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S.3561 - Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010
A bill to establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure, and for other purposes.
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Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. WHITEHOUSE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public WorksCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(2) that decline of water resources is the result of an increase in population, water consumption, and impermeable surfaces, as well as the negative effects of urbanization, commercial and industrial activities, and climate change; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) an October 2008 study by the National Research Council found that some of the benefits of green infrastructure include increased water supplies, the creation of green jobs, cost savings, and a reduction of stormwater runoff, surface water discharge, stormwater pollution, and stormwater flows.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
(A) IN GENERAL- The term ‘eligible institution’ means an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (
(i) conducting research on green infrastructure to determine the means by which green infrastructure reduces stormwater runoff, enhances and protects drinking water sources, and improves water quality;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall provide grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible institutions to establish and maintain not less than 3, and not more than 5, centers of excellence for green infrastructure, to be located in various regions throughout the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) conduct research on green infrastructure that is relevant to the geographical region in which the center is located, including stormwater and sewer overflow reduction, other approaches to water resource enhancement, and other environmental, economic, and social benefits;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) develop manuals and establish industry standards on best management practices relating to State, tribal, local, and commercial green infrastructure for use by State, tribal, and local governments and the private sector;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) provide information regarding research conducted under subparagraph (A) and manuals developed under subparagraph (B) to the national electronic clearinghouse center for publication on the Internet website established under subsection (c) to provide to the Federal Government and State, tribal, and local governments and the private sector information regarding green infrastructure;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) collaborate with institutions of higher education and private and public organizations in the geographical region in which the center is located on green infrastructure research and technical assistance projects;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Application- To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible institution shall prepare and submit to the Administrator an application at such a time, in such form, and containing such information as the Administrator may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT GRANTS.
(a) Grant Authority- The Administrator shall provide grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to carry out green infrastructure projects in accordance with this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Application- Except as otherwise provided in this Act, to be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall prepare and submit to the Administrator an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Administrator may require, including, as applicable--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Additional Requirement for Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard Project- In addition to an application under subsection (c), a State or Indian tribe applying for a grant for a green infrastructure portfolio standard program described in section 6(e) shall prepare and submit to the Administrator a schedule of increasing minimum percentages of the annual water to be managed using green infrastructure under the program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) an eligible entity that will use not less than 10 percent of the grant to provide service to a low-income or disadvantaged community, as determined by the Administrator.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) AGGREGATE AMOUNT- The total amount of all planning and development grants provided under this section during a fiscal year shall be not more than 1/3 of the total amount made available to carry out this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) AGGREGATE AMOUNT- The total amount of all implementation grants provided under this section during a fiscal year shall be not more than 2/3 of the total amount made available to carry out this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) CREDIT FOR IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS- The Administrator shall credit toward the non-Federal share of the cost of an implementation project carried out under this section the cost of planning, design, and construction work completed for the project using funds other than funds provided under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.
(a) Establishment- The Administrator shall establish within the Office of Water of the Environmental Protection Agency a green infrastructure program, the purposes of which shall be--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Regional Implementation of Green Infrastructure Program- The Administrator shall direct each regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a program to promote and integrate the use of green infrastructure within the region that includes--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) the incorporation of green infrastructure into permitting and other regulatory programs, codes, and ordinance development, including the requirements under consent decrees and settlement agreements in enforcement actions.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Green Infrastructure Compliance Assistance Center- The Administrator shall establish a compliance assistance center, including a Internet website, to share information with, and provide technical assistance to, State, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, and the public regarding green infrastructure approaches for--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard- The Administrator, in collaboration with State, tribal, and local water resource managers, shall establish measurable goals, to be known as the ‘green infrastructure portfolio standard’, to increase the percentage of annual water managed by eligible entities that use green infrastructure.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. REPORT TO CONGRESS.
(3) a description of the improvements in technology, environmental benefits, resources conserved, efficiencies, and other benefits of the projects funded under this Act;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink