The House has passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. WRDA 2022 will improve the nation’s water infrastructure by authorizing water resources development projects in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This legislation will strengthen America’s economy through investments in ports, harbors and inland waterways; make communities more resilient in the face of extreme weather and climate change; and protect and restore our ecosystems.
“The Water Resources Development Act of 2022 – the largest and most ambitious WRDA bill to date – demonstrates that when Congress works together, it can pass legislation on a bipartisan basis that benefits communities across the country,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), committee chair. “WRDA 2022 helps provide much needed investment in ports, harbors, and inland waterways – easing supply chain problems – as well as flood mitigation infrastructure, and ecosystem restoration in both urban and rural communities alike. The bill also directs the Corps to carry out these projects in an economically and environmentally responsible manner, with an added emphasis on coordinating with state, local and Tribal partners to execute projects equitably. I want to thank Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Chair Grace F. Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member David Rouzer (R. N.C.) for their important work on this legislation. I urge the Senate to act quickly so we can send a final bill to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley said, “The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 affects every community, as it provides a roadmap for upgrading and modernizing our water resources infrastructure. Specifically for our members in the aggregates industry, it provides planning certainty and funding for projects over the next two years. This is critical, as aggregate producers supply the building materials needed to complete the important projects outlined in the bill. These include the improvement of ports; development of flood control systems; reinforcement of our shorelines; and maintaining our waterways for the movement of goods and resources.
“Additionally, the House of Representatives passing the 2022 WRDA reauthorization, by a vote of 384-37, continues the tradition of bipartisan support for this vital infrastructure bill. NSSGA thanks the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman DeFazio (OR) and Ranking Member Graves (MO) for their work to move WRDA through Committee and the full House of Representatives. We look forward to the Senate taking up their version of WRDA, which received unanimous support in the Environment and Public Works Committee, to ensure our water infrastructure receives necessary funding in a timely manner.”