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This Week in Washington

Read the latest headlines from Congress and the state legislatures.
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ASCE Policies and Priorities

ASCE has over 150 policies covering many diverse aspects of civil engineering. Every year, ASCE's Board of Direction approves a Priority Issues list to focus the advocacy efforts of ASCE staff and volunteers. Visit http://www.asce.org/pressroom/news/policies_priorities.cfm to view ASCE's policies and priorities. COPRI related policies include topics such as coastal and offshore development, improvement and maintenance of ports, harbors and waterways, and restoring and maintaining America's beaches.

ASCE adopted two new policies which were developed and promoted by the Wetland and Sediment Management Committee.

Policy Statement 498 (PS 498) "Louisiana Coastal Wetlands"

Policy Statement 513 (PS 513) "Beneficial Use of Dredged Material"

COPRI Policies

The COPRI Board of Governors has passed a COPRI Policy Statement (COPRI PS 01) "Regional Sediment Management"

COPRI Legislative News

WRDA Bill Finally Goes to Conference (September 15, 2006)

Oceans in the News (August 4, 2006)

Infrastructure Improvement Act Introduced in Senate. (March 10, 2006)

House Panel Criticizes Corps Budget Proposal for 2007 (March 3, 2006)

ASCE Recommends Ways to Improve New Orleans Flood Protection. (February 24, 2006)

U.S. Gets a D+ on Ocean Policy Reform. (February 3, 2006)

ASCE Legislative Update: ASCE Lobbying and 2006 Priorities . (December 20, 2005)

ASCE Urges Congress to Establish Federal Levee Safety Program. (December 16, 2005)

Larry Roth testifies before the Committee on Environment and Public Works on Behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers on the Failure of the Gulf Coast Levees During Hurricane Katrina. (November 17, 2005)

COPRI member Robert A. Dalrymple, Ph.D., P.E. testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on behalf of ASCE regarding "Hurricane and Flood Protection and Water Resource Planning for a Rebuilt Gulf Coast" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (October 20, 2005)

New Katrina Legislation Introduced in Senate (October 14, 2005)

Coastal States Receive Restoration Money in Energy Bill (August 15, 2005)

House Passes $10 Billion Water Resources Bill(July 15, 2005)

House Committee Clears $10 Billion Water Resources Bill(June 24, 2005)

ASCE Comments on Inland Waterways Trust Fund, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, and Beach Nourishment Program to Congress(April 22, 2005)

Water Resources Legislation Passes Senate Committee(April 15, 2005)

WRDA Bill Introduced in Senate(April 8, 2005)

House Science Committee Holds Hearing on Tsunami Risk (February 2, 2005)

Ocean Policy on Agenda for New Congress (January 12, 2005)

Stevens would create new climate change, oceans subcommittees (January 12, 2005)

ASCE Approves COPRI's Beach Resolution (December 8, 2004)

Congress Completes Work on FY05 Appropriations (November 22, 2004)

WRDA 2004 (November 22, 2004)

Senate Hopes for September Floor Vote on WRDA (September 10, 2004)

WRDA Report filed in Senate (August 27, 2004)

Senators Seek Withdrawal of Wetlands Policy Document (August 27, 2004)

Water Resources Bill Passes Senate Committee (June 25, 2004)

EPA Announces Clean Beaches Strategy (June 24, 2004)

Senators to Propose Mississippi River Navigation Improvements Bill (June 24, 2004)

Senate Committee Approves Maritime Security Bill (June 24, 2004)

Comments of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute to the U.S. Comission on Ocean Policy (June 4, 2004)

COPRI member Dominic Izzo testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructureregarding funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2004 (March 31, 2004)