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Passed House amended (11/12/2014)

Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to reauthorize and revise the National Estuary Program for FY2014-FY2018.

Requires the Environmental Protection Agency 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,
  • jellyfish proliferation limiting community access to water during peak tourism seasons,
  • flooding which may be related to sea level rise or wetland degradation or loss, or
  • low dissolved oxygen conditions in estuarine waters.