Congresswoman Angie Craig Advances $3.5 Million Request for City of Shakopee’s River Stabilization and Cultural Corridor Project

July 1, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Craig announced that her submission for the City of Shakopee to receive federal funding was officially approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The project, which was awarded $3.5 million, is now officially included in the Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2022 funding bill, which will soon head to the full Appropriations Committee for approval. 

The funding was requested to improve the resiliency of the city by stabilizing the city’s riverbank, which is rapidly eroding and threatening the city’s critical infrastructure. Craig submitted her request for Community Project Funding (CPF) for the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations process, through which Members of Congress are able to request funding for up to 10 specific projects in their districts which would serve the public good. 

“Shakopee’s River Stabilization and Cultural Corridor Project is critical to preserving and stabilizing the city’s riverbank for years to come,” said Representative Craig. “I am proud to champion this long overdue project in Congress and to fight for its funding in the final appropriations package later this year.” 

This project would improve the resiliency of the city’s infrastructure by stabilizing the riverbank, which is heavily being eroded and impacting the city’s critical infrastructure to increasing levels. The water that is impacting the Minnesota River riverbank in Shakopee is coming mostly from water of the state from outstate areas within the river basin. The investment and public benefit of the proposed project would not only protect the city’s critical infrastructure, it would also improve the already impaired Minnesota River (for turbidity). Of notable significance, the riverbank area contains burial mounds of the ancestors of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC). These areas are threatened by the long-term and increasing erosion by the intensified river water. Preserving and stabilizing the riverbank is also essential to preserving the history and archeological resources of the SMSC community.

The House Appropriations Committee intends to fund community projects on a limited basis in the FY22 Appropriations bills. Therefore, CPF requests that address the most significant needs of local communities or provide a significant public good were more likely to be included. The new CPF program is being implemented with accountability measures to ensure a responsible and transparent process.