Corps flood control projects advanced by Senate passing water resources bill ~Bruce Alpert, | Times-Picayune

Posted on May 15, 2013 By

Among the key provisions in the Senate bill:

— It gives the corps authority to perform future levee lifts on the New Orleans area hurricane protection system.– It authorizes more money from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, financed by shipping companies, to dredge waterways, including the Mississippi River and Calcasieu River ports.– It lets states borrow from the federal government to cover required matching local costs for corps projects. Vitter said this should insure that projects ready to move forward aren’t delayed when local governments can’t come up with the required matching share, which is often 35 percent.

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