What is in this article?:
- Obama signs waterways infrastructure bill into law
- Panama Canal expansion
- Agriculture’s role
- User fee
- Job creator?
- Passing Congress easily, Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDDA) then signed into law.
- Agriculture groups applaud legislation.
- Crumbling waterways infrastructure now set for upgrade.
Panama Canal expansion
How does this tie into the expansion of the Panama Canal and how the U.S. will address the larger ships that will allow?
“In our membership there are different views on what that expansion will really be.
“Some say, ‘we don’t think there will be a significant amount of impact.’ Others say, ‘yes, there will be and we must be ready for that.’
“It’s hard to predict but most think we need to be ready. That was a background driver for moving WRDDA forward, as well.
“Infrastructure improvements can be put off far too long. With the Panama Canal expansion looming in the back of folks’ minds we need to prepare with properly dredged channels to get the larger ships to port and moving on. We must, as a nation, be able to capture the prosperity that will come with that.”