Rooney Secures Increased Funding for Herbert Hoover Dike Repairs
Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL) issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday. The bill includes increased funding for repairs for the Herbert Hoover Dike.
This legislation will provide $96 million for the Herbert Hoover Dike, a $14 million increase from 2018 funding. Another $100 million would be allocated for the Dam Safety and Seepage and Stability Correction program, which provides the Army Corps of Engineers with additional funds to repair or rehabilitate aging dams like the Herbert Hoover Dike.
“In my own backyard, I’ve seen the desperate need for repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike,” said Rooney, whose district covers part of Lake Okeechobee. “For years, all of South Florida has advocated for Washington to take our water issues seriously and it’s extremely discouraging when repairs move at a snail’s pace due to lack of funding from the Army Corps. Floridians have a unique understanding and appreciation for our waterways, and all of us in South Florida know how critical the Dike is to our daily lives. Compelling the Army Corps to prioritize funding for the Herbert Hoover Dike shouldn’t have to be constant battle, which is why I am grateful for President Trump’s coordination with Governor Scott to prioritize this project.”
Rooney has tirelessly worked to fund the Herbert Hoover Dike, which is at the heart of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades water system. In addition to securing funding in annual Appropriations bills, he has introduced legislation to allow Members of Congress to directly fund Army Corps projects and has pitched an idea to give Congress greater control over water projects through a change to House rules.