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Happy Holidays, to all of our Water Protection Network members and friends, for any and all holidays you may celebrate! We'll see you in 2020!

Funding Bills Passed, Corps PR&G Prohibition Removed


Last week, appropriations packages H.R.1865 and H.R.1158 were signed into law to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020, avoiding a government shutdown. H.R.1865, "Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020" includes appropriations for the Corps of Engineers, EPA, Department of the Interior, and the Department of Energy and several other federal agencies.

Notably, H.R.1865 removes the longstanding prohibition on the use of newer Corps of Engineers Water Resources Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines (PR&G). Many WPN members have fought against this prohibition for years. H.R.1865 further urges the Corps to provide a timeline for completing agency specific implementation guidance for new Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines and to prioritize those efforts.
 
The funds allocated to the Corps of Engineers include:
  • Construction Funding: $2.681 billion
  • Study Funding: $151 million
  • Operation & Maintenance Funding: $3.79 billion
  • Mississippi River & Tributaries Funding: $375 million
  • Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Funding: $35 million
The appropriations package also extends the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30, 2020.
 
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Water Resources Development Act Hearing on January 9


Congress continues its work on the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the bill that authorizes projects and policy changes for the Corps of Engineers. The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure will hold a hearing, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2020," on Thursday, January 9 at 10:00 ET. We expect the Corps of Engineers to testify at the hearing, which you can watch here

Click here for a video of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's November 19 hearing on WRDA and resiliency, and click here for the written testimony from WPN member National Wildlife Federation.

Click here to read about the Water Protection Network priorities for WRDA 2020 and stay tuned for more developments.

Recent Reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office

Recent Public Notices


The listings below are Corps of Engineers public notices from the Federal Register and Corps district websites, and select notices from other federal agencies. Please see past WPN Updates for notices published earlier and visit FederalRegister.gov, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for complete listings of public notices. Click here for examples of comments and letters submitted to the Corps by WPN members.
 

Corps of Engineers Notices

EPA Notices

Other Agency Notices

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