Traditionally passed every two years, the Water Resources Development Act (or WRDA) is an important piece of legislation that authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities for flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration.
Passing WRDA every two years is critical to ensuring that the nation’s water resources infrastructure is built to withstand increasingly harsh conditions, provide more effective services to the American people, and protect the health and safety of communities. Many water resources assets have reached the end of their design life. The average age of our dams is 57 years, while the nation’s levees are, on average, 50 years old. In addition, as climate change continues to drive more intense and less predictable weather patterns, ASCE believes it is critical that infrastructure resilience remains a key priority for water resources policy. Continued water resources infrastructure investment also ensures a strong economy and builds a modern, efficient network of infrastructure that can compete on a global stage.
Join John Kane (Director of Infrastructure, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works), Libby Callaway (Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works), and ASCE Government Relations on November 30th at 3:00 pm Eastern Time for a conversation on the asks and process of championing WRDA 2024 and ASCE priorities such as reauthorization of the National Dam Safety Program.