American Society of Civil Engineers Thanks House for Passing Water Resources Development Act
September 13, 2018
The following is a statement from Kristina Swallow, P.E., president, American Society of Civil Engineers about the House of Representatives' passage of the Water Resources Development Act.
"As the stewards of America's infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers has been urging Congress to pass a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2018 to help our nation's 'D+' infrastructure. ASCE is pleased the House of Representatives passed the bill and looks forward to the Senate's swift action passage and the President's signing in the coming week, continuing the historical two-year cycle for water resource legislation and authorizing valuable projects. The leadership of Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio helped secure this victory, keeping WRDA on a 2-year authorization cycle.
"This WRDA bill will reauthorize the successful dam and levee programs that prevent dam failure and mitigate flooding, as well as reauthorizing EPA's successful Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA). In addition, the Securing Required Funds for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act will establish a new financing vehicle for critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects to help restore our nation's water infrastructure. Dams, levees, and water infrastructure play a crucial role in our daily lives and through WRDA this infrastructure will be improved."