Support a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2018
Where We Stand

    In 2016, with the passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, of which the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA 2016) was included, water resources legislation returned to a regular, biennial process, which WCI applauds.

    Currently, a portfolio of 25 high priority inland projects at a total estimated cost of $8.8 billion are under construction or waiting to begin construction. At the current funding rate, many of these projects will not begin construction in the next 20 years. Commercial towing operators pay up to 50% of the costs of construction and major rehabilitation of the inland waterways system that is matched by Federal dollars. In WRDA 2018, WCI urges consideration of a cost-share policy change for funding construction, similar to what was done in WRDA 2016 for deep-draft coastal ports. By doing the same thing for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, the inland navigation capital program could remain operating at or above the $400 million level that has been achieved since the cost-share change that occurred for the Olmsted project in WRRDA 2014.

Support WRDA 2018: Returning water resources bills to an every two-year cycle, Congress ended with a WIIN in WRDA 2016 and is expected to act on a WRDA bill in 2018.

Letters of Support: WRDA 2016

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
Corps budget allocates $76.5 million this year for building new Chickamauga Lock Jun 13, 2018 - Chattanooga Times/Free Press Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said today. "More U.S. senators ask to increase funding for the Army Corps of Engineers than any other part of the budget.