House Appropriations Committee Approves Federal Funds for Beach Replenishment Projects
Washington, D.C. --- The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 today that includes funds for the continuation of critical shore protection projects in Monmouth County, said U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).
Pallone officially requested the funding for shore projects above the Bush Administration's requests in a letter to House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Hobson (R-OH) in March. The spending bill will now go before the full House of Representatives for a vote. Fiscal Year 2005 officially begins on October 1, 2004.
Pallone said he was pleased that the bill includes funding to place sand on beaches that have previously been replenished but may have lost sand in the last few years. The Bush Administration provided no funding for this type of renourishment, but the Subcommittee provided $500,000.
"I am pleased that the Committee provided $500,000 that was otherwise not included in the Bush Administration's budge t request in the area from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet. However, I believe it's important to have additional resources available in case of winter storm damage or unexpected erosion," Pallone said. "I will try to get more money in the conference committee between the House and Senate that will meet later this year, " he added.
Projects along the Bayshore in Monmouth County also received additional funding beyond President Bush's request. Pallone's requests to increase funding for all projects currently in the engineering and design phase were met. Union Beach, not funded by the Administration, will receive $100,000 to complete the engineering and design. Leonardo, slated to receive $198,000 in the Administration budget request, will now receive $250,000. Pallone's request for $250,000 for Highlands was met, which is $100,000 above the Administration's request. Finally, Keyport will receive an additional $50,000 above the Administration's request of $150,000.
Pallone noted his concern that President Bush's policy not to fund new shore protection and flood control projects continues to make it difficult to get funding for Jersey shore projects. Pallone noted, "The Bush Administration has significantly cut funding to the shore protection and flood control budget resulting in very little money to go around. I will continue to work with the committee during conference to try to get more money for projects in the Congressional district."