H. R. 5136
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 6, 2006
Mr. Hall (for himself and Mr. Udall of Colorado) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science
To establish a National Integrated Drought Information System within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve drought monitoring and forecasting capabilities.
This Act may be cited as the
National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006.
In this Act:
drought means a deficiency in precipitation—
that leads to a deficiency in surface or subsurface water supplies (including rivers, streams, wetlands, ground water, soil moisture, reservoir supplies, lake levels, and snow pack); and
that causes or may cause—
substantial economic or social impacts; or
substantial physical damage or injury to individuals, property, or the environment.
Under Secretary means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
The Under Secretary, through the National Weather Service and other appropriate weather and climate programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shall establish a National Integrated Drought Information System.
The National Integrated Drought Information System shall—
provide an effective drought early warning system that—
is a comprehensive system that collects and integrates information on the key indicators of drought in order to make usable, reliable, and timely assessments of drought, including assessments of the severity of drought and drought forecasts.
communicates drought forecasts, drought conditions, and drought impacts on an ongoing basis to—
decisionmakers at the Federal, regional, State, tribal, and local levels of government;
the private sector; and
includes timely (where possible real-time) data, information, and products that reflect local, regional, and State differences in drought conditions; and
coordinate, and integrate as practicable, Federal research in support of a drought early warning system.
The Under Secretary shall consult with relevant Federal, regional, State, tribal, and local government agencies, research institutions, and the private sector in the development of the National Integrated Drought Information System.
Cooperation from other federal agencies
Each Federal agency shall cooperate as appropriate with the Under Secretary in carrying out this Act.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act—
$12,000,000 for fiscal year 2007;
$14,000,000 for fiscal year 2008;
$16,000,000 for fiscal year 2009;
$16,000,000 for fiscal year 2010;
$18,000,000 for fiscal year 2011; and
$18,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.