WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2021 Work Plan includes over $130 million in critical funding for infrastructure projects in Louisiana’s First Congressional District, including $45.7 million to deepen the Mississippi River to 50 feet.
“I applaud the Corps for working with us to include over $130 million for critical infrastructure projects in Louisiana’s First Congressional District, including over $45 million to deepen the lower Mississippi River to 50 feet. This funding will build upon the $85 million we got last year to deepen the river – strengthening our ability to complete the project and move more goods and commerce through the Port of New Orleans.
“The Mississippi River Basin serves as a critical gateway to the world, and has an unparalleled impact on our nation’s economy, global competitiveness, and American job creation. Securing this funding ensures that Louisiana will remain competitive as we continue to meet our nation’s maritime demands. Also, deepening the river provides a dual benefit of rebuilding our coastline which helps us defend our communities against future storms. Our delegation has worked hard to secure this funding, and I thank the Corps for recognizing the importance of Louisiana infrastructure.”
Projects for Louisiana’s First Congressional District in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2021 Work Plan include:
- Mississippi River Deepening: $45.7 million to complete deepening from Baton Rouge to the Gulf.
- Morganza-to-the-Gulf Construction: $12.46 million
- Baptiste Collette Deepening: $900,000 to initiate and complete preconstruction, engineering and design phase.
- Bayou Lafourche O&M: $250,000
- Houma Navigational Canal O&M: $2.75 million
- Mississippi River O&M: $67.85 million
- Tangipahoa River O&M: $20,000
- Mississippi River Outlets O&M: $2.75 million
Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2020 Work Plan included $85 million to deepen the Mississippi River to 50 feet.
Projects for Louisiana in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2021 Work Plan total over $300 million.