Congressman García Applauds Water Resources Development Act of 2020 Passed by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

July 16, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, praised this week’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, a bipartisan bill that will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to advance water resources development, navigation, aquatic ecosystem restoration and flood risk management in a way that will make the country more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

“Lake Michigan and the entire Great Lakes system is a tremendous resource for drinking water, recreation, and the economy of both Chicago and the state of Illinois. This legislation will protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian Carp, take important steps to restore Bubbly Creek, and begin a comprehensive study to restore all Chicago area waterways including the Lakefront.” said Rep. García. “WRDA also directs the Corps to account for climate change impacts and use more natural infrastructure in their projects. Smart and sustainable investments in water infrastructure will help make all communities in our region more resilient.”

WRDA 2020 is expected to go to the floor of the House later in July and then enter conference with the Senate for bicameral negotiations. The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee passed their companion water resources bill (S. 3591, America’s Water Infrastructure Act 2020) in May. Continuing to pass WRDAs every two years ensures that the infrastructure needs of our communities are being met, and that Congress has proper oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.