U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced his vote in favor of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) today.
The bill includes the authorization for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project and improved infrastructure for the Lake Marion Regional Water Authority.
Upon completion of the deepening project, the Port of Charleston will be the deepest port on the east coast. It will be able to accommodate larger ships, including those arriving from the enlarged Panama Canal. Approximately 62 percent of the world's shipping fleets consist of the larger post-Panamax container ships.
“The Port of Charleston is vital to our state’s economic future, and I was happy to work with Sen. [Lindsey] Graham (R-SC) to ensure our port will continue to grow and create jobs," Scott said. "According to a University of South Carolina study, approximately one in 11 jobs in South Carolina are tied to the port, bringing an economic value of $53 billion annually.”
The bill also authorized the South Atlantic Regional Systems Management Strategy, which will address storm and flood risks along the south Atlantic coastline, and a provision to improve the water infrastructure for the Lake Marion Regional Water Authority.
“It is critical that we have the best information possible when planning for the future," Scott said. "Our coastal areas are home to millions of people as well as significant economic drivers for the state of South Carolina. This study will help South Carolina be better prepared when planning future growth from Little River to Bluffton."