Text: H.R.4044 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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H. R. 4044


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Friday,
the third day of January, two thousand and twenty

    To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Protect and Restore America's Estuaries Act”.

SEC. 2. Management conference.

Section 320(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(a)(2)(B)) is amended by striking “and Peconic Bay, New York” and inserting “Peconic Bay, New York; Casco Bay, Maine; Tampa Bay, Florida; Coastal Bend, Texas; San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico; Tillamook Bay, Oregon; Piscataqua Region, New Hampshire; Barnegat Bay, New Jersey; Maryland Coastal Bays, Maryland; Charlotte Harbor, Florida; Mobile Bay, Alabama; Morro Bay, California; and Lower Columbia River, Oregon and Washington”.

SEC. 3. Purposes of conference.

Section 320(b)(4) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(b)(4)) is amended—

(1) by striking “management plan that recommends” and inserting “management plan that—

    “(A) recommends”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

    “(B) addresses the effects of recurring extreme weather events on the estuary, including the identification and assessment of vulnerabilities in the estuary and the development and implementation of adaptation strategies; and

    “(C) increases public education and awareness of the ecological health and water quality conditions of the estuary;”.

SEC. 4. Members of conference.

Section 320(c)(5) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(c)(5)) is amended by inserting “nonprofit organizations,” after “educational institutions,”.

SEC. 5. Grants.

Section 320(g)(4)(C) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(g)(4)(C)) is amended—

(1) in the matter preceding clause (i)—

(A) by inserting “, emerging,” after “urgent”; and

(B) by striking “coastal areas” and inserting “the estuaries selected by the Administrator under subsection (a)(2), or that relate to the coastal resiliency of such estuaries”;

(2) by redesignating clauses (vi) and (vii) as clauses (viii) and (ix), respectively, and inserting after clause (v) the following:

    “(vi) stormwater runoff;

    “(vii) accelerated land loss;”; and

(3) in clause (viii), as so redesignated, by inserting “, extreme weather,” after “sea level rise”.

SEC. 6. Authorization of appropriations.

Section 320(i)(1) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330(i)(1)) is amended by inserting “, and $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026,” after “2021”.


Speaker of the House of Representatives.  


Vice President of the United States and   
President of the Senate.

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