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Senator Kelly Holds Senate Field Hearing In Flagstaff Thursday, Discussed Area Flood Control And Water Issues

For the first time in over 30 years, a U.S. Senate subcommittee held a field hearing in Flagstaff. Senator Mark Kelly heard testimony from Colonel Andrew Baker, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Flagstaff Mayor Becky Daggett, Navajo County Supervisor Alberto Peshlakai and Peter Yucupicio, Chairman of the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe. They talked about how federal funds are working to improve water delivery and mitigate flood dangers in small, rural and underserved communities. Kelly said after the hearing, completing the Rio de Flag project will mean threats of flooding will disappear for half the residents of Flagstaff, which will be a game changer. Kelly said, “when we get this Rio de Flag project done I think it’s going to be an economic boom you’re going to see in Flagstaff.” Kelly announced at the hearing that he plans to introduce new legislation titled, “The Drought Resilient Infrastructure Act” to create new programs and give new authorities to the Army Corps of Engineers, specifically to respond to drought conditions.

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