H. R. 462
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 10, 2019
Mr. Hastings (for himself, Mr. Diaz-Balart, Mr. Rooney of Florida, Ms. Frankel, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Mrs. Murphy, and Mr. Crist) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to provide for expedited project implementation relating to the comprehensive Everglades restoration plan.
This Act may be cited as the
Everglades for the Next Generation Act.
Comprehensive Everglades restoration plan
Section 601(d) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–541; 114 Stat. 2684) is amended—
in paragraph (1), by inserting
and subject to paragraph (3) after
subsection (b) or (c); and
by adding at the end the following:
Expedited project implementation
After completing a project implementation report prepared in accordance with subsections (f) and (h), the Secretary may carry out, without any further congressional authorization—
any project identified in the Plan for which a project implementation report is completed that is in accordance with an integrated delivery schedule approved by the Chief of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District, in consultation with the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, subject to the condition that the report is completed not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph; and
any group of projects under the Plan that the Secretary determines will provide regional or watershed ecosystem or water supply benefits if the group of projects is constructed in accordance with a project implementation report approved by the Chief of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District, in consultation with the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph.