U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, 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 myriad of rivers, lakes and waterways in our state are incredibly important to the livelihoods and quality of life of Tennesseans,” said Corker. “This bill provides important funding to preserve our waterways as economic development tools and helps ensure the safety of Tennesseans living near these resources.”
The FY2009 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes funding for the following projects:
• $57 million for Wolf Creek Dam seepage construction. Additional $7.8 million for operations and maintenance.
• $53.4 million for Center Hill Dam to continue design efforts and continue grouting to correct seepage concerns. The bill also includes $7 million to continue to operate and maintain the existing lock.
• $42 million for Chickamauga Lock to continue lock design, real estate acquisition for the lock contract, and cofferdam construction. The bill also includes $1.2 million to continue with aggressive maintenance and the installation of additional horizontal post-tensioning at the existing lock.
• $20.2 million for the Tennessee River Lock for continued operations and maintenance.
• $9.8 million for Old Hickory Lock and Dam for continued operations and maintenance.
• $6.8 million for Cheatham Lock and Dam for continued operations and maintenance.
• $6.4 million for Cordell Hull Dam and Reservoir for continued operations and maintenance.
• $4.6 million for J. Percy Priest Dam and Reservoir for continued operations and maintenance.
• $3.28 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.
• $100,000 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.
• $34,000 for Shelby County for a management study of improvements needed for the County’s current, inadequate storm water system.
The Senate version of the FY08 Energy and Water Appropriations bill must now be considered by the full United States Senate.