DVIDS – News – Assistant Secretary of the Army Reviews Arizona Civil Works Projects

PHOENIX – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor led a team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to survey several civil works project sites from Aug. 31 through Sept. 31. 1 in northern and central Arizona.

Los Angeles District Commander Col. Julie Balten and District Civil Works Chief Darrel Buxton accompanied Connor to provide details on flood mitigation, ecosystem restoration, water resiliency water and the economic impact the projects would have in their local communities.

“I wanted to highlight the projects, better understand the communities they benefit, and highlight the Corps’ support in this area,” Connor said. “This trip was to look at the various projects the Corps is involved in, ranging from pure flood risk management to ecosystem restoration.”

Connor is the Secretary of the Army’s primary adviser on the Civil Works Program. His responsibilities include setting policy direction and overseeing Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the Corps civil works program.

THE LITTLE COLORADO RIVER AT WINSLOW

The team met at Winslow Town Hall before visiting the Winslow Flood Control project. The project area includes approximately 4.3 miles of levees and flood risk reduction improvements, located along the Little Colorado River near Winslow.

Approximately 5,000 people who live, work and reside in Winslow – along with critical infrastructure including hospitals, schools, nursing homes and utilities – are located in a floodplain and are at potential risk of flooding. flood.

“Completing this project will be a win for this community – not only reducing the potential flood risk associated with the river, but also creating stability, economic vitality and future growth for the region,” said Balten in an earlier statement. year.

Funding of $65 million for the project — announced by the military in January — is being received through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, also known as the bipartisan Infrastructure and Investment Act. The bill will provide full funding to the project to complete both its design and construction.

“We will reduce flood risk, protect supply chains and eliminate invasive species to protect Winslow people and infrastructure while reducing flood insurance costs,” Connor said.

RIO FROM FLAG TO FLAGSTAFF

After leaving Winslow, the team met with Flagstaff city leaders to discuss the Rio de Flag flood risk management project.

“This will help save our homes and businesses,” Flagstaff Director of Emergency Management Stacey Brechler-Knaggs said following a meeting with the deputy clerk and city leaders. “It will save our entire economy – the downtown corridor, hotels, restaurants and our regional hospital.”

After severe fires, the city and surrounding areas were flooded by tributaries of the Rio de Flag and Clay Avenue Wash. The project plan includes canal modifications, bridge improvements, and the construction of a retention pond and flood wall.

The LA District received $79 million in federal funds for the Rio de Flag project and expects to award the first construction contract for the Lower Rio de Flag and Clay Avenue Wash sections in 2023.

TEMPE KYRENE WATER FACILITY

A day and 210 miles later, Connor joined Congressman Greg Stanton of Arizona and other state and local leaders for a press conference regarding the Kyrene Water Treatment Facility in Tempe. .

During the press conference, Stanton announced $37 million in funding for Project Kyrene. He then thanked Connor and city leaders via Twitter, also writing “Our work is paramount in shaping a more sustainable future for generations to come.”

The facility was opened in 1991 and expanded in 2006, but was later decommissioned in 2010 due in part to the recession. The project was set up to allow the city of Tempe to collect, treat and use reclaimed water, allowing it to become more water resistant.

TRES RIOS WETLANDS NEAR PHOENIX

After the press conference, Stanton and Connor met with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to review project details for the Tres Rios Wetlands. The wetland project is located southwest of the Phoenix metro area in Maricopa County and includes an eight-mile stretch of the Salt and Gila rivers.

“The Tres Rios project has three benefits: flood control, ecosystem recreation and public recreation,” Balten said. “We have already completed the flood mitigation part of the project.”

The design includes a constructed artificial dike and the restoration of 1,200 acres of riparian and wetland habitats, as well as recreational development including hiking trails, comfort stations for nature walks and ramadas.

“The Tres Rios project is a perfect example of innovative, multi-faceted solutions that are key to addressing the water resource challenges we face,” said Connor.

The project operated on annual carryover funds that were allocated in 2010. The Tres Rios also received funds in the FY22 appropriations bill.

For more information on LA District programs and projects, visit www.spl.usace.army.mil.







Date taken: 09.02.2022
Date posted: 13.09.2022 17:58
Story ID: 429251
Location: PHOENIX, Arizona, USA






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