09/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2020 18:51
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Commander Major General Diana Holland to push the Corps to select the Quincy Bay Restoration Project for funding through the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program. Durbin has repeatedly pushed the Army Corps for funding to restore Quincy Bay, one of the largest natural bays of the Upper Mississippi River.
'The environmental need for the Quincy Bay project is clear. Restoring it would improve waterways for boaters, reverse the impact that sedimentation and erosion are having on the area's ecosystem, and provide the community with a place for recreation once again. We need the Army Corps to commit to funding the restoration work. I will continue to work with the Corps so we can move this restoration project forward,' Durbin said.
Last year, Durbin included language in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Energy & Water appropriations bill, which was signed into law in December, directing the Army Corps to continue working with Quincy to prioritize the restoration of Quincy Bay, an important environmental restoration project. Quincy Bay has experienced severe sedimentation and land erosion that is impacting the area's ecosystem.