Wednesday, Sen. Deb Fischer voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act.
According to Fischer's office, the bill would establish priorities for the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain navigable channels, reduce flood and storm damage, and restore aquatic ecosystems.
Fischer said, "I am pleased to support this updated, bipartisan Water Resources Development Act, which is central to addressing needed authorizations, establishing priorities to manage the backlog of Corps projects, and improving performance at the project and agency level."
In working with multiple NRDs in eastern Nebraska, Fischer noted the need for a flood control project in an area that has been significantly impacted by long-term flooding.
She says levee improvements are needed to provide flood protection to: significant public infrastructure; Nebraska Army National Guard buildings and training areas; drinking water supply infrastructure that supplies drinking water to 50 percent of Nebraska's population; and numerous residential buildings.