S. 653 would:
- Add a requirement for additional research into new water treatments into the Water Resources Research Act
- Require an evaluation of water resource research projects every three years and withdraws funds from projects that do not qualify based on the evaluation.
- Authorize $13.5 million per year through 2020.
Thank you to Congressional Dish for their outline of H.R. 2620. This version is edited by GovTrack.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 9, 2015.
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the Senate reported version is repeated here.)
Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2015
(Sec. 2) Amends the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to: (1) declare that additional research is required into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing treatment works through alternative approaches, including non-structural alternatives, decentralized approaches, energy use efficiency, water use efficiency, and actions to extract energy from wastewater; (2) require each water resources research and technology institute to arrange for research that fosters the exploration of new ideas that expand understanding of water resources (currently, of water-related phenomena); (3) direct the Department of the Interior to report to specified congressional committees annually on each institute's compliance with matching fund requirements and provisions permitting the use of funds only to reimburse direct cost expenditures incurred for the conduct of the water resources research program; and (4) authorize appropriations for such institutes through FY2020.