WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed the FY24 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which includes $7.25 million in federal assistance for local water and fire resiliency projects in California’s Third Congressional District.
“The local projects approved by the House today will significantly bolster fire-fighting capabilities and access to safe drinking water across the Tahoe region and Eastern Sierra. Protecting our communities against wildfires and assuring a reliable water supply have been among my very highest priorities, and I want to thank the community leaders who worked with me to help make the case for these projects. I urge prompt passage of this appropriations bill in the Senate so the funding can be deployed right away,” said Rep. Kiley.
The projects that Rep. Kiley secured in the FY24 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill include:
City of Loyalton Water Infrastructure Project: This request would allocate $2,000,000 to the City of Loyalton to replace the deteriorating main water line and would ensure access to safe drinking water, as well as enable the fire department to better fight fires.
Kings Beach Drinking Water and Fire Suppression Improvement Project: This request would allocate $1,250,000 to the North Tahoe Public Utility District to replace old and undersized water pipes, install new fire hydrants, and improve water supply for fire suppression in Kings Beach.
Kokila Reservoir Replacement Project: This request would allocate $1,250,000 to the San Juan Water District to replace the aging Kokila Reservoir with a new partially buried prestressed tank. The project would ensure over 330,000 Placer and Sacramento County residents continue to have access to safe and reliable drinking water.
Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Water Reliability and Fire Resiliency Storage Tank Project: This request would allocate $1,250,000 to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District to construct a 2-million-gallon fire resilient water storage tank to aid in fire suppression efforts.
South Tahoe Public Utility District for Enhancing the Resilience of Critical Water Infrastructure: This request would allocate $1,000,000 to the South Tahoe Public Utility District to replace deteriorating waterlines, improve infrastructure, and install new fire hydrants in order to better fight fires.
Kiley voted for the Bill, which passed in the House by a vote of 213-203.