Monday, 24 September 2007
In a letter to Senators on Friday, ASCE urged the Senate to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) with enough votes to signal its clear intent to override any veto. “Any veto discussed based solely on the bill’s overall projected cost of approximately $20 billion would be extremely unwise.”
It has been almost seven years since Congress last authorized federal water resources projects, and $20 billion represents a modest down payment toward covering the nation’s staggering waterways investment gap. Moreover, H.R. 1495 contains a number of programs of paramount importance for the nation’s economy and environment, including funding to restore the Louisiana coastal ecosystem, the destruction of which had such catastrophic consequences for the country during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and critical projects to bring back the Florida Everglades.