The federal agency will contribute $3 million over the next three years to study the 27-mile levee system that protects the area from Columbia River flooding, said Colin Rowan, program manager for Levee Ready Columbia.
The Army Corps study will result in recommended projects to modernize the system, Rowan said. Then the agency could petition Congress to fund some of the recommended improvements.
Usually, the feds supply more than half the costs for the recommended projects that arise from the New Start program, often 65 percent to 80 percent of the costs, Rowan said.
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