Alexander: New Project Included in Water Infrastructure Bill Will Help Protect Nashville Area From Future Flooding

Bill will help protect jobs and industry in Tennessee by improving dams and water infrastructure

Posted on September 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15, 2016 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced the Senate approved bipartisan legislation that authorizes funding to build, repair and maintain the nation’s locks, dams and other water infrastructure.

“Passage of the Water Resources Development Act is one way the federal government can help improve dams and other water infrastructure, which will help protect jobs and industry in Tennessee and throughout the country by keeping commerce flowing on our nation’s rivers,” Alexander said. “This bill will also authorizes funding for a new project that can help protect the Nashville area from future flooding.”

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 authorizes funding to improve locks and dams, dredge rivers and harbors, prevent floods and storm damage, and conduct environmental restoration projects. The legislation also authorizes funding for the Mill Creek Flood Risk Management Project which is related to ongoing flood risk management for the Nashville area following the May 2010 Nashville flood.

The legislation passed the Committee on Environment and Public Works on April 28 by a vote of 19 to 1. Today, the Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 95 to 3.

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