Flood Control Projects Clear Legislative Hurdle

Mar 19, 2007 Issues: Transportation

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Flood control project requests for Roseau, Ada, Borup, Granite Falls, Crookston, Marsh Creek, and Hutchinson have passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“We don’t always get what we ask for, so I’m pleased that all these requests were authorized by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” Peterson said. “This is great news for all these communities and areas that are working so diligently in their efforts to prevent future flood disasters.”

The requests were included in the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. WRDA is the authorizing bill for the Army Corp of Engineers and is supposed to be reauthorized every two years in order to update their project, but it has been seven years since the last WRDA bill. Since that time the Seventh Congressional District has seen many natural disasters such as the 2000 floods in Roseau, Ada, and Borup; the landslides in Crookston; and the annual risk of flooding on the Red River Basin, including Granite Falls, which is still recovering from the 1997 floods.

This is only the first step in the process; WRDA will now have to pass the full House and Senate. “My hope is that these requests will remain in the bill throughout the process and that Congress will finally pass this legislation into law,” Peterson said.

The WRDA bill authorizes funding for the Roseau River flood control project, for flood control projects in Crookston and Granite Falls, for Marsh Creek's Site Six water retention program, and for Ada's and Borup's feasibility studies.