The United States House has appropriated a total of $68.6 million for local dam and lock repair. $40.8 million dollars are marked for improvement of the lower Monongahela locks and dams, $25.8 million is intended for the Emsworth dam and $2 million is earmarked for a study of the locks and dams at Emsworth. This money will fully fund the port of pittsburgh commission's requests, and keeps them from having to delay much needed work on the regions locks and dams that have been deteriorating over the years.
The senate appropriations energy and water subcommittee will take up the funding issue in July. If approved at that time, the money will be made available to the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.