Implement WIIN/WRDA 2016 and WRRDA 2014
Where We Stand

    The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, of which the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA 2016) is included, passed on December 9, 2016. With this action, water resources legislation is returned to a regular, biennial process, which WCI applauds.

    WIIN/WRDA 2016 did not contain a Public-Private Partnership (P3) provision that could have allowed for the collection of tolls or lockage fees on waterways. WCI stakeholder resistance successfully helped to defeat this onerous proposal. WIIN/WRDA does include approved Chief's Reports for Calcasieu Lock modifications in Louisiana, deepening of Brazos Island Harbor in Texas (Brownsville Ship Channel), and the Upper Ohio Study that allows the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery (EDM) locks project near Pittsburgh to move forward.

    Provisions of the last water resources bill -- WRRDA 2014 – were based upon recommendations from the Capital Development Plan (CDP) to address inland waterways system infrastructure reliability. It contained provisions to prioritize navigation projects across the waterways system; improve Corps’ project management and processes to better deliver projects on-time and on-budget to realize $8 billion in job creation; reform navigation project cost allocations for the Olmsted project, to 85% General Fund, 15% Inland Waterways Trust Fund; define Major Rehabilitation project eligibility for Inland Waterways Trust Funds, increasing the current law level of $14 million to $20 million and adjusting it annually for inflation; and increase spending of Harbor Maintenance Trust Funds according to a schedule of increased funding.

    Implementation guidance for WRDDA 2014 is currently ongoing.

WIIN/WRDA 2016: Returning water resources bills to every two years, Congress ended with a WIIN in WRDA 2016.

Letters: WRDA 2016

On June 10, 2014 President Obama signed the 2014 Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) into law. A month before, in May 2014, the House and Senate passed a final WRRDA bill with enormous bi-partisan support to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform various water-related, water resources projects. WRRDA’s policies are critical to our nation’s inland waterways, which provide and sustain more than half-a-million American jobs, support exports, and protect the environment. They relieve traffic congestion, are the safest, most energy-efficient mode of surface transportation, and are vital to our agriculture, manufacturing and energy sectors.

WRRDA 2014 Implementation

Letters of Support: FY ’16 Funding, WRRDA, NESP, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, and barge user fee increase

Background

 
Issue News
EDITORIAL: Law protects our scenic rivers Apr 27, 2017 - Muskogee Phoenix ...scenic beauty of the free-flowing streams and rivers designated as a scenic river area." The language was accidentally deleted during the process of merging the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission's responsibilities under the Grand River Dam Authority last year. "When you have sweeping legislation, that will occur -- that bill was written and rewritten several times during the session last year," said Ed Fite, vice president of GRDA scenic rivers and water quality division....