Water Resources Development Act of 2022

How WRDA Works for Water

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is essential to everyday American life. That’s because projects enacted by WRDA are critical to our ports, harbor protect our homes, businesses, and families; and restore and protect national ecological treasures.

How exactly does this make an impact in your life?

To start, nearly 80% of traded goods that Americans rely on are moved through our nation’s ports, harbors, and inland waterways. That means that keeping stores stocked with the goods you need and enjoy depends on keeping our water infrastructure up-to-date and working well.

WRDA also includes projects that reduce the damage of floods, helping protect both our rural and urban communities. Not only do millions of Americans face damage from flooding, but the costs of flooding is expected to increase due to the effects of climate change (Reuters). It’s more important than ever to invest in water resources infrastructure that can save money for hardworking families while also protecting the natural landscape of our communities.

Finally, ecosystem restoration projects help restore and maintain our vital natural resources. These projects include restoring the Everglades, Meramec River basin in Missouri, the Chesapeake Bay, and a whole lot more! 

All of this work, carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), is made possible through the enactment of WRDA.

Since 2014, Congress has proven that bipartisan WRDAs can be developed and passed on a biennial basis because of their critical importance to all 50 states, territories, and Tribal nations. In 2020, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee crafted WRDA 2020, which includes key provisions that increase  investment in our ports, harbors and inland waterways; build more resilient communities; and ensure that the Corps carries out projects in an economically and environmentally responsible manner.

Now, the committee is working to pass WRDA 2022 while ensuring that WRDA 2020 is quickly and fully implemented as Congress intended.

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Perspectives on WRDA 2022

On March 16, 2022, the T&I Committee welcomed members of the House of Representatives to share their top priorities for WRDA 2022. See what your Representative shared at the Members’ Day Hearing below! 

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A Tidal Wave of Support

See What Supporters Are Saying About WRDA 2022

View supporters of WRDA 2020 here.