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House T&I Committee Chair Introduces HMTF Act

On April 30, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (House T&I) Peter DeFazio (OR-04), introduced H.R. 440 the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, which would unlock billions in already-collected fees to maintain federal ports and harbors. On May 8 the committee voted to… Read More

House T&I Committee Moves Forward 2018 WRDA Bill

On June 6, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 (H.R. 8). The bill passed by a vote of 408 to 2. The bill was introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, T&I Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR),… Read More

House Committee Holds Roundtable in Oregon to Discuss WRDA

On April 20, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, held a roundtable policy discussion, “America’s Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act, Part II.” The event, held in Coos Bay, Oregon, covered challenges states and communities face in rebuilding… Read More

Sail-In Breaks Records

More than 115 officers and representatives from U.S.-flag shipping companies, maritime labor unions and maritime organizations and associations visited 169 Congressional offices during the ninth annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In. This was a record-setting event for the most offices visited during a Sail-In. Industry leaders met to discuss the importance… Read More

OMB Underfunds Civil Works; U.S. Waterways at Risk

|!|We are beginning to hear and feel the first effects of the Administration's recently released FY2005 budget request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|!| said Worth Hager president of the National Waterways Conference Inc. on February 10. |!|The slowdown in the Corps' civil works program has already begun and termination letters for some on-going projects have been sent. Communities and stakeholders all over thecountry are crying foul|!| she said. Hager was commenting on the shortfall in the budget for water resources projects which the Corps had scheduled for fiscal year 2005. Read More

Federal Budget Shortchanges Channel Maintenance

The American Association of Port Authorities expressed alarm on February 3 that the administrations fiscal year 2005 (FY05) budget for the Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects fails to adequately fund critical deep-draft navigation projects. The group called for release of funds from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). Based on the fy 05 budget just announced the fund surplus is expected to grow by an additional $377 million between fy 04 and fy 05 to more than $2.6 billion. Read More

1999 2000 National Dredging Meetings

The Corps of Engineers National Dredging Meeting is planned for mid-May 2000 in Springfield Virginia. This annual meeting provides a forum for dredging contractors to speak directly to Corps officials. This article reports on the 1999 meeting which covered such topics as safety the New York Harbor deepening program environmental research and hydrographic surveying. Read More