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senate Bill S. 741

Should the EPA Provide Grants for Adapting Water Systems to Changing Hydrologic Conditions?

Argument in favor

Water resources are scarce in some parts of the country, and this program would help conserve water while improving the ability of water systems to respond to shortages or floods.

Alis's Opinion
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08/27/2015
If the con argument is about funding, then FUND IT ADEQUATELY! This is a no brainer. Water is essential everywhere and scarce in many states. This needs to addressed in a timely manner. Nickeling & diming entire populations while allowing corporations to fleece those same populations is insane. Of course, most of our elected representatives are insane so...
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Leon's Opinion
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08/22/2015
This nation is in the midst of a terrible drought, and we have no idea when it could end. We need to put forward plans to combat it or else our agriculture will continue to weaken. This legislation is a solid step towards surviving the drought.
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Donald's Opinion
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08/24/2015
This is where the "rubber meets the road".the EPA is equipped to handle this program, however the funding should be "matching" This way the locals have responsibility for part of the cost of planning and operations of any project.
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Argument opposed

This program would be soliciting proposals from a broad spectrum of projects and it is unclear whether the funding for this program would come out of the EPA’s existing budget or elsewhere.

Stephen's Opinion
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09/20/2015
No, the EPA il should be shut down. It is an unconstitutional entity of the overreaching Federal government.
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Gail's Opinion
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09/18/2015
EPA needs to go away, they do more harm then good
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/25/2015
Seems to me that this ought to be a matter for state and local governments! The EPA is one of the most tyrannical of the government agencies; they have far too much power, IMO!
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What is Senate Bill S. 741?

This bill would direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create and implement a program to be known as the “Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Program.”


The program would award grants from 2015 through 2019 to non-federal owners or operators of water systems in order to increase the system’s resilience and adaptability to changes in the hydrologic condition of its geographic region.


Basically, it would help fund improvements to protect water systems from droughts that reduce the amount of water in a region, and heavy rainfall or sudden snow melt that increase regional water levels. Some of the water systems that could receive grants through this program are:

  • Community water systems.

  • Treatment plants or sewer systems.

  • Groundwater storage and replenishment systems.

  • Systems that transport water for irrigation or conservation.

  • A natural or engineered system that manages floodwater - like a dam or levee.


Applications by water system owners or operators would include a planning, implementation, or maintenance proposal, which would include data demonstrating the risk posed to water resources or infrastructure by hydrologic change. They would describe how the proposal would enhance the resiliency and efficiency of the water system, and how it applies within a local climate adaptation plan.


Water systems that are at the greatest and most immediate risk would be given priority by the Administrator. The Administrator would also give preference to proposals that use innovative approaches to improve water use, conservation, or quality.

Impact

Water system owners and operators, the EPA, the Administrator of the EPA.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 741

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Water system owners or operators could only use the grant money on projects that:

  • Conserve water or improve efficiency through electronic sensing and control systems;

  • Modify or relocate infrastructure that may be impaired by changing hydrologic conditions;

  • Preserve or improve water quality by managing, treating, or reusing city stormwater, wastewater, or drinking water;

  • Research, design, or build groundwater remediation, recycled water, or desalination facilities;

  • Enhance water management through watershed preservation and protection;

  • Improve energy efficiency or generating renewable energy through the transfer or treatment of water - including stormwater or wastewater;

  • Replace or build systems used for agriculture to promote conservation or improve efficiency;

  • Support practices and projects that reuse or recycle water to improve water quality and efficient water use in agriculture;

  • Reduce flood damage, risk, and vulnerability by restoring floodplains and wetlands, modifying levees, or promotes land use planning to avoid floodplain development.

The federal government’s share of the cost would not exceed 50 percent, so the owner or operator of the water system receiving the grant must match the federal funding.


Of Note: Sponsoring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) described America’s water infrastructure as being:

“In a state of crisis that is only exacerbated by the effects of climate change, growing populations, and demand. The longer we ignore the problem, the more it costs us.”

As of March 2015, about 11.4 percent of the continental U.S. is in what is considered “severe to extreme drought” - which is an improvement from 16 percent in March 2014 and 35.4 percent in March 2013.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Millennium Promise)

AKA

Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program of awarding grants to owners or operators of water systems to increase the resiliency or adaptability of the systems to any ongoing or forecasted changes to the hydrologic conditions of a region of the United States.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2015
    If the con argument is about funding, then FUND IT ADEQUATELY! This is a no brainer. Water is essential everywhere and scarce in many states. This needs to addressed in a timely manner. Nickeling & diming entire populations while allowing corporations to fleece those same populations is insane. Of course, most of our elected representatives are insane so...
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    Seems to me that this ought to be a matter for state and local governments! The EPA is one of the most tyrannical of the government agencies; they have far too much power, IMO!
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    EPA needs to go away, they do more harm then good
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    This nation is in the midst of a terrible drought, and we have no idea when it could end. We need to put forward plans to combat it or else our agriculture will continue to weaken. This legislation is a solid step towards surviving the drought.
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    No, the EPA il should be shut down. It is an unconstitutional entity of the overreaching Federal government.
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    This is where the "rubber meets the road".the EPA is equipped to handle this program, however the funding should be "matching" This way the locals have responsibility for part of the cost of planning and operations of any project.
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    Every step we can take to make our water systems more resilient is a good thing!
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    There is no money for this now and no plan for funding. We need no more unfunded mandates, or fiscal obligations.
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    No! If society needs an Adaptive Water System, they should count on capitalism and independent corporations to create the systems needed. Remember, every time the Federal Government/EPS tries to save the day, everything turns to an expensive failure. "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help"
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    Yes, do whatever it takes to provide Americans with potable water.
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    Water management is now critical and will become more so More money for this area is welcome.
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    Eliminate the EPA. They are a political arm of the Feds and can't manage themselves out the front door.
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    Absolutely
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    Without an appropriations element, who's paying, there is no way to know if this is good or bad.
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    The EPA should not be giving out any grants. Grants are strictly a private matter with private money.
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    Abolish the EPA. This is not a federal issue. Leave it to the states.
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    No! Stop the EPA bureaucratic BS!
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    Always about the money. Let's get our infrastructure (including water) put together, shall we? Or would you prefer the whole country go the way of Flint, MI.
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    Perhaps. I believe that de-salination plants should be built on the west coast so that there is more than enough drinking water.
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    Why would this be under the authority of the EPA?
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