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H.R. 223 (114th): Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 8, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 223

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 8, 2015

(for himself, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Levin, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Lipinski, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Nolan, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Renacci, Ms. Moore, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, and Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015.

2.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Section 118(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(c)) is amended by striking paragraph (7) and inserting the following:

(7)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

(A)

Establishment

There is established in the Agency a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (referred to in this paragraph as the Initiative) to carry out programs and projects for Great Lakes protection and restoration.

(B)

Focus areas

The Initiative shall prioritize programs and projects carried out in coordination with non-Federal partners and programs and projects that address priority areas each fiscal year, including—

(i)

the remediation of toxic substances and areas of concern;

(ii)

the prevention and control of invasive species and the impacts of invasive species;

(iii)

the protection and restoration of nearshore health and the prevention and mitigation of nonpoint source pollution;

(iv)

habitat and wildlife protection and restoration, including wetlands restoration and preservation; and

(v)

accountability, monitoring, evaluation, communication, and partnership activities.

(C)

Projects

Under the Initiative, the Agency shall collaborate with Federal partners, including the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, to select the best combination of programs and projects for Great Lakes protection and restoration using appropriate principles and criteria, including whether a program or project provides—

(i)

the ability to achieve strategic and measurable environmental outcomes that implement the Great Lakes Action Plan and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement;

(ii)

the feasibility of—

(I)

prompt implementation;

(II)

timely achievement of results; and

(III)

resource leveraging; and

(iii)

the opportunity to improve interagency and inter-organizational coordination and collaboration to reduce duplication and streamline efforts.

(D)

Implementation of projects

(i)

In general

Funds made available to carry out the Initiative shall be used to strategically implement—

(I)

Federal projects; and

(II)

projects carried out in coordination with States, Indian tribes, municipalities, institutions of higher education, and other organizations.

(ii)

Transfer of funds

With amounts made available for the Initiative each fiscal year, the Administrator may—

(I)

transfer not more than $300,000,000 to the head of any Federal department or agency, with the concurrence of the department or agency head, to carry out activities to support the Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; and

(II)

enter into an interagency agreement with the head of any Federal department or agency to carry out activities described in subclause (I).

(E)

Scope

(i)

In general

Projects shall be carried out under the Initiative on multiple levels, including—

(I)

Great Lakes-wide; and

(II)

Great Lakes basin-wide.

(ii)

Limitation

No funds made available to carry out the Initiative may be used for any water infrastructure activity (other than a green infrastructure project that improves habitat and other ecosystem functions in the Great Lakes) for which amounts are made available from—

(I)

a State water pollution control revolving fund established under title VI; or

(II)

a State drinking water revolving loan fund established under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–12).

(F)

Activities by other Federal agencies

Each relevant Federal department or agency shall, to the maximum extent practicable—

(i)

maintain the base level of funding for the Great Lakes activities of that department or agency without regard to funding under the Initiative; and

(ii)

identify new activities and projects to support the environmental goals of the Initiative.

(G)

Funding

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Initiative $300,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020.

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