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Wilmington District receives final FY 2015 allocation of $55.4 million; FY 2016 budget proposal contains $54 million for the District

Published Feb. 3, 2015

The President released both the work plan for fiscal year 2015 (FY15) and his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 (FY16) which includes funding for ongoing projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District.

The FY15 work plan provides additional funding of almost $7 million in operation and maintenance (O&M) for a range of Wilmington District projects (the District was originally allocated $48.4 million for FY 15 in O&M).  For example, the Morehead City Harbor project received an increase of $4.1 million for a new total O&M allocation of $8.9 million, and the Manteo (Shallowbag) Bay project increased by $1.2 million for a total funding of almost $2 million. Seven other O&M projects received additional funds in the work plan including $500,000 for New River Inlet and $957,000 for Philpott Lake in Virginia.  The enclosed table shows the original funding allocations for all projects, the additional funds provided by the work plan and the resulting total funding for FY15.  

The $54 million designated for District projects in the FY16 budget provide funding for O&M of Federal projects including: Wilmington Harbor, $15 million; Morehead City Harbor, $8.8 million; and other shallow draft harbors and channels including Manteo (Shallowbag) Bay (Oregon Inlet) and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  The District’s five lakes and dams are included in the budget with John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir in N.C. and Va. (Buggs Island) receiving $11 million, Philpott Lake, Va., $5 million, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, N.C., $3.4 million, B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake, N.C., $2 million, and Falls Lake, N.C., $1.8 million.  The FY16 budget proposals for all District projects are shown on the enclosed table.

“The additional funding of two of the state's important navigation projects at Morehead City Harbor and Manteo will allow us to perform additional dredging and at least alleviate the emergency conditions in the short term,” said District Commander Army COL Kevin Landers. “In addition to the funding appropriated to continue to maintain Wilmington Harbor, the increase in funding in the President's Budget at both Morehead City Harbor and Manteo will certainly help us remain out of crisis mode in FY16. We also appreciate the state's continued support in strategic planning and potential funding to keep the state's waterways, which are economic engines, viable.”

Like each year’s presidential budget, the proposed FY16 budget begins a process that includes action by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and results in an appropriations bill to be enacted into law before final funding amounts are known.


Wilmington District Authorized Projects              ($1,000s)


INVESTIGATIONS                                                       FY15            FY15            FY15             President’s

Project Title                                                             Allocation    Work Plan       Total                 Budget

Wilmington Harbor Improvements, NC                            25                                    25                           0

 Investigations Subtotal                                                  $25                 $0             $25                         $0


CONSTRUCTION                                                        FY15             FY15            FY15                    FY16

 Project Title                                                            Allocation     Work Plan      Total               Budget

 Roanoke River, Upper Basin Headwaters, VA                50                                    50                        0

 Construction Subtotal                                                     $50                $0             $50                      $0

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE                         FY15              FY15           FY15                  FY16

 Project Title                                                            Allocation*    Work Plan      Total               Budget

 Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, NC                              2,574                               2,574                  2,600

 B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake, NC                          1,837                19           1,856                  2,049

 Cape Fear River above Wilmington, NC                         478                  3              481                      772

 Falls Lake, NC                                                              1,890                20           1,910                  1.776

 John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir, VA and NC           10,578                45          10,623                10,976

 Manteo (Shallowbag) Bay, NC                                        792           1,200           1,992                   2,000

 Masonboro Inlet, NC                                                         50                                    50                       50

 Morehead City Harbor, NC                                           4,806           4,100          8,906                   8,796

 New River Inlet, NC                                                                             500              500               

 Philpott Lake, VA                                                          6,378              957          7,335                    5,023

 Rollinson Channel, NC                                                    545                                 545                       300

 Silver Lake Harbor, NC                                                   297                                  297                       300

 W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, NC                         3,260               34           3,294                     3.363

 Wilmington Harbor, NC                                               13,986                            13,986                   15,019

 Inspection of Completed Works, NC                               261                                  261                        270

 Project Condition Surveys, NC                                        693                                 693                         700

 Operation and Maintenance Subtotal                       $48,425         $6,878      $55,303             $53,994           


All Appropriations                                                     $48,500         $6,878     $55,378                  $53,994   

* - Operations and maintenance allocation amounts have already been reduced by the 1% statutory deduction for emergency activities