Carper Statement on Passage of Water Resources and Development Act
WRDA will provide vital protections for Delaware’s natural resources and water infrastructure, and authorize Delaware River Basin Conservation Act
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), a top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), legislation that authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works activities, including flood control, navigation, and environmental restoration projects and studies. This bill also authorizes the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which better protects one of the nation’s most important water systems. Senator Carper took to the floor yesterday afternoon to highlight the importance of passing this critical legislation. Video of his remarks is available above.
“Today the Senate came together and passed legislation to enhance protections for our natural resources and water systems, and boost our infrastructure in ways that would improve public safety while also strengthening our local and national economies. In Delaware, we know that extreme weather and other natural events out of our control can wreak havoc on our waterways and coastal areas, causing harm to families and businesses alike. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that we continue to invest in infrastructure maintenance and prevention so we can recover faster when bad things happen.
“A huge win for our region included in this bill is the authorization of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which creates the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Delaware River Basin. The Delaware River Basin is an ecological and economic powerhouse for Delaware and our neighboring states. The basin is a vital watershed that contributes $25 billion to our region’s economy and fuels our local communities by supporting jobs in the maritime, agriculture, tourism, hunting, fishing and wildlife industries. Inclusion of this bill, would improve coordination among federal, state and local partners who work to protect and preserve the basin, and ensure that partners can work together to protect the health of this vital resource for generations to come. This is a win-win-win for the Delaware River Basin Watershed states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.