Coastal Legislation the 117th Congress (2021-2022)

Water Resources Development Acts

Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

WRDA is an authorization bill that supports the nation's coastal and inland water resources infrastructure.  WRDA Guidance is used for implementation of provisions included in WRDA. Guidance includes details on how to carry out projects in accordance with the law.


Below you'll find all the Water Resource Development Acts (WRDA) and the previous bills that were enacted before Congress had a WRDA bill.

WRDA is an authorization bill that supports the nation’s coastal and inland water resources infrastructure.

Before it was WRDA, it was the River and Harbors Act, and between 1954 and 1970 it was also referred to as the Flood Control Act.

Water Resources Appropriations

E&W Appropriations provide funding to the projects and initiatives authorized in WRDA and previous legislation.  The House and Senate Committee reports (as well as any Joint Explanatory Statements on the final bill that may be issued) contained the most important information about the legislation.

The purpose of the NFIP is to provide access to primary flood insurance for homeowners to transfer some risk to the federal government and to implement programs that reduce the nation's flood risk liability to decrease federal disaster spending.

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