February 10, 2016 5:00 a.m.
Congressman Peter DeFazio has announced that the Army Corps of Engineers will allocate an additional $9 million this year towards operations and maintenance dredging projects at Oregon’s small ports.
DeFazio called Oregon’s ports and harbors the “lifeblood of the communities they serve”. The Congressmen said that thousands of Oregon jobs are directly or indirectly tied to cargo, recreation, industrial, commercial or other activity at Oregon’s ports. DeFazio says the investments in dredging will help ensure that Oregon’s small ports stay open for business and boost local economies.
Last month DeFazio spearheaded a letter sent to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy requesting that the Administration use additional funds appropriated by Congress in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill for maintenance and operations projects at nine of Oregon’s small ports. DeFazio said that many of those ports received no funding in the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget but had significant dredging needs.
The funding increase announced on Tuesday designated money to nine ports including the Port of Umpqua in coastal Douglas County, along with the ports of Siuslaw, Bandon, Gold Beach, Brookings Harbor and Port Orford among others.