Shelby announces funding for Alabama

WASHINGTON, DC Thursday, June 21, 2007‑ U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced committee approval of several funding requests for Alabama included in the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Interior Appropriations bill.  The FY 2008 Interior Appropriations bill will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

Bullock County Courthouse Rehabilitation and Repair - $300,000

This funding, provided through the Save America Treasures program, will allow for the rehabilitation and repair of the Historic Bullock County Courthouse.

 "The Save America Treasures program is vital to ensuring that our nation's historic buildings are protected and preserved," said Shelby.  "Currently, improvements need to be made to the Bullock County Courthouse, such as repairing the deteriorating roof, exterior balcony, front columns, window sills, ceilings, flooring, and walls, in addition to renovating other exterior damage.  This courthouse has long been a historic landmark of Bullock County and should be preserved for future generations to appreciate."

City of Clanton Water Plant Project - $1 Million

The City of Clanton will use this funding to upgrade their water treatment plant, which serves residents, businesses, and industries.

"Cities have a responsibility to provide clean and available water to their residents and businesses," said Shelby.  "These improvements to Clanton's water treatment plant will not only serve current users, but will also prepare the City for future growth and development."

Town of Somerville Wastewater Project - $384,000

This funding will allow the Town of Somerville to expand and improve their wastewater service.

"Due to the Base Realignment and Closure decisions that will bring more jobs to Redstone Arsenal and more residents to Morgan County, the Town of Somerville will use this funding to ensure that their wastewater service is prepared to serve the influx of people," said Shelby.  "I am pleased to see that the Town of Somerville is making the preparations necessary to attract and meet the needs of their growing community."

Jackson County Industrial Park Water and Wastewater Project - $132,000

The City of Scottsboro will work with the Jackson County Commission to install water and sewer infrastructure in a new industrial park.

"It is critical that cities work to build a strong infrastructure to effectively serve businesses," said Shelby.  "I am glad to see Jackson County and the City of Scottsboro are working to create conditions that will attract new businesses and bring jobs to the area."

Old Cahawba Visitor Center - $175,000

The Old Cahawba Visitor Center, which 35,000 people visit annually, was destroyed in a fire.  State, local, and private monies will match the federal funding.

"Investment in West Alabama's tourism industry will help spur economic growth and development throughout the Black Belt," said Shelby.  "Additionally, I believe that we should protect and preserve this historically significant site so that future generations can enjoy the facility."

Mobile-Tensaw Delta - $2.1 Million

This funding will allow the purchase of approximately 1,579 acres of coastal wetlands in the upper Mobile Delta from willing sellers.

"By protecting our coastal wetlands, we keep both our wildlife and water quality safe," said Shelby.  "We also keep these important lands open to the public, who can enjoy hunting, hiking, fishing and other recreational activities."   

Alabama National Forest - $1 Million

This funding will assist in the purchase of land, from willing sellers only, within the boundaries of Alabama's National Forests. The National Forests in Alabama represent the largest area of publicly owned land in Alabama, covering approximately 665,661 acres.

"Alabama's national forests offer beautiful views and are home to diverse species of birds and wildlife that are enjoyed year round by visitors from across the country," said Shelby.  "This year's funding will aid in the continued protection and preservation of our wildlife and natural resources.

National Rural Water Association (NRWA) - $11 Million

The Alabama Rural Water Association provides training and technical assistance to the water and wastewater utilities throughout the state.  This funding will allow NRWA to support the over 600 public water and wastewater utilities efforts to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act, source water protection, and training for water and wastewater certified operators.

The Senate has again provided essential funding to assist rural water technical assistance activities and groundwater protection across the nation," said Shelby.  "Additional funding will assist small water systems to conduct vulnerability assessments to ensure that even small communities have a safe, secure water supply.