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Brown Applauds Several Key Wins for Maryland in Annual Water Infrastructure Legislation

In the WRDA 2022, Congressman Brown secured key provisions to ensure the Port of Baltimore receives the funding it needs, particularly after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, he secured language to expedite the Baltimore Harbor and Channels–Seagirt Loop Deepening, which would improve navigability and safety for vessels and increase transportation efficiencies. These systems are necessary to ensure U.S. economic competitiveness in the global economy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) applauded the inclusion of several key initiatives for Maryland in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. These initiatives include securing funding to strengthen the Port of Baltimore’s resources for projects that are instrumental to accommodate the port's growing demands.

WRDA responds to local water resource needs to ensure continued Congressional oversight over the work carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This work includes funding for projects for flood damage reduction that help protect both our rural and urban communities and ecosystem restoration projects that restore and maintain our vital natural resources. Nearly 80 percent of traded goods that Americans rely on are moved through our nation’s ports, harbors, and inland waterways, thus benefiting every community in America— urban, rural and suburban.

“This legislation is critical to Maryland’s waterways and ports, and the vital role they play in our economy. As we emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure our infrastructure is ready to take on the next set of challenges, keep our supply chains open and get goods to Americans faster,” said Congressman Brown. “We don’t need to choose between our economy and protecting our environment. This legislation illustrates how good climate policy is good policy for working families.”

In the WRDA 2022, Congressman Brown secured key provisions to ensure the Port of Baltimore receives the funding it needs, particularly after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, he secured language to expedite the Baltimore Harbor and Channels–Seagirt Loop Deepening, which would improve navigability and safety for vessels and increase transportation efficiencies. These systems are necessary to ensure U.S. economic competitiveness in the global economy.

Other key provisions in WRDA 2022 authorize the construction of 16 projects studied and approved by the Chief of Engineers since WRDA 2020 was signed into law. It also authorizes 72 new Corps feasibility studies and directs them to expedite the completion of 15 ongoing studies. At its core, the bill meets the challenge of climate change by rebuilding and maintaining critical navigation jetties and breakwaters to dimensions necessary to address sea-level rise and extreme weather.  This bill, when successfully enacted, will mark the fifth consecutive bipartisan, biennial WRDA passed since 2014.

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