Nov 19 2003


Senate Passes Conference Report for Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced important energy and water project funding for Alabama. The conference report for the Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed the Senate late last evening, and is now headed to the President’s desk for his signature.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill provides significant funding for several projects for Alabama. This legislation reflects our commitment to protecting the waterways and energy resources in Alabama and throughout the country."

The legislation provides funds for a number of Alabama waterway projects. Sen. Shelby said, "The waterways of Alabama are an important part of our national inland waterway transportation system. They are an economic necessity for businesses in Alabama and across the nation. Numerous industries depend on an efficient waterway infrastructure to transport goods. Adequate funding is critical in order to avoid interruptions to the river flow traffic."

The bill has provided funding for a number of Army Corps of Engineers projects in Alabama. These funds have been provided for the Corps' ongoing operation and maintenance activities on the waterways listed below:


  • Alabama - Coosa Comprehensive Water Study - $285,000
  • Alabama - Coosa River - $4.0 million (includes $200,000 for implementation of a system-wide geographic information system)
  • Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers - $5.0 million
  • Bayou La Batre - $2 million Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers - $23.6 million (this funding will allow the Corps to begin relocation of Corps facilities in Tuscaloosa)
  • Gulf Intracoastal Waterway - $5 million
  • Inspection of Completed Works - $50,000
  • Millers Ferry Lock and Dam, William Bill Dannelly Lake - $5.429 million
  • Mobile Harbor - $22.040 million
  • Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam - $5.726 million
  • Scheduling Reservoir Operations - $100,000
  • Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway - $24 million (includes $1.5 million for wildlife mitigation)
  • Walter F. George Lock and Dam - $6.892 million
These funds have been provided for the Corps' General Investigations works:
  • Brewton and East Brewton, AL - $300,000
  • Cahaba River Watershed, AL - $50,000
  • Village Creek, Jefferson County (Birmingham Watershed) - $200,000
These funds have been provided to the Corps for construction and major rehabilitation projects on the following waterways:
  • Mobile Harbor, AL - $2.003 million
  • Walter F. George Powerhouse and Dam, AL & GA $12.035 million
  • Walter F. George Powerplant, AL & GA - $3 million

Appalachian Regional Commission - $66 million
Sen. Shelby said, "This legislation provides $66 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission. This funding will allow the Appalachian Regional Commission to continue their efforts to bring economic development and increased infrastructure to this region of the United States."

Delta Regional Authority - $5 million
Sen. Shelby said, "The Delta Regional Authority was established three years ago and created an eight state region of the country, including 20 counties in Alabama, eligible for additional transportation and infrastructure funding, as well as funds for economic development and skills training. This year's appropriations bill provides another $5 million for the Delta Regional Authority."

University of Alabama-Huntsville Climate Action Project - $1 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “As there continues to be debate regarding global warming, it is crucial that the debates be based on sound science. UAH is squarely involved in the international global warming debate, having pioneered the production of satellite based global temperature products which have been incorporated into the highest levels of national and international reports. This funding will provide UAH with the resources to provide policy makers and the public with scientific research regarding the global climate.