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Case Debate


Squo Solves - Upgrades

Status quo is upgrading ports now- New York, Georgia proves

Spivak 11 – senior research analyst at the HNTB Corporation, a transportation design and engineering firm (Jeffrey, "The Battle of the Ports", May/June, American Planning Association, aapa.files.cms-plus.com/Battle%20of%20the%20Ports%20-%20Planning%20mag%20-%20May_June%202011.pdf//DG)
Eighteen ports along the East and Gulf coasts are already deepening their channels or pursuing plans to do so, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Numerous ports are also building or planning new terminals and wharfs, and some are adding highway connections to interstates and installing new overhead cranes that are longer than a football field. In New Jersey, for instance, the New York-New Jersey port authority is dredging its channel to 50 feet, and it recently approved raising the Bayonne Bridge 65 feet rather than demolish and rebuild the structure. In Georgia, the Port of Savannah is midway through an eight-year, $500 million expansion that will nearly double its container capacity, and it is pushing ahead with a dredging project that will deepen its channel from 42 feet to 48 feet. In South Carolina, the Port of Charleston is building a $525 million container terminal on a former U.S. Navy base that, when completed in 2016, will increase the port's handling capacity by almost half. And as part of a $600 million upgrade plan, Alabama's Port of Mobile has opened a $300 million container terminal and completed a turning basin enlargement for Post-Panamax ships. Then there's the $2 billion in new projects planned for the port of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to a Southern Legislative Conference survey of ports. "The expansion of the Panama Canal is the tool to help us build on our port," says Stephanie Ayers, director of planning and development for the North Carolina State Ports Authority. These projects illustrate the ports' high hopes. It's unclear, however, whether they will be completed in time for the opening of the Panama Canal's new locks. The governmental reviews required for Savannah's dredging project stretched over more than a decade, involving interests ranging from the commercial fishing industry to environmental groups in neighboring South Carolina. "It's been a political logistics nightmare," says Tom Thomson, executive director of the Chatham County- Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, "but it was necessary to ensure that all the issues were addressed to the community's satisfaction."

Status quo solves – upgrades now

Barnett, 12 (Ron, USA Today, 5/24, “East Coast ports scramble to dig deep, for supersize ships,” http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/2012-05-24/deepening-harbors/55653540/1)
The ports of Norfolk, Va., and Baltimore have completed projects that put them in position to be the first to receive the big ships, some of them 1,110 feet long with the capacity to haul up to 13,000 boxcar-size freight containers, Ellis said. Elsewhere, the work is in varying stages: The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to finish dredging a 50-foot deep channel to three terminals in New York Harbor by the end of the year and to the main New York terminal by 2014, according to New York/New Jersey Port Authority spokesman Hunter Pendarvis. The authority has committed $1 billion to raise the Bayonne Bridge by 64 feet to allow the bigger ships to pass under, he said. Miami-Dade County reached an agreement in April with environmental groups that had raised concerns about the Port of Miami's Deep Dredge project. It is expected to be able to handle the big ships by 2014 or soon thereafter, according to Ellis. The Corps of Engineers completed a study in April finding that Savannah, Ga.'s proposed $652-million channel deepening project is viable. The Corps is in the midst of a study of Charleston harbor, said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. Philadelphia and Corpus Christi are currently involved in dredging projects, according to Ellis. Boston, Jacksonville, Canaveral and Freeport, Texas, are among other ports pursuing deeper channels, he said.

Squo Solves – Firewalls

Squo solves – HMTF firewalls will cause increase in spending for dredging in the status quo – bipart initiative indicates it will pass in budget.

Mulé, 12 – Communications Director for Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA) (Millard, “Louisiana Congressman Greatly Impacts House Budget”, US House of Representatives, 3/26/12, http://landry.house.gov/press-release/louisiana-congressman-greatly-impacts-house-budget) // EK
Per the request of Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03), the U.S. House Budget Committee has added language to its Fiscal Year 2013 budget that would fully allocate all Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) proceeds for its intended purpose: dredging our nation’s waterways. The Committee also followed Landry’s appeal that no funding be allocated to any effort which forces entities to violate their religious beliefs. Landry, who led a bipartisan coalition of 72 House Members calling for proper port dredging, is pleased the HMTF language was added. “I am thrilled the Budget Committee has chosen to honor my request and apportion the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for dredging,” said Landry. “Dredging our nation’s ports will put Americans back to work and return economic prosperity to our manufacturing, agriculture, and energy sectors. Having this issue addressed in the Budget Report ensures government bureaucrats cannot use dredge funding for other purposes.”

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