Senate WRDA bill sails out of committee

By Miranda Willson | 05/22/2024 01:48 PM EDT

The legislation will carry Environment and Public Works Chair Tom Carper’s name.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.). Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a major water infrastructure bill Wednesday to address flooding and droughts and study environmental challenges across the nation.

This year’s Water Resources Development Act passed unanimously and will be named after Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the committee chair who is retiring after more than 20 years in the Senate.

“This bill is the product of an extensive bipartisan process to find agreement on as many of these projects as possible,” Carper said during the markup.


The bill would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a range of studies and projects to reduce flood risks, manage coastal storms and restore ecosystems like the Chesapeake Bay.