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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33800 - Water Quality Issues in the 110th Congress: Oversight and Implementation
25-Nov-2008; Claudia Copeland; 29 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 23, 2008
October 2, 2007
May 8, 2007
(/nle/crsreports/07Jun/RL33800.pdf)
May 1, 2007
March 15, 2007
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Abstract: Although much progress has been made in achieving the ambitious goals that Congress established 35 years ago in the Clean Water Act (CWA) to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters, longstanding problems persist, and new problems have emerged. .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Government, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34417 - Energy and Water Development: FY2009 Appropriations
6-Oct-2008; Carl E. Behrens, Anthony Andrews, David M. Bearden, Nicole T. Carter, Mark Holt, Nic Lane, Daniel Morgan, Fred Sissine, Jonathan Medalia, Carol Grover; 59 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
October 6, 2008.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The annual consideration of appropriations bills (regular, continuing, and supplemental) by Congress is part of a complex set of budget processes that also encompasses the consideration of budget resolutions, revenue and debt-limit legislation, other spending measures, and reconciliation bills. I.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Energy, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34367 - Side-by-side Comparison of Flood Insurance Reform Legislation in the 110th Congress
24-Jun-2008; Rawle O. King; 23 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 24, 2008
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Abstract: In 1968, Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in response to severe flooding following a series of hurricanes in 1963, 1964, and 1965. The key policy objectives of the NFIP were threefold: (1) reduce the nation’s flood risk through floodplain management; (2) improve fl.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Risk & Reform, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32064 - Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Activities: Authorization and Appropriations
29-May-2007; Nicole T. Carter and H. Steven Hughes; 11 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 29, 2007
September 20, 2006
/nle/crsreports/05dec/RL32064.pdf
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Abstract: Congress authorizes and appropriates funds for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to conduct water resources studies and projects for navigation, flood and storm protection, ecosystem restoration, and an array of other purposes. This report explains how the congressional authorization an.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Water, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22145 - Environmental Activities of the U.S. Coast Guard
22-May-2008; Jonathan Ramseur; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 31, 2007
April 25, 2007
(/NLE/CRSreports/07May/RS22145.pdf)
July 30, 2006
May 24, 2006
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Abstract: The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) environmental activities focus on prevention programs, accompanied by enforcement and educational activities. An important component is maritime oil spill prevention, which includes inspection of U.S. and foreign-flagged ships to ensure compliance with U.S. laws an.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Water
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31243 - Safe Drinking Water Act: A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements
21-May-2008; Mary Tiemann; 20 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 27, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: This report summarizes the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and its major programs and regulatory requirements. It excerpts, with several additions, the SDWA chapter of CRS Report RL30798, which provides summaries of the principal environmental statutes administered by the Environmental Protect.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33556 - Soil and Water Conservation: An Overview
6-May-2008; Tadlock Cowan and Renée Johnson; 30 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 2, 2008
August 16, 2007
July 13, 2007
/NLE/CRSreports/07Jul/RL33556.pdf
May 1, 2007
April 10, 2007
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Abstract: Soil and water conservation topics are prominent in discussions of policy options for the next farm bill, which the 110th Congress is considering. Major conservation topics include where to set overall funding levels and levels for each program; what should be the priorities for the conservation .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31294 - Safeguarding the Nation's Drinking Water: EPA and Congressional Actions
2-Jun-2008; Mary Tiemann; 21 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 13, 2007
July 19, 2006
January 25, 2006

/NLE/CRSreports/06feb/RL31294.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/05sep/RL31294.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/05apr/RL31294.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/04dec/RL31294.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/04Jan/RL31294.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/03A.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The events of September 11, 2001, focused heightened attention on the security status of the nation’s drinking water supplies and the vulnerability of this critical infrastructure sector to attack. Congress since has enacted security requirements for public water systems and has provided funding .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Risk & Reform, Legislative
1496 
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22878 - Clean Water Act: Legislation Concerning Discharges from Recreational Boats
17-Sep-2008; Claudia Copeland; 6 p.
Abstract: The Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to develop a regulatory response to a 2006 federal court ruling that vacated a long-standing rule that exempts discharges associated with the normal operation of vessels from permit requirements of the Clean Water Act. Concern that this ruling cou.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative
2101 
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34554 - California Water Law and Related Legal Authority Affecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
1-Jul-2008; Cynthia Brougher; 14 p.
Abstract: The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (the Delta) is formed by the confluence of the north-flowing San Joaquin River, the south-flowing Sacramento River, and the San Francisco Bay, to which the delta of the two rivers is linked. The 1,153-square-mile estuary is the hub of California’s extensive wat.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Government
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