News and information for the worldwide dredging industry

Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print

Congress Funds Corps at $5 Billion

The Water Resources Coalition, in their January 6 newsletter, reported that the House and Senate have reached agreement on three bills as part of the final Fiscal Year 2012 package to appropriate funds for government operations.

"The legislation also prevents a potential government shutdown and supports important domestic programs and services the American people rely on," said Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The Corps of Engineers is funded at $5 billion, an increase of $145 million above last year's level and $429 million above the budget request. The bill will provide $1.8 billion for navigation projects and studies. The bill also funds flood and coastal storm damage reduction at $1.66 billion, including $437 million for dam safety improvements.

The conference agreement funds EPA at $8.4 billion, which is a $233 million reduction below the FY 2011 enacted level and $524 million below the president's request. Overall, funding for EPA has been reduced by $1.8 billion, a reduction of 18.4 percent for the remainder of calendar year 2011.

The bill also includes a $101 million reduction in FY 2012 for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs), down from $1.525 million for Clean Water and $965 million for Drinking Water appropriated in FY 2011, and resulting in a cut of more than $1 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure over the last two fiscal years. Congress appropriated $2.5 billion for the programs in FY 2011, which represented a cut of $997 million from FY 2010.

Add your comment:
Edit Module