Official Statement Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq.

(July 29, 2020- Washington, D.C.) – “Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7575, The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA 2020) which includes an increase in funding to $232 million for the Caño Martín Peña Environmental Restoration Project (CMP-ERP). This bill would also include feasibility reports on flood risk management projects for Rio Culebrinas, Rio Grande de Manatí, and Rio Guayanilla in Puerto Rico. PRFAA has worked with ENLACE and Congressional Committees to provide necessary information to progress the water infrastructure project priorities in Puerto Rico.

This legislation passed unanimously by a bipartisan voice vote. We thank the U.S. House Leadership, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Peter A. DeFazio, Ranking Member Sam Graves, and our Resident Commissioner, Jenniffer González-Colón for the swift passage of this legislation. We urge the U.S. Senate to vote on this important legislation as WRDA 2020 includes essential provisions that would provide Puerto Rico the necessary resources to ensure the welfare and safety of the island’s citizens from natural and human-made threats, as well as aid in reducing the risk of future damages from flood storm events as we move into Hurricane Season 2020.

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