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Sept. 18 - Congress Approves Funding for Ports of Brunswick and Savannah

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
 
September 18, 2018 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved funding for the Ports of Brunswick and Savannah and the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The legislation includes $49 million for construction of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Additionally, the measure expands a navigation funding account by more than 50% from last year to $509 million. This funding can be directed to SHEP in the future. 
 
“This funding is critical to ensure construction continues on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project," said Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter in a press release. "The expansion of the navigation funding pot by more than 50% from last year to $509 million is incredible news for the project. This legislation also provides critical funding for maintenance and operations at our ports. The Ports of Brunswick and Savannah are critical economic drivers for our area, state and nation and they need adequate federal support."
 
Specifically, the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act includes:
  • $49 million for construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project;
  • $10.5 million for Savannah Harbor disposal areas; 
  • $34.3 million for operations and maintenance of the Savannah Harbor;
  • $5.2 million for operations and maintenance of the Brunswick Harbor;
  • $509 million for additional navigation funding; and 
  • $3 million for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Operations and Maintenance.
 
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