H.R. 1145 Amendments: Amendments to National Water Research and Development Initiative Act

H.R. 1145

Amendments to National Water Research and Development Initiative Act

Sen. Bernard Sanders

April 23, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, H.R. 1145  will be considered on the floor under a structured rule (H.Res. 352), making in order the following 12 amendments and one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. The following is a summary of the amendments made in order under the rule. The underlying legislation was introduced by Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN) on February 24, 2009. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology, which held a mark-up and reported the bill, as amended, by voice vote on March 26, 2009.

Bill Summary

Gordon (D-TN):  The amendment requires that the National Water Research Development Plan in the bill undergo a revision and be resubmitted to Congress every four years. The amendment also authorizes $2 million for each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014.  The amendment also makes the following changes to the underlying bill:

  • Require a review of measures related to abating water quality impairment;
  • Require the interagency committee to work with institutions of higher education;
  • Require cooperation with commercial end users;
  • Require information be posted on a public website; and
  • Require research into watershed hydrology.

The amendment also adds numerous new focuses for the plan including assistance to State and local regions for land conservation.  The amendment requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to write to Congress and evaluate the budget as it relates to water research.  It requires the EPA to establish a pilot program exploring the use of energy audits of water-related infrastructure to identify energy and water saving opportunities. (Debatable for 40 minutes)

Kosmas (D-FL)/ Driehaus (D-OH):  The amendment requires that the represented agencies of the interagency committee to assess the impact of natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes on water resources.

Hastings (R-WA):  The amendment adds research of new water storage as a duty of the interagency committee.

Cardoza (D-CA):  The amendment directs the Secretary of the Interior and the National Academy of Science to study the impact of changes to snow pack, including snow pack in the Sierra Nevadas, on water resources and its relation to water supply, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Brown-Waite (R-FL):  The amendment requires that the interagency committee work on understanding how to improve water-intensive sectors of the economy and industrial needs for water.

Arcuri (D-NY):  The amendment requires the plan include further research into competing water supply uses and how different uses interact with and impact each other. 

Kirk (R-IL) / Quigley (D-IL):  The amendment directs the interagency committee to project the long-term ice cover and water level outlook for major water bodies in the U.S., including the Great Lakes, the potential impacts of the results of such projections on infrastructure, and resource management options based on such projections.

Teague (D-NM):  The amendment requires that the plan's analysis include analysis of the amount, proximity, and type of water required for the production of alternative and renewable energy resources. 

Roskam (R-IL):  The amendment requires GAO to study the duplicative nature of any of the programs in the underlying bill.  Furthermore, the amendment requires that prior to implementation of the bill, the President will, based upon the GAO report, determine whether the programs are duplicative or not.  If the President differs in his determination from the GAO conclusions, he must offer a justification for his determination.  The effective date is delayed until the President has made that determination.

Blumenauer (D-OR):  The amendment creates a new wastewater and storm water reuse and recycling technology demonstration program at the EPA.  The program would develop and fund projects to demonstrate, evaluate, and test the techniques and technologies to reuse and recycle storm water and wastewater at the building, site, neighborhood, and watershed scales for urban, industrial, agricultural, environmental, and recreational uses as well as to augment potable water supplies

Shadegg (R-AZ):  The amendment requires the interagency committee to identify and recommend against duplication of federal water-related research, development, and technological innovation activities by more than one agency or program.  It also requires the President to ensure that federal agencies do not request appropriations for activities duplicated by state, local, and tribal governments.

Moore (D-WI):  The amendment requires the interagency committee to assess the role of federal water research funding in helping to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers at institutions of higher education.