Congressman Francis Rooney statement on funding and repairs to Herbert Hoover Dike
Naples, FL- Today, the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) announced an expedited timeline for repair of the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. The Office of Management and Budget plans to fund $514 million for the repairs via a supplemental funding package that the House Appropriations Committee approved following devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires. The USACE will use this funding to complete Dike repairs by 2022, at least three years ahead of schedule.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Our work over the last 18 months – the many meetings, arranging tours of our Lake Okeechobee Watershed for key decision makers, and the continued emphasis on fixing our water quality issues, is now paying off. Today’s announcement by the Army Corp of Engineers, the agency charged with repairing the Herbert Hoover Dike, is great news for Southwest Florida waters. Every year saved on these repairs is a year sooner that harmful releases into our ecosystem will stop.
Thank you to Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Thomas Rooney for their success in moving this project through the appropriations process. Along with the work we have done at the federal level, I applaud Governor Scott for his continued focus on this project specifically, and on Florida’s environment as a whole.”