WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) voted to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA). 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.
“The Water Resources Development Act provides countless Americans with flood control, access to clean drinking water, and reliable water infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “My district is home to Lake Lanier and the Buford Dam, which are critical parts of the Chattahoochee River Basin and supply 70 percent of metro Atlanta’s drinking water. This bill includes many of my priorities, including provisions to address harmful algal blooms and study water usage and river safety. This year’s WRDA package will continue to deliver clean water while improving the Chattahoochee ecosystem so many of us love. I am proud to have helped bring this bill to the Floor and look forward to it being signed into law.”
The legislation will need to be passed by the Senate before heading to President Biden’s desk to become law. The Senate unanimously passed their version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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.
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 Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. The study, which is part of the Chattahoochee River Act that Rep. Bourdeaux introduced with Senator Jon 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.
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.