Congressman Panetta Announces U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Funding for Local Harbor Districts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for the Santa Cruz Harbor and the Moss Landing Harbor. The Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan provides $464,000.00 to the Santa Cruz Harbor, and $709,000.00 to the Moss Landing Harbor. The funds ensure the harbor channels remain navigable through maintenance dredging operations.
"The Santa Cruz and Moss Landing Harbors provide our communities with economic, recreational, and educational opportunities by connecting us to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. These funds support continued maintenance and protection of the waterways," said Congressman Panetta. "I remain committed to ensuring these harbors are safe and navigable for all who use them, and will continue to advocate for future funding."
"Congressman Panetta has been an effective advocate for Santa Cruz Harbor, ensuring funding for critical dredging operations. Maintaining safe and navigable depths in the harbor channel ensures access for commercial fishing vessels, charter operations, marine educational programs, recreational boating and marine rescue units, including the Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the City of Santa Cruz Fire Boat," said Marian Olin, Santa Cruz Port Director.
"On behalf of all the fishermen, researchers, tourists and businesses that depend on Moss Landing Harbor, we thank Congressman Panetta for his efforts in supporting this critical funding," said Linda McIntyre, General Manager and Harbor Master of Moss Landing Harbor. "This will enable us to continue to provide fishermen, researchers and tourists who depend on the Harbor access to the ocean."
Earlier this year, Congressman Panetta secured $487,000.00 for the Santa Cruz Harbor in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year 2018 Work Plan. This included backpay of a $64,000.00 shortfall from Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 that was owed to the Santa Cruz Port District from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.