ASA Supports the Advancement of the Water Resources Infrastructure Bill
On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, ASA, along with the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), sent a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Leadership thanking them for their work on the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 2022). This bipartisan legislation will provide much needed investments for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) projects, including dredging, locks, levees, dams, and water supply projects. This legislation builds on the investments provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and continues the two-year cycle ensuring the timely delivery of water projects across the country. WRDA 2022 will provide for 36 new Corps feasibility studies and authorizes or modifies 21 projects for construction, and emphasizes expedited completion of several projects critical to flood risk mitigation, navigation and ecosystem restoration. The bill will provide a much-needed investment in our port infrastructure, at a critical time when supply chain shortages are hampering economic growth. The bill will address the harbor deepening and maintenance needs of commercially significant ports to ensure America can remain competitive globally. If fully funded through the annual appropriations process, WRDA 2022 will have an increased focus on projects and help keep the Corps moving.