The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. It now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign it. Previously passed by the House of Representatives, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 99 to 1.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association praised the bill’s movement through Congress. The group said in its daily Currents e-newsletter that its staff and members worked with the Trump Administration and Congress to “secure the industry’s objectives in the final package.” Members participated in fly-ins and media interviews, and coordinated with NMMA’s coalition partners to advocate for the legislation.
“Today’s overwhelming vote in the U.S. Senate reaffirms Congress’s broad, bipartisan support for protecting and preserving America’s water infrastructure, which is critical to the health and growth of the recreational boating industry,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich, said in Currents. “As partners who worked with legislators in both chambers and the administration to develop the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, NMMA is thrilled to see this legislation advance to President Trump’s desk.”
The bill authorizes dredging, streamlines approval for local water infrastructure initiatives and requires consideration of recreational boating’s economic impact when determining funding and prioritization for projects. The NMMA said the industry adds $39 billion in annual sales to the U.S. economy.
The legislation also authorizes funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area plan, as well as developing and implementing new technologies to prevent and manage algae blooms. It also bolsters efforts to eradicate invasive species, such as Asian carp and zebra mussels.