IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 19, 2012
Ms. Stabenow (for herself, Mr. Portman, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Levin, Mr. Casey, Mr. Schumer, Mrs. Gillibrand, Ms. Klobuchar, and Mr. Franken) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To compel the Secretary of the Army to complete the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study within 18 months and to focus particular attention on the permanent prevention of the spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basins.
This Act may be cited as the
Stop Invasive Species
In this section:
The term hydrological separation means a physical separation on the Chicago Area Waterway System that—
would disconnect the Mississippi River watershed from the Lake Michigan watershed; and
shall be designed to be adequate in scope to prevent the transfer of all aquatic species between each of those bodies of water.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers.
Expedited study and report
The Secretary shall—
expedite completion of the report for the study authorized by section 3061(d) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Public Law 110–114; 121 Stat. 1121); and
if the Secretary determines a project is justified in the completed report, proceed directly to project preconstruction engineering and design.
In expediting the completion of the study and report under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall focus on—
the prevention of the spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins, such as through the permanent hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins; and
the watersheds of the following rivers and tributaries associated with the Chicago Area Waterway System:
The Illinois River, at and in the vicinity of Chicago, Illinois.
The Chicago River, Calumet River, North Shore Channel, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and Cal-Sag Channel in the State of Illinois.
The Grand Calumet River and Little Calumet River in the States of Illinois and Indiana.
Efficient use of funds
The Secretary shall ensure the efficient use of funds to maximize the timely completion of the study and report under paragraph (1).
The Secretary shall complete the report under paragraph (1) by not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act.
Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate, the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report describing—
interim milestones that will be met prior to final completion of the study and report under paragraph (1); and
funding necessary for completion of the study and report under paragraph (1), including funding necessary for completion of each interim milestone identified under subparagraph (A).