From the office of Congressman Bill Keating:
Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Keating, who represents the South Shore, the South Coast, and the Cape and Islands, has been working with the Army Corp of Engineers for several years, beginning with meetings with Col. Christopher Barron and continuing with the current District Commander Col. William Conde, on the dredging of Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, MA. Below is his statement on the $14 million award of the full federal funding to dredge the harbor ahead of the 2020 celebrations.
“One of the first meetings I had upon coming to Congress was on the planning for the Plymouth 400 commemoration, and I have been working closely with my constituents ever since. The Plymouth Harbor dredging project has always been at the heart of the 2020 preparations, and the surrounding towns will reap significant benefit from its completion. We anticipate an exceedingly memorable year as we commemorate the Mayflower landing in Provincetown and Plymouth, the successful settlement by the Pilgrims, the essential contributions of the Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanoag tribes, and the number of key events that followed, including the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the 50-year Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty, and the first Thanksgiving. I am thrilled for the people in my district, and we are eager to welcome visitors from around the world to our communities.
“After speaking with the Army Corps today, they gave us the following timeline estimate for the project: Currently, the Army Corps is working to finish water quality certification with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in the next couple of weeks. Sustainability information on the dredge material and other federal environmental work should wrap up in that time frame as well. The engineering plans should be finished and reviewed in time for the Army Corps to advertise the contract as early as mid-July; award the contract by September; and see work in the Harbor beginning by November 2018.
“This is an efficient and concise timeline, and I applaud the Army Corps for making this project happen so quickly. I look forward to continuing to work with them and see this critical project to completion.”