Money for Levees, Sewers Included in Bill Headed for Vote

By: 13 News Email
By: 13 News Email

A measure on its way to a vote in the House and Senate contains money for several Kansas projects.

Sen. Pat Roberts today outlined the items included in the Conference
Report on the Water Resources Development Act. Among them is $20 million for Atchison to eliminate or control combined sewer overflows in and to prevent wet weather discharge into the Missouri river, which is the drinking water source for cities like Leavenworth and Kansas City.

"In all of my years of public service, Atchison is facing one of the most comprehensive and formidable challenges I have ever seen with the combined sewage overflow project," Roberts said in a statement. "In discussions with community leaders in Atchison and the Army Corps of Engineers in the Kansas City District, it is clear we must address the CSO issue because it not only affects the quality of the water in the area, but it could also have a serious impact on future economic growth for the City of Atchison."

The Water Resources Development Act is the main vehicle to authorize Army Corps of Engineers Civil works projects. Other projects included in the report, according to Roberts' office, are:

*Strawn Cemetary, Pleasant Township, Coffey County: transfers three acres of land from the John Redmond Reservoir to Pleasant Township
in Coffee County to expand the Strawn Cemetery

*Geary County Fire Department: a conveyance of 7.4 acres of land
located in Geary County, to the Geary County Fire Department for the
construction, operation, and maintenance of a fire station

*$42.5 million for the Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri Levee Project: feasability study on the protection and capabilities of seven levees along the banks of the Missouri and Kansas River. The levees
protect the Kansas City Metropolitan area, including several square
miles of urban industrial and commercial and residential areas.

*WRDA also authorizes funds to improve the Missouri River locks
and dams systems to improve grain transportation up and down the
Mississippi and Missouri Rivers


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