IN SUPPORT OF THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2013 (S.601)
WHEREAS, since 1974, Congress has regularly passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a typically biennial package of legislation that is the main vehicle for authorizing water projects to be studied, planned, and developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and for implementing policy changes with respect to the Corps’ water resource projects and programs; and
WHEREAS, water resources and flood control projects foster economic growth and development, stimulate employment, and create jobs, provide water recreation opportunities, and enhance agricultural and industrial productivity; and
WHEREAS, it has been too long, more than five years, since WRDA was last reauthorized by Congress in 2007; and
WHEREAS, cities and states across the country would benefit from many of the proposed provisions in the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, including the creation of a national levee safety program, financing pilot programs to provide loans and loan guarantees for flood control, water supply, and wastewater projects, and boosting the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund; and
WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has called for the enactment of federal legislation that would:
WHEREAS, S. 601 includes these key provisions to expedite flood risk reduction projects as requested by The U.S. Conference of Mayors,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors strongly urges Congress and the White House to enact the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, as contained in S. 601, as soon as possible.