WATERWAYS COUNCIL, INC. COMMENDS SENATE FOR PASSAGE OF WRDA Oct 10, 2018 - Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today commended the Senate for its overwhelming approval (by a vote of 99-1) of S. 3021 (115), America's Water Infrastructure Act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 that authorizes Corps of Engineers' work on locks and dams, dredging and other water resources projects. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature into law. The House passed the WRDA legislation by voice vote last month. The bill: --does not include any authorization language that would allow for lockage fees and/or tolls on the inland waterways system. WCI continues to be opposed to additional taxation, tolling, lockage fees or adverse changes in cost-sharing for the Inland Waterways Transportation System. --authorizes 12 Chief’s Reports, including one that will be funded by the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Three Rivers in Southeast, Arkansas). --authorizes three project modifications, including the Post Authorization Change Report (PACR) for Chickamauga Lock. This will ensure that Chickamauga can continue construction once the project has reached its original authorized amount. --directs the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to evaluate the current organizational structure of the Civil Works function of the Corps, to identify impediments to efficient project delivery, and to provide recommendations to Congress.
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