Congressman Tim Ryan Secures Local Funding in Fiscal Year 2016 Spending Bill

Dec 16, 2015

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announces local funding in the FY 2016 government funding bill, which included: $12.7 million for area bases; $10 million for an Ohio-based military additive manufacturing program; and almost $5 million for local reservoirs.

Congressman Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and strongly supported these inclusions throughout the committee markup process and in the final version of the FY2016 government funding bill unveiled today. This legislation must still pass the House of Representatives and Senate and be signed by the President.

$12.7 Million for Area Bases

The FY 2016 government funding bill included $12.7 million for area military bases: $9.4 million to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) to upgrade their Indoor Firing Range and $3.3 million to the Ravenna Joint Military Training Center for a Modified Record Fire Range.

“I am pleased to have helped secure funding for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Ravenna in the FY2016 funding bill. This money gives our Airmen and Soldiers the resources and training facilities they need to remain combat-ready and complete their missions. Each and every day, the men and women stationed in Youngstown and Camp Ravenna go to work to protect and serve our country, and it is our job to give them the tools they need to succeed. I am proud to have supported our men and women in uniform and will continue to work to ensure these vital funds get to YARS and Camp Ravenna,” said Congressman Ryan.

$10 Million for Youngstown-Dayton Military Additive Manufacturing Initiative

The FY 2016 government funding bill includes $10 million in funding that was secured by Congressman Ryan to continue an additive manufacturing innovation research program based at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The program—begun with an original $10 million of funding secured by Congressman Ryan in last year’s (FY 2015) defense spending bill--equips the United States Air Force with the technology and expertise to use 3D printing and other emerging manufacturing techniques to fabricate low-volume replacement parts for weapons systems at a lower cost than can be achieved through current defense procurement processes. The Air Force Research Lab, working with Youngstown-based America Makes, awarded the FY 2015 funding to a research partnership between Youngstown State University and University of Dayton Research Institute.

“I am proud to have secured funding for this important research partnership that will hopefully build upon last year’s investment. Ultimately this funding will help grow high-paying manufacturing jobs in Ohio and across the United States while reducing costs for the Department of Defense. Additive manufacturing is transforming every sector of our national economy and this program further positions Ohio, which already has a successful additive manufacturing hub in Youngstown, as a leader in this arena,” said Congressman Ryan.

$5 Million for Local Reservoirs

The FY2016 government funding bill included almost $5 million in funding for local reservoirs, appropriating $2.4 million for Lake Berlin, $1.4 million for Mosquito Creek Lake, and $1.2 million for Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir.

These lakes and reservoirs protect our communities from flooding and provide recreational areas for our residents to enjoy. This vital funding will ensure that our local bodies of water have the maintenance and updates they need,” said Congressman Ryan.

Michael J. Kirwan Dam & Reservoir

Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir is one of the 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh district. The project provides flood protection of the Mahoning River Valley and for the Beaver and Upper Ohio Rivers. Kirwan has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 18.30 inches of precipitation from its 80.5 square mile drainage area. The dam is located on the West Branch of the Mahoning river about 12.0 miles above the junction of the branch and the Mahoning river at newton falls, OH. The reservoir is located entirely within Portage County, OH.

Appropriated funds will be used to perform operation and maintenance of the dam structure as well as continue activities related to reservoir management operations comprising water management, environmental stewardship, and operation and maintenance of public use facilities. Funds will be further used for repairs to deteriorating recreation facilities.

This project supports more than 60 jobs, and has prevented more than $764 million in damage since its completion in 1965.

The estimated construction cost of $20 million appears small when compared to these savings.

Mosquito Creek Lake

Mosquito Creek Lake is a multi-purpose reservoir. This project provides flood protection for the Mahoning River Valley as well as the Beaver and upper Ohio Rivers. Mosquito has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 29 inches of precipitation from its 97 square mile damage area. The dam is on Mosquito Creek, 12.6 miles upstream from its junction with the Mahoning Rover at Niles, Ohio. The reservoir is located entirely in Trumbull County, Ohio.

A feature unique to Mosquito Creek Lake is its use of an uncontrolled natural spillway. The natural spillway is located at the upper end of the lake in a low-lying reach of the Mosquito Creek-Grand River Divide. The elevation of the spillway at the point of divide is such that if an impoundment of flood waters should fill the lake, to an elevation of 904 feet above sea level, the southerly outflow of the lake would be reserved. The outflow would then be discharged through the natural spillway into a tributary of the Grand River which flows north into Lake Erie.

Appropriation funds will be used to perform operation and maintenance of the dam structure as well as continue activities related to reservoir management operations comprising water management, environmental stewardship, and operation and maintenance of public use facilities. Funds will be further used for repairs to deteriorating recreation facilities.

This project supports more than 160 jobs, and has prevented more than $419 million in damage since its competition in 1944.

Mosquito Creek Lake also stores water and releases it downstream during the dry periods to improve water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, recreation, esthetics, and aquatic life.

Berlin Lake

Berlin Lake is a multipurpose reservoir. The project provides flood protection for the Mahoning River Valley as well as for the Beaver and Upper Ohio Rivers. The project has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 6.9 inches of precipitation from its 249 square mile drainage area.

The dam is located on the Mahoning River in Mahoning and Portage Counties, Ohio, about 10 miles upstream from Milton Dam (Non-Federal Project) about 35 miles upstream from Warren, Ohio. The lake is located in Mahoning, Portage, and Stark Counties.

Berlin Lake is home to the largest campground in the Pittsburgh District with more than 348 campsites, and it has four boat launch ramps. Visitors can further enjoy hiking trials, picnic areas, electrical hookups, restrooms and showers.

Appropriated funds will be used to perform operation and maintenance of the dam structure as well as continue activities related to reservoir management operations comprising water management, environmental stewardship, and operation and maintenance of public use facilities. Funds will be further used for repairs to deteriorating recreation facilities.

This project supports more than 300 jobs, and has prevented over $1.7 billion in damage since its completion in 1943.

The lake serves as a water supply for the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District.