Senate Clears Water Infrastructure Bill for Trump’s Signature

San Juan harbor
San Juan harbor. (Shutterstock)

A water infrastructure policy measure easily cleared the U.S. Senate on Oct. 10, and it’s ready for President Donald Trump’s signature.

The legislation, passed 99-1, would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the dredged material management plan process, as well as maximize the use of existing information, studies and innovative dredge material management practices.

It also would authorize a dozen water resources projects recommended by the chief of engineers.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) voted against the measure, which is expected to be signed into law.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) touted the bill’s passage. “Trump, in his State of the Union, asked the Congress to present him with infrastructure legislation. We have now done that with regard to water infrastructure,” he told reporters.

Stakeholders, such as the American Association of Port Authorities, praised the measure.

“We commend the Senate for helping ensure that crucial water resources legislation is addressed and passed by Congress on an every-two-year basis,” said Kurt Nagle, CEO of AAPA. “[The bill] passage continues the trend of streamlining maritime infrastructure improvements by expediting evaluations, enabling timely decisions and providing greater funding flexibilities as well as authorizing new projects.”