NC - Federal spending bill makes way for local beach projects
SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — When the president signed an omnibus spending bill on Dec. 27, it unlocked $1.4 trillion in government appropriations and $900 billion in Covid-19 aid.
In addition to averting a partial government shutdown, the passage of the bill will fund a number of projects spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will impact beaches and waterways close to home.
Projects helmed by USACE in Wilmington got a $53 million boost, mostly for “operations and maintenance.” A maintenance dredging project for the Wilmington Harbor earned $15.1 million. A similar project for Morehead City Harbor gleaned $7.1 million, and $3.6 million was dedicated to maintenance dredging for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
In a press release, a USACE spokesperson said that Congress, similarly to past years, has established “funding pots” the Corps can apply to tap into after developing a “work plan.”
“The Corps has sixty days to submit a Work Plan to the Congress following enactment of the bill,” according to the plan.