Written by Brad Walker, Rivers Director July 10, 2013
The New WRDA: A dysfunctional and effective method of wealth distribution to corporations
The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which is better called the Water Resources Destruction Act, passed in the Senate on May 15, 2013 by a margin of 83 to 14. The Senate is controlled by Democrats with a narrow majority. And yet, the body passed a giveaway to corporations on a huge scale with literally unknown and with huge consequences to the environment, essential social programs and to the wallets of most Americans.
WRDA authorizes studies and projects within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) primary mission areas: 1) commercial navigation; 2) flood risk management; and 3) aquatic ecosystem restoration. The projects that are authorized, historically through an earmarking process, include locks, dams, levees, beach sand replenishment, river island building and channel dredging. WRDA can also affect, through the Corps permitting process, public and private structures and infrastructure near, over, or under rivers.… Read the rest