The US Army Corps of Engineers is allocating another $2.7 billion in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds to 300 specific maritime port and waterways projects around the country in 2022 and 2023 to improve the flow of freight, provide resilience against climate change effects and help disadvantaged communities.

The White House announced the Corps allocation on March 29, which was accompanied by $1.7 billion under the law from the US Interior Dept.’s Bureau of Reclamation for rural water projects.

The Corps funding is an add-on to $14 billion from the newly enacted law plus other appropriations measures that the agency allocated in January to civil works water projects.

A complete list of the new batch of projects was not immediately available. But the White House said that the $2.7 billion includes $321 million for improvements at coastal ports and inland waterways, $482 million for 12 projects to reduce coastal flood risk and $679 million for seven projects to reduce inland flood risks.

The Corps' port projects include: $72 million to widen and deepen Norfolk Harbor in Virginia; $68 million to deepen the Brazos Island Harbor Channel at the Port of Brownsville in Texas; and $11 million to deepen the Port of Galveston, Texas.

Inland waterways projects include $77 million for new lock chambers at Emsworth Locks and Dams on the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania; and $92.6 million for lock upgrades for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Flood protection and ecosystem restoration projects include $350 million to Adams and Denver Counties in Colorado for ecosystem restoration along 6.5 miles of the South Platte River; $220 million for the Howard Hanson Dam in Washington State; $150 million for floodwalls, surge barriers, levees and other features for the City of Norfolk, Va.; $77 million to restore barrier islands in coastal Mississippi; and $26 million to restore wetland habitat for the Hudson Raritan Estuary in New Jersey and New York.

Other flood protection projects on the list are directed at disadvantaged communities, part of the Biden administration’s focus on environmental justice. They include: $115 million to the Southwest Coastal Louisiana hurricane protection project in Cameron, Calcasieu and Vermilion Parishes; and $67 million to a project in Pajaro and the City of Watsonville in California.