NSPE Endorses Waterways Infrastructure Legislation

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Stacey A. Ober
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 The National Society of Professional Engineers has endorsed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. Introduced on September 11 by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va), this legislation (H.R. 3080) would streamline the infrastructure project delivery process and strengthen our nation's water transportation networks.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) would be the first authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in six years. WRRDA would ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers could carry out its mission to develop, maintain, and support the nation's port and waterways infrastructure needs, as well as targeted flood protection and environmental needs.

In a letter of support to Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Rahall, NSPE President Robert Green, P.E., F.NSPE, writes, "WRRDA would overhaul and dramatically improve the process for federal water resources development. The legislation sets hard deadlines on the time and cost of studies, consolidates or eliminates duplicative studies and concurrent reviews that can hold up projects for years, and streamlines environmental reviews. WRRDA fully offsets new authorizations with deauthorizations and cancels $12 billion of inactive projects that were approved prior to the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. This legislation maximizes the ability of nonfederal interests to contribute their own funds to move authorized studies and projects forward. Moreover, it substantially reduces project backlogs."

For more information or questions concerning the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, please contact NSPE's Manager of Government Relations Arielle Eiser at aeiser@nspe.org.

Read President Green's letter to Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Rahall.

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