HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Brian Schatz voted to pass a bill for Hawaii to receive more than $200 million in federal funding to improve the Ala Wai canal. 

The legislation would also improve water resources and infrastructure in Hawaii, and across the nation. $212 million would go towards improving the Ala Wai canal and watershed, reduce flood risks in the area, and strengthen flood warning systems.

“This major investment will make sure the Army Corps has the funding it needs to strengthen the canal and protect residents against flooding,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who created the plan, says if there were a major storm, the canal and watershed that flows into it needs major updates in order to prevent catastrophic flooding.

The plan is centered around reducing flood risks, improving the flood warning system, and constructing six in-stream debris and detention basins. Four foot high concrete floodwalls will also be built along one or both sides of approximately 1.9 miles of the Ala Wai canal.