"$6 million set aside to dredge river mouth" by: Mike Reddell

   Federal funding of $6 million for dredging the mouth of the Colorado River has been appropriated for fiscal 2018-19.
   The Port of Bay City (POBC) received notification July 30 of funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) by way of the Congressional Supplemental Appropriations for the next fiscal year, said Port Chairman Mike Griffith.
   “The Port of Bay City has worked diligently through the Corps, with Sen. Ted Cruz’s office and (former) Congressman Blake Farenthold’s office for funding of the mouth of the Colorado River Jetty dredging project,” Griffith said.
   The $6 million dredging award will be administered by USACE beginning Oct. 1, the port chairman added.
   This will be the first dredging of the river mouth since the $23 million jetty project was completed in 2011, Griffith pointed out.
   The Corps indicated at that time that the mouth of the river would be dredged every five years.
   “We’re well past the five years,” Griffith said.
   “Federal funding seems to move at a glacial pace over an extended period,” he pointed out.

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