Senate passes bill with Green amendment to expedite emergency dredging

For Immediate Release                                                                                                    
March 7, 2013       
Contact: Ryan Mitchell

Senate passes bill with Green amendment to expedite emergency dredging

LANSING, Mich.— An amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Green to finance dredging around the state was approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The amendment to Senate Bill 233 will implement Governor Rick Snyder’s recommendation for $21 million for emergency dredging projects by appropriating both waterways funds ($9.4 million) and general funds ($11.5 million).

“Michigan’s ports, harbors and waterways are in dire need of these improvements as a result of historically low water levels in the Great Lakes,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This measure will ensure that appropriate funding is available around the state.”

Green’s amendment also will bill the federal government for dredging projects at sites where the federal government has the current federal obligation to conduct dredging activities.

“The federal government has turned its back on dredging projects that clearly are federal responsibilities by not releasing federal funds that have been collected from the marine industry specifically for dredging in the basin,” Green said.

SB 233 was voted out of the Senate Thursday and will now head to the House for further consideration.