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Britt advances key funds for improvements on Alabama’s waterways

The Fiscal Year 2024 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Senator Katie Britt, R-Ala., Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
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U.S. Senator Katie Britt, R-Ala., a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, last week joined her colleagues in advancing the Fiscal Year 2024 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which would appropriate more than $72 million in direct investments Senator Britt secured for projects across Alabama.

In the bill, Senator Britt prioritized investing in key Alabama priorities, including the following:

  • $20.6 million to revitalize and repair the George W. Andrews Lock and Dam on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers at Columbia, Alabama.
  • $18.4 million for dredging, maintenance, and operations on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
  • $12.1 million for dredging, maintenance, and operations on the Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers
  • $11.2 million for dredging, maintenance, and operations in Mobile Harbor
  • $10.5 million for dredging, maintenance, and operations on the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River System

Senator Britt also supported programmatic language in the bill that would set aside $200 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, which serves 37 counties in Alabama, and $30.1 million for the Delta Regional Authority, which serves 20 counties across the state.

“From the rivers that wind across Alabama to Mobile Harbor, our state’s waterways are critical connectors that drive opportunity, recreation, and economic growth in every corner of our great state. These investments would help ensure Alabama remains beautiful and a sweet home to do business long into the future,” said Senator Britt.

The Fiscal Year 2024 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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