WASHINGTON, D.C. — The year-end legislation to fund critical government services includes crucial wins for water, wildlife, and resilience — including provisions in the Water Resources Development Act which the National Wildlife Federation championed — and should be promptly signed into law.
“We’re proud to see that crucial priorities we championed in the Water Resources Development Act — including provisions that will drive the use of natural defenses to make communities more resilient to climate-fueled floods and hurricanes — were included in the year-end funding bill,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “At a time when Congress has been unable to agree on anything, community resilience and natural climate solutions have been a pivotal point of agreement. Thank you to Chairmen Defazio and Barrasso and Ranking Members Graves and Carper for their bipartisan leadership on this legislation and provisions. The enactment of this critical bill will support restoration and resilience efforts across the country.”
The Water Resources Development provisions in the omnibus bill include:
The National Wildlife Federation worked across the aisle and with congressional leaders to include a series of common-sense provisions in the year-end omnibus and coronavirus-relief packages. In addition to important clean-energy provisions, an affirmation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights, and restoration of tribal control of the National Bison Range, the bill also included provisions to:
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