This week, we secured $100 million in federal funding to advance construction on comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. This is the largest single appropriation the Army Corps’ St. Paul District has ever received for one of its projects, fully funding their request and enabling all of the project’s potential construction for the year to move forward. The funding we were able to secure is vital in ensuring that the project continues on schedule.

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With limited federal resources available, we fought hard to get this funding. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I secured more funding in the Corps’ construction account to ensure that the Corps had the resources necessary to provide full funding for the project this year.

At the same time, we have continually made the case to federal officials at both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Management and Budget to secure their support for the project, a long-sought priority that is essential to protecting lives and property throughout the region.

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Last year, we secured a commitment from the federal government to provide $750 million for the federal share of the project, and signed a new Project Partnership Agreement. Now, with this year’s funding, we’ve secured $200 million towards that federal commitment, and will keep working in the coming years to ensure the federal government provides its share.

These new federal funds are a big step forward in providing a permanent solution to the annual threat of flooding.