Greetings from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA). On behalf of our AIWA Board of Directors, I want to thank each of you for being a member of the Association. I am writing you today to share information related to federal funding for the maintenance dredging of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Please note that this email is a high level review of information that was only made available Tuesday (FY18 Budget) and today (FY17 Work Plan). A more detailed review will be included in the AIWA Summer 2017 newsletter. READ MORE!
I am outlining two separate appropriations processes over two separate fiscal years–the FY17 Work Plan and the FY18 President’s Budget. The FY17 Work Plan identifies final funding for Corps projects while the FY18 President’s Budget outlines the Administration’s priorities. The FY17 Work Plan is funding for the fiscal year that starts on October 1, 2016 and goes through September 30, 2017 and the President’s Budget is for next year from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. In a simplified explanation, the Work Plan is the combination of the President’s budget and additional funding added by Congress; the President’s budget is only the first step in the process for FY18.
Wednesday Evening, the FY17 Work Plan was released and included the following amounts for the AIWW:
Virginia- $4.14Million, $110k more than President’s FY17 budget
North Carolina- $1.833M, $83k more than President’s FY17 budget
South Carolina- $6.6M, $6.5M more than President’s FY17 budget
Georgia- $181K, no increase over President’s FY17 budget
Florida- $2.85M, $2M more than President’s FY17 budget
Total- $15.604M, $8.693M more than the President’s Budget
In FY 2016, the final Work Plan included $13.931M so the FY17 amount is the largest that the waterway has received in the typical appropriations process in more than five years, and almost 80% more than the President’s Budget. In addition, the Work Plan funding amounts do not include over $30 million received in FY17 for AIWW Maintenance as part of the 2017 supplemental appropriations bill for hurricane recovery. Every state along the waterway received funding for maintenance dredging for hurricane recovery. Further details on all funding will also be provided in the AIWA Summer 2017 newsletter.
FY 18: President’s budget:
On Tuesday, the FY18 President’s Budget was released and included the following amounts for the AIWW:
Virginia- $5.479 Million
North Carolina- $2.812M
South Carolina- $199.5K
In comparison, the President’s Budget included $7.231M in FY16 and $6.911 M in FY17 for the Waterway so the FY18 amount is a substantial increase (over 43% higher than 2017) and a great starting point. However, the amount of AIWW funding in the President’s Budget is less than we received in the final FY17 work plan and we will be working with Congress to increase this amount as we have done in previous years. We are making great progress and are very appreciative of the increased funding amounts. We will continue working to increase funding to address additional unmet needs, and we can always use your assistance in two primary areas. One, if you have the opportunity to speak to Congressional Members or staff, please ask them to support Additional Operations & Maintenance Funding for Inland Waterways and Small, Remote or Subsistence Navigation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These are the funds that lead to additional funding above the President’s Budget in the final Work Plans.
And secondly, the AIWA is a membership organization funded through your financial support and proceeds from our annual meeting. We hope to see many of you at our next conference planned for November 15-16, 2017 at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Please also encourage others to join our efforts as AIWA members at all levels and we specifically want to reach local government, marinas and marine businesses, and corporate entities who work and rely on the waterway to join our efforts. If you have contacts or recommendations we would love to hear from you and you can forward to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance in identifying organizations to get them on board!
Please stay tuned for more information in our summer newsletter related to specific projects that have been completed or are underway in all of the states along the waterway. If you have any questions on the information provided above please let me know.
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association