Durbin: Army Corps Gives Final Approval To Begin Quincy Bay Restoration Project

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after being informed by the Army Corps that the Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division has approved the Quincy Bay Restoration Project to receive federal funding through the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program: 

“I know how important this project is for Quincy and today’s news is a major step forward in the effort to restore the Bay. This project will reverse the impact that sedimentation and erosion are having on the area’s ecosystem, improve waterways for boaters, and provide the community with a place for recreation once again,” Durbin said.

Durbin has repeatedly pushed the Army Corps for funding to restore Quincy Bay, one of the largest natural bays of the Upper Mississippi River. In September, Durbin spoke with Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Commander to urge for funding for the Quincy Bay Restoration Project. Last year, Durbin included language in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Energy & Water appropriations bill, which was signed into law in December, directing the Army Corps to continue working with Quincy to prioritize the restoration of Quincy Bay, an important environmental restoration project.  Quincy Bay has experienced severe sedimentation and land erosion that is impacting the area’s ecosystem.