Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky announced federal funding to fight flooding, promote economic development, and preserve our vital natural resources throughout Northwest Indiana.
The Little Calumet River Flood Control and Recreational Project is receiving $7,100,000, which will be used to continue construction components of this project, including hiking and biking trails and wetland restoration. In 2011, nearly 2,600 structures were removed from the flood plain designation. Once all associated construction activities are completed and the levees are certified, thousands of additional homes and business in Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Highland, and Munster will no longer be required to carry flood insurance.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving $172,000 to be used at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for dredging and other operations and maintenance work to keep this vital economic engine running efficiently.
The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Dispersal Barrier is receiving $23,584,000 to combat the spread of Asian carp into Lake Michigan and rest of the Great Lakes System. Asian carp are an invasive species that currently threaten the ecological integrity of parts of the Illinois and Mississippi River. Preventing Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan is a top priority for Congressman Visclosky and all of those who live around the Great Lakes, and this funding will play a major role in the ongoing effort to stop this dangerous species’ spread.
Congressman Visclosky said, “I am pleased to see this much needed funding going to vital local infrastructure projects. These projects will provide jobs, protect our environment, and stimulate our local economy.”
The funding is provided through the Army Corps of Engineers section of P.L. 112-74, the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was signed into law by the President on December 23, 2011. To read more about this law click here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR02055:|/home/LegislativeData.php|.