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H.R.2030 - Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011
To establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure, and for other purposes.
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Ms. EDWARDS (for herself, Mr. CARNAHAN, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. GRIJALVA, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. STARK, Ms. MOORE, Mr. MORAN, Mr. CLEAVER, Mr. TONKO, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. HOLT, Mr. VAN HOLLEN, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. PRICE of North Carolina, and Mr. MCGOVERN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(2) This 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.CommentsClose 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. CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall make grants on a competitive basis to eligible institutions to establish and maintain not fewer than 3 and not more than 5 centers of excellence for green infrastructure, located throughout the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) conduct research on green infrastructure that is relevant to the geographic 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 set industry standards on best management practices relating to State, local, and commercial green infrastructure for use by State and local governments and the private sector;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) provide information about research conducted under subparagraph (A) and manuals produced under subparagraph (B) to the national electronic clearinghouse center for publication on the Web site created pursuant to subsection (c) to inform the Federal Government, State and local governments, and the private sector about green infrastructure;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) collaborate with institutions of higher education and private and public organizations in the geographic 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 and assurances as the Administrator may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) National Electronic Clearinghouse Center- One of the centers established under subsection (a)(1) shall be designated as the ‘national electronic clearinghouse center’ and, in addition to its other functions, shall develop, operate, and maintain a Web site and a public database containing information relating to green infrastructure, including information received from the other centers under subsection (a)(2)(C).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS.
(a) Grant Authority- The Administrator shall make grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities to carry out green infrastructure projects in accordance with this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) Developing training and educational materials about green infrastructure for distribution to both those with applicable technical knowledge and the public in general.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Application- Except as otherwise provided, 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 and assurances as the Administrator may require that includes, where applicable--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Additional Requirement for Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard Program- A State applying for a grant for a green infrastructure portfolio standard program described in section 5(e) shall prepare and submit a schedule of increasing minimum percentages of the annual water to be managed using green infrastructure under the program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT- The Administrator may not make a planning and development grant under this section in an amount that exceeds $200,000. The Administrator may not make planning and development grants of more than $100,000,000, in the aggregate, in each fiscal year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) IMPLEMENTATION GRANT- The Administrator may not make an implementation grant under this section in an amount that exceeds $3,000,000. The Administrator may not make implementation grants of more than $200,000,000, in the aggregate, in each fiscal year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) CREDIT FOR IMPLEMENTATION GRANT- 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 with funds other than funds provided under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.
(a) In General- The Administrator shall ensure that the Office of Water, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance, the Office of Research and Development, and the Office of Policy promote the use of green infrastructure and coordinate the integration of green infrastructure into permitting programs, planning efforts, research, technical assistance, and funding guidance.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Regional Implementation of Green Infrastructure- The Administrator shall direct each regional office of the Agency, where appropriate based on local factors, to promote and integrate the use of green infrastructure within the region, including developing--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 create a compliance assistance center, including a Web site, to share information with and provide technical assistance to State and local governments, tribal communities, the private sector, and the public about green infrastructure approaches to reducing water pollution, protecting water resources, complying with regulatory requirements, and achieving other environmental, public health, and community goals.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard- The Administrator, in collaboration with State, tribal, and local government water resource managers, shall establish measurable goals, to be known as the ‘green infrastructure portfolio standard’, to increase annually the percentage of water managed by eligible entities that use green infrastructure.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. REPORT TO CONGRESS.
(2) A description of the improvements in technology, environmental benefits, resources conserved, efficiencies, and other benefits of the projects funded under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. DEFINITIONS.
(A) IN GENERAL- The term ‘eligible institution’ means an institution of higher education, or a research institution, that has demonstrated excellence in green infrastructure by--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) conducting research on green infrastructure to determine how it reduces municipal stormwater runoff, enhances and protects drinking water sources, and improves water quality;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) ELEMENTARY SCHOOL- The term ‘elementary school’ has the meaning given that term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(ii) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term ‘institution of higher education’ has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (
(iv) SECONDARY SCHOOL- The term ‘secondary school’ has the meaning given that term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(7) STATE- The term ‘State’ means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink