Larsen Secures $500,000 for Skagit GI Study in House Funding Bill</A

Jul 12, 2007

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced today that he has secured $500,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers to continue the Skagit River General Investigation (GI) in the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for the next fiscal year.  Larsen fought to restore funding for the project which was eliminated in the President’s proposed budget.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has secured funding for Skagit River General Investigation in the Senate’s version of the funding bill, and the House and Senate must agree on a final version before the President can sign it into law. Larsen will keep fighting to make sure that the final appropriations bill includes needed funding for this important project.

“Completing the Skagit River General Investigation is essential to helping prevent future floods that could take a terrible toll on families, farms and businesses in the Skagit River delta,” Larsen said. “We need this funding to help get the job done.”
The Skagit River General Investigation will identify Skagit River flood problems and opportunities to relieve flooding, reduce flood damage, and develop a flood damage reduction plan.