- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Charleston District of the Army Corps of Engineers would receive almost $30 million for civil works projects under President Barack Obama’s proposed budget.

That includes, among other projects, $17 million to maintain the Charleston Harbor shipping channel and almost $3 million for operations at dredge disposal sites.

The budget also includes more than a half-million dollars to dredge the entrance to Town Creek near McClellanville in Charleston County.

While the budget does not include money for the Charleston Harbor deepening project, the Corps says no additional funds are needed to complete studies of the work.

The Corps has proposed the shipping channel be deepened to 52 feet at a cost of just over a half-billion dollars. A final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be completed next summer.

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