Next week, FAC staff will join South Florida county commissioners and staff for two days of federal advocacy in Washington, D.C. FAC will meet with members of Congress to support passage of a Water Resources Development Act and $1 billion in infrastructure improvements critical for navigation in Florida and restoration of the South Florida ecosystem.

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced its Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013 two weeks ago. WRDA bills set policy and authorize the U.S. Corps of Engineers to address environmental restoration, navigational and flood protection needs across the nation.  A half dozen environmental restoration and navigation projects in Florida are currently ready for authorization through a water bill, including four Everglades Restoration projects. 

In light of the importance of WRDA to Florida, FAC’s Executive Committee approved passage of a bill as a federal advocacy priority for Florida’s counties during the FAC Policy Conference last week.  The U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2013 WRDA bill this past May by an 83-14 vote, but the Congress has not approved a WRDA bill since 2007. 

To read a summary of the WRRDA bill, visit: http://goo.gl/SYM6kR. For a section by section bill summary, visit: http://goo.gl/LKBfyr. For full text of the WRRDA bill visit: http://transportation.house.gov/sites/republicans.transportation.house.gov/files/images/WRRDA2013.pdf