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Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Lowry Crook was quoted in an E&E News article regarding the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 and highlights from the final package.

The water infrastructure bill includes provisions that add “restoration of coastal shorelines and riverbanks” to the Army Corps’ mission, and in doing so, the language broadens the Army Corps’ ability to expand how it justifies various projects, from seawalls to natural solutions.

“It opens the door to additional projects or additional benefits when you’re trying to decide which ones to fund,” said Crook, a former Army Corps official under the Obama administration.

Later in the article, Crook comments on the other projects authorized, including the $1.7 billion coastal storm risk management system for the Florida Keys, a $43 million barrier system for Miami-Dade County and a $1.6 billion project — a series of levees and floodwalls — along the shore of New York’s Staten Island. He explains, “The real story is the projects that got authorized. It lets them put their hat in the ring and fight for those dollars.”

Subscribers can read the full article, “Water Projects Bill: What’s In and What’s Out,” here.

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