Summary: H.R.1591 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1591. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (04/13/2005)

National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2005 - Amends the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to establish aquatic invasive species prevention requirements for all vessels operating in U.S. waters. Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to promulgate regulations for ballast water management standards and certification procedures.

Directs the Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force to establish a priority pathway management program that identifies those pathways that pose the highest risk for the introduction of aquatic invasive species unless further managed.

Prohibits the importation of live aquatic organisms of a species not in trade without specified screening and approval.

Requires the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to implement a national system of ecological surveys for rapid early detection and monitoring of invasive species.

Requires the Task Force to review and approve State rapid response contingency strategies.

Requires the Invasive Species Council to establish a Federal rapid response team for each of the ten Federal regions.

Requires the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to complete construction of and operate the Chicago River Ship and Sanitary Canal dispersal barrier project to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Requires the Invasive Species Council to coordinate with the Task Force to combat aquatic invasive species. Requires the Task Force to recommend to appropriate Federal agencies additions to the list of aquatic invasive species.

Requires the Task Force, the Council, and the Secretary of State to coordinate activities to ensure that international efforts to prevent and manage aquatic invasive species are coordinated with U.S. policies.