Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved S. 3021 the America’s Water Infrastructure Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation provides for improvements to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. Alaska Congressman Don Young issued the following statement:
“Transportation and infrastructure are so crucial in Alaska, particularly for our smaller communities,” said Congressman Young. “I am proud to support this legislation which provides much needed relief to smaller areas that rely on the water infrastructure projects for their local economies. From Nome to Seward to St. Paul, this bill makes crucial investments for our water resources infrastructure across Alaska. Fostering our economic growth and competitiveness through improved water infrastructure is crucial for both Alaska and the country. With final passage and the President’s signature on this bill, communities of all sizes will have an opportunity to decide how they want to invest in and make necessary upgrades to their waterways.”
Alaska Specific Provisions
- Raise the level of the Continuing Authorities Program: The Corps’ Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) is a group of nine legislative authorities under which the Corps of Engineers can plan, design, and implement certain types of water resources projects without additional project specific congressional authorization. The purpose of the CAP is to plan and implement projects of limited size, cost, scope and complexity.
- Directs the Secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite feasibility studies for a deep water port in Nome, Alaska and flood diversion projects for Seward, Alaska.
- Provides the harbor project in St. Paul, Alaska relief from the cost-sharing cost increases.
S. 3021 passed out of the House with unanimous consent yesterday. This legislation includes the 2018 Water Resources Development Act which passed out of the House in June of 2018. Congressman Young is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and advocated for Alaska throughout the legislative process. This bill represents Congress’ continued investment in vital American infrastructure.