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Byrd, Rockefeller, Rahall Announces $25M for Army Corps of Engineers in Southern West Virginia

4/28/2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) and Representative Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) today announced the release of $25,361,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for Army Corps of Engineer (ACOE) projects in southern West Virginia.

“Funding for these projects will help commerce move more quickly on our waterways, enhance West Virginia’s ‘wild and wonderful’ environmental and recreational heritage and protect communities downstream from severe flooding,” said Senator Byrd.

“This funding provides the Corps with needed resources for a variety of projects that are essential to the water infrastructure of southern West Virginia,” said Senator Rockefeller. “I am thrilled to see these funds going toward such important investments in our beautiful state.”

“Our Nation's water infrastructure cannot be overlooked, especially in southern West Virginia. It is so important to our citizen's safety, our economy, and for our recreation and sportsmen,” Rahall added.  “I am pleased to announce these needed investments so that our water is safe and clean, and our communities are protected from flooding.”

Projects included in this funding:
  • $4,789,000 for Southern West Virginia Environmental Infrastructure projects
  • $3,769,000 for Ohio River Locks and Dams
  • $3,565,000 for Central West Virginia Environmental Infrastructure
  • $2,541,000 for Sutton Lake
  • $2,165,000 for Kanawha River Locks
  • $1,774,000 for Burnsville Lake
  • $1,523,000 for Beech Fork Lake
  • $1,426,000 for East Lynn Lake
  • $1,349,000 for R.D. Bailey Lake
  • $1,233,000 for Summersville Lake
  • $758,000 for Walker Lane
  • $400,000 for Elk River Harbor
  • $69,000 for Byrd Locks and Dams
The projects selected to receive ARRA funds represent a set of productive investments that contribute to economic development and aquatic ecosystem restoration. Consistent with congressional guidance that the Corps' allocation of Recovery Act funds maximize national benefits, the Corps made its allocation of Recovery Act construction funds based on the economic and environmental return of its ongoing projects.

Congressman Rahall created the Southern West Virginia Water Infrastructure program through legislation which continues to build West Virginia’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

Economists estimate that Corps Recovery Act projects will create or maintain approximately 57,400 direct construction industry jobs nationwide.

“Jobs created by the Army Corps of Engineers will put people in southern West Virginia to work, restoring and building our water infrastructure and our communities. I supported this legislation to help make sure that we remain strong in the face of trying economic times, and I am so pleased to see these investments paying off right here at home,” said Rahall.

Contact: Rachael Berkey (Rahall)
202-225-3452

Rebecca Gale (Rockefeller)
202-224-6101

Jesse Jacobs (Byrd)
202-224-3904