U.S. Sen. Manchin Announces Watershed Management Projects Funded for 4 WV Communities

The State Journal
18 July 2014
By Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced July 18 watershed management projects in four West Virginia communities will receive about $14 million from the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

West Virginia projects awarded funding include: Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 (Preston County) — $10,250,000 Brush Creek Site 14 (Mercer County) — $2,476,728 New Creek Site 14 (Grant County) — $1,000,000 Wheeling Creek Site 25 (Marshall County) — $473,371.

Manchin said the management projects will get a total of $14,200,099 through the USDA NRCS assistance program for planning, design and/or construction of watershed structures. The funds will be used to make critical improvements to dams and watershed structures that protect public health and safety.

“Our watershed structures and dams are an important line of protection to our communities—protecting our families and homes from floods, keeping our water supplies clean and providing reliable infrastructure,” Manchin said in a news release. “Not only do these funds directly support local communities struggling to address aging infrastructure, but the rehabilitation of our waterways also creates construction jobs and invests in local service and support industries.”

Through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service assistance program, local communities across the nation have constructed over 11,000 dams in 47 states, including West Virginia. Many of these dams are nearing the end of their 50-year design life; therefore, rehabilitation of these dams is needed to address public health and safety.