Rep. Gosar Secures Funding For Major Infrastructure Projects in Pinal and Coconino Counties

Mar 5, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs

For Immediate Release
Date: March 5, 2014


Contact: Garrett Hawkins

Rep. Gosar Secures Funding For Major Infrastructure Projects in Pinal and Coconino Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) issued the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers released its Fiscal Year 2014 work plan, which contained $1.6 million for the Rio de Flag flood control project and $100,000 for the Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed Project:

"One thing I have always strongly advocated for is infrastructure. Today we learned that two major projects I have been working on will be moving forward. These two projects were prioritized in the Army Corps' FY14 work plan. Money has been allocated to these projects, which will help protect the safety of residents and businesses by preventing catastrophic flooding in both Flagstaff and the Lower Santa Cruz River Region."

Jerry Nabours, Mayor of Flagstaff, said: "We are thankful that Congressman Gosar's continued efforts have once again yielded funding for this important project. He understands that investment in this project could yield almost a billion dollars in economic development, eliminate the flood plain and save residents costly flood insurance premiums. We applaud him for his continued support."

Chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Anthony Smith, said: "This is an important step toward protecting the residents, farms and businesses in Pinal County from major flood events and we want to thank Congressman Gosar for his dedication and steadfast efforts in helping to get this critically important project started."

Mark Killian, Board Chairman of the Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance, said, "We are very pleased the Army Corps of Engineers prioritized funding for the Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed Project, thanks in large part to Congressman Gosar's efforts. The Lower Santa Cruz River has a history of disastrous flooding during major storms. This allocation will help protect farms, housing, communities, businesses and infrastructure across our region."

Maricopa Mayor Christian Price stated: "Congressman Gosar continues to show leadership in Congress by advocating for important projects like the Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed Project. This project will ensure that a catastrophic flood won't devastate homeowners and businesses in our community. We applaud Congressman Gosar for his tireless efforts on our behalf."

Rep. Gosar, along with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), sent a letter to Assistant Secretary for the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy in February, urging adequate resources in their FY14 work plan for the Rio de Flag flood control project. Click HERE to view the letter. This project serves as a crucial protection to prevent flooding, which could otherwise occur, in the City of Flagstaff. A significant flood could impact up to half of Flagstaff's population and could result in property damage in excess of $916,000,000.

Rep. Gosar also has a long history of support for the Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed Project. In May of 2011, Reps. Gosar and Griljalva (AZ-03) sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the Army Corps of Engineers expressing support for the Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance’s efforts to jump start the project. 

Rep. Gosar has also met with DC-based and regional officials from the Corps on various occasions to raise federal awareness of the project. The Lower Santa Cruz River is an international waterway; therefore, it's the federal government’s responsibility to take action and protect the citizens of the region from catastrophic flooding.