Congressman introduces bill to prepare Mississippi River for Panama Canal expansion
News – June 28, 2012
Congressman Cedric Richmond has introduced the ‘DREDGE Act of 2012′ – Dredging for Restoration and Economic Development for Global Exports.
The bill would give the Army Corps of Engineers the authorization to dredge the Mississippi River to 50ft so that larger vessels transiting the expanded Panama Canal can access the River.
In addition, the bill creates a pilot project to promote the rebuilding of wetlands using existing sediment dredged from the River.
“The Mississippi River is undoubtedly the most important river in the United States,” said Congressman Richmond.
“Its proximity to the Panama Canal is vital to our nation’s economy and critical to supporting the President’s goal of doubling America’s exports. With the introduction of the DREDGE Act of 2012, we are preparing for the future while strengthening our wetland restoration efforts.
“By deepening the Mississippi River, we continue to remain effective and competitive in the global market while preparing the state of Louisiana to capitalize on an extremely valuable asset, our ports.”
In addition to deepening the Mississippi River, the DREDGE Act of 2012 calls for
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