Army Corps proposes $18.5 million in SC projects

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing $18.5 million in projects for South Carolina's coastal area for the upcoming budget year.

Charleston District Engineer Lt. Col. Jason Kirk says the projects include nearly $10 million for dredging and maintaining the Charleston Harbor as well as more than $6 million for the St. Stephen power plant. The plant supplies energy for 30,000 homes in the Santee Cooper power grid.

Kirk says the proposal also includes about $320,000 for surveys and environmental compliance activities with the Georgetown Harbor project and $114,000 for the study involving Edisto Island storm damage reduction.

The proposal covers the 2011 fiscal year, which begins in October. The plan need congressional approval.

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