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Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Representing the 38th District of CA

Linda Sánchez and Grace Napolitano Request Over $100 Million for Dam Safety Projects, Including Whittier Narrows

April 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC Reps. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) and Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) have sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Resources requesting $100,405,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Account’s Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program, citing Whittier Narrows Dam as a potential recipient of federal funding.

“This Program makes critical repairs to Army Corps dams in order to provide much needed flood protection to protect human life, economic prosperity and our natural resources. Projects such as the Whittier Narrows Dam, CA, which has been recognized as one of the most critical dam safety projects in the nation, could compete for funding in this account,” the members wrote. “We thank you for your commitment in FY2019 to the Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program and we ask that you provide the same level of funding in FY2020. Thank you for your consideration of our request.”

Napolitano, the Chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and Sánchez, who represents the City of Pico Rivera—where the Whittier Narrows dam is located—along with several adjacent cities, were joined in sending the letter by Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47).

The full text of the letter can be viewed below.​
Dear Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

We write to respectfully request that the Committee provide the FY2019 enacted level of $100,405,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Account, Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program.  This Program makes critical repairs to Army Corps dams in order to provide much needed flood protection to protect human life, economic prosperity and our natural resources. 

Projects such as the Whittier Narrows Dam, CA, which has been recognized as one of the most critical dam safety projects in the nation, could compete for funding in this account.  Whittier Narrows Dam was downgraded to Dam Safety Action Classification-1 (DSAC-1) due to recently identified flood risk concerns and the large population of downstream residents.  The human and economic impact of possible dam failure due to potential seepage and hydrologic issues is unacceptable. The Corps has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Modification Study and is ready to start design and construction.

We thank you for your commitment in FY2019 to the Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program and we ask that you provide the same level of funding in FY2020. Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

Grace F. Napolitano                                                            Linda T. Sánchez
Member of Congress                                                           Member of Congress

 

Judy Chu                                        Gilbert Ray Cisneros, Jr.                          Alan S. Lownethal

Member of Congress                      Member of Congress                              Member of Congress