Reid Secures Authorization for $280 Million Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project in Water Resources Bill

Bill passed Senate & House, on way to President’s desk for his signature

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid has been working on the Truckee Meadows flood control project for two decades. Today, the Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in which Senator Reid secured authorization of the $280.82 million Truckee Meadows flood control project. This project will protect homes and businesses from devastating flooding in the Reno-Sparks area. The WRRDA bill also requires the Army Corps of Engineers to build the 100-year protection plan for the Truckee Meadows developed by the local community as long as it does not increase Federal costs. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act passed the House of Representatives earlier this week and it is now on the way to the President’s desk for his signature.

“The Truckee River is one of Nevada’s most important assets,” said Senator Reid. “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.”

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy has jurisdiction over this project and upon her Senate confirmation in 2009, Senator Reid sought her commitment that construction on the Truckee Meadows flood control project would proceed on an aggressive schedule. Reid invited Assistant Secretary Darcy to tour the river so she could see first-hand the project’s urgency. Reid has regularly met with Army Corps officials to push the project forward and to receive updates on its progress.

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