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Water Development Bill Signed into Law by President Trump

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Firetog Schultz
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NSPS News and Views 10/31/18


The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018 (S. 3021), was signed into law (P.L. 115-270) this month. The new law, renamed from the traditional Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will provide investments in harbor, waterway, flood protection, and other water infrastructure improvements throughout the country. AWIA, which funds projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies, together with the Federal Aviation Authorization (FAA), and the FY 18 Omnibus Appropriations constitute the infrastructure program President Trump promoted in the 2016 campaign, along with a Highway bill that will be reauthorized in the next Congress, when the current law expires in 2020. This significant water policy bill includes a number of provisions impacting water infrastructure funding. In a victory for NSPS, Section 1107, written by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), directs the Corps to create a publicly available online database of all real estate assets in the United States that are owned, operated, managed, or in the custody of the Corps. Another provision, Section 1118 directs the Corps to develop guidance for accepting and using any information gathered from a non-federal interest through the use of geomatic techniques.

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