Water infrastructure bill moving to president’s desk

By |  December 22, 2020
Tail-waters below Gavins Point dam on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Photo: PatrickZiegler/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

WRDRA reauthorization addresses infrastructure projects that impact the way of life in the U.S. Photo: PatrickZiegler/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

The Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) on Tuesday, following up on the House’s action from Dec. 8.

The legislation, included in the omnibus package, passed the Senate by a 91-to-7 vote. The bill now shifts to President Trump to be signed into law.

According to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), WRDA reauthorization is critical to ensure the Army Corps of Engineers can address infrastructure projects that enhance national waterways, improve port infrastructure, protect shorelines and strengthen areas prone to flooding and natural disasters.

“This provision ensures precious Harbor Maintenance Trust Funds are available for projects that qualify and increases dredging through our waterway system, dramatically improving waterway traffic and advancing our national economy,” says Michele Stanley, vice president of government and regulatory affairs at NSSGA. “NSSGA members across the country are directly involved with these water infrastructure projects.”

Passage of WRDA comes after congressional leaders came to terms Sunday on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package that is expected to provide $10 billion for state Departments of Transportation that lost funds due to the pandemic’s impact on gas tax revenues.

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