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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter’s Piscataqua River and Hampton Harbor Provisions Head to President’s Desk as Senate Passes Final Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

October 10, 2018
Press Release

DOVER, NH— Today, the Senate passed the final version of the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, clearing the bill to be signed into law with key provisions for Hampton Harbor and the Piscataqua River Basin that were secured by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01).


In June, Shea-Porter authored and passed two amendments through the House to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the House version of American’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. These provisions, which will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Hampton and Portsmouth Harbors, were retained in the final bipartisan bill that the president is expected to sign.


“I am pleased that my provisions to dredge Portsmouth and Hampton Harbors are headed to the president’s desk to be signed into law,” said Shea-Porter. “Hampton Harbor is our state’s largest commercial fishing port and is an important part of our Seacoast economy. It needs to be dredged as soon as possible, as severe shoaling has made it nearly impossible for vessels to enter or leave the harbor when the tides are low. I am also pleased that my provision to improve navigation in the Piscataqua River Basin is moving forward. This project will expand the width of the turning basin, which will improve safety and help grow our economy.”