Funding and Future
WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT - ???
there be a 2011 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) enacted
is the question on the minds of many leaders in the field of
water and land resources development? During our
trip in March 2011, Congressional members were optimistic that
there could be an Act
passed this year if consensus could be reached on the
definition of an “earmark”. However, the
ban on “earmarks” along with major proposed reductions in
will likely make it difficult to complete.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has requested
input for a 2011 WRDA. ORVA has submitted information to
Senators Vitter and Landrieu of Louisiana in response to their
request. We have four priority items requiring action through
of bank stabilization as a project purpose of the
Ouachita-Black Rivers Navigation Project
2-Modification of WRDA 2007 to include the entire Ouachita
River Levees Project as a component of the Mississippi River
and Tributaries Project
3-Authorization of the Ouachita River Watershed, AR and LA
4-Authorization of the lower 14,000' of Little River as a
component of the Ouachita-Black Rivers Navigation Project .
encourages its members and stakeholders to strongly support
the development of a WRDA in 2011.