Congresswoman Matsui Announces Over $8 Million for Sacramento Flood Projects

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Washington, DC, February 8, 2012 | comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Congresswoman Matsui Announces Over $8 Million for Sacramento Flood Projects
Folsom Dam JFP Awarded Additional Funds in Competitive Process from Army Corps Reserve Fund

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project (JFP) will receive $7.42 million from the Army Corps of Engineers new ‘Reserve Fund’. Additionally, the Folsom Dam Raise project will receive $720,000 from the fund. The year-end appropriations package for fiscal year 2012 established a $59.3 million fund to allow the Corps to allocate additional money to critical flood protection projects. Congresswoman Matsui immediately began advocating for the JFP to receive a portion of that fund, sending a letter to the Corps in December.

“One of my top priorities in Congress remains advocating for Sacramento’s flood protection needs,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Competition between projects for funding from Reserve Fund was extremely competitive across the nation, and I am pleased that the Corps continues to recognize the flood protection needs in the Sacramento area by directing additional funds to our local projects. This additional $7 million will bring the JFP to full Corps capability.”

These funds come on the heels of the more than $50 million Congresswoman Matsui worked to secure for Sacramento’s flood projects in the FY 2012 appropriations bill.

Congresswoman Matsui continued, “Investing in Sacramento’s flood protection priorities, such as the JFP, will ensure public safety while creating much-needed jobs. This is a win-win for our city and our region. With the federal budget constraints more apparent than ever, I will continue to fight for Sacramento flood protection needs. ”

Congresswoman Matsui has been a tireless advocate of federal support for the JFP, in which improvements to Folsom Dam are being made that will allow it to hold more water and release it more safely when necessary. When completed, it will improve all of Sacramento’s protection, and give much of Sacramento over 200-year flood protection. In the last year alone, Congresswoman Matsui has been in constant contact with leaders of the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the State of California, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), and other agencies to ensure that construction continues on time and on budget, and has continued to argue Sacramento’s case to her colleagues on the Appropriations Committee and in the Administration. 

“I will continue working to ensure that the all levels of the federal government understands the critical need to authorize, fund and complete each of Sacramento’s flood protection projects.” added Matsui.

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