NACE International Institute Congratulates Congress on passing the Water Resources Reform & Development Act

2014-05-22

Today, the Senate passed the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA). WRRDA funds the nation’s waterway, ports, levees, dams, and other important water infrastructure and has not been reauthorized by Congress since 2007.

Among other things, WRRDA authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to carry out its mission of maintaining and improving several water infrastructure projects throughout the nation. The legislation provides support for America’s ports and waterway infrastructure and offers flood protection and environmental restoration solutions for some of the nation’s most vulnerable areas. The bill also sets recommendations for the USACE to have essential corrosion-control plans in place.

“We’re very happy to see that WRRDA addresses the challenges of unmitigated corrosion,” said Helena Seelinger, Executive Director of the NACE International Institute. “Without proper materials, technologies, and corrosion specialist expertise, the nation’s waterways, dams, and levees are subject to deterioration by corrosion and at risk of immeasurable financial and societal costs. I congratulate Congress for addressing this very important issue and we look forward to working with Members and staff as they consider other important infrastructure legislation such as the Highway Bill.”

The NACE International Institute staff and membership have met with Members of Congress and staff in both parties over the past year to ensure they were informed of the reasons why WRRDA must emphasize the need for corrosion prevention and qualified personnel.

“Corrosion isn’t a partisan issue. It’s potentially catastrophic to people, the environment, and our economy,” said Oliver Moghissi, Vice President of NACE International Institute. “This is an important first step that helps protect our nation’s infrastructure and I look forward to overcoming the challenges of this serious issue.”

WRRDA passed the House of Representatives on May 20 and currently awaits the signature of President Obama.

For more information about the NACE International Institute’s government relations activities or to join NACE Members for a fly in on Capitol Hill on June 18, please contact Adam Christopher – adam.christopher@nace.org

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