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Introduced in House (04/15/2011)

1st Session
H. R. 1652

To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 to make modifications to the Chesapeake Bay environmental restoration and protection program.


April 15, 2011

Mr. Sarbanes (for himself, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Ms. Norton, Mr. Scott of Virginia, and Mr. Holden) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 to make modifications to the Chesapeake Bay environmental restoration and protection program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Chesapeake Bay environmental restoration and protection program.

(a) In general.—Section 510(a)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (110 Stat. 3759) is amended by striking “pilot”.

(b) In-Kind services; treatment of certain funds.—Section 510(d)(2) of such Act (110 Stat. 3760) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(C) IN-KIND SERVICES.—The non-Federal share of the project costs of a local cooperation agreement entered into under this section may include in-kind services.

“(D) TREATMENT OF CERTAIN FUNDS.—Funds provided by a Federal department or agency other than the Corps of Engineers for a project under this section shall be treated as non-Federal funds for purposes of cost sharing requirements under this subsection.”.

(c) Projects.—Section 510(f) of such Act (110 Stat. 3760) is amended to read as follows:

“(f) Projects.—The Secretary may carry out projects under this section in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with the goal of carrying out projects in—

“(1) the States of Delaware, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia; and

“(2) the District of Columbia.”.

(d) Small watershed grants.—Section 510 of such Act (110 Stat. 3759) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsections (h) and (i) as subsections (i) and (j), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subsection (g) the following:

“(h) Small watershed grants.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall establish a program, to be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to provide small watershed grants for technical and financial assistance to local governments and nonprofit organizations in the Chesapeake Bay region.

“(2) USE OF FUNDS.—A local government or nonprofit organization that receives a grant under paragraph (1) shall use funds from the grant only for implementation of cooperative tributary basin and other Chesapeake Bay-wide strategies that address storm water management or the establishment, restoration, protection, or enhancement of natural habitat associated with the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.”.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—Section 510(j) of such Act (as redesignated by subsection (d)(1) of this section) is amended by striking “$40,000,000” and inserting “$50,000,000”.

(f) Restoration of Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army shall develop at Federal expense and submit to Congress a comprehensive plan to prioritize projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including projects in the Anacostia, Elizabeth, James, Patapsco, Patuxent, Potomac, Rappahannock, Susquehanna, and York River basins.

(2) REQUIREMENTS.—The plan shall—

(A) focus on integrating existing and potential future work of the Corps of Engineers;

(B) be developed in consultation with the Chesapeake Bay Program under section 117 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1267); and

(C) encompass all actions of the Corps of Engineers that are necessary to assist in the implementation of the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, an interstate agreement among the Administrator, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the District of Columbia, and the States of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as determined by the Secretary.

(3) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $1,000,000.