S. 3363 (111th): Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of May 13, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3363

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 13, 2010

(for himself, Mr. Crapo, Ms. Mikulski, and Mr. Risch) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to reauthorize grants for and require applied water supply research regarding the water resources research and technology institutes established under that Act.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010.

2.

Water Resources Research Act amendments

(a)

Congressional findings and declarations

Section 102 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10301) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (7) through (9) as paragraphs (8) through (10), respectively;

(2)

in paragraph (8) (as so redesignated), by striking and at the end; and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (6) the following:

(7)

additional research is required into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing treatment works through alternative approaches, including—

(A)

nonstructural alternatives;

(B)

decentralized approaches;

(C)

water use efficiency; and

(D)

actions to reduce energy consumption or extract energy from wastewater;

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(b)

Evaluation of water resources research program

Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303) is amended by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following:

(e)

Evaluation of water resources research program

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall conduct a careful and detailed evaluation of each institute at least once every 5 years to determine—

(A)

the quality and relevance of the water resources research of the institute;

(B)

the effectiveness of the institute at producing measured results and applied water supply research; and

(C)

whether the effectiveness of the institute as an institution for planning, conducting, and arranging for research warrants continued support under this section.

(2)

Prohibition on further support

If, as a result of an evaluation under paragraph (1), the Secretary determines that an institute does not qualify for further support under this section, no further grants to the institute may be provided until the qualifications of the institute are reestablished to the satisfaction of the Secretary.

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(c)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 104(f)(1) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(f)(1)) is amended by striking for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2011 and inserting for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

(d)

Additional appropriations where research focused on water problems of interstate nature

Section 104(g)(1) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(g)(1)) is amended by striking for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2011 and inserting for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.