Costa secures $12 million in budget for Community Project Funding 

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is one of the main benefactors of Costa’s budget request, securing $1.4 million for its terminal expansion project.

Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) has secured $12.2 million for local projects throughout Congressional District 21. 

The funding comes in the form of grants for the federal government’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget. 


The big picture: At the top of the list is a $3 million investment in the Upper Kings Groundwater Resiliency Project, which is facilitated by the Alta, Fresno, and Consolidated Irrigation DIstricts. It will construct 3,300 acres of basins to be used for capturing surface water in wet years and pumping groundwater during dry years. 

  • Costa also secured $1.4 million to initiate the second phase of Fresno Yosemite International Airport’s terminal expansion project. That will include new TSA and baggage handling areas with added capacity, as well as a new upper-level concourse with two dual-use passenger bridges to facilitate domestic and international boarding, larger hold rooms and space for new shopping and dining concessions. 
  • Another project funded by Costa’s request is $1 million to complete a feasibility study for the Seaborn Reservoir Project. That will be a multi-benefit reservoir to capture high-flow flood release and reduce the downstream flooding hazard to local infrastructure in Tulare County. 

What they’re saying: “Bringing back federal funding to the San Joaquin Valley is one of my top priorities,” Costa said. “These projects will support underserved communities and foster economic development while providing more opportunities for folks to get ahead. I am proud to have fought for this funding to build stronger, more resilient communities.” 

Go deeper: Here’s a look at the other 12 projects that Costa has secured funding for: 

  • $959,752 for the City of Dinuba to expand its existing sewer capacity, while creating jobs and protecting public health from sewer spills and overflows.
  • $959,752 for the City of Visalia – Groundwater Basin Project to increase groundwater recharge capacity, while maintaining groundwater levels and improving drought resiliency.
  • $850,000 for the modernization of the Marjaree Mason Center – Community Resource Center, a newly purchased building to provide comprehensive support services to survivors of domestic violence in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • $850,000 to help revitalize the fire station in the City of Sanger, which would accommodate additional space for training, dormitories, storage, and coverage parking for fire engines in the rear of the facility. 
  • $750,000 for the Traver Sewer System Feasibility Study Project, which would improve wastewater service and expand sewer capacity in the community of Traver.
  • $500,000 for the City of Farmersville – Streetlamp Project to help install new streetlights, strengthen security, and enhance safety at night in the community.
  • $500,000 for the City of Fowler – Downtown Streetscape Project, which would reinforce Fowler’s history, developing walkable streets and creating public spaces for the community.
  • $500,000 for the City of Woodlake – Mulberry Street Roundabout Project, which would construct a roundabout at the intersection of Naranjo Boulevard (SR-216) and Mulberry Street. 
  • $500,000 for the Habitat for Humanity Project for Disabled Veterans, which would develop additional housing for disabled and unhoused veterans in Tulare County, while ensuring ADA-compliant infrastructure.
  • $400,000 for the Food to Share Hub Project to sustain healthy food access programs and other social services across Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings counties.
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