USA - House Passes Bill Addressing US Water Infrastructure
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, paving the way for the Senate to take up the bill and provide authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water resources development projects and studies.
Congress previously enacted WRDAs in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
WRDA 2020 reforms and provides policy direction to the Army Corps of Engineers for implementation of its civil works missions. The legislation supports the nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration and other water resources infrastructure.
“Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) reauthorization is a critical bill to ensure the Army Corps of Engineers can address vital infrastructure projects that enhance our national waterways, improve ports with additional dredging, protect our shorelines, and strengthen those areas prone to flooding and natural disasters,” says Michele Stanley, vice president of government and regulatory affairs at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). “NSSGA members across the country are directly involved with these water infrastructure projects, and we fully support WRDA in its passage.”
Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), chair of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, was among those who steered the House’s passage of the bill.