The bill includes $280.82 million for Truckee Meadows flood control project, designed to protect homes and businesses from flooding in the Reno-Sparks area.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV):
“The Truckee River is one of Nevada’s most important assets.” “It provides drinking water; it irrigates fields; and it is used for recreation and commerce to many. So when the river floods, it has devastating effects to communities in Reno-Sparks. I have been working on this flood control project for quite some time and I was determined to get it done. That’s why I insisted the Water Resources Bill include a $280 million authorization for it. Water is a precious resource in Nevada and I remain committed to investing in its critical infrastructure to improve its safety, environment and quality of life throughout the state.”
Senator Dean Heller (R-NV):
“Finally, after over a decade of work, Congress was able to come together and craft a water bill that is not only fiscally responsible but also helps to jumpstart important projects in Nevada and across the country. I am pleased that the bill included the Truckee Meadows Flood Risk Management Project so that the Reno/Sparks region can continue to compete at a time when economic development is desperately needed. As Nevada continues towards recovery, this project will help alleviate concerns about flooding in the region as businesses look for areas in which to invest and grow.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is sending the White House a $12 billion-plus bill authorizing new flood control projects in Iowa, North Dakota and California and harbor expansions in Boston and Savannah, Georgia.
The Senate passed the bill on a 91-7 vote Thursday after the House approved it Tuesday.
The measure is half the size of the last water projects bill passed by Congress seven years ago, before the economy sank into a deep recession, helping swell the government's debt. The bill also is death knell for $18 billion in dormant projects Congress had approved before 2007.
The bill funds 34 projects the Army Corps of Engineers had made priorities. Supporters hailed it as jobs-producing, commerce-enhancing infrastructure bill benefiting a wide variety of interests, including environmentalists, and homeowners and businesses ravaged by repeated floods.