Sen. Tom Carper welcomed Delaware Secretary of State Jeff Bullock and American Shore and Beach Preservation Association President Tony Pratt to the May 9 hearing of the Environment and Public Works Committee to discuss bipartisan legislation that makes investments to update aging water infrastructure in Delaware and across the country.

The hearing examined the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act, introduced yesterday by Carper, along with Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming; Ben Cardin, D-Maryland; and Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, which makes smart investments in water infrastructure — from waterways and ports to drinking water systems and natural infrastructure like the dune systems that protect Delaware’s beach communities. The bipartisan legislation also provides reauthorization for the Army Corps of Engineers to continue their work maintaining and overseeing thousands of miles of waterways, levees and shorelines and ports and dams across the country.

“As a coastal state — and the lowest lying state in the country — Delaware’s economy and communities rely on water infrastructure more than most,” said Carper. “From the Port of Wilmington and the waterways in and out of Delaware, to our dune systems that insulate our beach communities, Delaware relies on smart, proactive investments in our water infrastructure. By working together, across party lines, this bill makes smart budgeting decisions that will help every state and every community get more out of their water infrastructure investments and help address their top priorities. For Delaware, we secured a number of our top priorities, including wins that will allow our port in Wilmington to grow and keep pace with the demands of our 21st century economy.”