WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the USDA is distributing $45 million in Recovery Act funds to rehabilitate aging flood control structures nationwide. These projects will help revitalize dams and rural economies by creating jobs and supporting local businesses that supply needed products and services.

"President Obama is committed to strengthening much-needed infrastructure in rural communities and this support will enhance water quality, create more dependable water supplies and decrease soil erosion across the country," Vilsack said. "This is good news for America's environment and economy."

There are many dams and other important flood control structures across the country that are in a race against time when it comes to their ability to protect people and property from flooding. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will deliver this assistance through its Watershed Rehabilitation Program and direct the funding toward the most cost-effective projects where there is the greatest risk of infrastructure failure and threat to life and property. State and local sponsors will provide 35 percent of the funding for their projects.



State and local sponsors will provide 35 percent of the funding for their projects.



SOURCE: USDA.