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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

Oregon Members Fight for Investments, Critical Maintenance of Oregon’s Ports

Dec 1, 2017
Press Release

Today, members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Ryan Fisher urging the Trump Administration to fund critical maintenance and dredging of Oregon’s small ports and jetties. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, urged the Administration to make these investments to keep our ports open and safe, and to ensure Oregon’s coastal communities are able to thrive.

“We encourage you to fund the critical navigation needs of Oregon’s small coastal ports.  Our harbors along the Oregon coast serve as some of the most vital harbors of refuge in the nation.  With our breaking bars, the increasing intensity of storms and unpredictable weather, it is extremely important that our channels be dredged and our jetties maintained to adequately serve the safety of our commercial and recreational fishing fleets, as well as allow for the Search and Rescue activities of our U.S. Coast Guard men and women,” the members wrote.

A 2014 State of Oregon study shows that our coastal ports support 15,759 direct/indirect jobs and $904 million to the state GDP.  In addition, NOAA’s 2015 Fisheries of the U.S. report ranked the State of Oregon seventh in the nation for 2015 domestic fish landings, with 195 million pounds valued at $115.7 million. 

A copy of the letter is included below.

 

 

December 1, 2017

 

 

Mr. Ryan Fisher

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

108 Army Pentagon

Washington, D.C.  20310

 

Dear Mr. Fisher:

 

As you look ahead to the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) work plan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, we encourage you to fund the critical navigation needs of Oregon’s small coastal ports.  Our harbors along the Oregon coast serve as some of the most vital harbors of refuge in the nation.  With our breaking bars, the increasing intensity of storms and unpredictable weather, it is extremely important that our channels be dredged and our jetties maintained to adequately serve the safety of our commercial and recreational fishing fleets, as well as allow for the Search and Rescue activities of our U.S. Coast Guard men and women.

 

Oregon’s coastal navigation infrastructure also supports rural communities in our state.  A 2014 State of Oregon study shows that our coastal ports support 15,759 direct/indirect jobs and $904 million to the state GDP[i].  In addition, NOAA’s 2015 Fisheries of the U.S. report ranked the State of Oregon seventh in the nation for 2015 domestic fish landings, with 195 million pounds valued at $115.7 million[ii].  Funding for the maintenance of federal navigation infrastructure along the Oregon coast is essential to the success of our fishing fleets and to maintaining a vibrant coastal and national economy.

 

While the current appropriations process for FY2018 remains incomplete, we believe that based on the process in previous years, there will continue to be significant programmatic funding included for both “small, remote and subsistence harbors” and “deep draft harbors.”  Oregon’s emerging harbors can all compete for funding from one or both of these programmatic accounts and we request that you strongly consider the following for inclusion in your FY2018 work plan:

 

Project Name

Additional FY2018
Capability

Total FY2018 Request

Skipanon Channel (Port of Astoria)

$123,000

$123,000

Siuslaw River (Port of Siuslaw)

$837,000

$837,000

Umpqua River (Port of Umpqua)

$405,000

$1,326,000

Coquille River (Port of Bandon)

$453,000

$453,000

Rogue River (Port of Gold Beach)

$809,000

$809,000

Chetco River (Port of Brookings Harbor)

$1,029,000

$1,838,000

Tillamook Bay & Harbor (Port of Garibaldi)

$575,000

$575,000

Port of Port Orford
(includes $4,950,000 for breakwater repair)

$6,593,000

$6,593,000

Yaquina Bay & Harbor (Port of Newport)

$0

$3,096,000

Yaquina River (Port of Toledo)

$0

$0

Depoe Bay

$877,000

$877,000

 

 

The international trade, recreational boating and commercial fishing taking place out of Oregon ports continues to be a vital asset for our coastal communities, our region and the entire nation.  We thank you for your continued consideration of these projects for the FY2018 work plan.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

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PETER DeFAZIO                                                                 RON WYDEN

Member of Congress                                                               United States Senator

 

 

 

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JEFF MERKLEY                                                                   EARL BLUMENAUER

United States Senator                                                              Member of Congress

 

 

 

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KURT SCHRADER                                                               SUZANNE BONAMICI

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

[i] Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority, Economic Benefits of Oregon Public Ports (May 2014).