Mar 10 2009

Shelby Announces Interior Funding for Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Senate approval of several funding requests for Alabama included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.  Following today’s action by the Senate, the bill will go to the President for his signature.

City of Alexander City Water Transmission Main - $550,000
Alexander City is the sole provider of drinking water in Tallapoosa County and north Elmore County.  It will use this funding to provide connector transmission water mains to provide drinking water to rapidly developing lakefront areas in south Tallapoosa and north Elmore counties that are currently unserved or underserved. 

“Cities have a responsibility to provide clean water to their residents and businesses,” said Shelby.  “These improvements to Alexander City’s water transmission main will not only serve current users, but will also prepare the City for future growth and development.”

City of Athens  - $1 Million
This funding will allow the City of Athens to construct a new wastewater treatment plant.  The new plant is designed to serve 45,000 people in a way that ensures compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.

“The Base Realignment and Closure decisions will bring more jobs to Redstone Arsenal and more residents to Limestone County.  The City of Athens will use this funding to ensure that its wastewater service is prepared to serve the influx of people,” said Shelby.  “I am pleased to see that Athens is making the preparations necessary to meet the needs of its growing community.”

Butler County - $300,000
Butler County will use this funding to construct a deep water well, transmission line, and a water treatment plant.
“It is important that all Americans have access to clean water,” said Shelby. “Unfortunately, declining reserves in aquifers have caused the water providers in Butler County to seek a more stable long-term water source. This important funding will ensure that the residents have access to a long-term water supply.”

City of Opelika Industrial Park Water and Wastewater Project - $450,000
The City of Opelika will use this funding to make water and sewer infrastructure improvements at the Opelika Northeast Industrial Park and other areas around I-85.

“It is critical that cities work to build a strong infrastructure to effectively serve businesses,” said Shelby.  “I am glad to see that the City of Opelika is working to create conditions that will attract new businesses and bring jobs to the area.”

Old Cahawba Visitor Center - $300,000
The Old Cahawba Visitor Center, which 35,000 people visit annually, was destroyed in a fire.  State, local, and private monies will match the federal funding.

“Investment in West Alabama’s tourism industry will help spur economic growth and development throughout the Black Belt,” said Shelby.  “Additionally, I believe that we should protect and preserve this historically significant site so that future generations can enjoy the facility.”

Alabama Historical Commission, Magnolia Grove - $350,000
The Alabama Historical Commission will use this funding for its efforts to preserve Magnolia Grove, located in Greensboro, Alabama.  This historic house museum was built around 1840 by Colonel Isaac Croom.  It is also the boyhood home of Richmond Pearson Hobson, a Spanish-American War hero and a progressive statesman.

“Magnolia Grove is an important part of our state’s history,” said Shelby. “I am pleased that the Alabama Historical Commission will use this funding to protect and preserve it for future generations.” 

Alabama National Forest - $1.25 Million 
This funding will assist in the purchase of land, from willing sellers only, within the boundaries of Alabama's National Forests. The National Forests in Alabama represent the largest area of publicly owned land in Alabama, covering approximately 665,661 acres. 

“Alabama’s national forests offer beautiful views and are home to diverse species of birds and wildlife that visitors from across the country enjoy year round,” said Shelby.  “This year's funding will aid in the continued protection and preservation of our wildlife and natural resources."