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>Members from the House and Senate met in Conference yesterday and agreed to compromise language for a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which provides new and amended authorities for the Corps of Engineers.  This is considered a major milestone, since there has not been a WRDA passed since 2000.  
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>Among the authorities contained in the WRDA bill are several that apply to the Great Lakes:
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>·      Asian Carp Barrier ? provides the Corps authority to complete the permanent electrical barrier, convert the demonstration barrier into a permanent facility, and operate both at full federal cost.
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>·      Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans ? reauthorizes program for technical support to RAPs, including planning and design of sediment cleanup and habitat restoration projects.
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>·      Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration ? reauthorizes a $100 million program for construction of habitat restoration projects.
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>·      Great Lakes Tributary Model ? reauthorizes a program for development of watershed models to assist state and local efforts to reduce soil erosion and non-point source pollution.
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>·      Great Lakes Basin Program ? amends existing authority for strategic plans and other basinwide studies.
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>The full language of the Conference Report is not yet available online, but should be shortly. 
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>The report must next be brought to the floor of the House and Senate for passage before being sent to the President.
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