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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 1:00 am

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Work Plan, which includes funding for critical Florida water infrastructure

projects.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio outlined his support for these projects in a letter to Assistant Secretary James in mid-October.

“Floridians depend on the efforts of the Army Corps to study, construct, and maintain important water resources infrastructure across our state,” Rubio said. “These projects will provide important benefits for Florida, including funding to restore America’s Everglades, support water quality improvement projects, and prevent flooding in our communities. I’m especially pleased to have helped secure much-needed construction funding to complete Port Panama City’s new terminal berth which will be critical to the Panhandle’s recovery after Hurricane Michael.”

Florida provisions supported by Rubio in the FY19 Work Plan:

Investigations

• Miami Harbor Improvements - $943,750

Construction

• Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation – Adds an

additional $66.4 million to the President’s Budget request for a total of $162.4 million. This amount in combination with disaster supplemental funding secured by Rubio fulfills the full cost of expedited construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike to be completed no later than 2022.

• Florida Keys Water Quality Improvement Project – $4 million

• JAXPORT Harbor Deepening – $46 million

• Port Panama City Harbor – $4 million to close out construction on the project.

• South Florida Ecosystem Restoration – Adds an additional $37.1 million to the President’s Budget request for a total of $104,565,160

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