Hoeven Continuing Effort on Appropriations to Secure Funding for Red River Valley, Minot Area Flood Protection

Senator Worked as Appropriator to Secure Funding, Authorization for New Construction and Study Starts in Year-End Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven met again today with Col. Daniel Koprowski, Commander of the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers, to advance permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley and Minot regions. The senator is continuing his effort as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure funding for the projects.

“We have funding in place both for the Minot region, as well as for the Red River Valley, to move flood protection forward for this year,” Hoeven said. “Now, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I met with the Corps and we’re working to make sure that we get funding in place for next year. We need to keep flood protection going on a multi-year basis both for the Red River Valley and for the Minot region.”

Hoeven wrote and secured language in the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill authorizing and funding new construction starts and studies that will help to advance flood protection in the Red River Valley and Minot. The measure includes nearly $690 million more than the Army Corps of Engineer’s proposed budget and also directs the Corps to utilize projects organized as public-private partnerships (P3) to create great cost efficiencies.

Hoeven worked on the Appropriations Committee to include language in the FY 2016 Energy and Water funding bill, which was included in the year-end legislation. Specifically, the legislation:

  • Helps communities in North Dakota build permanent flood protection projects with an emphasis on public private partnerships like the permanent flood protection project for Fargo and the Red River Valley.
  • Provides permission for the Corps to begin studies of new permanent flood protection projects, which is vital for communities like Minot and the Souris River.
  • Increases the Corps funding for water development infrastructure over FY 2015. This increase will help communities like LaMoure with funding to replace sanitary sewer systems.
  • Increases the Corps’ funding for FEMA flood-mapping activities to better coordinate with flood insurance and keep premiums more affordable.

The new construction starts authorized in the year-end funding bill are the latest of Hoeven’s efforts to advance flood protection for the region. Last year, the senator included similar language in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Further, Hoeven secured support for the project in meetings with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Army Corps Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan, including a meeting in Fargo where Hoeven hosted Lt. Gen. Bostick to show him firsthand the importance of permanent flood control for the Red River Valley.