05-09-23 | News

ALSA Reacts to WRDA Legislation

After Supporting the Ideas Integral to this Legislation for Years, the ASLA Celebrates the Significance of WRDA 2022
by Staff

The legislation specifically increases the funding of our nation's waterways with ecologically sound methods.

As of December 23, 2022, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) was signed into law. With a vote of 350 to 80 from the House of Representatives and a vote of 83 to 11 from the Senate, the once-bill now-law became part of the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act of 2023.


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has expressed support for many of the points set out by this legislation. Generally, the ASLA supports it because it sets out to protect the United States water management infrastructure through funding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More specifically WRDA 2022 sets out a number of specific goals for funding environmental infrastructure projects, biodiversity related causes, and addressing climate change when considering weather related changes to infrastructure, all of which garnered support from the ASLA.

According to the ASLA, many of its members have identified themselves as increasingly working on more WRDA projects as time goes on. These include things like stormwater runoff projects, flood control projects, and sea level rise, among other projects like shoreline repair and landscape protection.


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