Kevin Brady supports House passage of Water Resources Development Act; says Texans have seen enough '100-year floods'
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -- The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, which invests in America’s waterways and flood prevention efforts through the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Texans know the importance of being proactive and investing in our water resources for the future," said Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08). "We’ve seen enough ‘100 year floods’ to know we need to be prepared. I’m happy to see WRDA pass, as it includes two amendments I helped lead to speed up Army Corps of Engineers flood prevention studies and projects throughout Texas, ensuring we will be ready not if, but when the next storm comes.”
The Water Resources Development Act of 2018 is the culmination of Congress’ continued efforts to invest in American water infrastructure. Along with funding and authorizations for important flood prevention projects, WRDA invests in ports, waterways, dams, and infrastructure across the country.
Highlights of the bill include:
- $2.5 billion in fully offset funding for critical Army Corps of Engineers infrastructure projects, preparing for the future while maintaining fiscal responsibility
- Authorizes projects including navigation, flood damage reduction, shoreline protection, hydropower, dam safety, water supply, recreation, environmental restoration and protection, and disaster response and recovery
- Includes two Brady co-sponsored amendments to expedite Army Corps of Engineers flood mitigation studies and projects in Texas
- Requires added transparency with Army Corps reports on maintenance backlog obligations