U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation that would authorize repairs and replacements for aging Tennessee dams and locks, revitalize riverfront developments, bolster flood control efforts and aid more than a dozen state water quality projects.
“This bill is exactly the legislation we need because its sets the appropriate funding limits,” Alexander said. “The way to keep down wasteful Washington spending is to pass an authorization bill like this one that sets limits on what Congress should spend. Within those limits are vitally important energy and water projects for the people of Tennessee such as wastewater infrastructure projects, keeping Wolf Creek Dam safe and providing clean drinking water in small towns like Blaine, Tennessee. I will continue to work with Senator Corker and Congressman Tanner on these projects.”
“The water related infrastructure projects in this bill help drive commerce across our state, provide essential services to Tennesseans, promote public safety and protect the environment,” said Corker. “While I wish this legislation established broader efficiency guidelines within the Army Corps process, authorization of these projects is long overdue.”
The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 authorizes funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and helps provide the Corps with the confidence to make long-term contract agreements and allocate their budget efficiently. This legislation must now be sent to the president to be signed into law.
Projects in the bill for the Eighth Congressional District include:
-Authorization to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide a study of Sandy Creek in Jackson for flood damage reduction;
-This bill also requires a study on what modifications are needed to bring the Fritz Landing Agricultural Spur Levee up to federal standards and make it part of the Mississippi River Tributaries flood control plan; and
-$5,000,000 for the Upper Mississippi Embayment to coordinate the protection of groundwater supply and groundwater quality
Alexander sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which approved the legislation in April.