Hoeven: Army Corps Work Plan Supports Minot Flood Study, Sewer Upgrades in Petersburg

As Member of Senate Energy and Water Approps Committee, Senator Secured Strong Funding For Army Corps to Support ND Projects

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water, today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 work plan includes funding to support the flood protection study for Minot and sewer upgrades in Petersburg. Specifically, the plan provides: 

  • $900,000 to support the Corps’ feasibility study for flood protection in the Souris River Basin, which will help identify the best options for mitigating flood risks in the Minot region.
  • $2.7 million for improvements to the sanitary sewage system in Petersburg. The funding comes through the Corps’ water development infrastructure account, for which Hoeven has helped secure increased funding to ensure communities like Petersburg and LaMoure can upgrade their infrastructure.

“Investment in our nation’s infrastructure, whether it protects us from natural disasters or delivers basic services, is vital to our economy and the well-being of our communities,” said Hoeven. “This funding will help us to continue advancing comprehensive flood protection for the Minot region and will ensure Petersburg has reliable sewer infrastructure to protect property and the health of the community.”

Hoeven wrote and secured language in the FY2016 funding bill to authorize Minot’s study, which the Corps subsequently includedin its FY2016 work plan. The senator is working through the Appropriations Committee to ensure continued funding for the study. 

Hoeven also met with Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during his recent confirmation process to stress the importance of flood protection for communities in North Dakota, like Minot. OMB is responsible for approving Army Corps work plans, and Hoeven has stayed in regular contact with Mulvaney to ensure Minot’s study is funded and can proceed without delay or interruption.