The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will be considered by the full house this week. The bipartisan bill reauthorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation’s vital port and waterways infrastructure needs.
The Senate approved its water Resources Development Act on a strong bipartisan vote of 83-14 in May.
Transportation Committee Chair Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania calls the legislation the “most reformed-oriented water resources legislation in 20 years.”
Iowa Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek hopes passing WRRDA lets the U.S. stay competitive.
“So, that’s encouraging in this climate of acrimony and partisanship that we were at least able to get a piece of legislation that is important to farmers passed in that committee and then on it goes to that full house,” Steenhoek said.
In the U.S. alone there are 12 thousand miles of U.S. waterways used in commercial industry. That is about half the distance around the world. A new WRRDA would modernize locks and dams, provide upkeep for rivers and cost, and assist with flood protection.