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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2007

Schumer, Clinton: Authorization Of $10 Million For Port Of Rochester Waterfront Now Sent To President For Signature

Senate Approves Final Conference Report for Water Resources Development Act—Now Sent to President for Signature

Washington, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate has approved the final conference report for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes $10 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to participate in the ecosystem restoration, navigation, flood damage reduction, and recreation components of the Port of Rochester Waterfront Revitalization Project. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.


The Water Resources Development Act authorizes Corps of Engineers civil works projects, including navigation, ecosystem restoration and shoreline protection projects. Under the authorizations, the Corps partners with local sponsors to conduct the project. A project authorization in WRDA is a necessary first step towards securing funding in an appropriations bill at a later date.


“This is great news for Rochester,” said Schumer.  “Authorization for this funding will allow the city of Rochester to revitalize and restore the city’s historic waterfront. These improvements will serve as a huge boost for the local economy.” 


“I am very pleased that the Senate has approved the final conference report so the city of Rochester can receive the funding necessary to continue to move forward with their Waterfront revitalization initiative,” said Senator Clinton. “This is a critical project for the City and its overall vision for the future, and I am pleased to be able to support Mayor Duffy in his efforts to restore the historic Waterfront. This funding will not only enable the expertise of the federal government to help with this development, it will also provide a substantial financial boost for the City of Rochester as they work to restore and revitalize the Port of Rochester waterfront.”


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