San­ders Amend­ment to Wa­ter Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Act Passes the Se­nate

New grant pro­gram could pro­vide up to $10 Mil­lion for Water­bury Dam Re­pairs

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The Se­nate passed an amend­ment re­cently in­tro­duced by Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) that would al­low Ver­mont to ap­ply for up to $10 mil­lion for re­pairs to the Water­bury Dam, which was built in the 1930s.

The amend­ment was in­cluded in the Wa­ter Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Act of 2016, which now goes to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for con­sid­er­a­tion.

“The Water­bury Dam is an es­sen­tial piece of Ver­mont’s in­fra­struc­ture,” said San­ders, who serves on the Se­nate En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee. “Main­tain­ing and re­pair­ing the dam has long been a pri­or­ity for the state. This bi-par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion is a first step in re­build­ing ag­ing dams in Ver­mont and through­out the United States.”

San­ders’ amend­ment au­tho­rizes ef­forts to study, de­sign and con­struct con­trol gates, spill­ways and dam safety im­prove­ments for ag­ing flood con­trol reser­voirs con­structed by the Army Corps of En­gi­neers be­fore 1940. The Water­bury Dam is one of sev­eral dams in the United States that will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for the funds.

The Water­bury Dam is lo­cated on the Lit­tle River three miles up­stream from its junc­tion with the Wi­nooski River in Water­bury, Ver­mont. The dam was de­signed by the U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers as part of a re­gional flood dam­age re­duc­tion plan for the Wi­nooski River basin.

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