Grassley, Ernst Laud Senate passes water resources bill containing several Iowa priorities

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act
(WRDA), a semi-annual package that authorizes the US Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water resources projects. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, cemented several Iowa priorities in this package – including key actions to update the Cedar Rapids flood system and a levee in the Des Moines area.

“Senator Ernst and I worked hard to make sure Iowa would benefit from this year Water Resources Development Act, and I am pleased that our priorities are included in the package that was adopted by the Senate today. This includes clearances that will help address additional flood control needs in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines,” said Grassley.

“This important bipartisan bill will benefit Iowa communities while protecting taxpayer dollars. I appreciate Senator Grassley’s continued partnership in securing our state’s key priorities and am pleased to see him one step closer to becoming law,” Ernest said.

The main Grassley and Ernst provisions included in the WRDA package are:

Cedar Rapids Flood System Update

This application authorizes changes to the Flood Risk Management Project in accordance with the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cedar River Flood Control System Master Plan to improve flood protections for Cedar Rapids.

Allow improvements to pass for a Des Moines area seawall

This request provides a jurisdictional solution for a levee in the Des Moines area – the Southeast Des Moines Levee (SEDM) – so it can finally get the improvements it needs.

Studying Harmful Algal Blooms in the Upper Mississippi

This request expands the scope of a Harmful Algal Bloom – or HAB – study so that the upper Mississippi and its tributaries are included in the study. HABs occur when colonies of algae grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on people, fish and birds.

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