WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this week introduced an amendment to help maintain watershed projects previously built with federal funding that are now in need of repair. Sen. Moran’s amendment to the FY2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill designates $8 million in existing funds to the Watershed Rehabilitation Program. Yesterday, the amendment was approved, but the underlying appropriations bill is still being considered by the U.S. Senate.
“Our country has more than 11,000 watershed structures from coast to coast, of which 2,000 watershed structures are currently eligible for the rehabilitation program. The federal government has partnered with local and state governments in the creation of many watersheds and should now help with those projects that are in need of repair,” Sen. Moran said. “I am pleased my colleagues understand the importance of repairing watershed dams that pose a danger to public safety and property. Given this year’s flooding, this amendment will make a difference in communities across our nation.”
Sen. Moran’s amendment responsibly funds repairs to watersheds at $8 million, without increasing the deficit.