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H.R. 4044 (116th): Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4044


July 25, 2019

(for himself, Mrs. Fletcher, and Mr. Graves of Louisiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect and Restore America's Estuaries Act.


Management conference

Section 320(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(a)(2)(B)) is amended by striking and Peconic Bay, New York and inserting Peconic Bay, New York; Casco Bay, Maine; Tampa Bay, Florida; Coastal Bend, Texas; San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico; Tillamook Bay, Oregon; Piscataqua Region, New Hampshire; Barnegat Bay, New Jersey; Maryland Coastal Bays, Maryland; Charlotte Harbor, Florida; Mobile Bay, Alabama; Morro Bay, California; and Lower Columbia River, Oregon and Washington.


Purposes of conference

Section 320(b)(4) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(b)(4)) is amended—


by striking management plan that recommends and inserting “management plan that—



; and


by adding at the end the following:


addresses the effects of recurring extreme weather events on the estuary, including the identification and assessment of vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in the estuary and the development and implementation of adaptation strategies; and


increases public education and awareness of the ecological health and water quality conditions of the estuary;



Members of conference

Section 320(c)(5) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(c)(5)) is amended by inserting nonprofit organizations, after educational institutions,.



Section 320(g)(4)(C) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(g)(4)(C)) is amended—


in the matter preceding clause (i)—


by inserting , emerging, after urgent; and


by inserting or that relate to coastal resiliency after coastal areas;


by redesignating clauses (vi) and (vii) as clauses (viii) and (ix), respectively, and inserting after clause (v) the following:


stormwater runoff;


accelerated land loss;

; and


in clause (viii), as so redesignated, by inserting , extreme weather, after sea level rise.


Authorization of appropriations

Section 320(i)(1) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(i)(1)) is amended by striking $26,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021 and inserting $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026.