H.R. 3080 and S. 601, the Water
Resources Reform and Development Acts have passed the House and Senate and now
reside in a conference committee to negotiate the differences between the two
bills. The conference committee has met
and several Members of Congress expect a final resolution to be made in
The Corps has generally
placed a high priority on commercial business activities and fails to recognize
recreational boating as part of commerce, but we all know what a critical
component the recreational maritime industry has on our economy.
has long worked with Congress and the Corps to open the Harbor Maintenance Fund
for this kind of dredging. As passed
through the House, WRRDA would authorize some of the Harbor Maintenance Fund to
smaller recreational harbors as well as increase spending targets for the fund
from $7 million to $10 million for a single facility.