Senators Reverend Warnock, Ossoff Introduce Bill to Upgrade Water Infrastructure Across Coastal Georgia

Senators Reverend Warnock and Ossoff introduced the Coastal Georgia Flooding Prevention Act to modernize Coastal Georgia’s water infrastructure

The Investments will help communities in Coastal Georgia protect their families and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding

Senators Reverend Warnock: “By funding advanced flood prevention measures and sustainable infrastructure projects, we not only safeguard our homes and businesses but also ensure the long-term health and stability of our coastal ecosystems”

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) introduced new legislation, the Coastal Georgia Flooding Prevention Act, to upgrade water infrastructure for families and businesses in communities across Coastal Georgia. The bill would establish a new authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water infrastructure projects in Glynn, Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, and Camden Counties in Georgia. This authority and its subsequent projects would aim to improve the quality of life for Georgians and strengthening coastal resilience to prevent flooding. 

“Investing in coastal water infrastructure is essential for protecting our communities from the devastating effects of flooding. This legislation represents a critical step forward in enhancing our resilience against climate change and extreme weather events,” said Senator Warnock. “By funding advanced flood prevention measures and sustainable infrastructure projects, we not only safeguard our homes and businesses but also ensure the long-term health and stability of our coastal ecosystems. As a son of coastal Georgia, I want to thank Senator Ossoff for his partnership on this matter and urge our colleagues in the Senate to prioritize this vital investment for the well-being and security of our coastal regions.”

“Amidst a surge of economic development across Coastal Georgia, we need to ensure our water infrastructure keeps up with increased demand,” said Senator Ossoff. “That’s why Senator Reverend Warnock and I are introducing this new bill to help Coastal Georgia communities partner with the U.S. Army Corps on vital projects to improve resilience and quality of life for families and businesses across the region.”

In April, Senators Warnock and Ossoff delivered Federal resources to increase sewer capacity in Savannah. This year, Senators Warnock and Ossoff also delivered Federal funding to install a new sewer force main to strengthen infrastructure and services for unserved and underserved areas of Bulloch County. In 2022, Senators Warnock and Ossoff passed into law their Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act, which extended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authority to partner with Tybee Island on beach renourishment and storm risk management projects for 12 years. Senators Warnock and Ossoff similarly passed into law in 2022 their Port of Brunswick Navigation Channel Improvement Act to make upgrades to the Port’s navigation channel to help increased shipping traffic safely navigate the Port — boosting capacity and helping reduce supply chain bottlenecks. 

Read the Coastal Georgia Flooding Prevention Act HERE.

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