|The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020
WRDA 2020 (S. 1811) is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that includes projects of national, regional, and local significance that help strengthen the Nation’s global competitiveness, grow the economy, move goods throughout the country and abroad, protect communities, and create jobs. S. 1811 represents an agreement between House and Senate committees on final WRDA language, based in part on H.R. 7575, which passed the House by voice vote in July 2020.
Section by section summary
Examples of Broad Stakeholder Support for WRDA 2020
WRDA authorizes projects to improve ports and harbors, inland waterway navigation, flood and storm protection, and other pieces of water resources infrastructure, as well as programs and policy reforms related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program.
Specifically, these projects and investments in water resource infrastructure are initiated and carried out at the local level but provide valuable benefits regionally and nationally.
Key reforms included in WRDA 2020 streamline flood risk reduction projects, provide local communities the tools to build their infrastructure back faster and more resilient after disasters, and take care of rural communities by providing additional support and resources in addressing flood risk needs.
The cost of project authorizations in WRDA 2020 is offset by deauthorizations of previous projects that are out of date or no longer necessary.
Since 2014, the Committee has considered a bipartisan WRDA bill every two years.
Press release: Introduction of H.R. 7575 (July 13, 2020)
Press release: Ranking Members Graves and Westerman markup statements (July 15, 2020)
Press release: Committee approval (July 15, 2020)
Press release: House passage (July 29, 2020)
Map of WRDA 2020 Chief's Reports and Project Studies, highlighting the broad regional and national importance of WRDA