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Regional Flood Control and Water Projects includes $15 million for New Bridge below Folsom Dam

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Secretary John T. Doolittle (R-Roseville) announced that he has secured over $105 million in the president”s Fiscal Year 2007 budget for regional flood control projects including $15 million to continue construction on a permanent bridge downstream of Folsom Dam.

A new, permanent bridge downstream of Folsom Dam is needed to handle traffic that was displaced after the closure of Folsom Dam Road in February 2003.

Also included is $2 million to complete the restoration of a permanent pumping facility for the Placer County Water Agency. This facility will secure a long-term water supply for Placer County residents.

‘I”m thrilled the president realizes how important these flood control and water projects are to our region,’ Doolittle said. ‘I’ll continue to work hard to see these and other crucial projects through the appropriations process here in Congress.’

Doolittle is vice chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development which oversees the Congressional funding process for these projects.

‘While the Auburn Dam continues to be the only suitable long-term solution for the Sacramento region, it’s important to continue working toward a short term flood protection plan that includes improvements to Folsom dam.’

The president”s Fiscal Year 2007 budget includes:


$15 million for continued construction on the Folsom Dam Bridge;

$38.6 million for CALFED;

$2 million for Placer County Water Agency Pumps;

$8.4 million for the American River Dam Raise;

$6 million for the American River Folsom Dam Modifications;

$17.4 million for the American River Common Features;

$10.9 million for Sacramento River Bank Protection; and

$7.3 million for South Sacramento County Streams.

U.S. Rep. John T. Doolittle has served in the House of Representatives since 1991. As Secretary of the House Republican Conference, he is an elected member of the House Republican Leadership. Doolittle represents California’s 4th Congressional District and serves on the Appropriations Committee, Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Interior Subcommittees, and the House Administration Committee.