Draft Water Bill "Business As Usual" In Unusual Times

"This legislation needs to be substantially amended before it comes to a vote on the Senate floor."

03-20-2013 // Lacey McCormick
Capitol dome

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously moved a draft of the Water Resources Development Act this morning.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said in response:

“As America suffers from increasingly extreme weather, we can no longer afford a ‘business as usual’ approach to our water resources.

“The current draft of the Water Resources Development Act does not address the fundamental overreliance on costly, destructive and unsustainable projects and it rolls back key environmental protections in a misguided attempt to move outdated projects more quickly.

“Provisions in this draft will create a bureaucratic morass of paperwork and fines that will make it much harder to protect America’s waters and wildlife habitat from unnecessary destruction—and will lead to more boondoggles that will fleece taxpayers.”

“While the current draft does include some positive environmental provisions and important restoration projects, it also needs to include real reforms that will fundamentally improve the Corps’ planning process.

“This is the best way to make substantial progress towards creating a 21st century water infrastructure that meets the country’s needs while protecting and restoring the nation’s rivers, coasts, and wetlands. This legislation needs to be significantly amended before it comes to a vote on the Senate floor.”

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