The President is expected to sign the $12.3 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act, the first water bill in seven years and what some say will be the last big legislative accomplishment of the 113th Congress.
The legislation is “very important to recreational boating because it authorizes spending for the dredging projects done by the Army Corps of Engineers,” said Larry Innis, legislative affairs representative in Washington for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. It includes funds for the dredging of small boat harbors and channels in the Great Lakes, Innis said.
Many harbors and channels across the Great Lakes have not been dredged in a long while due to budget cuts and changing priorities. This is good news to boaters, and we hope the legislation allows the Army Corps to reestablish a regular dredging maintenance programs for our waterways around the Great Lakes including Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.