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 in Walden’s Ridge, keeping Wolf Creek Dam safe, revitalizing the Nashville riverfront 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.”
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 Third Congressional District include:
- This bill also requires studies on how to reduce flood damage and provide flood protection in Chattanooga and Cleveland;
-$ 4 million for clean drinking water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure in and around the city of Oak Ridge;
-$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.