Capito, Manchin and McKinley announce more than $14 million in nonpartisan West Virginia Watershed Infrastructure Investment and Employment Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today, US Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) US and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Rep. David McKinley (RW.Va.-01) approved $14,100,280 from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) announced the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for twelve projects in West Virginia. This funding will strengthen flood defenses, improve dam infrastructure, and protect water quality across the state.

“As a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have campaigned to make improving water quality for West Virginians a bipartisan party priority Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Actsaid Senator Capito. “These funds will go not only to key projects throughout West Virginia to ensure safe water supplies, but also to upgrade watersheds and flood control structures in communities that need it most. West Virginia continues to benefit from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and I’m proud to make another announcement that will help improve our cities and communities today.”

“To ensure all West Virginians have reliable access to clean water, we must continually update and improve our water infrastructure statewide,” said Senator Manchin. “I campaigned successfully to have funding for water infrastructure upgrades across West Virginia included in our bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, and I am pleased that the USDA is investing more than $14 million in 12 watersheds in West Virginia to ensure adequate water quality, improve levees and increase flood prevention in our communities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding to meet Mountain State’s infrastructure needs.”

“Flooding has devastated countless communities across West Virginia, not only impacting residents living in flood-prone areas but also limiting the potential for economic development. Businesses are unlikely to come to a region that is experiencing significant flooding, plain and simple,” Rep McKinley said. “That’s why this announcement of $14 million from the Infrastructure Act to start flood control and water control projects is so important for West Virginia. This funding will support a dozen projects including the Elk Creek Watershed flood control project in Harrison County and provide improved flood control for the New Creek Dam in Mineral County. Upgrading flood control and dam infrastructure will restore confidence in these communities, attract businesses and good jobs, and ensure a better quality of life for the people of this state.”

In March of this year, lawmakers announced $6.3 million from the bipartisan IIJA through the USDA for 22 watersheds and flood control areas in West Virginia.

Individual projects listed below:

  • Big Ditch Run Site, Webster County – Funding will be used for the planning phase of the dam rehabilitation to address current design, safety and performance deficiencies.
  • New Creek 1, Mineral County – Funding will be used to bring New Creek’s Site 1 into compliance with current safety and construction criteria and dam design performance standards while continuing to provide flood protection.
  • Saltlick Creek 4, Braxton County – Funding will be used for the planning phase to rehabilitate the structures serving downstream developments and enable the dams to design safety criteria and performance standards.
  • Saltlick Creek 6, Braxton County – Funding will be used for the planning phase to rehabilitate the structures supporting downstream developments and enable the dams to design safety criteria and performance standards.
  • Saltlick Creek 7, Braxton County – Funding will be used for the planning phase to rehabilitate the structures serving downstream developments and enable the dams to design safety criteria and performance standards.
  • Saltlick Creek 8, Braxton County – Funding will be used for the planning phase to rehabilitate the structures serving downstream developments and enable the dams to design safety criteria and performance standards.
  • Saltlick Creek 9, Braxton County – Funding will be used for the planning phase to rehabilitate the structures serving downstream developments and enable the dams to design safety criteria and performance standards.
  • Elk Creek Watershed Flood Control, Harrison County – Funding will be used to determine the feasibility of flood control through dams, canals or other measures.
  • Little Whitestick Creek, Greenbrier County – Funding will be used to study the current hydrology and hydraulics of the project area and recommend additional actions that can be taken to reduce flooding in the area.
  • Howard Creek Watershed, Greenbrier County – Funding will be used to study the potential for additional flood control, water supply and other watershed resource concerns.
  • Bluewell PSD Dam Removals, Mercer County – Funding will be used to decommission existing structures and search for alternative water supplies.
  • Elkhorn Creek Watershed, McDowell County – Funding will be used for construction to mitigate future flooding and purchase of field easements.

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