Important Provisions Secured on Flood Protection
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/14/2018
Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, announced that the Senate has passed the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill with important provisions he secured to advance comprehensive flood control projects in North Dakota.
"As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, I worked hard to ensure the FY19 Energy and Water funding bill supports important North Dakota water infrastructure priorities," said Hoeven. "That includes strong support for Corps construction projects to help advance comprehensive flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region, as well as provisions to improve the financing of such projects. We also worked to provide small and rural communities with funding to make improvements to critical water infrastructure."
Hoeven secured the following Corps priorities in the final, conferenced version of the FY19 Energy and Water funding bill:
Advancing Comprehensive Flood Protection
- Provides a $150 million increase for construction of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control projects. This increase empowers the Corps to support more of its priorities, including comprehensive flood protection for the Fargo Moorhead region.
- Builds on Hoeven's legislation to extend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) by providing up to $6 million for the Corps to complete a detailed plan for implementing WIFIA.
- Provides $77 million for water infrastructure improvements in small and rural communities, which has supported sewer upgrades for communities like LaMoure, Petersburg and Medina.