Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive more than $9 million for projects along South Carolina’s coast.
The funds include:
- $100,000 for an assessment study of the Cooper River.
- $2.9 million for operations and maintenance at the Cooper River.
- $100,000 for a feasibility study on storm drainage reduction on Edisto Island.
- $2.6 million for the planning, design and construction of a protective sand berm on Pawleys Island.
- $100,000 for environmental restoration at the Santee Delta.
- $100,000 for beach renourishment at Myrtle Beach.
- $50,000 for a Waccamaw River watershed modeling project.
- $50,000 for a storm water drainage study at Surfside Beach.
- $3 million for maintenance of the Intracoastal Waterway in South Carolina.
“I am pleased our colleagues have recognized the importance of these projects to South Carolina,” said Graham. “The funds will help maintain critical parts of our state’s energy infrastructure and preserve our valuable natural resources for the enjoyment of future generations.”
"These projects will help ensure commerce will continue to thrive on South Carolina's waterways,” said DeMint. “I'm please that the entire state will benefit by the protection of our state's natural resources."
The Senator’s secured the funds in the Fiscal Year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the Senate in a 92-3 vote. The measure will now be referred to a House-Senate Conference Committee.