Graves Announces $14 Million More for Comite River Diversion
House Water Resources Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that the US Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Construction Work Plan will provide $14 million of federal funding toward the Comite River Diversion Canal project, along with $1.5 million for East Baton Rouge, $1 million for Ascension Parish and $750,000 for Livingston Parish Environmental Infrastructure projects. An additional $1.15 million will be allocated for water resource projects in Iberia Parish and along the Red River.
These investment announcements come as Graves continues to negotiate with the Corps, the White House and through legislative efforts in the House of Representatives to fully fund Comite and other flood protection projects in the Capital Region and South Louisiana.
“Since 2015, we’ve continued to push the Corps on Comite – resulting in $37 million of dedicated Work Plan funding for the project over the last 3-and-a-half years,” said Graves. “This $14 million is an important installment, but it’s not enough. We are working right now to get this project fully funded and completed, and it will happen – mark my words.”