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Rep. Duarte secures over $26 million for his 13th District
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Congressman John Duarte (R-Modesto)

Congressman John Duarte (CA-13) issued the below statement following House passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 (H.R. 4366), which includes $26.34 million in funding at the Congressman’s request to meet critical Central Valley constituents’ needs.  H.R. 4366 must now be passed by the Senate and sent to the President to be signed into law.

“I am  am pleased to join a bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation to fund the Federal government in Fiscal Year 2024 that not only cuts wasteful government spending by $9 billion while preserving critical programs, but also includes more than $26 million in funding at my request to support critical local infrastructure, law enforcement, roads, and water projects in our district,” said Rep. Duarte.

Local Project Funding included at Rep. Duarte’s Request

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

• $3.53 million for City of Modesto’s 9-1-1 Call Center Project

This funding will help the City of Modesto acquire technology and software for the 9-1-1 Call Center, as well as advance emerging technologies that will improve public safety, enhance crime prevention, and help the city better assist vulnerable residents in times of need. Modesto currently shares a 9-1-1 Call Center with Stanislaus County. Population growth and the changing emergency dispatch needs of city residents have prompted the creation of dedicated dispatch services specifically for the residents of Modesto that has created the need for the 9-1-1 Cell Center Project.

Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies

•$5 million for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Los Banos Creek Recharge and Recovery Project

The San Joaquin River Flood Control System has been impacted by subsidence originating in the El Nido/Red Top Area located in Merced and Madera counties. The subsidence has reduced flood flow capacities of the system while increasing flood risks for adjacent lands and facilities. In addition, the Los Banos Creek area suffers from multiple hazards that compound each other and ultimately increase the risk of damage to infrastructure.  This funding will support the Los Banos Creek Recharge & Recovery Project, which includes construction of approximately 200 acres of recharge and storage ponds and 7 recovery wells along Los Banos Creek (LBC) between the California Aqueduct and the Central California Irrigation District (CCID) Outside Canal. The project would receive flood flows from both the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers together with surface water from Los Banos Creek, the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority (SJRECWA) member agencies, San Luis Water District (SLWD), CCID Main and Outside Canals, or through exchange from other contractors. The Delta Mendota Canal (DMC) and Outside Canal would be used to convey flood water to be stored for later use. Water wells will be piped to the DMC and CCID Outside canals to augment drought impacted water supplies.

• $276,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers Investigations, Lower San Joaquin (Lathrop and Manteca)

The San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency (SJAFCA), along with the State of California, are the non-federal partners of the Lower San Joaquin River Feasibility Study (LSJRFS). The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is the federal sponsor of this project. This funding will advance the congressionally authorized LSJRFS, an important step forward in enhancing flood protection measures to better protect about 50,000 people and critical infrastructure in California’s Central Valley from flooding. Additionally, the LSJRFS is scoped to explore ecosystem restoration opportunities to further reduce flood risk within the study area and improve overall flood system resilience to climate change.

• Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

• $1.2 million for the City of Turlock’s Sewer Extension Project

This funding will support the City of Turlock’s Golden State Sewer Extension Project that focuses on extending an 18-inch diameter sewer main line near Taylor Road. The extension will provide utility services to adjacent properties that are considered to be an unserved area of Stanislaus County that are currently on wells and septic tanks, increasing water supply reliability.  Additionally, this project will bolster economic growth in Turlock and the county by allowing for more frequent and more reliable use sewage services.

• $1 million for the City of Madera’s Sewer Trunk Main Project

This funding will support the City of Madera’s efforts to rehabilitate and replace up to 1.7 miles of sewer trunk main pipelines along Pecan Avenue from Grenada Drive to State Route 99. The Pecan Avenue sewer main carries 40% of the sewage from the entire city and Madera Community College, as well as surrounding Madera County service areas of Parkwood and Parksdale, to the local wastewater treatment plant. Proactive rehabilitation of this pipeline will come at a much lower cost as well as preserve the integrity, health, and welfare of the city’s residents.

• $1 million for the City of Madera’s Storm Drain Pipeline Replacement Project

This funding will be used by the City of Madera to install approximately 10,600 linear feet of permanent underground storm drain pipelines, associated manholes, and storm water inlets/outlets in the community. These pipelines are to be installed along Howard Avenue, Granada Avenue, and West Almond Avenue to help reduce chronic flooding in the area.

• $1 million for the City of Turlock’s Stormwater Infrastructure Project

This funding will support construction activities for the City of Turlock’s Positive Drainage Project that involves the replacement and upsizing of over 1,120 feet of pipe in the city to create a positive drainage system. This would increase flood capacity and alleviate serious flooding concerns in the city as the Johnson Road Storm Drain Project area commonly floods residential and service businesses, such as an elementary school, grocery stores, and restaurants and other hospitality facilities.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

• $5 million for the City of Mendota’s Pavement Project

This funding will support the City of Mendota’s efforts to improve approximately 20 miles of local roads, including through pavement rehabilitation or reconstruction, striping, improvements to curb ramps, and gap closures in sidewalks, as well as creation of bike lanes, where appropriate, in the city.

• $3.24 million for Madera County’s Parksdale Community Road Rehabilitation Project

The streets within the Parksdale community need reconstruction and repair to help address safety concerns and improve access. This funding will be used by Madera County for engineering and rehabilitation construction costs related to the Parksdale Community Road Rehabilitation Project.

• $95,000 for the City of Huron’s Las Casitas de Lola Domestic Violence Shelter Project

This funding will be used by the City of Huron to purchase new equipment, including fencing, cameras, and other minor equipment, and other infrastructure at the city’s Domestic Violence Shelter to help ensure this facility can continue to provide a safe shelter to women, children, families, and other community members requesting assistance from domestic violence or other crises.

• $2 million for the County of Fresno’s Cantua Creek Sidewalk Improvements Project

This funding will support Fresno County’s efforts to improve streets, sidewalks, and drainage infrastructure in the rural communities of Cantua Creek and El Porvenir. The project will also address reducing flooding risks and improve safety and accessibility in these areas.

• $3 million for the County of Fresno’s Tranquility Complete Streets Project

This funding will support Fresno County’s efforts to provide essential infrastructure to the community of Tranquility, including reconstructing streets, building sidewalks and bike lanes, and making various Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements in the area.