In late July, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by voice vote – indicating unanimous support. While the corresponding legislation in the Senate (S. 3591) has only passed the Environment & Public Works Committee, House and Senate staffers and key members from both chambers of Congress are working during the August recess to combine the two bills for a single conferenced bill that can be passed and signed by the president this Fall.
ASBPA is working with partner NGOs to ensure the final WRDA includes the best provisions for beaches and coastlines from each bill.
ASBPA joined with 15 conservation organizations to draft and send a letter to Congress asking for strong provisions on Natural Infrastructure: Joint Natural Infrastructure WRDA 2020 Conference Letter (pdf 76KB)
ASBPA also drafted and sent a detailed letter on regional sediment management and the beneficial use of dredged material: Beneficial Use of Dredged Material WRDA 2020 Conference Letter (pdf 175KB)
We expect to see a final draft of WRDA either in September or shortly after the election in November.