Ernst Pushes for Completion of Cedar Rapids Flood Control Project in WRDA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today released the following statement in support of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes her work to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of the Cedar Rapids flood control project, as well as her provision to require a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on benefit-cost ratios for flood mitigation projects:
“The Water Resources Development Act authorizes 29 Army Corps of Engineers projects in 17 states – including Iowa, will strengthen our infrastructure through critical dam restoration and flood mitigation, and provides grants and loans to address water quality issues facing many communities across the country.
“Additionally, this legislation includes my work to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of the Cedar Rapids flood control project. The provision emphasizes to the Army Corps of Engineers that Congress wants this project to remain a priority. I will continue working to ensure the Army Corps of Engineers understands the great need for this long-standing project to be completed in a timely and efficient manner.
“Furthermore, I am pleased my provision requiring GAO to study the Corps’ methodology for evaluating flood mitigation projects was included. This study would examine whether the best methodology and performance metrics are currently being used to evaluate the construction project needs for small and rural geographic areas. I look forward to seeing the results and working on improvements as we move forward.”
Ernst Provision Included in Section 3005 of the Bill:
Ernst GAO Study Provision Included in the Bill: