Jul 03 2007

Shelby announces funding for Black Warrior-Tombigbee

Demopolis Times

By Kelli Hilyer

Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala. recently announced a plan regarding funding for several Alabama waterway projects, including the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway.

“I am glad that the committee recognized the importance of these energy and water projects to the state of Alabama,” said Shelby. “This legislation reflects our commitment to protecting the waterways and energy resources in our state and throughout the country.”

If approved, the bill will include $112.90 million for water projects, including $20.94 million for the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway.

Currently, the bill has passed in sub committee and in the Appropriations Committee. After the bill goes to the Senate floor, it will then go to the House of Representatives and eventually to the President for approval.

“This money is part of an annual appropriations bill that goes toward the operation and management of the waterways,” said Patrick Robbins, with the Mobile office of the Army Corps of Engineers said.

Judging from past appropriations bills, Robbins said, the bill will probably not pass until September, when the funds will be appropriated for the specified projects.