U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) 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.”
“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.”
“Representing a district located on the Mississippi, I realize how important this bill is for the 9th District,” said Cohen. “I'm pleased that this bill provides improvements for a wide range of projects. The bill is fiscally responsible, using resources wisely in the areas of greatest need.”
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 Ninth Congressional District include:
-Requires a study on how to reduce flood damage and provide flood protection along Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek in Memphis, including the repair and replacement of the pumping stations at Cypress Creek, Nonconnah Creek, Ensley, Marble Bayou and Bayou Gayoso;
-Requires the Corps of Engineers to provide dredging at Pidgeon Industrial Harbor in Memphis;
-Authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide a study for Howard Road Outfall, Mitch Farm Ditch and Lateral D, and Wolf River Tributaries in Shelby County for emergency streambank protection;
-$5,000,000 for the Upper Mississippi Embayment to coordinate the protection of groundwater supply and groundwater quality;
-$2.5 million for the reconstruction of Nonconnah Weir in Memphis; and
-$4 million to design and improve Shelby County’s inadequate stormwater runoff system;
Alexander sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which approved the legislation in April.