The Water Resources Reform and Development Act—which has been passed by both the House and Senate and went to conference committee late last year to reconcile the differences between the two chambers’ bills—continues to be negotiated as the New Year begins.

Although the goal of completing an agreement by the end of 2013 was not met, members from both chambers on both sides of the aisle have expressed confidence that they will get the bill passed soon.

The act seeks to increase funding for waterway development projects, such as deepening waterways and lock and dam repair and upgrades.