President Donald Trump has signed into law America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which is also known as the WRDA. It contains key provisions that were secured by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. It authorizes critical U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects related to Everglades restoration, flood control, beach renourishment, environmental protection and navigation.It passed in the Senate with a 99-1 vote on October 10.
In a statement, Senator Rubio commented on the passing of the bill, saying that “President Trump’s signing of the WRDA is an important step toward solving Florida’s water challenges. This water infrastructure bill, which includes key projects that will address Florida’s growing water challenges, authorizes the new EAA Storage Reservoir that will reduce harmful discharges to Florida’s coasts and enhance the promise of Everglades restoration. I thank my colleagues for advancing this bipartisan effort and President Trump for signing it into law.”
In the Senate, Senator Rubio has focused on restoring the Everglades and improving the quality of the sunshine state’s waterways.
In addition, Representative Brian Mast, praised the signing of the bill becoming law, saying that “This was a community effort, and together, I am confident we will keep up the momentum to ensure the funding we need for this infrastructure and make health and human safety the top priority once and for all.”
Finally, Stuart Mayor, Kelli Glass Leighton, thanked the President for signing the bill, but she also noted that “This legislation still requires appropriations. Also, the alarming findings on cyanobacteria and its dangers to pets and possibly people—as well as the arrival of red tide off our shores—remind us of the serious challenges ahead and the work that remains. But today, we have something significant to celebrate. And the concerned citizens of Stuart, and across Martin County and the Treasure Coast, made it possible.”