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Schatz Secures Provisions To Support Critical Flood Management, Environmental Restoration Projects Across Hawai‘i In Bipartisan Water Resources Bill

Support For Hawai‘i Projects In Water Resources Development Act Passed Key Senate Committee This Week

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) helped secure provisions in the biennial water resources bill that will support critical flood management and environmental restoration projects across Hawai‘i. The Thomas R. Carper Water Resources Development Act of 2024, which unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week, authorizes flood control, navigation, and ecosystem protection projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“As climate change drives more intense storms and flooding across Hawai‘i, we need all the federal support we can get to protect our communities and restore critical ecosystems,” said Senator Schatz. “This bill will help strengthen water infrastructure in every county and help us prevent dangerous flooding, while creating good-paying local jobs.”

The legislation includes authorization for key projects in Hawai‘i, including:

  • Maui
    • New feasibility studies for flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects across the county
  • Kaua‘i
    • New feasibility studies for ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, and hurricane and storm damage risk reduction projects, including the Hanapepe Levee
    • Expedited completion on flood risk management project at Waimea River
  • Hawai‘i Island
    • Expedited completion of major maintenance project at Laupahoehoe Harbor
  • O‘ahu
    • Expedited completion of report on the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Study
    • New feasibility study for flood risk management project in Hawai‘i Kai
    • Expedited completion of a feasibility study on modified navigation project at Honolulu Deep Draft Harbor