Ernst Provision Calling for Completion of Cedar Rapids Flood Control Project in Water Infrastructure Bill Heads to President’s Desk
Dec 10 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today released the following statement after her provision to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Cedar Rapids flood control project was included in Senate passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN), which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“I was pleased to see that WRDA contains the authorization of Army Corps of Engineers’ projects that are important to Iowa for flood damage reduction and water resources infrastructure in addition to addressing the water quality issues many of our communities face across the country.
“This legislation also includes my provision to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to make completion of the Cedar Rapids flood control project a top priority. It is critical that the Corps fulfill their obligation to assist in completion of this project to protect the people of Iowa from another disaster, and this legislation will direct them to do so in a timely manner.
“While not included in the final bill, I have secured a commitment for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the benefit-cost ratios for flood mitigation projects. This study will direct GAO to closely examine whether solely using property values to determine the necessity of construction projects is an appropriate and fair metric for our small and rural communities.
“I urge the President to swiftly sign this legislation into law so we can begin to work on these necessary improvements moving forward.”
Ernst Provision Included in Section 1322 of the Bill:
Ernst GAO Study Provision Secured:
Water Resources Development Act Impact on Iowa: