SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV) — U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta announced Wednesday that $67 million has been secured in federal funding for the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project.
Funding comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that Panetta and President Joe Biden signed into law in the fall of 2021.
The $67 million will be continued for the project’s first phase of construction in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
Congressman Pinetta previously secured $4.6 million for the preconstruction, engineering and design phases of the projects.
“This substantial amount of federal funding for the Pajaro River project represents not only an important step towards its completion, but also a major commitment by the federal government to this local project. It wasn’t easy, and we still have a lot to do, but thankfully, with this significant federal funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we’ve laid a solid foundation on which to our team of local leaders can continue to move this project forward. As we enter the construction phase, I will continue to work with state and local authorities as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that we truly meet the goal of 100-year flood protection for our residents. of Watsonville and Pajaro.
U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley)
The Pajaro River Flood Risk Reduction Project was authorized by the Federal Flood Control Act of 1966, and in 2019 Panetta obtained the final feasibility report for the 50-year project.
“I am very happy that the people of Pajaro and Watsonville, who have suffered for years from dangerous flooding, are finally getting the help they so desperately need. It was an honor to work on this project with Congressman Panetta and we appreciate his tenacious advocacy on our behalf,” said Monterey County Supervisor John Phillips.
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