Massachusetts senators secure wins in water infrastructure bill

(UI) — Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren celebrated a significant victory as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2024 passed through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The bipartisan legislation, which authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects vital for the nation's water infrastructure, includes several crucial provisions addressing local needs in Massachusetts.

Senator Markey emphasized the urgency of the legislation, stating, "In the Bay State, WRDA stands for Water Risks Demand Action. This legislation takes action for Massachusetts residents and delivers much-needed resources for communities."

The bill allocates resources for coastal and inland communities grappling with the impact of climate change. For instance, it authorizes feasibility studies and infrastructure improvements in areas like Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, Scituate, Easthampton, Lowell, Northampton, Sandwich, and Barnstable County. These measures aim to bolster resilience against flooding, storm damage, and erosion, reflecting a proactive approach to climate-related challenges.

Senators Markey and Warren have been steadfast advocates for Massachusetts in securing investments for water resources and infrastructure. Their efforts have previously resulted in increased funding and support for various projects across the state, addressing critical needs in both urban and coastal areas.

The passage of the WRDA represents another milestone in the senators' ongoing commitment to safeguarding Massachusetts' water resources and infrastructure.

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