U.S. Senate pass harbor deeping, earmarks federal funds for water authority

Berkeley County’s economic development efforts could be bolstered by a new federal act making its way through Congress. On Thursday, Sept. 15, U.S. Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., voted for the Water Resources Development, a federal spending bill that includes the Charleston harbor deepening, a proviso inserted by Scott for the Lake Marion Water Authority, and an assessment of coastal and flood risks in the south Atlantic. The bill now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The deepening project will make the Port of Charleston the deepest port on the East Coast, and able to accept significantly larger ships coming through the now-expanded Panama Canal. These post-expansion vessels will account for 62 percent of container shipping fleets worldwide. “The Port of Charleston is vital to our state’s economic future, and I was happy to work with Sen. Graham to ensure our port will continue to grow and create jobs,” Scott said in a press release.

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