Napolitano Secures Over $37 Billion for CA Highways & Transit, Key Local Priorities, and Critical Improvements to Nation’s Water Infrastructure in House Infrastructure Package
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), is a strong advocate for securing clean, inexpensive water supplies that we can rely on even in times of drought. She has fought for increased water recycling, improved water conservation, and environmental protections for our natural sources of drinking water.
On July 1, 2020, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano voted for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a more than $1.5 trillion investment to rebuild American infrastructure from roads, bridges, and transit systems, to schools, housing, and broadband access.
“The Moving Forward Act is a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the 21st Century, which will create millions of good-paying jobs and get our economy moving again,” Napolitano said. “The surface transportation section of this bill, which I helped write, will make a significant impact in improving the lives of San Gabriel Valley residents and all Americans by reducing commute times, increasing safety on our highways, bridges, buses and rails, and safeguarding our environment. I am especially thrilled that my Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act is included in the final legislation, which will give local water agencies the funding needed to increase capacities for existing recycling plants and to create new projects to boost water supplies. I would like to thank the cities, transportation agencies, and water agencies in my district and state which were integral in informing Congress of their concerns and ideas for infrastructure policy. This valued input will help bring federal dollars to our region to put people back to work, while ensuring our long-term infrastructure needs are addressed. It is time to build the infrastructure of the future.”
A fact sheet for the Moving Forward Act can be found here.
Napolitano and Sánchez Announce $384.9 Million to Complete Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Project
Whittier Narrows Dam is a 56-foot tall earth dam on the San Gabriel River and the smaller, parallel Rio Hondo. The dam is located, as the name implies, at the Whittier Narrows. It provides water conservation storage and is also the central element of the Los Angeles County Drainage Area flood control system.
In September 2017, the United States Army Corps of Engineers officials warned local residents that the dam no longer met the agency’s ‘tolerable-risk’ guidelines. The risk of dam failure was elevated from “high urgency” to “very high urgency” after a re-inspection revealed a greater threat of erosion and breach that would cause massive downstream flooding to 1 million Southern California residents in the event of a very large, very severe storm.
Last year, Napolitano and U.S. Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D-Norwalk, spearheaded a letter with other local representatives to House Appropriators requesting more than $100 million in funding for Whittier Narrows. Napolitano has directly advocated for funding for this project over the past decade.
The announcement was released July 12, 2020 stating that over $300 million has been secured for this very important infrastructure investment.