Senate bill would expand Army Corps’ drought work

By Miranda Willson | 02/16/2024 06:37 AM EST

Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly announced the legislation during a field hearing Thursday.

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) wants to give the Army Corps of Engineers more authority to address drought-related issues. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is crafting legislation to give the Army Corps of Engineers more tools to respond to drought conditions, including the historic 24-year dry spell plaguing much of the West.

The “Drought Resilient Infrastructure Act” would create new programs within the Army Corps and allow the agency to take on additional projects focused on drought.

Kelly, chair of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced the forthcoming legislation during a hearing in Flagstaff, Arizona. He plans to file the bill after the current recess.


“Making sure that the Army Corps has the tools they need to support Arizona communities is a priority for me,” he said during the hearing.