Summary: H.R.496 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House (06/04/2020)

Sinkhole Mapping Act of 2019

This bill directs the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to establish a program to

  • study the short-term and long-term mechanisms that cause sinkholes, including extreme storm events, prolonged droughts causing shifts in water management practices, aquifer depletion, and other major changes in water use; and
  • develop maps depicting the zones that are at greater risk of forming sinkholes.

The USGS must establish a public website that displays such maps and other relevant information critical for use by community planners and emergency managers.