S.899 - Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2011112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 05/05/2011)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 112-94|
|Latest Action:||11/15/2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 231. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.899 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Reported to Senate amended (11/15/2011)
Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2011 - Amends the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to revise the nutria eradication program by authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance to Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington (currently, only to Maryland and Louisiana).
Establishes the goals of such Program as: (1) eradicating nutria in Maryland; (2) eradicating or controlling nutria in Louisiana, Delaware, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington; and (3) restoring wetlands damaged by nutria.
Requires that the Maryland program consist of management, research, and public education activities carried out in accordance with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's document entitled "Eradication Strategies for Nutria in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay Watersheds," dated March 2002 and updated in March 2009.
Authorizes appropriations for such program for FY2012-FY2016 for financial assistance to the state of Maryland, the state of Louisiana, and on a competitive basis, to other coastal states.
Requires the Secretary and the National Invasive Species Council to develop long-term nutria control or eradication programs to: (1) significantly reduce and restore nutria damaged wetlands in Delaware, Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington; and (2) promote voluntary, public-private partnerships to eradicate or control nutria and restore nutria-damaged wetlands in such states.