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Public Law No: 114-162 (05/20/2016)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on April 26, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

(Sec. 1) This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to revise the National Estuary Program by requiring 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 that may be related to sea level rise or wetland degradation or loss, and
  • low dissolved oxygen conditions in estuarine waters and related nutrient management.

(Sec. 2) The bill authorizes appropriations for FY2017-FY2021 for: (1) EPA administrative expenses relating to a grant or award, and (2) making grants and awards. The bill allocates funding for conservation and management plans for estuaries and for competitive awards.