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US Congress approves massive water-projects bill

  • 11th October 2018 WASHINGTON - Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation’s ports, dams and harbours, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.If signed by President Donald Trump, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide, including one to stem coastal erosion in Galveston, Texas, and restore wetlands damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year.

    The bill also would help improve harbours in Seattle; Savannah, Georgia; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and extend a federal program to improve drinking water quality in Flint, Michigan and other cities.The bill also sets up a new framework for large water projects run by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers. The changes are intended to increase local input and improve transparency.

    The Senate approved the bill, 99-1, on Wednesday. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, cast the lone dissenting vote. The House approved the bill last month on a voice vote.

    Lawmakers from both parties hailed the measure, which they said will create jobs and help communities across the country fix irrigation systems, maintain dams and reduce flooding.Source - National Post