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Federal funding coming to local lake projects

United States Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, last week announced funding for water resources projects and programs in West Virginia through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). This funding is made possible through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

Sutton, Burnsville, Stonewall and Summersville Lakes are among the projects selected for funding.

“The Army Corps of Engineers is a significant partner for West Virginia, with our numerous rivers, lakes and streams,” Senator Capito said. “This latest round of IIJA funding will help maintain important projects such as Summersville Lake, support water and wastewater services in central and southern West Virginia, and keep our communities safe from flood hazards. I was proud to advocate for this funding and will continue my work as lead Republican on the EPW Committee to deliver critical water resources infrastructure to our state.”

“Every West Virginian deserves clean water to drink, fresh air to breathe. In order to ensure all West Virginians have access to clean water, it’s critical that Army Corps facilities are maintained and that water infrastructure across the state is maintained and updated. I successfully fought to include historic investments for water infrastructure and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and I am pleased with these ten new investments in our state,” Senator Manchin said. “As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding to upgrade and improve water infrastructure across the Mountain State.”

Locally, Sutton Lake will receive $249,000 for operation and maintenance activities, Burnsville Lake – $225,000 for operation and maintenance activities, and Stonewall Jackson Lake – $350,000 for operation and maintenance activities. In addition, Summersville Lake is allocated $6,500,000 for operation and maintenance activities

Elk River, at Elkview, has been allocated $50,000 to continue the study for a riverbank stabilization project.