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Congress allocates funds for San Joaquin County projects

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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:00 am

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, announced last week that $751,000 for the San Joaquin Feasibility River Study was included in H.R. 3547.

According to McNerney, the study is essential for flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and the state’s water supply. In California, 24 million people rely on the protected water supply from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This water supply provides irrigation to 7 million acres of agricultural land across the state.

“Delta families, farmers and small business owners rely on flood protection,” McNerney said. “Funding this study will eventually create jobs, improve our infrastructure and protect the water supply in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.”

In addition, the Port of Stockton was awarded $5,573,000 for operations and maintenance dredging. The money for maintenance dredging will help keep the channels clear, improve productivity, expand operations and create new jobs.

“The Port of Stockton is an essential component for California and our region, creating jobs and ensuring that California’s vast products are able to reach around the globe,” McNerney said.

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