Alexander, Frist Announce Support for Tennessee Water Projects

Posted on June 17, 2005

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee late yesterday, includes significant funding for a number of water infrastructure projects across Tennessee. “The projects funded by this bill guarantee that Tennessee’s critical water infrastructure will be maintained and that its water resources will be protected,” said Frist. “The funding will create jobs and drive economic development, and the support for flood control and environmental restoration efforts will address public safety and ensure that local resources are managed effectively. Senator Alexander and I are pleased that these critical Tennessee projects were supported in this bill.” “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. Senator Frist and I will continue working to maintain safe, clean waterways for Tennesseans.” The FY2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes funding for the following projects: an increase of $10 million for the Chickamauga Lock and Dam to construct a new 110 x 600 foot replacement lock. Although funding for the project was not included in the President’s budget request, the Senate and House versions of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill include the necessary funds to keep the project moving forward. The bill also includes $2.43 million to continue to operate and maintain the existing lock. an increase of $3.5 million for the Wolf River Ecosystem Restoration Project in Memphis to address erosion damage and a severe headcut along the Wolf River. Funds will be used to construct weirs that will help to prevent flooding and erosion that is damaging to private property and wildlife habitat. $800,000 for the Nonconnah Creek project in Memphis, which is $300,000 above the budget request, to support flood control and environmental preservation activities. The Nonconnah Creek provides flood control for approximately half of the City of Memphis. $490,000 for the Northwest Tennessee Regional Harbor at Cates Landing in Lake County. The project, which is funded through the Section 107 program, was not included in the budget request and these additional funds will support local efforts to stimulate economic growth and bring new jobs to the region. $540,000 to perform maintenance dredging at the Wolf River Harbor to insure that the harbor remains open and fully operational. This represents a significant increase over the amount that was included in the budget request. $500,000 for the West Tennessee Tributaries project to support a demonstration project along the Obion River system to address water resource concerns in West Tennessee. No funding for this project was included in the budget request. $450,000 for the Mill Creek project. Mill Creek is a major tributary of the Cumberland River in southeastern Davidson County and northwestern Williamson County. Funds will support a feasibility study to address flooding problems. $305,000 for the Mt. Moriah Culvert project in Memphis to address severe erosion problems. These funds will support the final phase of construction needed to complete the project. $50,000 for the Sandy Creek project in Jackson. Funds will be used to determine how to best address severe flooding in commercial and industrial areas along Sandy Creek, which is a tributary of the South Fork of the Forked Deer River. The Senate version of the FY06 Energy and Water Appropriations bill must now be considered by the full United States Senate.