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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY-Continued
CORPS OF ENGINEERS-CIVIL-Continued
General and special funds-Continued
The requested appropriation of $988 million represents an increase of $45 million compared with the amount appropriated for 1965, and an increase of $161 million compared with 1964. About 74% of the requested appropriation will be applied to 59 major projects in amounts of $5 million or more each.
1. Advance engineering and design.-Design studies establish project features and cost estimates required for preparation of contract plans. The funds requested will bring designs and plans for a number of high priority projects to the stage where they will be ready for construction, and will permit continuation or initiation of planning on other needed projects.
2. Navigation projects. This activity includes construction of locks, dams, and canals, and improvement of channels and harbors by dredging and by construction of breakwaters, jetties, and dikes. Provision is made also for the construction of small navigation projects not specifically authorized by Congress.
With the funds requested, work will be continued in 1966 on 45 channel and harbor projects, of which 11 will be completed; and on 17 lock, dam, and canal projects, of which 1 will be completed. Construction will be initiated on 13 channel and harbor and lock and dam projects or project modifications of which 1 will be completed:
3. Alteration of bridges over navigable waters.-Obstructive bridges over navigable waterways are altered under arrangements that provide for apportionment of the costs of alteration between the United States and the bridge owners. The funds requested will finance the Federal share of the cost of two continuing projects, one of which will be completed, and for beginning one new projectBerwick Bay Bridge, La.
4. Beach erosion control projects.-The Federal Government assists in the construction of works for the restoration and protection against erosion by waves and currents of the shores of the United States and possessions. Existing law provides for Federal payment of 50% of the cost of beach erosion control works for the protection of nonFederal publicly owned or publicly used shores, and up to 70% of the cost of protection of State and other publicly owned shore parks and conservation areas that meet Certain criteria. Provision is also made for small beach erosion control projects not requiring specific congressional
Reimbursement will be made to compensate local interests on six projects, of which two will be for initial reimbursement in 1966. These two projects are:
1. Black Rock Reservoir, Conn. 2. Sucker Brook Reservoir, Conn.
3. Beltzville Reservoir, Pa. 4. Union City Reservoir, Pa.
6. Multiple-purpose projects, including power.-With the funds requested, work will be continued on 24 multiplepurpose projects with power installations, 3 of which will be completed in 1966. Construction will be initiated on three projects as follows:
1. West Point Reservoir, Ga. and Ala. 3. Lower Granite lock and dam, 2. Libby Reservoir, Mont. Washington.
A supplemental appropriation under existing legislation will be requested to initiate construction on the Lower Granite project, Washington.
7. Recreation on completed projects.-Additional public use facilities will be provided at completed projects to accommodate a rapidly increasing number of visitors.
8. Small authorized projects.-The Federal Government constructs or assists in the construction of authorized channel and harbor, shore protection, and flood control projects, each of which has a total estimated Federal cost of $400 thousand or less.
9. Coordination act studies (Fish and Wildlife Service).This program provides for detailed studies and reports by the Fish and Wildlife Service to determine the effects on fish and wildlife resources of water-control projects of the Corps of Engineers.
10. Rehabilitation.-Rehabilitation work is undertaken on existing projects or parts of projects that have deteriorated to the extent that their usefulness has been impaired. Repair of breakwaters, revetments, and piers will be carried out on 16 navigation projects and stilling basin repairs on 1 multiple purpose project will be made in 1966 under major rehabilitation. Minor rehabilitation, where the total cost of each item is $400 thousand or less, will be accomplished on two projects.