Rep. Driskell Votes for Dredging, Natural Resource Projects

Legislation will fund more than 100 projects in Michigan*
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

LANSING — State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) voted in favor of Senate Bill 233 today, a bill that would fund more than 70 different projects around the state. The bill also funds 49 emergency dredging projects. The bill passed 107-3.

“This money will go toward parks and other natural sites across Michigan, improving many of our communities,” Driskell said. “I fully support making cities and towns more livable and increasing our citizens’ quality of life.”

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is a constitutionally protected fund that is dedicated to recreation acquisition and development projects. SB 233 would appropriate $23.3 million for 76 projects; 22 acquisition and 54 development. The bill would also appropriate $21 million for 49 emergency dredging projects that were approved by the State Waterways Commission on Feb. 8. A dredging project is considered an emergency if it has been determined that “emergency conditions warrant a dredging project to protect property, public health, safety or welfare.” The bill now will go to the governor’s desk for his signature.

“Improving Michigan’s parks and waterways will spur tourism across the state,” Driskell said. “For many communities, visitors drive a large portion of the economy. These projects are a worthwhile investment.”