Grassley Wants Infrastructure Funds To Be Used For Missouri River Flood Mitigation


U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley answers a question at meeting in Glenwood during the Missouri River flood of 2019.

Flooding in 2019 near the Interstate 29 - Highway 34 interchange in Mills County.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of  Iowa, Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri and nearly a dozen of their colleagues have sent a letter to Michael Connor, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, urging him to prioritize funding for flood mitigation and prevention projects along the lower Missouri River.

Grassley and his colleagues are pushing Connor to utilize funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to invest in flood-related projects for the lower Missouri River basin, including the navigation and flood control studies and the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project (BSNP). The letter comes as the Department of the Army begins to allocate funding from the IIJA for the Army Civil Works Program in Fiscal Year 2022.

“Flooding in the Lower Missouri River Basin is a danger to Iowans and severely disrupts Iowa’s agriculture, manufacturing and shipping industries. When I voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, I was voting for exactly this type of federal support for critical infrastructure that Iowans depend on. That’s why I’ll continue pushing for funding from this bill to be utilized for projects that support Iowans and Iowa’s economy, including several much-needed projects along the lower Missouri River,” Grassley said.

 

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