BISHOP SECURES TRANSFER OF EARLE MAY RECREATIONAL AREA TO CITY OF BAINBRIDGE AND OTHER GEORGIA PROVISIONS IN PASSAGE OF CONFERENCE REPORT FOR AMERICA’S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT
Sep 13, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) secured House passage of a number of Georgia focused provisions within the Conference Report for America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S.3021). The Conference Report for America's Water Infrastructure Act passed the full U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote. Final consideration by the U.S. Senate remains pending.
The Conference Report for America’s Water Infrastructure Act includes language transferring Earle May Recreational Area from the Army Corps of Engineers to the City of Bainbridge, as well as language authorizing a $732 million expansion of Savannah Harbor. The Conference Report also directs the Army Corps of Engineers to expeditiously carry out any authorized project for flood risk management or hurricane or storm damage risk reduction in Georgia, as well as many other at-risk states and territories. This agreement also provides $4.4 billion in federal financing for states and utilities to enhance drinking water infrastructure, and authorizes improvements to other waste water and storm water infrastructure programs.
“America’s Water Infrastructure Act is vital legislation that supports the safety and efficiency of our nation’s water systems, including drinking water, flood control, waste water management, and even port maintenance and expansion,” said Congressman Bishop. “I am pleased that this Conference Report includes a number of items of importance for Georgia, including the transfer of the Earle May Recreational Area to the City of Bainbridge, which will allow for the City to more efficiently manage and utilize this treasure.”
The Earle May Recreational Area is a destination for people from across the Southeast for its exceptional beauty and the recreational opportunities offered by the Flint River. This transfer of land will allow for the City of Bainbridge to better manage and develop this unique natural attraction.