Congresswoman Hanabusa’s Statement on the $345,076,000 Ala Wai Canal Flood Risk Management Project
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa issued the following statement today after the $345,076,000 Ala Wai Canal Flood Risk Management Project was included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Long Term Disaster Recovery Investment Plan, the Corps announced today.
Full project funding is included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9. Congresswoman Hanabusa testified before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in favor of the project, which was deemed eligible for disaster-related and disaster-mitigation funding.
“The damage done by the historic rainfall on Kauai and Oahu in April was a difficult reminder that our water resources and infrastructure must be maintained and fortified. As an island state, we are focused on managing the realities of rising sea levels and climate change. The Ala Wai watershed project is critical to preventing flooding on a scale that would cripple the Waikiki area and imperil the more than 150,000 residents who live there. If the watershed is hit by severe flooding, officials estimate more than $1 billion in damages to more than 3,000 structures. I would like to thank my colleagues for supporting this project in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 and the USACE for their work and commitment to this initiative,” said Congresswoman Hanabusa