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May 18, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Applauds Committee Passage Of Water Resources Development Act 

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) applauded the passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This year’s WRDA package includes numerous provisions championed by Rep. Bourdeaux to support and modernize water resources along the Chattahoochee River and in the Metro-Atlanta area.

“My district is home to Lake Lanier and the Buford Dam, which are critical parts of the Chattahoochee River Basin. The Chattahoochee River supplies 70 percent of metro Atlanta’s drinking water and it is a key source of water for farmers throughout Georgia,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “The river provides great economic benefits to our area as well, with recreation areas adding more than $200 million to the local economy and supporting over 2,000 local jobs. I am proud to see a number of my priorities included in this bill, including provisions to address harmful algal blooms, and study water usage and river safety.”

Included in this year’s WRDA package is Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Laker Lanier and Upper Chattahoochee Safety Act, which directs the Army Corps of Engineers to study how activities at Buford Dam affect recreational safety along the Chattahoochee River. Currently, Buford Dam releases excess water which can cause water levels along the river to rise by as much 11 feet in minutes.

Also included is $75 million in new funding to help fund drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Metro-Atlanta area. This funding will help maintain and expand existing water infrastructure and ensure that millions of Georgians can continue to depend on the Chattahoochee River as their primary source of water. 

Additionally, Rep. Bourdeaux worked with her colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include provisions that would authorize a watershed-based study for the Chattahoochee River Basin in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The study, which is part of the Chattahoochee River Act that Rep. Bourdeaux introduced with Senator Ossoff, will allow the Corps to assess the water resource needs of the Chattahoochee River basin, including ecosystem protection and restoration, flood risk management, watershed protection, water supply, and drought preparedness. 

Lastly, the legislation includes provisions to take meaningful action against harmful algal blooms and invasive species that harm Lake Lanier’s delicate ecosystem.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford