Corps Reform Measures Included in WRDA

The Water Resources Development Act, which has passed both the House and Senate, includes key reform measures that would help better protect and mitigate for the loss of wetlands and requires the corps to update and modernize its environmental and fiscal practices.

We intend to fight for further reforms in future bills including a measure that Senator Kerry offered gaining 51 votes on the Senate floor earlier this year requiring the Corps to confront the realities of global warming and promote non-structural solutions where possible.

WRDA also included major new authorizations to advance Coastal Louisiana, Everglades and Great Lakes restoration. President Bush has threatened a veto over the bill’s price tag.