Includes Water Resources Development Act of 2016 and Permits "Floating Cabins" on Lake Cumberland
Dec 08 2016
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) applauds House passage of the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act to improve critical infrastructure across the country and strengthen the economy. The bill also incorporates the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which overwhelmingly passed the House in September. It includes Rogers' amendment to approve "floating cabins" on lakes operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Cumberland River Basin, including Lake Cumberland.
"The WIIN Act is a victory for Americans, extending access to clean drinking water in distressed communities, while also providing efficient protection from floods," said Congressman Rogers. "The 'floating cabin' amendment will also provide an economic boost for the Lake Cumberland region - streamlining approval for these innovative cabins through the U.S. Coast Guard - and equipping the tourism industry with another tool for lake enthusiasts to enjoy our beautiful region."
The WIIN Act addresses the needs of America's harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure critical to the Nation's economic growth, health and competitiveness. It provides strong congressional oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and authorizes activities over a two year cycle for responsible flood protection, water resources development and key missions. It includes provisions to improve drinking water infrastructure, water storage and delivery, as well as dam maintenance.
The bill also provides each state with flexibility to address the control of coal ash in regard to the Environmental Protection Agency's final rule on coal combustion.
The WIIN Act now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
RELATED FILES: September 28, 2016
Watch Congressman Rogers' floor speech in support of "floating cabins" on Lake Cumberland