Senate Passes Water Infrastructure Bill; House to Consider Next Week

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Bloomberg BNA reporters Alan Kovski and Ari Natter reported today that the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848) and now the action on water infrastructure legislation shifts to the House where floor consideration for its version of WRDA 2016 is expected next week.

The $9.35 Senate billion bill would authorize 30 navigation, flood control and environmental restoration projects, traditional subjects for a WRDA bill. It passed on a 95-3 vote.

Unlike the House legislation, S. 2848 also would provide financial assistance for drinking water and wastewater systems, including the lead-contaminated water system of Flint, Mich.

Among the policy changes included, the bill would establish a Federal Emergency Management Agency program to help states rehabilitate unsafe dams.

There are 14,726 dams classified as having high hazard potential, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said on the Senate floor before passage of the bill.

Check Daily Environment Report tomorrow for the full story.