U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and U.S. Representative David Davis (R-TN-01) 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 the Johnson County and Harrogate 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.”
“There are residents in the First District without proper water service,” Congressman Davis said. “With this legislation, we intend to identify those projects that are necessary to build the infrastructure required for a basic standard of living.”
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 First Congressional District include:
-$600,000 for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in Johnson County
-$2 million for water supply and wastewater infrastructure projects in the City of Harrogate
Alexander sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which approved the legislation in April.