ROGER WICKER: Water Resources bill can move projects forward

Earlier this year, I toured a site on the Pearl River in Hinds and Rankin counties where construction of a new underwater dam, also known as a weir, could protect the Jackson metro area from disastrous flooding.

The “Water Resources Development Act” (WRDA) is a step in the right direction for this type of flood-control project, as well as a host of other improvements to our state’s ports and waterways.

As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I worked to ensure that Mississippi priorities were included in WRDA during the committee process.

Before the final version of the bill was passed, Sen. Thad Cochran and I advocated for provisions like the expansion of the Delta Headwaters Project, which addresses flooding and problems with erosion and sedimentation in the Yazoo Basin.

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