Today, Congressman John Tierney announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has secured the remaining federal funds needed to complete the necessary repairs to the south jetty along Plum Island. The funds resulted from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which Congressman Tierney supported, and are expected to total $5.5 million.
"For years, I have been working with the Army Corps and seizing every possible opportunity to advocate for funds to repair the jetties. The recent winter storms have only reinforced how urgent this matter is for homeowners and the surrounding communities. With these funds, the Corps advises that the south jetty project will be completed. I want to thank the Army Corps of Engineers as well as all the local residents and elected officials who have been partners in this effort. Moving forward, I will continue pressing for attention and funding to address the deterioration of the north jetty, which I know is of significant concern to local leaders and residents of Salisbury," Congressman Tierney said.
"On behalf of Plum Island residents, I express my sincerest gratitude to Congressman Tierney for once again securing funding for the jetties and allowing us to complete the repair of the south jetty," Mayor Holaday said.
"It's great news to learn that Congressman Tierney has secured the funding necessary to finish the repairs to the south jetty. Residents have wanted to see this project completed in its entirety for erosion control and it's vital that we maintain the beaches as a natural resource. These new monies will make that possible," Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives said.
"This funding represents a major achievement in our efforts to address erosion on Plum Island for the long term. Once again, collaboration is driving results as we make steady progress to confront issues that have caused concern for decades," said Senator Bruce Tarr.
"This money is a major step forward and will help preserve critical waterway infrastructure," said State Representative Michael A. Costello. "The completion of the South Jetty will ensure safe navigation of the Merrimack River channel for years to come. I want to thank Congressman John Tierney and our entire federal delegation for helping to secure funding for this project. With this benchmark achieved, we can focus on starting the process of rebuilding the Salisbury Jetty."
Tierney has previously secured federal funding to address Newburyport's dredging priorities, and announced $3.5 million last February to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to start work on the south jetty project. The funds announced today will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to finish those repairs.