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Ros-Lehtinen Pleased That WRDA Will Become Law

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Location: Washington, DC

Ros-Lehtinen Pleased That WRDA Will Become Law

Washington, DC --- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased that the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will be enacted into law after the House was able to override President Bush's veto of this important water works legislation. The Senate still needs to vote on the override but passage is expected there as well. The override vote was 361 to 54.

WRDA contains billions of dollars for the Everglades Restoration Project as well as millions more for local important South Florida projects, such as:

1) Phase III authorization for the 50-52 foot dredging project at the Miami Harbor. The legislation authorizes the project for a total cost of $125,270,000, with an estimated Federal cost of $75,140,000 and an estimated non-Federal cost of $50,130,000.

2) Language which exempts the Miami Harbor General Reevaluation Report (GRR) from 2004 revised cost sharing rules governing GRRs. Miami was one of only two ports provided with the exemption language by the WRDA conference report

3)$6,250,000 authorization for the Miami - Dade proposed water reuse transmission pipeline

4) Authorization for reimbursement to the Seaport Department for costs incurred for partial completion of "useable increments," was replaced with generic language which allows credit for work accomplished by non-federal interests in advance of the execution of the Project Cooperation Agreement. Report language indicates that the credit language shall apply to Miami Harbor . The credit can be applied to the Phase III construction dredging costs.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "WRDA's importance to Florida and especially South Florida cannot be understated. This bill will assure that billions of badly needed federal dollars will make their way to our State and to the critical Everglades Restoration Project. I am also pleased that the City of Layton will be allowed to begin the process of reimbursement from the federal government. This is a good bill and I am proud of it becoming law."

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