Federal funding secured for Topeka levee project

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WASHINGTON (KSNT) – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on Friday that he secured $8 million in funding for the Kansas River Levee Project that’s taking place in Topeka.

This week was the markup of the Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill for the 2017 fiscal year.

Moran said:

I led the effort as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to make certain this vital project received the funding it deserves.

Investing now in this long overdue project will help protect thousands of Kansans and Topeka-area residents from future flooding events while providing additional opportunities for economic development in the area.

I am pleased that the committee shares my commitment to ensuring that the federal government fulfills its obligation to the residents of the Topeka area, and I will continue fighting to support important projects that directly impact Kansans.

The levee project is being led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Topeka. The total cost of the project is $30 million.

The purpose of the project is to provide flood protection to “thousands of Topeka residents” by modernizing the levee to “21st Century standards.”

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