Coalition says, stop tampering with WRDA
October 21, 2013
A spokesperson for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment is calling attention to new corruption and cronyism on Capitol Hill. This time it is in reference to changes to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that they say contains extremely harmful provisions that significantly would undermine laws protecting rivers, lands and wildlife.

WRDA is what the U.S. calls its dysfunctional and arduous method of authorizing projects that affect our rivers. WRDA authorizes studies and projects within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) primary mission areas: 1) commercial navigation; 2) flood risk management; and 3) aquatic ecosystem restoration. The projects that are authorized, historically through an earmarking process, include locks, dams, levees, beach sand replenishment, river island building and channel dredging. WRDA can also affect, through the Corps permitting process, public and private structures and infrastructure near, over, or under rivers. Mission area #3 gets the fewest resources and the most neglect, according to Kat Logan Smith, Coalition director.

The House's WRRDA, like the Senate's WRDA developed this summer, contains provisions that limit the review of Corps projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. These "streamlining" provisions, Smith reports, will make it much harder to protect wildlife habitat, water quality, wetlands, streams, and communities from harmful Corps projects.

In addressing this issue with members of Congress, Smith suggests the following:

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