Congress has approved major water infrastructure legislation that authorizes $3.7 billion for new Army Corps of Engineers civil-works projects and $4.4 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water program. A major element of the water infrastructure legislation is a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) title, which authorizes $3.7 billion in federal funds for 12 Corps flood protection and other projects. Non-federal matching funds would bring the Corps projects’ total to about $5.6 billion. The Senate committee’s top Democrat, Tom Carper (Del.), noted that the Corps has estimated it has a construction-project backlog of $96 billion but its annual civil-works appropriations are only about $4.6 billion.