Water Resources Development Act

What is the Water Resources Development Act?

The Water Resources Development Act is a comprehensive legislative package that provides for the conservation and development of water and related resources. It authorizes the Secretary of the Army, through the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, to conduct studies, construct projects and research activities that can lead to the improvement of rivers and harbors of the United States.

WRDA is strictly authorizing legislation; it does not include funding. The funding of WRDA-authorized studies and projects is provided separately through the annual Energy and Water Development appropriations process and, at times, through supplemental appropriations.


Current Water Resources Development Act Past Water Resources Development Actss Congressional Authorization Committees Public Comment Additional Resources






Current Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

Past Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA)

Click each heading below to view additional information about the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) or Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) from that year.

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 WRDA 2020
 WRDA 2018
 WRDA 2016
 WRRDA 2014 
 WRDA 2007
 WRDA 2000
 WRDA 1999
 Historical WRDAs: 1968 - 2013

Public Comment

Currently, there is no active WRDA-related Public Comment period. Check back for Public Comment information as it becomes available.