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Rahall takes tour of Brush Creek Watershed


MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Rep. Nick Rahall takes a tour of the Brush Creek Watershed in the Glenwood area of Mercer County along with federal and state conservation officials.

The tour started at Thursday morning at Glenwood Park. The group visited three sites where $2.5 million in federal funding will be used to strengthen flood protection and manage the water supply. The money is being made available through the National Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The USDA investments needed to rehabilitate these dam sites are incredibly important – for flood protection and managing the area's water supply, as well as the recreational opportunities created. We have got a good team here with lots of experience and success in looking after this watershed. We aim to keep at it,” says Rahall.

The Watershed consists of 10 dams to help the Princeton area to manage its water supply for residents and businesses and agricultural lands. Each year, the NRCS watershed project returns nearly $1.7 million in benefits by reducing flood damages and providing a stable water supply and recreational opportunities at Glenwood Park.

Brush Creek is one of 32 watershed projects in the State that include 162 dams – some of them built in the 1950s. The Brush Creek Watershed was built in the 1960s, and the dam sites Rahall visited all have a 50-year service life.

“It gives me chills to think about the extreme budget cuts put forward in Congress to take away the funding we need to shore up these dams. We have been successful in holding back the most severe cuts but it gets harder and harder. Working with local partners, I have always believed that one my continuing duties is to keep reminding government officials in Washington of our needs, and fighting for those needs regardless of who controls the levers of power in Washington,” says Rahall.

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