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Passage of Infrastructure Bill aids Northwest Washington ports, flood Control, and ecosystem repair

(WASHINGTON)— The House of Representatives today passed a job-creating water infrastructure bill with the support of Rep. Rick Larsen.  The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes federal investment in ports, flood control and ecosystem restoration. Northwest Washington has several ongoing federally funded water infrastructure projects.  The Water Resources Reform and Development Act governs funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water navigation projects (including ports and shipping channels), flood control projects and ecosystem restoration projects.  Several projects in Northwest Washington use Army Corps funding, including: The Skagit River General Investigation Study and Swinomish Channel dredging.  The bill authorizes increased investment in water infrastructure which is funded by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. Congress currently spends only about half of the money that comes into the trust fund each year. The bill authorizes spending 80 percent of the fund’s intake by 2020.  The bill also sets aside 10 percent of funding for small parts, like Everett, Skagit and Bellingham. Small ports are drivers of local economies.


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