Senate passes Water Resource Development Act

By Jonathan Sweet
May 17, 2013
Filed under News

The U.S. Senate voted to extend the Water Resource Development Act this week, which could mean more money for dredging and other harbor access projects.

The legislation allows more than 20 new projects by the Army Corps of Engineers, ensure that money put into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is actually used for that purpose, takes steps to stop the spread of Asian carp and more.

Some of the projects targeted for funding include expansion of Georgia’s Savannah Harbor, dredging of Great Lakes shipping routes, deepening of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, studies on how to maintain navigation of the Mississippi River and repair locks and dams throughout the country.

The bill, S. 601, now goes on to the House, where it is currently being “held at the desk” pending assignment to a committee.

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