The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association congratulates Congress for passing the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. ASBPA applauds the bipartisan spirit in which this legislation was drafted and passed. This reflects the shared commitment of Congress to address critical water resource issues and find common ground to advance federal efforts on coastal protection and coastal community resilience.
ASBPA fully supports this legislation and is encouraged by the actions of the House and Senate to ensure that WRDA remains on its biennial cycle. More specifically, ASBPA members support the inclusion of provisions to address coastal resilience and beach nourishment projects, beneficial use of dredge material, and national coastal mapping and civil works research and development. In addition, we applaud the inclusion of 94 additional water resources studies in the bill many of which are sponsored by ASBPA member communities. The health of the nation’s shorelines is instrumental to advancing the economic vitality of the entire country and we appreciate that the WRDA bill includes coastal issues among its priorities. We can and must do more to protect our precious coastlines and this bill puts us on a path to do just that.
The full legislation can be found here. WRDA 2022 starts on page 3093.