Obama signs $12B water infrastructure bill; ag groups applaud — The Greeley Tribune

Flood irrigation in the Arkansas Valley via Greg Hobbs
Flood irrigation in the Arkansas Valley via Greg Hobbs

From The Greeley Tribune:

President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that approves $12.3 billion in infrastructure projects and aims to boost U.S. ports and waterways.

The measure passed by wide margins in both the House and Senate, and has been applauded by a number of organizations, particularly agriculture groups.

“Our locks and dams transport our cargoes today, but were built in the 1920s and 1930s to accommodate far smaller loads and far less river traffic,” National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre said in a news release. “For farmers in particular, this is crucial, as more than 60 percent of the nation’s grain exports are transported by barge.”

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