H.R.4892 - Collaborative Water and Soil Enhancement Act of 2018115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] (Introduced 01/29/2018)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture|
|Latest Action:||House - 02/08/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4892 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (01/29/2018)
Collaborative Water and Soil Enhancement Act of 2018
This bill amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to establish requirements for Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs regarding: (1) nutrient and soil health management, and (2) source water protection.
In carrying out the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, USDA must:
- enroll at least five million acres annually in watersheds where nutrient delivery to hypoxic (low oxygen) zones is highest;
- encourage water quality or water quantity practices that protect source waters for drinking water (including protecting against public health threats) while also benefitting agricultural producers;
- collaborate with community water systems and state technical committees to identify local priority areas for the protection of source waters for drinking water;
- offer increased incentives and higher cost-share rates for water quality or water quantity practices that result in benefits that primarily occur outside of the land on which the practices are implemented; and
- reserve at least 10% of the funds or acres available for the programs to target the most effective practices for improving the quality or quantity of source water.
USDA must also provide a streamlined certification process for third-party technical service providers that have certain certifications from the American Society of Agronomy.