Davis Questions Army Corps About Issues Critical to Metro East
Including NESP, Veterans Curation Program, & NGA
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today at a Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing questioned U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on several issues important to the Metro East including the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), the Veterans Curation Program, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) West Campus recommendation.
Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) – Davis has previously advocated for President Obama to prioritize this program in his budget and for the Army Corps to fund this program that is critical to design projects in the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Waterway System. Specifically, this program could be used to continue design activities at LaGrange Lock and Dam.
Army Corps of Engineers’ Veterans Curation Program (VCP) – Davis’ bill (H.R. 3114) to permanently authorize the VCP, including the St. Louis program, which passed the House last November, is finally moving forward in the Senate. The VCP has helped more than 200 veterans nationwide build on the skills and training they’ve received in the military and transition to a new career at home. The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public works is scheduled to consider H.R. 3114 on Wednesday.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) – Davis questioned a number of errors found in the Army Corps’ Final Environmental Impact Statement, which NGA Director Robert Cardillo relied upon in his recommendation. Specifically, Davis references the misplacement of the Osage River in St. Clair County, Illinois. Davis continues to follow U.S. Rep. Mike Bost's lead to reverse the NGA’s recommendation.