Legislation to make new federal investments in ports and waterways became the law of the land June 10 with President Obama’s signature during a White House ceremony with bipartisan leaders from the House and Senate.  The $12.3 billion Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014, previously approved in Congress by a wide bipartisan majority, authorizes Army Corps of Engineers dredging, port, inland waterway, levee, dam, and flood and natural disaster mitigation and recovery construction and engineering projects.  It also includes various policy provisions to speed up the project delivery process and authorizes dozens of specific projects throughout the country.  The federal port and waterway programs were last authorized in 2007.  ARTBA and the ARTBA co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition were strong advocates for the measure’s final passage.