LoBiondo Pushes for Full Funding of Beach Projects
Continuing his fight for South Jersey's fair share of federal dollars, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) this week contacted Lieutenant General Carl Strock, Chief of Engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to stress the importance of ongoing beach replenishment efforts in South Jersey and the need to fully fund the projects. LoBiondo had previously secured $7,326,000 in federal funding for 2nd District beach replenishment and construction projects in the Fiscal Year 2007 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which was approved by the full House in May 2006.
"I cannot stress enough how critical this federal support is to protect the homes and businesses of our coastal communities," said LoBiondo. "Furthermore, it cannot be overstated; beaches mean jobs. This request represents my continued commitment to enhance the economic strengths of Southern New Jersey. I will continue to stress the real need for this funding to the Army Corps to bolster the local economies of our coastal communities."
Absent from the House-passed spending resolution crafted by the Democrat majority last week were specific funding priority instructions for the Army Corps for the FY 2007 appropriations. Thus, once approved by the Senate and signed into law by the President, the Army Corps will be given their allocated federal dollars for FY 2007 without specific guidance as to which projects to fund. LoBiondo seeks to highlight the need for the Army Corps to continue projects already underway in South Jersey.
Since being elected to the House of Representatives, LoBiondo has secured more than $143 million for beach replenishment and related projects for the 2nd District.
Below is the list of projects LoBiondo has requested that the Army Corps fund from the FY 2007 appropriations. The funding appropriated in the May 2006 House-passed appropriations bill and that which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee are listed after each project. (Note: The full Senate never voted on their FY 2007 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, which would have then had differences reconciled with the House-passed bill.)
While acknowledging that all projects are unlikely to receive full funding, LoBiondo sent the letter to the Army Corps to reiterate his strong support for all of the 2nd District's projects. The following is text from the letter to Lt. General Strock.
February 6, 2007
Lt. Gen. Carl Strock
Chief of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dear Lt. Gen. Strock:
As you know, H.J. Res. 20, the Fiscal Year 2007 Continuing Resolution as passed by the House of Representatives provides funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Construction account in aggregate without any Congressional direction. Therefore, as you determine which projects will receive FY07 funding, I am writing to respectfully request you provide funding for the following priority projects in my District.
Ø Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Peck Beach - to conduct periodic re-nourishment scheduled for fiscal year 2007 in Ocean City, N.J.
Ø Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet - to finish initial construction of a sea wall in North Wildwood, N.J. and conduct periodic re-nourishment for Avalon and Stone Harbor, N.J. originally scheduled for fiscal year 2005.
Ø Absecon Island - to conduct periodic re-nourishment for Atlantic City and Ventnor, N.J. originally scheduled for fiscal year 2006.
Ø Delaware Bay Coastline, Oakwood Beach - to begin initial construction of a shore protection project in Elsinboro, N.J.
Ø Delaware Bay Coastline, Reeds Beach to Pierces Point - to begin initial construction of an environmental restoration project in Middle Township, N.J.
Ø Delaware Bay Coastline, Villas and Vicinity - to begin initial construction of an environmental restoration project in Lower Township, N.J.
Ø Hereford Inlet to Cape May Inlet - to complete a feasibility study of a shore protection project for North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Ø Cape May Inlet to Lower Township - to conduct ongoing monitoring of the shore protection project in Cape May, N.J.
Ø Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet - to conduct ongoing monitoring of the shore protection project in Brigantine, N.J.
Ø Lower Cape May Meadows - to conduct ongoing construction of the environmental restoration project in Cape May Point, N.J.
Ø Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet - to begin construction of a shore protection project in Sea Isle City, N.J.
Ø Maurice River Watershed - to begin a study of a flood control project for the Maurice River Delta, N.J.
Continuing Authority Program:
Ø Pennsville - to conduct ongoing study of a Section 205 Small Flood Control project in Pennsville, N.J.
Ø Pine Mount Creek - to complete construction of a Section 1135 Project to Improve the Environment in Greenwich, N.J.
Ø East Point - to begin construction of a Section 14 Emergency Streambank and Shore Protection project in Maurice River Township, N.J.
Ø Delaware Bay Oyster Revitalization - to continue construction of an oyster seeding project in the Delaware Bay.
Operations and Maintenance:
Ø New Jersey Intercoastal Waterway -to conduct maintenance dredging of the Intercoastal Waterway in Southern New Jersey.
Ø Absecon Inlet - to conduct ongoing maintenance of Absecon Inlet, N.J.
Thank you for you attention to my request for funding of these critically needed projects. Should you have and questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Frank A. LoBiondo
Member of Congress