Senate Version Of WRDA Would Enshrine 75-25 Cost-Share Split
Washington, D.C.The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously to advance the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, maintaining a popular biennial schedule for passing WRDA bills.
Passed by a 20-0 vote, the bipartisan bill now heads to the Senate floor.
It authorizes 17 chiefs reports for new projects and 36 feasibility studies.
According to a bill summary, the Army Corps of Engineers is directed to expedite completion of a number of ongoing studies and projects critical to coastal and inland floor risk mitigation, navigation and ecosystem restoration.
Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) singled out language that for the first time since 2007 authorizes new environmental infrastructure projects as well as modifications for existing projects.
As an example of a project that will benefit a local community as well as the entire country, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the panels ranking member, highlighted a significant project for coastal storm risk management on the coast of Texas.
Other key provisions would make permanent a change in the cost share for inland waterways projects to 75 percent federal and 25 percent Inland Waterways Trust Fund, ensure dredging needs at underserved community harbors are met and require the Corps to provide an annual report on the time needed to complete environmental reviews on projects as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
A House committee is expected to unveil its version of WRDA 2022 in the com....