Members of Congress last week expressed optimism negotiators from the two chambers would produce a reconciliation of the House and Senate water resources bills as soon as this week.  Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told reporters, “As far as I’m concerned, we could close this out in 15 minutes.  It’s down to a couple of issues.”  During a hearing on the status of Army Corps of Engineers water project reviews, House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said, “This oversight hearing will be extremely valuable to our work in conference, which we are hopeful is very near to resolution.”  The report identified a number of projects and updates on previous projects that could be included in a final water resources bill.  Several other members involved in the negotiations echoed Boxer and Shuster’s comments about the progress of the discussions.  ARTBA continues to urge members of both chambers and parties to complete a long overdue water resources bill as soon as possible.