McCarthy announces $258M for dam

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide $258,231,000 in funding for the Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Project.

“Since coming to Congress, I have fought to secure over $200 million for this critical dam safety project, and was pleased the Army Corps broke ground on this project in April. Today’s announcement of funding means, combined with the $118 million included in the House-passed Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, this project has the necessary funding to proceed to completion.

“This project will result in increased flood protection for communities below the reservoir, as well as increase water storage and recreational benefits,” said McCarthy.

“I want to commend President Trump and the Army Corps of Engineers for their commitment to revitalizing America’s infrastructure and understanding our community’s needs. But most importantly, the Lake Isabella Project would not be moving forward without the persistence, support, and leadership of community stakeholders in Bakersfield, Kern County, Kernville and Lake Isabella.

“While there is much yet to be done, including securing the final funds for this project in Fiscal Year 2019, I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Amy Corps and community leaders to bring this much-needed project to completion.”

In February 2018 Congress passed and the president signed the Bipartisan Budget Act (Public Law 115-123), which provided more than $15 billion in funding to the Corps of Engineers to construct flood and storm damage reduction projects, such as the Isabella Dam’s safety modification project.

The Corps of Engineers held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the project on April 3, 2018.

The corps’ Fiscal Year 2019 budget request to Congress seeks $118 million for the Isabella Lake Project.

Story First Published: 2018-07-20