Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-04) on the President's Budget Proposal for the Great Dismal Swamp Canal (2004)
Since its construction, the Great Dismal Swamp Canal has required regular dredging and maintenance expenses as well as routine operation costs. The President's FY2005 budget includes $435,000 for this important project. This amount, however, may be inadequate to ensure the canal's yearly operation.
This unique waterway has supplied access to the remote wetlands of the Great Dismal Swamp for over 200 years, earning its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and its designation as a National Civil Engineering Landmark. Obtaining the necessary funding for the continued operation of our nation's oldest man-made canal is an important priority both for residents as well as visitors to the region.
While it is early in the appropriations process, I look forward to working to see that the Army Corps of Engineers obtains sufficient funding for the maintenance of this very important historical and ecological landmark.