President Trump Signs Water Resources Development Act of 2018 Into Law

This article has been reprinted from the Nov. 1 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

On October 23, President Trump signed the America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, which authorizes the federal government to fund water infrastructure projects.

The new law authorizes, or reauthorizes, water infrastructure projects and programs to provide for investment in harbor, waterway, flood protection, and other water infrastructure improvements throughout the country.

Title 1 of the Act includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, which establishes the authorization process for Congress to appropriate the funds toward projects identified by legislation.

The AWIA re-establishes a two-year cycle for WRDA legislation to allow timely updates and continuity for important projects.

It also allows the federal government to deauthorize $4 billion of funding in water resource development authorized by Congress, but no longer viable for construction.