Senate Committee Releases 2018 Water Resources Bill – House Bill Expected Next Week - May 10, 2018
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, May 8 released its version of the 2018 water resources legislation. Titled “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018,” the legislation is the Senate Committee’s version of a water resources development bill (known as WRDA) for 2018. The bill authorizes policies and projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and includes a number of provisions to make the Corps processes more transparent.
Included in the bill is a two-year reauthorization for the National Levee Safety Program for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 at a total of $158 million, which was enacted in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014); reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) at $100 million for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 (total of $200 million); requirements for the Corps to finalize implementation guidance needed for WRRDA 2014 and WRDA 2016 provisions within 120 days of enactment of this bill; an increase in appropriations for the Corps Continuing Authorities Program; the establishment of a Task Force by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study funding of stormwater management infrastructure projects (Sec. 5001); and more.
The Senate EPW Committee is scheduled to mark up the bill on May 24. In the House, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s version of WRDA is expected to be released at the end of next week, with markup in the committee expected on May 23. NAFSMA is currently drafting a letter to the Senate EPW Committee addressing the draft bill and will respond to the House package as well.
To access the Senate bill, go to https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/e/a/eabfec4f-5b7d-4ba6-930c-fd0961a2fb1f/00EA55AAB7D7982B9C7C95EDF7431EC1.awia-2018.pdf. A copy of the side-by-side summary of the Senate water resources bill is attached.