America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

24 May 2018 11:15 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 continues to work its way through Congress, and MOARC and its partners have been actively working with both the Senate and House committees on legislative language to address water resource issues and opportunities. 

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) introduced bipartisan water resources legislation on 8 May to address the nation’s water resource needs.  The legislation, entitled “America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018”, is intended to support the nation's economic competitiveness by increasing water storage, providing protection from dangerous floodwaters, deepening nationally significant ports, and maintaining the navigability of inland waterways across the country. The legislation will also repair aging drinking water, wastewater and irrigation systems. 

Within the proposed WRDA bill ARE projects and language changes advocated by MOARC!  

  • Significantly, the proposed language for combining previous authorizations of the Kansas City’s Levees into a single authorization to provide for more efficient budgeting and that the project not be subject to a new start decision were included.  
  • The Senate EPW also included the authorization requested for a study on the function and reliability of the Lower Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation project.  The future study would address current effectiveness and future needs within the lower Missouri River and determine additional opportunities for navigation, flood risk, and bank stabilization within the region.  
  • Additionally, the legislation would push the Corps of Engineers to fund the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) at authorized limits, raise the authorized limit under each authority, and the total project cost limit under each authority from $10 million to $15 million.  The change in CAP limits and the intent of Congress to see the program funded at greater levels reflects a greater opportunity for local communities, states and other entities to participate in water resource projects. 

This shows that MOARC efforts in coordinating with the Corps, stakeholders and Congressional offices, as well as advocacy partnerships, such as the MOARC and KCIC Congressional visits, are producing valued impact to our membership throughout our region.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) is currently finalizing the House’s proposed WRDA legislation.  The T&I Committee has been communication with MOARC regarding legislative language on several projects and future opportunities MOARC and KCIC have advocated.  WRDA will continue to move formally through each congressional branch through the summer and a conference committee will be established to finalize a single bill for House and Senate approval.  That legislation could then become WRDA 2018 and be enacted upon the President’s signature.



 

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