Issue 273, May 17, 2007


In this issue:
PNWA provisions included as Senate overwhelmingly passes 2007 WRDA bill

One week left to qualify for the PNWA Mid-Year Meeting discounted hotel rate

 

PNWA provisions included as Senate overwhelmingly passes 2007 WRDA bill


Overview

 

Today, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve a 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by a margin of 91 to 4.PNWA sent a letter of support for the Senate WRDA bill to Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) last week, and applauds the Senate for passing this important measure.We are especially grateful to our Northwest Congressional delegation, which voted unanimously in support of this bill (H.R.1495), and have been great champions of the WRDA provisions that will impact shippers, ports and the environment in the Northwest (see below).

 

Since the House has already passed their version of WRDA, a conference committee of select members from the EPW and House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committees will now be named, and will be charged with reconciling the differences between the two bills.The compromise document that is produced will then need to be approved again by both chambers, and only then would it head to the President�s desk to be signed into law.This legislation is meant to be biennial, but the last WRDA bill was in 2000.

 

West coast hopper dredges

 

Both the House and Senate versions of WRDA contained PNWA�s supported language that would remove operating restrictions from the Essayons and Yaquina.  We are pleased that both chambers are in agreement on the Essayons and Yaquina, with matching language lifting restrictions on the number of days these federal hopper dredges may perform work.For more information on these dredges, visit www.pnwa.net.

 

Section 214

 

�Section 214� was first authorized in WRDA 2000, and has been the subject of a great deal of PNWA and stakeholder efforts to avert sunset over the last few years.This authority allows non-federal government entities to provide additional funding for Corps regulatory activities, and is currently authorized through December 31, 2008.PNWA strongly supports the Senate WRDA bill language that would make this authority permanent.The House version of WRDA included an extension of the authority through 2010.PNWA will be urging conferees to accept the Senate WRDA language.To download PNWA�s fact sheet on Section 214, please visit www.pnwa.net.

 

Additional PNWA provisions

 

Other PNWA-supported provisions contained in the Senate WRDA bill include removal of deed restriction provisions for the Ports of Lewiston, Clarkston and Whitman County, a dredge material placement provision for Puget Island in Wahkiakum County, and an increase in funding authority for Section 107 small navigation improvement projects.

 

PNWA will be working closely with our West Coast members who serve on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment & Public Works committee to ensure that our supported provisions prevail in the conference committee and become law.To view PNWA�s WRDA documents, please visit www.pnwa.net.

 

PNWA Staff Contact: Kristin Meira

 

One week left to qualify for the PNWA Mid-Year Meeting discounted hotel rate


Make plans *today* to attend the 2007 PNWA Mid-Year Meeting, June 20th-22nd, 2007!��This year�s event will be held at the Red Lion Richland Hanford House in Richland, Washington and there is only one week left to qualify for the PNWA room block at the discounted rate of $79.95/night.Your reservations must be made no later than May 27th to get this exclusive rate.Reservations are accepted by the hotel on a first come, first served basis and the PNWA room block could become sold out before May 27th.Make your reservations *today* to guarantee your room!

 

Hotel Information

 

Meeting dates:�� Wednesday, June 20th � Friday, June 22nd, 2007.

Location: ��������� Red Lion Richland Hanford House

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Sponsorship

 

Please remember to indicate your level of sponsorship on your registration form.Every sponsor will be recognized during our breaks, lunches and reception, and throughout our meeting program.Your sponsorship greatly contributes to the success of our meetings and we appreciate your help. Don�t miss your chance to get involved today!

 

The Mid-Year meeting has something of interest for all of our members and will feature:

 

  • Corps panel discussion by top officials who will address: Five Year Funding Plan, Permitting, Salmon and BiOp, MCR Jetties, the Elliot Bay Seawall, Channel Deepening, John Day Lock, Coastal Ports, Little Goose, Lower Monumental, and PSMP.��
  • USCG Capt. Patrick Gerrity discussing Waterways Security, LNG issues, and Port Safety ratings.
  • Green Dams, Blue Skies Introduction by the co-chairs of the campaign.
  • Much More!

 

There are a limited number of participants, so log on *now* to reserve your spot!

 

PNWA Staff Contact: Heather Kenneson



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