Editor’s pickU.S.: Trump signs wide-ranging water projects bill

08-11-2018
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Donald Trump, the president of the United States (U.S.), recently signed a bill to improve and upgrade the nation’s water infrastructure. This broad, wide-ranging bill includes a project in Florida that aims to lower the toxic algae blooms that have wrecked havoc on marine life such as manatees, turtles and fish, and left beaches empty.

According to The New York Times, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 has authorised more than US$6 billion in spending over a decade for projects around the nation. The law has also introduced a new framework in the water infrastructure industry for large projects run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It doesn't get a lot of press – conflict is what gets covered – but this is a good, solid, major piece of infrastructure legislation,” Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming, said in an interview with the New York Times. He also noted that the next step is an infrastructure bill to improve roads and bridges.

Trump has pledged to repair the U.S.’s crumbling infrastructure, and called the bill “a major step toward that goal.”