Warner and Kaine Praise Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes $10.6 billion in water infrastructure projects across the nation. This bill makes investments in harbor dredging, maintenance of locks and dams, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other water-related priorities around the nation. Additionally, the bill includes a package of measures to address the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as well as steps to lessen risks for similar communities across the country with aging drinking water infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ biennial infrastructure report card gives Virginia an overall grade of C- for the state of its water and transportation infrastructure. “I am pleased to see that this bipartisan legislation addresses the funding needs of Flint and other communities that may experience drinking water crises while also boosting essential conservation and restoration priorities for Virginia,” said Sen. Warner. “Chincoteague Island will receive additional support for flood and erosion controls, and the Chesapeake Bay restoration project will see a $40 million dollar increase. In addition, Old Dominion University will benefit through creation of an interagency working group to support existing state-level efforts to address sea level rise and climate change.”

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