Federal water spending bill could improve Missouri water quality and flood protection

A $9 billion bill in Congress that could improve waterway navigation and water systems in Missouri is a step closer to being signed into law.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 399-25 to approve the Water Resources Development Act — in a rare show of bipartisan support. The Senate passed its version of the bill earlier last month.

The Water Resources Development Act, authorized every two years, gives the green light to the Army Corps of Engineers to improve navigation, water quality and work on other water projects.

The Senate version of the bill, more comprehensive than the House, includes plans to replace lead pipes, and repair levees in areas such as Kansas City. It also includes $25 million to dredge small ports along the Mississippi River.

The bill heads to a conference committee, where lawmakers will reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions. It likely will not be signed until the next president takes office.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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