After Advocating for CNY on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Katko Supports Passage of WRDA, Announces Significant Wins for the Region

July 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced several key wins for Central New York in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.  Rep. Katko, who serves as a leader on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, worked across the aisle to develop this bill in Committee, and supported its passage in the House.

WRDA provides authorization for water resources development projects and studies carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as well as policy direction to the Corps for the implementation of its civil works mission. Importantly for Central New York, the measure which passed the House today includes the Safer Harbors for Our Recreation Economy (SHORE) Act and the Great Lakes Costal Resiliency Act. These Katko-authored bills will help ensure the Corps recognizes the local recreation economy in its project prioritization process, and encourage the deployment of coastal resiliency measures across the Great Lakes, respectively. WRDA also includes provisions to help treat and prevent harmful algal blooms, authorizes specific resiliency projects on Lake Ontario’s southern shore, and increases the availability of funding for critical water infrastructure projects in Central New York.

“I supported passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020,” said Rep. Katko. “As a leader on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to develop WRDA and was proud to have my bills, the Safer Harbors for Our Recreation Economy (SHORE) Act and the Great Lakes Costal Resiliency Act, included in the final legislation. WRDA will promote investment in local water infrastructure projects, support our outdoor recreation economy, improve the availability of federal resources for resiliency projects, and help treat and prevent harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Central New York. With our community still reeling from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and years of sustained flooding on Lake Ontario’s southern shoreline, I’m proud to have worked on a bill that will support our local economy and deliver much-needed investment to our region.”

Specifically for Central New York, Rep. Katko successfully advocated for inclusion of the following measures:

  • Increases expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and establishes a 12% set-aside for projects within the Great Lakes Navigation System.
  • Authorizes a feasibility study by Army Corps on coastal storm resiliency on Lake Ontario’s southern shore.
  • Authorizes a demonstration project on detecting, treating, preventing and eliminating HABs.
  • Includes two Katko bills that ensure the Corps recognizes our recreation economy in their project prioritization process and encourage the deployment of coastal resiliency measures across the Great Lakes:
    • Great Lakes Costal Resiliency Act - Expands the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study and directs Army Corps to issue recommendations for projects to address changing conditions in the lake system.
    • SHORE Act – Ensures Army Corps fully captures the regional economic benefits of pending projects in their cost-benefit analysis procedures.

 

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