Last week, committees in both the House and Senate unanimously approved legislation that includes placeholder language for the Everglades reservoir once the required Army Corps of Engineers’ report on the project is received. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, approved “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018” by a vote of 21 to 0. The legislation includes a section that authorizes a number of projects, specifically including placeholder language for the Everglades reservoir.
On the House side, Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania moved the 2018 Water Resources Development Act by voice vote. The House legislation likewise includes placeholder language for the reservoir. The reservoir project report is scheduled to be submitted to the White House by the end of May. If all goes as planned, Congress will receive the Army Corps’ physical report towards the end of June in time for floor consideration of the legislation in July. We will continue to keep you updated on this important progress.