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Introduced in Senate (10/17/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2636


To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a program to make grants to eligible entities to increase the resilience of publicly owned treatment works to natural hazards, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 17, 2019

Mr. Cardin (for himself and Mrs. Capito) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a program to make grants to eligible entities to increase the resilience of publicly owned treatment works to natural hazards, 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 “Clean Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Act”.

SEC. 2. Clean water infrastructure resiliency and sustainability program.

Title II of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1281 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 222. Clean water infrastructure resiliency and sustainability program.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term ‘eligible entity’ means—

“(A) a municipality; or

“(B) an intermunicipal, interstate, or State agency.

“(2) NATURAL HAZARD.—The term ‘natural hazard’ means a hazard caused by natural forces, including extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and extreme drought conditions.

“(3) PROGRAM.—The term ‘program’ means the clean water infrastructure resilience and sustainability program established under subsection (b).

“(b) Establishment.—The Administrator shall establish a clean water infrastructure resilience and sustainability program under which the Administrator shall award grants to eligible entities for the purpose of increasing the resilience of publicly owned treatment works to a natural hazard.

“(c) Use of funds.—An eligible entity that receives a grant under the program shall use the grant funds for planning, designing, or constructing projects (on a system-wide or area-wide basis) that increase the resilience of a publicly owned treatment works to a natural hazard through—

“(1) the conservation of water;

“(2) the enhancement of water use efficiency;

“(3) the enhancement of wastewater and stormwater management by increasing watershed preservation and protection, including through the use of—

“(A) natural and engineered green infrastructure; and

“(B) reclamation and reuse of wastewater and stormwater, such as aquifer recharge zones;

“(4) the modification or relocation of an existing publicly owned treatment works that is at risk of being significantly impaired or damaged by a natural hazard;

“(5) the development and implementation of projects to increase the resilience of publicly owned treatment works to a natural hazard; or

“(6) the enhancement of energy efficiency or the use and generation of recovered or renewable energy in the management, treatment, or conveyance of wastewater or stormwater.

“(d) Application.—To be eligible to receive a grant under the program, an eligible entity shall submit to the Administrator an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Administrator may require, including—

“(1) a proposal of the project to be planned, designed, or constructed using funds under the program;

“(2) an identification of the natural hazard risk to be addressed by the proposed project;

“(3) documentation prepared by a Federal, State, regional, or local government agency of the natural hazard risk of the area where the proposed project is to be located;

“(4) a description of any recent natural hazard events that have affected the publicly owned treatment works;

“(5) a description of how the proposed project would improve the performance of the publicly owned treatment works under an anticipated natural hazard; and

“(6) an explanation of how the proposed project is expected to enhance the resilience of the publicly owned treatment works to an anticipated natural hazard.

“(e) Grant amount and other Federal requirements.—

“(1) COST SHARE.—A grant under the program shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the proposed project.

“(2) REQUIREMENTS.—The requirements of section 608 shall apply to a project funded with a grant under the program.

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024.”.

SEC. 3. Drinking water infrastructure resilience and sustainability.

Section 1459A of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–19a) is amended—

(1) in subsection (c), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting “(except for subsection (l))” after “this section”; and

(2) in subsection (l)—

(A) in paragraph (2)—

(i) by striking “The Administrator may” and inserting “The Administrator shall”; and

(ii) by striking “fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to eligible entities” and inserting “fiscal years 2020 through 2024 to community water systems”;

(B) in paragraph (3)—

(i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “An eligible entity” and inserting “A community water system”; and

(ii) in subparagraph (F), by striking “eligible entity” and inserting “community water system”;

(C) in paragraph (4), by striking “eligible entity” each place it appears and inserting “community water system”; and

(D) in paragraph (5), by striking “$4,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 and 2020” and inserting “$5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024”.


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