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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan’s Senior U.S. Senator is planning to reintroduce legislation to improve maintenance of the nation’s harbors, including those in the Great Lakes.
Testifying before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Carl Levin said he will reintroduce legislation calling for money from the more than $7 billion surplus in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund be spent as intended on maintaining the nation’s harbors.
Levin says the current problem is that while the money should be used for harbor maintenance it is being used for other purposes. The Detroit Democrat says inadequate investment in dredging is threatening the economic competitiveness of the United States because the system has been inadequately funded over the years, and the Great Lakes have a backlog in dredging of about 20 million cubic yards for commercial harbors, hampering our economic competitiveness.
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