Getting a reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act in place was part of the reason two Illinois congressmen visited the Mel Price Lock & Dam this week. Rodney Davis and Mike Bost also visited with local leaders and stakeholders at America's Central Port while in the area to discuss issues facing the nation's waterway systems.
Davis says the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment is beginning the reauthorization process by holding hearings focused on reviewing Corps reports and projects. He tells The Big Z the people that work at the Corps offices in St. Louis, work at the lock and dam, and the ones that work on the river understands the importance of maintaining and upgrading river infrastructure.
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Davis served on the Conference Committee for the last WRDA reauthorization in 2014 and worked to include language that created a pilot program to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to identify 15 water resources development projects eligible to be financed through public-private partnerships.