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Friday, July 1, 2005

Chambliss, Isakson Announce Georgia Funds
Included in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

Bill Includes Funds for Critical Brunswick Harbor Deepening Project

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced that the Senate version of the fiscal year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes funding for several Georgia projects, including $19.1 million for the deepening of the Brunswick Harbor - a project that is critical to the future of the Brunswick Port and Georgia 's economy.

"By maintaining dams, lakes, waterways and our harbors, this bill makes a down payment on Georgia 's future," Chambliss said.  "By investing nationwide in our water resources, in nuclear research and energy independence, the water and energy appropriations bill seeks to maintain our nation's future."  

"From shore protection to waterway navigation, this funding recognizes the importance of the Army Corps of Engineer projects to our nation and especially to Georgia ," Isakson said. "I am especially pleased that this bill includes $19.1 million for the deepening of the Brunswick Harbor channel, a project that is critical to the Brunswick port and to the state's economic future."  

The funds for the Brunswick Harbor will be used to continue deepening the channel from 30 feet to 36 feet, allowing the Port of Brunswick to accommodate larger cargo carriers and attract new business.  The deepening of the harbor, along with the completion two years ago of the Sidney Lanier Bridge over the harbor,  is projected to bring $400 million annually in new sales, 1,000 new jobs and $15.8 million in additional tax revenue to Georgia.

The Senate version of the bill passed by a vote of 92-3.  Both the House and the Senate versions of the bill will now go before Conference to be reconciled.

The bill also includes funds for the following projects: 

Allatoona Lake

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$750,000

Augusta

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$200,000

Indian, Sugar, Entrenchment and Federal Prison Creeks

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$680,000

Long Island, Marsh and Johns Creeks

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$676,000

Savannah Harbor Ecosystem Restoration

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$400,000

Savannah Harbor Expansion

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$800,000

Tybee Island North Beach Shore Protection Project

Corps of Engineers- General Investigations

$250,000

Atlanta

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$2,000,000

Brunswick

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$19,100,000

Buford Powerhouse

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$5,812,000

Hartwell Lake Powerhouse

Corps of Engineers-General Construction

$733,000

Oate Creek, Richmond County

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$500,000

Tybee Island Shore

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$18,000

Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$1,300,000

Thurmond Lake Powerhouse

Corps of Engineers- General Construction

$5,700,000

Lake Allatoona

Corps of Engineers - Operation and Maintenance

$7,322,000

Apalachicola, Chattachoochee and Flint Rivers

Corp of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance (Dredging)

$6,500,000

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$286,000

Brunswick Harbor

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$2,396,000

Buford dam and Lake Sidney Lanier

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$5,519,000

Caters Dam and Lake

Corps of Engineers- Operations and Maintenance

$10,637,000

Hartwell Lake

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$16,619,000

Inspection of Completed Works

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$41,000

J Strom Thurmond Lake

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$11,047,000

 

Project Condition Surveys

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$90,000

Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$12,283,000

Savannah Harbor

Corps of Engineers - Operations and Maintenance

$13,521,000

West Point Dam and Lake

Corps of Engineers - Operations / Main.

$6,900,000.00

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