Conferees Report Deal on Major Water Projects Bill

  • by BPC Staff
  • on May 9, 2014

Conferees Report Deal on Major Water Projects Bill

CQ Roll Call

Late today the top conferees on the water navigation and flood projects legislation said they have nailed down an agreement, and will provide more details next week when they file the paperwork. This sets the stage for Congress to clear the final bill very soon.

They are calling it the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which is the title used by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to emphasize the process changes lawmakers wrote into the measure. Those would speed up the way the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies review proposed construction plans and limit the scope of potential delays in the planning process for waterway projects.

For the transportation supply chain, this is legislation that has drawn support from a wide range of manufacturing, retailing and commodity shipping organizations. It can authorize dozens of projects worth tens of billions of dollars to deepen seaport harbors, launch new inland barge lock improvements and build flood protections on waterways across the country.