Alexander Praises Senate Approval of Water Resources Bill Including Key Tennessee Projects

A Significant Step Forward’ for Public Safety, Clean Water

Posted on May 16, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation that would authorize repairs and replacements for aging Tennessee dams and locks, as well as flood control efforts and more than a dozen state water quality projects. “Some of the facilities affected by this bill involve major public safety issues for the communities around our rivers and lakes,” Alexander said, citing as examples the Center Hill Dam, the Chickamauga Lock, Memphis’s Nonconnah Weir, and Sandy Creek in Jackson. “But there’s much more to it than that. This will also help provide the maintenance to ensure that reliable and clean hydro power remains a priority in Tennessee. And it’s good news for everyone who likes drinking clean water and having waste water treated in an environmentally appropriate way.” The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 authorizes funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “This bill will help provide the Corps with the confidence to make long-term contract agreements, and allocate their budget efficiently,” Alexander said. “The Senate has taken an important step by passing this legislation so it can be reconciled with the House’s version. While there is still much work to be done on riverfront and flood control issues, this bill puts Tennessee in a great position.” Tennessee projects in the bill include: $2.5 million for the reconstruction of Nonconnah Weir in Memphis; $ 4 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in the city of Oak Ridge; $5 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in the East Nashville Basin; $2 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in Lewis, Lawrence and Wayne counties; $2 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects Giles County; $5 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects overseen by the Knoxville Utility Board; $4 million to design and improve Shelby County’s inadequate stormwater runoff system; $600,000 for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in Johnson County; $1 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in Morgan County’s Plateau Utility District; $2 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in the City of Harrogate; $500,000 for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in Hamilton County’s Walden's Ridge; $1.25 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in the East Grainger County Regional Sewer System Project; $1.25 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure construction in Claiborne County’s Little Sycamore Area Water Project; and $500,000 for water supply and wastewater treatment in the City of Blaine. Alexander sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which approved the legislation in April.