Jones Calls on Corps of Engineers to Follow the Law
Published: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 @ 2:22 pm
By: Stan Deatherage ( More Entries )
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"Clogged waterways mean lost jobs."
Washington, DC Yesterday, Congressman Walter B. Jones and several congressional colleagues joined forces to call on the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers to meet its statutory mandate to perform an assessment of the maintenance dredging needs along the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. A 2014 law required the Corps to complete the assessment by September of last year, but the Corps failed to do so. In a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Congressman Jones and his colleagues called on the Corps to follow the law and expedite completion of the assessment. Yesterday's joint letter comes on the heels of Congressman Jones making a similar demand earlier this year.
"Maintaining the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at its authorized depth is important for the economy of Eastern North Carolina and the southeastern United States," said Congressman Jones. "Clogged waterways mean lost jobs. This report will help all stakeholders better understand the needs going forward. The senior leadership of the Corps needs to get on the ball and follow the law so those needs can be addressed."
A copy of yesterday's joint letter can be viewed here, and Congressman Jones' March 2015 letter can be viewed here.
Contact: Maria Jeffrey
Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3)
2333 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Maria.Jeffrey@mail.house.gov (202) 225-3415