President Signs Infrastructure Spending Bill

  • by Will Holbert
  • Oct 24, 2018
  • Water News

President Donald Trump on Oct. 23 signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA), which will deliver numerous ACWA-supported provisions for the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

AWIA also begins the process of establishing a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA) loan program for Bureau of Reclamation projects. The passage and signing of this act marks the return to a two-year cycle for authorizing Army Corps of Engineer projects. AWIA encompasses the Water Resource and Development Act (WRDA).

AWIA authorizes $6.1 billion for Army Corps of Engineers water projects, directs the Corps to assess the viability of using forecast-informed reservoir operations – including for atmospheric rivers, reauthorizes the National Dam Safety Act, and extends the authority for non-federal partners to contribute funds to expedite the permit review process.

AWIA also authorizes $4.4 billion for EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund over the next three years and will make it easier for disadvantaged communities to use this funding. Additionally, it removes WIFIA’s pilot designation and authorizes $100 million for the program over the next two years.

Other ACWA supported provisions in the bill include a water infrastructure workforce development program, an innovative water technology grant program, and several new grant programs to help disadvantaged communities provide safe drinking water.

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