Senators express concern about Army Corps delays

By Miranda Willson | 02/29/2024 06:35 AM EST

The Environment and Public Works Committee questioned agency leaders Wednesday about projects and congressional mandates.

Michael Connor.

Michael Connor, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, appearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Army Corps of Engineers should finish implementing new policies and prioritize unfinished projects ahead of a major water infrastructure bill expected this year, senators said Wednesday.

The Environment and Public Works Committee is crafting the Water Resources Development Act, a biennial bill that directs the corps’ work on flood control, navigation and ecosystem restoration.

This year’s version of the bill will focus on individual water projects, rather than overarching policy changes, senators said during a hearing.


Still, both Republican and Democrats expressed frustration that the corps has not fully implemented provisions included in past WRDAs.