Last week, the United States Senate passed a bill aimed to improve governmental oversight on water related projects, both economically and to increase efficiency. The measure, passed on a 91-7 vote Thursday, goes to President Barack Obama’s desk, awaiting his signature. Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns thinks the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will also allow for improvements on existing water infrastructure.
“I believe it’ll have a positive economic impact. The WRRDA allows for needed improvements to important U.S. waterways used for transporting goods, throughout this country and beyond this country,” Johanns says. ”
Johanns adds the bill also includes a reform measure to change a proposed regulation on farmers by the Environmental Protection Agency in regards to gasoline containers and spills.
“The bill includes an important reform to stop the EPA from trying to regulate farmers and gas stations by requiring a spill containment plan for every fuel container larger than an oil drum. I’ve been pushing back on the EPA on this for a lot of years, so I’m glad to finally see the harmful effects of this rule were mitigated,” according to Johanns.
The bill would also streamline processes by the Army Corps of Engineers and make sure tax dollars are being spent well by congress, according to Johanns. Additionally, the bill would promote the use of alternative funding for water infrastructure projects, through potential public-private partnerships. The measure now goes to President Obama’s desk, awaiting his signature.