Senate Committee Releases Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

Last week Congress took an important step in keeping its promise to authorize a water resources development bill (WRDA) entitled America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. While not a spending bill, WRDA authorizes billions in funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects, including navigation (dredging, locks), flood control (levees), hydropower (dams), recreation (parks), and water supply. This bill would authorize about $2.4 billion of new federal spending on six projects involving disaster recovery. Additionally, the bill includes several provisions impacting drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. AGC applauds Congress for returning to a regular two year authorization of WRDA and is advocating for reform.

Notable highlights from bill include:

Disappointingly, the Senate bill does not include the AGC-supported Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure NOW (SRF-WIN) Act, which would authorize additional funding for WIFIA and allow for these funds to be accessed by State Revolving Funds for drinking and wastewater. Nor does it include AGC’s recommendations that would have streamlined duplicative environmental reviews before the Corps of Engineers can initiate a water infrastructure project.

A summary of the bill can found here. AGC testified before the committee earlier this year that you view by clicking here. You can read AGC’s list of water resources recommendations by clicking here.

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