The Senate authorized the federal government to convey the eastward expansion of Craney Island to the Virginia Port Authority in an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act.
The amendment clears the way for the 600-acre eastward expansion of Craney Island to be turned over to the VPA when it decides the time is right to build a fourth state-owned container terminal, which will be built on landfill from Hampton Roads dredging.
The VPA, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is working on a multiyear project to develop the expansion.
The Craney amendment and two more that were specific to Virginia were championed by Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va.
The Craney Island amendment authorizes the secretary of the Army to convey certain areas of the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area to the VPA.
Currently, the dredged material area and the eastward expansion project are owned and operated by the corps; the eastward expansion project was approved in the 2007 version of the WRDA.