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Blunt-Backed USDA Program to Invest $20 Million in East Locust Creek Reservoir Project

August 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $20 million in the East Locust Creek Reservoir project. The resources will be used to prepare the dam’s site, access corridors, and other key infrastructure to allow the next phase of construction to begin. The East Coast Creek Reservoir service area includes Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Grundy, Sullivan, Adair, Livingston, Linn, Macon, and Chariton counties.

“North Central Missouri’s water shortage is increasing costs, worsening drought conditions, and disrupting the lives of farmers, businesses and families in the community,” said Blunt. “These communities have waited too long for a solution to the regional water shortage, and I’m pleased this investment will expedite the completion of this critical infrastructure project. I’m proud to support the USDA’s Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program, and I’ll continue working with federal, state, and local officials to ensure this project is completed as soon as possible.”

“The incredible news of the $20 million for construction comes at a time when we could use some good news as we battle this drought and a potential water shortage,” said Harve Rhodes, Chairman, North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission. “We are grateful that the Natural Resources Conservation Service approved our application and we remain grateful for Senator Blunt’s continued advocacy for this desperately needed reservoir. We are on the phone or in communication with his office every week on some aspect of the project or another. He has never failed to respond or help. This is extraordinary news.”

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial and technical support through the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Blunt has led the effort to secure resources for the project. Blunt successfully worked to include resources in the FY2016, FY2017, and FY2018 government funding bills, which were signed into law. Blunt secured additional funding for the project in the Senate-passed FY2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

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