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Association of National Estuary Programs

Legislative Information and Resources

NEP Testimony to Congress

Read Puget Sound Partnership's director Sheida Sahandy's testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee on March 13, 2015. Her testimony is also available on this YouTube video (her testimony starts at 2:15).

NEP-related Bills in 114th Congress

H.R.573 Estuary Urgent Needs Priority Program Act
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills: H.R.944
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2015 Referred to House subcommittee.
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to revise the National Estuary Program by requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make competitive awards to address urgent and challenging issues that threaten the economic and ecological well-being of coastal areas, including extensive seagrass habitat losses, recurring harmful algae blooms, unusual marine mammal mortalities, invasive exotic species, and jellyfish proliferation limiting community access to water during peak tourism seasons. The EPA must give priority to national estuary programs that are not part of the Geographic Programs as described in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014.

Summary of H.R.944, "To reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes":
Sponsor: Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (6)
Related Bills: H.R.573
Latest Major Action: 6/2/2015 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Passed House, received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
This bill folded in elements of H.R.573.
Read the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's May 8, 2015 House Report 114-104.

Summary of S.1523, "A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes."
Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced 6/8/2015) Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills: H.R.944
Latest Major Action: Signed into law May 20, 2016 (Public Law No: 114-162)

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Funding Levels

As shown by the graph below, base funding to the NEPs has been mostly level since 2008.

NEP funding since 2008