Push Continues for Increased Annual Funding for Waterways Programs

Apr 06, 2017

The American Soybean Association (ASA) was among 22 agricultural groups that signed letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging increased funding in Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations for programs supporting inland waterways, ports and harbors.

Funding for these programs administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and delivered through the annual Energy & Water Appropriations bills have seen increases over the past several years pursuant to policy changes and agreements enacted in the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014. The agricultural sector has led advocates for increased funding levels to support inland waterways navigation and ports.

In addition to the annual appropriations requests, ASA along with other industry partners have cited waterways infrastructure as a top priority for funding in a major infrastructure investment package that is expected to be considered this year.

The letters can be viewed here.