine operations and maintenance, including levee slide repairs and gravel surfacing.
    • $976,000 for the Mississippi Delta Region in Louisiana: Funds will be used to perform routine operation and maintenance for the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion Structure.
    • $23.509 million for the Old River: Operate and maintain this project’s flood risk features, including periodic inspections; operate and maintain the integrity of the existing structures and facilities, instrumentation data gathering which is essential in evaluating the performance of the structures and bridges and is an integral part of the periodic inspection and continuing evaluation of completed civil works structures and USACE bridges; operate and maintain the existing lock facilities.
      • $16.2 million for the Old River: Fabricate two miter gates; replace the gantry crane; replace the lowering carriage; repair tainter valves, replace handrails, refurbish mooring bits and construct levee ramp.
      • $6.615 million for the Tensas Basin for the Red River Backwater: Funding will be used to continue operation and maintenance work.

Operation and Maintenance Funding:

  • $15.645 million for Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf and Black:  Funds are being used to dredge critical reaches in Atchafalaya River, Crewboat Cut, Bay and Bar, perform channel condition surveys of the entire project and routine operation and maintenance, coordinate and prepare environmental compliance consistency and continue monitoring the effectiveness of Value Engineering Study alternatives to improve navigation and to alleviate unconsolidated fluid mud in the bar channel.
  • $100,000 for Barataria Bay Waterway:  Funds are being used for project management, hydrographic surveys, permit reviews and to prepare for future dredging operations.
  • $1.512 million for Bayou Bodcau Reservoir:  Funds are being used for routine operation and maintenance and to perform slide repairs on the levee.
  • $769,000 for Bayou Lafourche and Lafourche Jump Waterway: Funds are being used for project management, dredging, hydrographic surveys, environmental assessments, managing water level data, to reset gauges from National Geodetic Vertical Datum to North American Vertical Datum, permit applications, right-of-entry to dredged material disposal areas, foreshore and jetty rock repairs.
  • $42,000 for Bayou Pierre:  Funds are being used for routine operation and maintenance.
  • $20,000 for Bayou Segnette Waterway: Funds are being used for project management, hydrographic surveys, dredging preparation efforts and to review permit applications.
  • $12,000 for Bayou Teche and Vermilion River: Funds are being used for permit review for Teche Vermilion.
  • $50,000 for Bayou Teche: Funds are being used for hydrographic surveys real estate management, maintenance dredging and permit reviews.
  • $198,000 for Caddo Lake: Funds are being used for routine operation and maintenance.
  • $34.556 million for Calcasieu River and Pass:  Funds are being used for maintenance dredging, to operate and maintain the Saltwater Barrier Control Structure, hydrographic surveys, right-of-entry for dredged material disposal areas, to reduce encroachments, instrumentation data collection, environmental planning for dredging and permit reviews.
  • $1.824 million for Freshwater Bayou: Funds are being used for operating and maintaining Freshwater Bayou Lock, hydrographic surveys and collection of instrumentation/engineering data to monitor the lock’s stability, sustaining energy savings, real estate and permit reviews.
  • $26.871 million for Gulf Intracoastal Waterway:  Funds are being used for dredging, hired labor maintenance and operating expenses on 6 GIWW locks, dewatering Harvey Lock, Algiers Lock concrete joint repairs, hydrographic surveys and to collect and manage data from water level gauges.
  • $9.479 million for Houma Navigation Canal:  Funds are being used for project management, for dredging operations, to perform hydrographic surveys, to provide right of entry for dredged material disposal areas, environmental monitoring and to collect, manage, store and disseminate water level data.
  • $866,000 for Inspection of Completed Works: Funds are being used to inspect federally constructed and locally maintained flood risk management projects with an emphasis on approximately 11,750 of federally authorized and locally maintained levee systems.  Funds are also used to review updates to project operation and maintenance manuals.
  • $12.288 million for J. Bennett Johnston Waterway:  Funds are being used for operation and maintenance, maintenance dredging and operation and maintenance of recreation/visitation areas.
  • $12,000 for Lake Providence Harbor:  The funds are being used for surveys.
  • $296,000 for Madison Parish Port:  These funds are being used for surveys and for annual maintenance dredging required to maintain authorized channel dimensions to ensure the harbor is open during low water periods.
  • $3.476 million for Mermentau River:  Funds are being used for the operation and maintenance of the Catfish Point and Schooner Bayou Control Structures and hydrographic surveys.
  • $1.449 million for Mississippi River Outlets at Venice:  Funds are being used for project management, dredging, surveys, environmental assessments, permits, real estate management and water level data.

Investigations:

  • $1.035 million for Calcasieu Lock:  Funding will complete the preconstruction, engineering and design phase.
  • $1.285 million for Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Replacement:  Funding will complete the feasibility study phase for the reevaluation.
  • $820,000 for Southwest Coastal Louisiana:  Funding will initiate the preconstruction, engineering and design phase.
  • $101.929 million for Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico: Funds are being used for maintenance dredging to partial channel dimensions from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico (Southwest Pass, New Orleans Harbor, crossings between Baton Rouge and New Orleans), channel surveys, salt water barrier sill, rock projection, jetty repairs, water management, environment and real estate.  These funds are being used only provide partial dimensions, restricting transit of deep draft commercial vessels through the largest US port complex.
  • $54,000 for Project Condition Surveys:  Funds are being used for performing hydrographic and topographic project condition surveys (PCS) for federally authorized navigation projects, including navigation channels, inlets, anchorages, structures such as jetties and breakwaters and other navigation features within the states.  Funds are also used to respond to unanticipated needs, including concerns raised by the U.S. Coast Guard, local harbor masters or other agencies regarding projects that have become shoaled as a result of severe storming and/or abnormal deposition rates that may have compromised safe navigation.
  • $200,000 for Removal of Aquatic Growth: Funds are being used for work with state applicators to identify and treat specific point sources (if state resources are available) and to handle inquiries and complaints from the public regarding the expansion of water hyacinth, alligator weed, common salvinia and other noxious aquatic plants within district navigable waterways.
  • $213,000 for Wallace Lake: Funds are being used for routine operation and maintenance.
  • $8,000 for Waterway from Empire to Gulf: Funds are being used for project management, hydrographic surveys, Water Control Data Systems and to review permit applications.
  • $22,000 for Waterway from Intracoastal Waterway to Bayou Dulac: Funds are being used for project management, hydrographic surveys and preparations for future dredging contacts and permit application reviews.

 

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