USA: EDA grants millions for new breakwaters

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the US Department of Commerce is awarding a $7 million grant to the Port of Port Townsend, Washington, to fund replacement of the breakwaters protecting Point Hudson Marina.

The project will restore storm-damaged maritime infrastructure needed to develop the economic resilience of the region to the potential impacts of future disaster. The EDA investment will be matched with $7 million in local investment and is expected to create 24 jobs, retain 150 jobs and generate $6 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
“Strengthening the economic resilience of communities impacted by natural disasters is part of the Biden administration’s commitment to building a better America,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M Raimondo. “This investment will replace an important piece of maritime infrastructure that protects a federally authorised navigation channel vital to both regional commerce and national defence.”
The existing Point Hudson breakwaters will be removed and replaced with entirely new infrastructure.
“The Point Hudson Marina is integral to the community of Port Townsend,” added Senator Maria Cantwell, “and will help protect the marina from sea level rise and more frequent, extreme weather events.”
“This critical investment in our maritime infrastructure will ensure that generations of Port Townsend residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of the marina and annual events like the world-renowned Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival,” she added.


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