Rep. Lipinski Works to Secure $11.4 Million for Lockport Powerhouse

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that $11.4 million for the Lockport Powerhouse is included in the bipartisan $1.1 trillion government spending bill that is under consideration in both the House and the Senate. The funding will facilitate the completion of the design and the awarding of a construction contract for repairs to the forebay wall at the facility operated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

“For more than a century, the Lockport Powerhouse has been instrumental in maintaining the Chicago waterways system. I am proud to announce this funding that will help to ensure the powerhouse remains viable for many years to come,” Rep. Lipinski said. “While the $1.1 trillion spending bill currently before us does not address the country’s long-term deficit and economic problems, it does stabilize government funding and operations for the next year, avoiding a repeat of the partisan bickering that led to the senseless federal shutdown last fall. I will be supporting it and continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a more comprehensive plan that solves our serious fiscal issues, spurs job creation and leads the nation forward.”

The Lockport Powerhouse was built in 1907, next to the location where the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal connects with the Des Plaines River. The powerhouse, included on the National Register of Historic Places, plays a key role in helping to control the levels of the canal and reduce the risk of flooding on area waterways. The water flowing through the facility is harnessed by two turbines to generate electricity for ComEd.

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