Summary: H.R.3574 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/01/1989)

Agriculture and Ground Water Policy Coordination Act - Title I: Ground Water Policy in the Department of Agriculture - Sets forth the groundwater policy of the Department of Agriculture (the Department) with respect to agrichemicals.

Establishes the Office of Ground Water Policy Coordination (the Office) in the Department. Sets forth the duties of the Director of the Office (the Director).

Establishes an interagency committee on groundwater policy in the Department.

Requires the Director to establish technical advisory committees, as necessary. Requires the Director to formalize the existence of certain technical integration groups. Authorizes the Director to establish interagency technical support committees.

Provides for the development and implementation of agricultural groundwater policy within the Department, including an agency-specific groundwater policy statement and implementation plan, a national agricultural groundwater plan, and an annual groundwater activities report.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title II: Coordination with State Programs - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary) to require the establishment of State groundwater coordinator committees (the committees) within the food and agricultural councils.

Directs the Secretary to establish, through the Extension Service, a groundwater supply quality coordinator (the coordinator) in each State extension service.

Directs each State committee and coordinator to work with Federal, State, and other appropriate entities to: (1) evaluate the State's groundwater plan's adequacy in addressing agricultural sources of nonpoint source pollutants; (2) review the relevance of certain water quality protection projects to groundwater protection programs; (3) assess the identification and mapping of hydrologic units; and (4) assess the adequacy of the State's programs for addressing agricultural sources of groundwater contamination.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title III: Extension and Education - Directs the Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to establish in or through the Extension Service national education programs on: (1) pesticides; (2) the use of plant nutrient materials; and (3) the management of water resources.

Directs the Secretary, through the Extension Service and the Office, to establish a national training program for: (1) the groundwater quality coordinators; and (2) appropriate field office and Department personnel on groundwater protection.

Directs the Secretary to establish in the Extension Service a national well water testing program.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title IV: Soil Conservation Service - Requires the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to protect and improve groundwater quality through specified activities. Authorizes appropriations.

Title V: Research - Directs the Secretary, through Department agencies and the Director, to conduct or assist research on specified topics relating to agriculture and groundwater.

Requires each State coordinator to request representative Federal, State, and university scientists to work with the State committee and coordinator to establish a prioritized agriculture and groundwater research agenda for the State. Provides for coordination of such State agendas in establishing a prioritized research agenda for regional projects. Requires the Director to use regional reports in establishing a national agricultural groundwater plan, developing funding priorities in Department water quality research programs, and requesting certain research proposals.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title VI: National Agricultural and Ground Water Clearinghouse - Directs the Secretary, through the Director of the National Agricultural Library (the Library), to establish at the Library a repository of reports developed under this Act.

Requires the Secretary, through the Director of the Library and in consultation with the Tennessee Valley Authority, to establish at the Library a data base on State programs and State laws relating to groundwater quality and agriculture. Requires the Director of the Library to collaborate with the Director of the Office, State coordinators, and Department agency administrators to develop a standardized format for the entry and description of State programs, activities, and results.

Requires the Director of the Office to report to the Congress on measures necessary to develop a national data base on agricultural practices and groundwater resources to be located at the Library. Directs the Secretary, after the submission of such report to initiate the development of such data base.

Authorizes appropriations.