“The integrity of our levees is obviously a huge priority in
U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), on which Vitter serves as the top Republican, expressed concerned that the Corps’ vegetation management policy failed to accommodate for regional variation. Under WRRDA, the Corps will be required to consider regional and watershed variances based on a variety of factors including soil conditions, hydrology, environmental resources, and levee performance history.
The Secretary must revise the vegetation management guidelines no later than two years after the date of enactment of this Act.
The final bill includes other provisions that directly benefit
Authorization for Morganza to the Gulf
Authorization to deepen the
Coastal and ecosystem restoration through the authorization of six Louisiana Coastal Area projects
Critical reforms to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that expedite project delivery and penalize the Corps for missing deadlines
Authorization for the Corps to perform future levee lifts for the hurricane protection system
Increase in Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund expenditures, prioritization for funding for high-and medium-use ports, and an increase in the threshold for 100% Corps operations and management responsibility from 45-ft to 50-ft