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Harder Announces $35 Million From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Go Toward Levee Projects to Reduce Flood Risk in San Joaquin County

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder announced that $35 million from the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, which he helped negotiate and pass into law, will go toward improving levees in San Joaquin County this year. The project is part of the 10-year Lower San Joaquin flood control plan which will protect the residents of Manteca, Lathrop, and the Greater Stockton area from flooding. When complete, this 23 mile project will benefit more than 160,000 residents of San Joaquin County and protect more than $28.7 billion in property. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the project is estimated to generate over $300 million in benefits each year, including a potential reduction in National Flood Insurance Program costs for homeowners.

“This is how government should work plain and simple. We wrote a bill to rebuild our infrastructure and keep our families safe, and now money is on its way to the Valley to do exactly that,” said Rep. Harder. “These funds – $35 million toward keeping 160,000 folks and almost $30 billion worth of property in San Joaquin County safe from flooding – are exactly why I was so committed to writing and passing the infrastructure bill. Now let’s let the Army Corps of Engineers do what they do best and get to work.”

The Lower San Joaquin flood control plan

courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers

Read the project description from the Army Civil Works Program on the top of page 2 here.

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