Summary: S.2554 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/21/2004)

Water Resources Development Act of 2004 - Sets forth provisions providing authorizations for, modifications to, deauthorizations of, and study requirements for inland waterway, port and harbor, flood damage reduction, coastal storm damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, environmental remediation, water storage, water quality, and watershed planning projects or programs throughout the country.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to: (1) engage in activities in support of foreign governments; and (2) include individuals from the private sector in Corps of Engineers training classes. Establishes the Corps of Engineers River Stewardship Commission. Directs: (1) the Secretary to establish within the civil works function a Water Resource Planning Council; and (2) the Inspector General of the Army to convene an independent peer review panel.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) carry out ecosystem restoration projects regarding the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River; (2) develop a system to rank proposed projects; and (3) carry out (over at least a ten-year period) a pilot program to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in the middle Mississippi River.

Establishes: (1) the Coastal Louisiana Ecosystem Protection and Restoration Task Force; and (2) a Coastal Louisiana Ecosystem Science and Technology Program.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop a general management plan for ecosystem restoration of the Upper Connecticut River ecosystem; and (2) complete work on the San Pablo Bay watershed, California.

Modifies provisions regarding the Mississippi River Headwaters Reservoir. Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical assistance to the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the Conservation Corridor Demonstration Program, Delaware and Maryland. Designates the Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, of the Corps the ex officio U.S. member under the Susquehanna River Basin Compact and the Delaware River Basin Compact.