Main Street's members represent districts from California to Maine - each with their own unique set of environmental priorities and challenges. A number of Main Street's leaders championed local and national priorities included in the recently-passed America's Water Infrastructure Act (aka the Water Resources Development Act, WRDA).
Thanks to the leadership of these members, the bill now awaits the President's signature to become law.
Check out some of their wins below!
Included new language to significantly enhance flood protection in San Joaquin County, and provided financing for water projects throughout the western United States, including new reservoirs, below ground storage projects, recycling and desalination projects.
Protects and preserves the 5,200 mile coastline along the Great Lakes, protects against invasive species, and requires the Army Corps of Engineers to implement a program to identify and prevent harmful algal bloom growth.
Allows the repair of Alexander County’s Len Small Levee, which was breached during flooding in 2016. The amendment was supported by the American Farm Bureau, National Waterways Conference, and the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA).
Included major Treasure Coast priorities aimed at fixing the toxic algal bloom crisis, including provisions authored by Mast authorizing a water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to clean the water and restore the natural flow into the Everglades. The bill also includes a provision forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-do the regulation schedule that they use to determine when harmful and toxic water discharges are allowed to be conducted into the communities east and west of Lake Okeechobee.
Included his bill the Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Non-Powered Dams Act, which will incentivize investments in clean hydropower development and help to modernize any existing infrastructure.
Championed the authorization of a new, second lock at the Soo Locks that can handle Great Lakes freighters. The legislation authorizes funding the Army Corps of Engineers estimate of $922 million for the construction of a new lock.
Expedites the Brandon Road Study, which clarifies how operation costs will be divided between state and federal authorities, and ensures the Army Corps will work with Congress and state Governors to solve the invasive Asian Carp problem.
The Water Resources Development Act
America’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water infrastructure are essential to our prosperity.Every state in the nation depends on a segment of our water infrastructure to move approximately $3.8 billion worth of goods each day to markets at home and around the world.Maintaining our water resources infrastructure is an essential responsibility of Congress and the Water Resources DevelopmentAct (WRDA) is the legislation that makes it happen.
Investing In America's Infrastructure