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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33129 - Flood Risk Management: Federal Role in Infrastructure
20-Jun-2008; Betsy A. Cody and Nicole T. Carter; 12 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
January 18, 2007
December 5, 2005
October 26, 2005
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Abstract: Midwestern flooding and Hurricane Katrina have raised concerns about reducing human and economic losses from flooding. In the United States, local governments are responsible for land use and zoning decisions that shape floodplain and coastal development; however, state and federal governments al.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33861 - Earthquakes: Risk, Monitoring, Notification, and Research
19-Jun-2008; Peter Folger; 24 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 16, 2008
February 2, 2007
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Abstract: Close to 75 million people in 39 states face some risk from earthquakes. Seismic hazards are greatest in the western United States, particularly California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. The Rocky Mountain region, a portion of the central United States known as the New Madrid Seismic Zo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Risk & Reform, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33792 - Federal Lands Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS): Issues for the 110th Congress
27-Aug-2008; Ross W. Gorte, Carol Hardy Vincent, Marc Humphries and Kristina Alexander; 27 p.
Update: Previous releases:
October 26, 2008
March 17, 2007
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Abstract: The 110th Congress, the Administration, and the courts are considering many issues related to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands and the Forest Service (FS) national forests. Key issues include the following.

Energy Resources. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has led to new regulati.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Public Lands, Natural Resources

go directly to report, PDF _ RL31065 - Forestry Assistance Programs
24-Aug-2008; Ross W. Gorte; 27 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 10, 2004
November 18, 2004
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Abstract: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has numerous programs to support management of state and private forests. These programs are under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committees and are often examined in the periodic legislation to reauthorize agricultural programs, commonly known as fa.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32201 - Water Infrastructure Project Earmarks in EPA Appropriations: Trends and Policy Implications
19-Aug-2008; Claudia Copeland; 15 p.
Update: Previous releases:
April 10, 2007
December 13, 2006
May 25, 2006
January 19, 2006
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Abstract: Congressional action to designate funds within appropriations legislation for specified projects or locations has been increasing in recent years as a way to help communities meet needs to build and upgrade water infrastructure systems, whose estimated future funding needs exceed $485 billion. Su.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Federal Agencies, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ 96-647 - Water Infrastructure Financing: History of EPA Appropriations
19-Aug-2008; Claudia Copeland; 34 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 1, 2005
January 19, 2006
February 21, 2007
http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/water/h2o-35.pdf http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/watere/h2o-35.cfm.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The principal federal program to aid municipal wastewater treatment plant construction is authorized in the Clean Water Act (CWA). Established as a grant program in 1972, it now capitalizes state loan programs. Authorizations since 1972 have totaled $65 billion, while appropriations have totaled $77.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Federal Agencies, Pollution
go directly to report, PDF _ RL30930 - U.S. National Science Foundation: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCor
7-Aug-2008; Christine M. Matthews; 16 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
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Abstract: The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) was authorized by Congress in 1978, partly in response to concerns in Congress and the concerns of some in academia and the scientific community about the geographic distribution of federa.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Federal Agencies, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33817 - Climate Change: Federal Funding and Tax Incentives
2-Aug-2007; Jane A. Leggett; 30 p.
Update: August 2, 2007
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Abstract: As the prospect of climate change induced by greenhouse gases has gained increased attention, U.S. federal funding to address this issue has expanded from a few million dollars per year in the 1970s to $5.44 billion in FY2007. The rise in funding is primarily attributed to the evolution of the fe.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Government, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RS20071 - United States Fire Administration: An Overview
2-Jun-2008; Lennard Kruger; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 20, 2005
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Abstract: The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) ? which includes the National Fire Academy (NFA) ? is an entity within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), now part of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Its objective is to significantl.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Agriculture, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22721 - Wave, Tidal, and In-Stream Energy Projects: Which Federal Agency Has the Lead?
29-Apr-2008; Nic Lane; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 24, 2008
October 5, 2007
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Abstract: Developments in wave, tidal, and in-stream energy generation technologies — also referred to as hydrokinetic or marine energy — are beginning to gain momentum. At the same time, their regulatory status is still evolving, as shown by recent changes in law aimed at clarifying the federal role in oc.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Federal Agencies, Legislative
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