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Senator Murray Announces Over $120 Million in Recovery Funding to Improve Washington State's Water Infrastructure

Apr 15 2009

Funding will be used to improve safety, efficiency, of state's water system

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that $120,300,000 has been released by the U.S Bureau of Reclamation for Washington state projects. These funds, included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to improve infrastructure, and contribute to the long term sustainability of our state’s water and natural resources.

“Improving the safety and efficiency of our state’s water system is absolutely critical for economic growth in Washington state,” said Senator Patty Murray. “This recovery funding will create jobs, boost the economy, and is a strong investment in our state’s infrastructure." 

As a senior member of the Senate committees that fund and oversee energy and water development, Murray worked to ensure that investments in the Washington state water system was a key component of the Recovery Act.  Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th.

Total Washington state Bureau of Reclamation Recovery funds:  $120,300,000

Breakdown by category:

Meet future water supply needs :
Columbia Basin Potholes Supplemental Feed:$5,000,000
Columbia Basin Weber Siphon Complex:  $50,000,000

Infrastructure reliability and safety:
Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, Columbia Basin Leavenworth: $18,100,000
Grand Coulee, Columbia Basin Project: $1,470,000

Environmental/Ecosystem restoration:

Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project-  Benton Irrigation District:  $17,300,000
Sunnyside Conduit: $21,500,000
Roza, Yakima Project:$5,000,000
Columbia Basin Columbia / Snake River Habitat Projects:$1,930,000