Senator Chris Coons

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are touting the use of federal funds for a drinking water project in the Smyrna area.

More than $3.7 million of stimulus funds were allotted to Smyrna in 2009 to improve the area's drinking water. The Agriculture Department has now provided two rural development loans totaling $3.4 million to enable the town to complete the project.



     President Barack Obama’s budget proposal recommends spending $31 million to deepen the main shipping channel of the Delaware River and Bay.

     The Wilmington News Jouranal reports…that has been confirmed by the office Sen. Chris Coons.

     Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and the Delaware congressional delegation have lobbied hard for additional funds.

     Having the money in the budget proposal…could make it easier for lawmakers to protect funds for the 103-mile project during the appropriations process.