REP. JENKINS SECURES FUNDING FOR ARC, ARMY CORPS PRIORITIES
May 16, 2018
Funding for ARC investments, WV lakes and dams
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has secured full funding for West Virginia priorities, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers, and fossil energy research.
“The Army Corps of Engineers and the Appalachian Regional Commission both provide crucial funding for projects in West Virginia, and I am proud to fight for the funding they need to serve our state. These lakes and dams provide important tourism opportunities and support local economies, and they deserve to be properly funded and maintained. The ARC improves the quality of life for thousands of West Virginians by investing in water, sewer and other infrastructure projects. I will continue to ensure that West Virginia gets the federal resources it needs to maintain our water infrastructure and invest in our communities,” Rep. Jenkins said.
The projects are included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which the House Appropriations Committee passed Wednesday morning.
The bill includes $155 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission to continuing investing in rural development and infrastructure, including $10 million for broadband and $50 million for economically distressed coal counties.
It also funds the Army Corps of Engineers at $7.28 billion, including critical construction and dam maintenance projects throughout West Virginia:
- $9.8 million for Kanawha River Locks and Dams operation and maintenance.
- $7.8 million for Bluestone Lake construction.
- $4.8 million for Bluestone Lake operation and maintenance.
- $2.6 million for Summersville Lake operation and maintenance.
- $2.1 million for East Lynn Lake operation and maintenance.
- $1.8 million for R.D. Bailey Lake operation and maintenance.
- $1.8 million for Beech Fork Lake operation and maintenance.
Fossil energy programs will receive $726.8 million, a $58 million increase. This funding is targeted to encourage U.S. economic competitiveness and help advance the nation’s goal of an “all-of-the-above” solution to energy independence.
It also blocks consolidation of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, which could threaten the future of the NETL center in Morgantown.
Other priorities include:
- Repealing the Waters of the United States rule.
- Prohibiting changes to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, including changes to the definition of fill material and discharge of fill material.