The Federal Land Acquisition Program is expanding with the construction of a new Horizon Land Project.
The new facility will provide approximately $2.6 million to address the needs of Flint residents, according to a statement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The $2 million comes from the Department of Energy and is part of the larger $8.6 billion Flint Land Purchase and Development Act, which Congress passed in 2016.
The act also provides $3.5 billion for Flint Land Corporation, the federal entity that administers the land purchase and development process.
The Land Purchase Act provides for a $5 million grant for the development of the Horizon land project and the $1 million for a new facility in Flint, according the statement.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
The Flint Land purchase and construction program is an example of how the U and EPs are working together to address Flint’s water crisis, said Jim Leavitt, a former assistant secretary of the Army who served as the assistant secretary for land acquisition and development from January 2017 through February 2018.
The acquisition and construction of the land project will be made possible through the Federal Land Purchase Program.
The program’s first-in-the-nation grants allow states and territories to establish land acquisition sites to acquire land and water resources, which are then transferred to the states for use as part of their state water supply systems.
Land acquisition sites also have the authority to establish water conservation and reuse districts and water infrastructure.
“The federal government has always been a leader in providing water to the American people, and we’re excited to partner with the state and local governments to help address Flint water and land resource needs,” Leavits statement read.
The $2,600 grant for Flint will provide for an initial five-year contract.
A second grant will allow for the project to move forward after five years.
Flint is located in a large metropolitan area with about 3.7 million residents and more than 100 schools.
Land purchases have been a priority for the federal government.
In January 2017, President Donald Trump signed legislation allowing states and localities to use funds from the land acquisition program for water and wastewater projects.
As part of that legislation, the Trump administration directed federal agencies to develop a water management plan that includes plans for the Flint Water Crisis and the acquisition of water resources.
According to the Michigan Water Resources Board, the Flint water crisis has already cost the state $7.5 million.