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House Approves Truckee Meadows Flood Risk Management Project

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 20 -- Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. (2nd CD), issued the following news release:

Today, the Truckee Meadows Flood Risk Management Project cleared a key hurdle when language requested by Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) was included in the conference report for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, and passed by the full House 412 to 4. In addition to the Truckee River project, with an estimated federal cost of $182 million and an estimated non-federal cost of $99 million, the bill authorizes 34 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) projects.

"That we were able to include the Truckee River project in the final cut making the water bill is no small accomplishment and the product of persistence at the local, state and federal levels," said Amodei. "Now that it has been authorized, I will continue to pursue this project with the House Appropriations Committee and to work with Washoe County and the State of Nevada as they secure additional funding."

The bill is paid for by deauthorizing $18 billion of old, inactive USACE projects, which is $6 billion more than it authorizes. And, for the first time ever, WRRDA contains zero earmarks. Amodei took issue with some of the Senate language with respect to potential contractors, but said he will address that through other channels.

The bill also increases the funding authorization for rural water projects, making $435 million potentially available to Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. WRRDA reforms contained in the bill include hard deadlines on the time and costs of studies, the requirement that the Secretary of the Army coordinate with agencies involved in the environmental review process, and the elimination of duplicative analyses.

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