Support biennial Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA)
Where We Stand

    America's Water Infrastructure Act, which included the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018:

    • did not include authorization language to allow for lockage fees and/or tolls on the inland waterways system. WCI has been adamantly opposed to any additional taxation, tolling, or lockage fees for the inland waterways transportation system.
    • authorized 12 Chief’s Reports, including one that will be funded by the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Three Rivers in Southeast, AR).
    • authorized three project modifications, including the Post Authorization Change Report for Chickamauga Lock. This will ensure that the Chickamauga project can continue construction once the project has reached its original authorized amount.
    • directed the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to evaluate the current organizational structure of the Corps’ Civil Works function, to identify impediments to efficient project delivery, and to provide recommendations to Congress.

Support biennial Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA) that authorize Corps of Engineers’ work on locks and dams, dredging and other water resources projects.

Maintaining water resources bills on an every two-year cycle is important to waterways modernization continuity. Congress ended with a WIIN in WRDA 2016 and in 2018, passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which included the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. We now look ahead to a WRDA bill in 2020.

Letters of Support: WRDA

  • WRDA policies are critical to our nation’s inland waterways, which provide and sustain more than a half-million jobs, support exports, and protect the environment. The waterways help relieve traffic congestion, and are the safest, most energy-efficient mode of surface transportation. Waterways are vital to our agriculture, manufacturing and energy sectors. Before passage of the 2016 bill, the 2014 Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) was signed into law after a seven-year delay. WRDA/WRRDA bills have strong bi-partisan support in Congress to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform various water-related, water resources projects within their Civil Works mission.

    Letters of Support: Navigation & Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP)

    Background

     
    Issue News
    Repairs coming on part of Greeneway in North Augusta Apr 17, 2019 - The Augusta Chronicle Also, the 2019 budget has $35,000 in the fund for a paving upgrade for the Greeneway. The planter boxes will be used in the Center Street median in Riverside Village, and the council will pay for two additional boxes to be placed in the area as well. They will be recognized at the next council meeting April 29.