Bill to expand Soo Locks approved by House, moves to Senate
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A bill that could help get the funding needed to expand the Soo Locks has passed the house.
The House of Representatives voted to pass the Water Resource Development Act, a bipartisan bill that would include funding for several water projects in Michigan.
According to Congressman Jack Bergman the bill will help fund the building of a New Soo Lock, advances research on eradicating invasive species such as Asian Carp and Zebra Mussels, and takes aim at resolving toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
The bill also requires the Environmental Protection Agency to help public water systems monitor for unregulated contaminates, such as PFAS.
The legislation would authorize the building of a new 1,200-foot lock at the Soo Locks Complex.
Congressman Paul Mitchell, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure, said his piece of legislation is a huge step forward.
"Any failure at the Soo Locks would have a devastating ripple effect on our nation’s economy and national security," Mitchell said. "I will continue to do anything and everything possible working with my colleagues, the administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers to move this project towards groundbreaking and completion to protect our economy and our nation."
The bill now moves to the Senate and if approved will go to the President's desk.
If the bill is approved, lawmakers will still need to get money appropriated for the projects.