Loebsack’s Measures to Protect Cedar Rapids from Future Flooding Signed into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:06

Water Resources Reform and Development Act will create jobs, invest in our economy

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) was signed into law by President Obama.

“It has taken a long time to get this bill signed into law, but I am pleased Congress could finally come together and get it done. I have been fighting since the Floods of 2008 to get these flood protection measures passed and I am hopeful that after completion, the people of Cedar Rapids will be protected from future devastation,” said Loebsack. “This bill is an investment in our economy and will create jobs right here in our state. It is also very important to Iowa because it addresses our outdated, crumbling infrastructure including locks and dams, flood protection and Army Corps projects that are needed to keep our communities safe.”

Loebsack initiatives contained in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) include:

·         Flood protection measures for downtown Cedar Rapids that Loebsack fought to expand after the Floods of 2008;

·         Addressing critical flood protection and transportation concerns on the Mississippi River;

·         Legislation Loebsack cosponsored to explore the creation of public-private partnerships between the Army Corps of Engineers and private entities as financing alternatives for lock and dam capital projects.

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