Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of the House (417-3) to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013. The bill establishes critical policies in support of our country’s waterways and flood control management.
“Putting Americans to work on essential infrastructure projects is a win-win proposition that I’m happy to support,” said Rep. Calvert. “The WRRDA bill approved by the House today enacts a number of reforms and policies that will help deliver Corps of Engineers projects faster and at a reduced cost to taxpayers. My Congressional district is home to a number of important Corps of Engineers projects, including Murrieta Creek and the Santa Ana River Mainstem project. I am hopeful that the passage of this WRRDA bill will help the Corps and the local sponsors complete projects in a timely fashion. I am also encouraged by the bipartisan approach that was taken in crafting and bringing the WRRDA bill to the floor.”
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013:
Maximizes ability of non-federal interests to contribute funds to move authorized studies and projects forward,
Expands ability of non-federal interests to contribute funds to expedite evaluating and processing of permits,
Establishes a Water Infrastructure Public Private Partnership Program, and;
Streamlines environmental reviews by requiring concurrent environmental reviews, setting deadlines in a consultative process, and ensuring collaboration among all agencies involved.