Water Resources Development Act and Near-Term Forecast for Passage

    View Author September 2016

    On Thursday, September 14, the Senate passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) (S. 2848) by a vote of 95-3. The US$10.6 billion bill would authorize the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to carry out navigation, flood protection and ecosystem improvement projects throughout the country. The legislation would also create a water infrastructure fund and provide financial assistance for drinking water and waste water systems. With regard to the Flint, Michigan crisis, the bill would direct US$220 million to assist Flint and other communities in upgrading drinking water technologies and infrastructure. In addition, the bill would authorize US$125 million for USACE to immediately address coastal levees that are disintegrating.