U.S. Senator Rand Paul has re-introduced a piece of legislation that calls for the prioritization of smaller harbors for dredging work in Kentucky waterways.
The Harbor Equity Act seeks to benefit smaller harbors that potentially face shut-downs, like the Hickman-Fulton County Riverport in far western Kentucky.
If approved, the legislation will require the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize smaller harbors for dredging work instead of just larger commercial harbors.
Senator Paul says without this prioritization, there would be a significant financial impact on farmers, towing companies, and the small communities.
The Army Corps currently prioritizes harbor dredging for those harbors that see 1 million or more tons in traffic per year.