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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Committee an – took action during this week’s mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill to secure $8 million in funding for the Kansas River Levee Project in Topeka, Kan.

“I led the effort as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to make certain this vital project received the funding it deserves,” Sen. Moran said. “Investing now in this long overdue project will help protect thousands of Kansans and Topeka-area residents from future flooding events while providing additional opportunities for economic development in the area. I am pleased that the committee shares my commitment to ensuring that the federal government fulfils its obligation to the residents of the Topeka area, and I will continue fighting to support important projects that directly impact Kansans.”

This $30 million construction project, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Topeka, will provide flood protection to thousands of Topeka residents. The levee will be modernized to 21st Century standards and improve future efforts to redevelop the river corridor.