Water Infrastructure Bill Passed by Senate — The Wall Street Journal

Water infrastructure as sidewalk art
Water infrastructure as sidewalk art

How many projects will actually receive appropriations?

From The Wall Street Journal (Kristina Peterson):

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a water infrastructure bill on Thursday, approving the first legislation since 2007 that authorizes new port, dam and flood-protection projects.

The House earlier this week passed the bill, the product of bipartisan negotiations merging versions passed by each chamber last year. The legislation, one of the rare recent instances of both chambers approving bills through traditional procedures and without the pressure of an imminent deadline, now heads to President Barack Obama.

The water infrastructure bill, passed on a 91-7 vote, includes a long-stalled project to expand the Savannah Harbor to accommodate bigger ships once the Panama Canal expansion is completed. The bill also authorizes projects deepening and making other improvements to Boston Harbor and Palm Beach Harbor in Florida.

Congress first authorized expanding the Savannah port in 1999, but the project has stalled and estimated costs have risen in the years since. The water bill authorizes $706 million, of which $492 million would come from the federal government. The next step is for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a project partnership agreement with the Georgia Ports Authority detailing the construction plans.

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