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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today applauded a key Senate panel for passing the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, legislation that includes a provision Heller successfully secured to ensure that Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project receives the federal funds it was promised. The bill now goes to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.

Heller previously urged the U.S. Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee to pass the package in a letter sent to Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), noting it will bring relief to Northern Nevada.

“Increased occurrences of wildfires have made Northern Nevada prone to flash floods, devastating hardworking Nevadans’ homes and businesses, and battering our highways and bridges,” said Heller. “The Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project is an important local effort that will help mitigate this threat through extensive planning and preparation for a 100-year flood. As a native Northern Nevadan, I know how critical this project is to the community and that’s why I worked to secure in this sweeping bill a provision that ensures Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project will receive the $181 million in federal funding that it was promised four years ago.”

BACKGROUND:

With Heller’s support, in 2014 the U.S. Senate passed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Included in the legislation was a provision that authorized $181 million in federal funds for the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project – an initiative designed to reduce the potential destruction of a 100-year flood. However also comprised in the law was a requirement that if the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project funds were not disbursed within seven years, the funding would be de-authorized. Knowing the importance of this project to the region, Heller has been working with Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee Chairman Barrasso to fix this de-authorization issue.

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