Representative Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, announced the awarding of $99.6 million in additional federal funding secured for critical projects as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ annual work plan for Ottawa County and the Great Lakes.
The Corps of Engineers has released its fiscal year 2023 work plan outlining projects the Corps will soon undertake. As ranking member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Corps, Rep. Kaptur secured an additional $99.6 milliion above appropriated amounts to further support four projects critical to the economic development and environmental health of Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, Lake Erie shoreline communities, and the Great Lakes region as a whole. The amount supplements more than $89 million in federal funding specifically appropriated by Congress for 13 of the Corps projects in the district and region, for a total of more than $189 million in Corps funding now going to 14 projects overall.
As a result, Fiscal Year 2023 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for harbor maintenance projects in Ottawa County now include: Port Clinton Harbor: $1 million; Put-In-Bay Harbor: $2 million; West Harbor: $5 million; and Toussaint River Harbor: $5 million.
Additional Corps funding along the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie includes: Cooley Canal Harbor, $5 million; Toledo Harbor: $6.6 million; Huron Harbor: $11.5 million, including $10 million for repair of the west pier; Lorain Harbor, $15 million, including $14.9 million in additional funds for repair of the west breakwater and preparation of a dredged material management plan; Sandusky Harbor: $1 million; Vermilion Harbor: $1 million; Cleveland Harbor: $18.6 million, including $7.7 million for repair of the west pier and preparation of a dredged material management plan; and Rocky River Harbor: $2 million.
“The work the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performs is crucial to driving economic growth and conserving the environment,” said Rep. Kaptur. “My focus is on ensuring federal dollars are responsibly used to rebuild maritime infrastructure and protect Lake Erie. I will continue working with the Corps and the community to identify and support projects that move our region forward.”