Congressman Jim Bridenstine Moves to Save Lives and Property in Tulsa
The 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) passed in the House today included my amendment to help saves lives and property in the First District. I would like to thank Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, for his leadership on including this provision in the Senate-passed version of the bill.
This amendment requires the Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) to prioritize funding for construction of the Tulsa-West Tulsa levees following an ACE feasibility study that is expected to confirm they are at high risk of failure. A previous ACE assessment found they are among the most high risk levees in the country.
The Tulsa-West Tulsa levee system was constructed during World War II, making the twenty miles of levees woefully outdated. These levees protect billions of dollars of infrastructure, including homes, businesses, and petroleum refinery facilities. The potential loss of life and destruction of property in the event of a breach would be devastating to my constituents.
VIDEO of Congressman Bridenstine Speaking on House Floor