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Congressman Supports Great Lakes Harbors Dredging (USA)

Congressman Fred Upton hailed this week’s House passage of legislation that would ensure future funding for vital harbor maintenance, keeping harbors throughout southwest Michigan and the Great Lakes open for business.

The commonsense provision, which was part of the short-term highway bill (H.R. 4348), guarantees that all funding in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be fully used for its intended purpose of harbor maintenance. These revenues are already collected through the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) that is imposed on commercial shippers for the purpose of maintaining our nation’s harbors.  more...

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Upton seemed to forget the 500 or so boats in private marinas that are up river from the commercial harbor. The commercial dredging serves two boats once or twice a month which serve only two customers. The recreational vessels which bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars into the community get absolutely nothing for our county real estate taxes. There are three marinas adversely effected by lack odf dredging. there is only about 50 yards that require dredging that would open the river for all those tax paying boaters in those three marina.4/24/2012 7:33:22 AM
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