Alexander Announces Support for Tennessee Water Projects

Posted on June 28, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today, includes significant funding for a number of water infrastructure projects across Tennessee. “These are important investments in infrastructure projects for Tennessee,” said Alexander. “This bill supports water conservation projects, flood control efforts and will encourage economic development along Tennessee’s rivers. I will continue working to maintain safe, clean waterways for Tennesseans.” The FY2008 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes funding for the following projects: - $35.2 million for Chickamauga Lock to continue lock design, real estate acquisition for the lock contract, and cofferdam construction. The bill also includes $1.14 million to continue with aggressive maintenance and the installation of additional horizontal post-tensioning at the existing lock. - $54.1 million for Wolf Creek Dam seepage construction. Additional $9.8 million for operations and maintenance. - $25 million for Center Hill Dam to continue design efforts and continue grouting to correct seepage concerns. The bill also includes $5.43 to continue to operate and maintain the existing lock. - $200,000 for the West Tennessee Tributaries project to continue the demonstration project along the Obion River system to address water resource concerns in West Tennessee. - $2.86 million for Memphis Harbor/McKellar Lake for fully dredging the harbor and to initiate a Regional Sediment Model/Dredged Material Management Plan for dredged material disposal at McKellar Lake. - $257,000 for the Mill Creek Watershed project. Mill Creek is a major tributary of the Cumberland River in southeastern Davidson County and northwestern Williamson County. Funds will complete a feasibility study to address flooding problems. - $7.1 million for Cheatham Lock and Dam for continued operations and maintenance. - $5.3 million for Cordell Hull Dam and Reservoir for continued operations and maintenance. - $4.24 million for J. Percy Priest Dam and Reservoir for continued operations and maintenance. - $8.15 million for Old Hickory Lock and Dam for continued operations and maintenance. - $22.26 million for the Tennessee River for continued operations and maintenance. The Senate version of the FY08 Energy and Water Appropriations bill must now be considered by the full United States Senate.