Water Resources and Environment
David Rouzer (R-NC)
Rep. David Rouzer has served on the T&I Committee since coming to Congress in 2015, and he was selected to serve as Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member in the 117th Congress. Rouzer represents North Carolina’s 7th District, which includes the state’s southeastern coast and the farmland stretching north from it. During his time on the Committee, Rouzer was actively involved in the development of every Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that has been passed and signed into law, and he will play a key role in the drafting of the next WRDA bill. For more information about Ranking Member Rouzer click here.
Through its Civil Works Program, the Corps constructs projects for the purposes of navigation, flood control, beach erosion control and shoreline protection, hydroelectric power, recreation, water supply, environmental protection, restoration and enhancement, and fish and wildlife mitigation.
EPA has the primary responsibility for carrying out the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act. This act provides for a major federal/state program to protect, restore, and maintain the quality of the nation’s waters. Although EPA is responsible for carrying out the Act, significant parts of the program may be administered by the states if approved by EPA.
One of the highest priorities of the Subcommittee is the regular passage of a Water Resources Development Act to continue improving America’s ports, locks, dams, inland waterways, and other water resources infrastructure. Congress is back on track to authorizing water resources infrastructure improvements every two years, and we must maintain this schedule to strengthen our economic competitiveness.
Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee include: