Oregon’s congressional delegation reports that the Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) will dedicate new funding for dredging and maintenance of four of Oregon’s small ports, including Yaquina Bay (Newport) and Depoe Bay
The funding announcement follows a letter that the Senators and Representatives sent earlier this week urging the Army Corps to dedicate additional funding for projects at Oregon’s small ports in their 2017 work plan.
“This funding will make a tremendous difference for safety, economic vitality, and job creation along Oregon’s coast,” said Senator Jeff Merkley. “This is terrific news for Bandon, Depoe Bay, Gold Beach, and Newport. This funding is especially critical for Gold Beach, which was at risk of losing Coast Guard Search and Rescue capabilities, putting lives at risk and effectively grinding a productive working port to a halt. Getting these urgently-needed dredging projects moving is a great investment for Oregon and our nation.”
The new funding for small ports includes:
· Coquille River (Bandon): $467,000
· Depoe Bay: $27,000
· Rogue River (Gold Beach): $800,000
· Yaquina Bay and Harbor (Newport): $893,000