Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)
-- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced the U.S. Senate passed the 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations legislation which contains over $79 million dollars in projects for South Carolina. Graham voted for the bill which passed the Senate 92-0.
“The projects funded in this bill improve the infrastructure of the state, maintain trade routes, and will help preserve the pristine recreational areas we all enjoy,” said Graham. “These projects will make the state more attractive for future economic development, business investment, and tourism.”
“I am proud of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing this bill in a bipartisan manner,” said Graham. “This demonstrates the ability of the Republican leadership to reach out to our Democratic friends and accomplish business that is good for the American people.”
Graham noted that in addition to the South Carolina specific projects, the bill provides $71.1 million dollars for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.
The bill also congratulates the state for creating one of the first new graduate programs in nuclear engineering in the last 20 years and strongly encourages the U.S. Department of Energy to support the new program at the University of South Carolina.
The bill must now pass a conference meeting of both the House of Representatives and the Senate before it can be finalized and signed into law by President Bush.
South Carolina Projects Contained in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriation Bill
- $16.924 million for the Russell Dam and Lake for construction, operations and maintenance;
- $13.96 million for Lake Hartwell operations and maintenance;
- $11.747 million for J. Strom Thurmond Lake for operation and maintenance;
- $10.5 million for Charleston Harbor operations and maintenance;
- $5.5 million for the Thurmond Lake Powerhouse for construction and major rehabilitation;
- $5 million for the deepening and widening of Charleston Harbor;
- $3.85 million to Lake Russell for land mitigation payments to South Carolina;
- $3.38 million to the Cooper River for operations and maintenance;
- $2.719 million to Georgetown Harbor for the dredging of Sampit River and Upper Winyah Bay, and for operations and maintenance;
- $1.432 million to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway for operations and maintenance;
- $1 million to Lake Russell for mitigation payment related to turbine operations at the dam;
- $760,000 in additional money for the dredging of Charleston Harbor;
- $452,000 to Folly River for operations and maintenance;
- $430,000 to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway for general investigations;
- $419,000 to Town Creek for operations and maintenance;
- $350,000 to Lakes Marion and Moultrie for general stewardship;
- $300,000 for the Aquatic Plant Control Program, a statewide management of nuisance aquatic plant problems in public waters;
- $200,000 to the Savannah River Basin for general stewardship;
- $200,000 to Folly Beach for general construction;
- $170,000 to the Reedy River for general stewardship;
- $125,000 to Pawleys Island for pre-construction engineering and design;
- $100,000 to the Broad River Basin for general stewardship;
- $100,000 to Edisto Island for an erosion study;
- $75,000 for the Santee Delta Environmental Restoration;
- $50,000 to the Waccamaw River for general stewardship;
- $45,000 to Murrells Inlet for operations and maintenance.