Background

The Water Resources Development Act of 2018, otherwise known as WRDA, has been popularly debated on a federal level. This bill would authorize dam and reservoir projects that would be highly impactful to Missouri infrastructure. It would also separate legislation to fund energy and water projects. Funding will be reviewed alongside President Trump’s fiscal year budget requests for 2019.

Under the Water Resources Development Act, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is authorized to complete tasks involving civil works activities, and it builds off previous reform efforts that handle issues pertaining to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. This is the third WRDA bill since 2014.

Status

This bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate for consideration, likely in late summer 2018.

Missouri Farm Bureau Policy

  • We believe the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should pay damages to landowners and farm operators for lands lost to erosion or flooding on rivers resulting from navigation locks and dams.
  • We believe utilization of the inland waterway system is critical to the long-term success of American agriculture and support modernizing locks and dams on the Mississippi River.
  • We believe existing standards for agricultural dams are appropriate and oppose increased regulation of agricultural dams.