International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

Thursday May 11 2000. Representative Bud Shuster (R-Pa) has introduced by request the Clinton administration’s Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000 H.R. 4411). The measure will provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources to authorize the Secretary of Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors. The measure will be considered by Shuster’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

During introduction Chairman Shuster noted: “The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee works very closely with the Administration particularly the Army Corps of Engineers and the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to ensure that the nation’s largest water resources program is effective and responsive to current and future needs. The Committee welcomes the transmittal of this proposal to Congress as a sign of good faith and genuine interest in facilitating the enactment of a WRDA 2000 before the year’s end.

“The Committee has held three hearings this year on proposals and priorities for a WRDA 2000. This is in addition to the six hearings on Corps of Engineers and WRDA projects and programs held last year before and after enactment into law of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-53). We will look very closely at the Administration’s WRDA 2000 bill requests from our Congressional colleagues and recommendations from public witnesses and other interested parties. We intend to introduce and move through the Committee a bipartisan widely supported bill.

“The Administration’s bill which we introduced by request today has numerous provisions that should be supported. At the same time I must emphasize that some of the bill’s programmatic and project-related proposals raise serious questions and in some circles strong opposition. I myself am particularly concerned that the importance of the Corps’ traditional water resources missions is not adequately reflected in the proposal and that some of the environmental projects and provisions need further review.

“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues and the Administration to ensure that a WRDA 2000 can move swiftly through the Congress and become law before the year’s end. Based on our country’s

water infrastructure and environmental restoration needs and the growing

competition as well as opportunities in the global marketplace this is ‘must pass’ legislation that must not be delayed” he concluded.