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Introduced in House (11/14/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5100


To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a grant program to remove nonnative plant species that contribute to drought conditions, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 14, 2019

Mr. O'Halleran (for himself and Mr. Schweikert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a grant program to remove nonnative plant species that contribute to drought conditions, 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 “Drought Relief through Innovative Projects Act of 2019” or the “DRIP Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Nonnative plant species removal grant program.

(a) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term “eligible entity” means a partnership between 2 or more entities that—

(A) shall include—

(i) at least 1 flood control district; and

(ii) at least 1 city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State or Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304)); and

(B) may include any other entity (such as a nonprofit organization or institution of higher education), as determined by the Secretary.

(2) NONNATIVE PLANT SPECIES.—The term “nonnative plant species” means a plant species that—

(A) is nonnative or alien to an ecosystem; and

(B) if introduced to that ecosystem, will cause, or is likely to cause, economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to human health.

(3) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Agriculture.

(b) Establishment.—The Secretary shall establish a grant program to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities—

(1) to remove nonnative plant species in riparian areas that contribute to drought conditions;

(2) to replace those nonnative plant species with native plant species; and

(3) to maintain and monitor riparian areas in which nonnative plant species have been removed and replaced.

(c) Applications.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including—

(A) a plan for how the eligible entity will use grant funds to carry out the activities described in paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection (b);

(B) a description of the manner in which the eligible entity has carried out the consultation required under paragraph (2); and

(C) information demonstrating that each native plant species described in subsection (b)(2) will—

(i) (I) reduce flood risk;

(II) improve hydrology and water storage capacities; or

(III) reduce fire hazard; and

(ii) protect and restore rivers and streams and associated riparian habitats, including fish and wildlife resources that are dependent on those habitats.

(2) CONSULTATION.—An eligible entity seeking a grant under this section shall consult with local stakeholders, including conservation groups, to create the plan described in paragraph (1)(A).

(d) Report.—An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary a report at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including information on methodology and outcomes of nonnative plant species removal and replacement efforts.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter.


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