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
Corps racing to reopen Columbia, Snake to river traffic on time Feb 4, 2017 - Tri-City Herald Snake and Columbia rivers navigation systems," benefiting the entire Northwest, Delarosa said. Ice Harbor Dam's navigation lock opened to river traffic in 1962 and has been opened and closed more than 96,000 times since. The downstream lift gate, weighing 720 tons, was replaced in 1995 and the wire ropes were replaced in 2012. Current work on the downstream hoist machinery includes replacing a 2.5-ton overhead service crane with a 4-ton crane; replacing the shafts for...