Waterways Council’s executive committee has endorsed two U.S. Senate waterways bills introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act, S. 565, and the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act, S. 566, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
“WCI’s executive committee expresses its support and appreciation for the work of Sens. Durbin and Kirk for legislation that investigates private-public partnerships for waterways infrastructure, and to Sen. Durbin for legislation that injects flexibility into river system management during changing weather conditions,” said Michael J. Toohey, WCI president and CEO, in a written statement.
S. 565 calls for a Mississippi River Basin study to improve and modify, where feasible, coordinated management of water resource projects related to weather. It would also identify federal actions needed to prevent and mitigate weather impacts, update forecasting technology and implement a pilot program to protect the environment.
S. 566 would create a pilot program to explore public-private partnerships as alternatives to traditional planning, design and construction models to expedite project delivery and reduce costs.