New leader for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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The Senate confirmed the nomination of R.D. James last week to lead the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a vote of 89 to 1.

James’ appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, head of the Corps, will provide the necessary guidance to manage the nation’s waterways, improve efficiencies in the permitting process and ensure robust access for boaters.

“This critical agency controls access to the majority of lakes and waterways for America's 12 million recreational boaters,” said National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich in the NMMA newsletter, Currents. “We look forward to working with James on waterway access and other important industry issues in the coming months and years.”


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