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Last week Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA) introduced legislation (H.R. 4153) to limit EPA regulatory authority over the Chesapeake Bay restoration process.  This week, the House continues to grapple with transportation reauthorization legislation; the Senate passed their bill last week.

Tuesday:

USGS water resources FY13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Water & Power Subcommittee
March 20 — 2pm; 1334 Longworth

NOAA FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee
March 20 — 2:30pm; H-309 Capitol

Wednesday:

Water infrastructure financing hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee
March 21 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Interior and EPA FY13 appropriations public witness hearing
House Appropriations Committee —  Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 21 — 1pm; B-308 Rayburn

Thursday:

EPA FY13 budget hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
March 22 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

National Ocean Policy hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee
March 22 —  9:30am; 1324 Longworth

Interior and EPA FY13 appropriations public witness hearing
House Appropriations Committee —  Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 21 — 1pm; B-308 Rayburn

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The House will likely begin considering a handful of regulatory reform bills this week, including

  • “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011” (H.R. 3010) (requiring cost-benefit analyses of regulation)
  • “Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011” (H.R. 527)
  • “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act” or “REINS Act” (H.R. 10) (requires Congressional approval of significant agency rules; may be considered in the next few weeks).

The House Rules Committee is currently considering all of the above legislation.

Wednesday:

EPA science reform hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee —  Energy & Environment Subcommittee
November 30 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Thursday:

Coastal jobs and Magnuson-Stevens amendments (fisheries) hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
December 1 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

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Monday:

Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill debate on the House floor begins today with a vote expected this week.  Amendments will be offered.

Tuesday:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries science hearing
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs — House Natural Resources Committee
July 26 — 2pm; 1324 Longworth

Thursday:

White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic Rivers designation markup (S. 970)
National Parks Subcommittee — Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
July 28 — 2:30pm; 366 Dirksen

DoE, Fish & Wildlife Service Nominees hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
July 28 — 10 am; 304/366 Dirksen

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The US House of Representatives continues to roll out appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2012 while the Senate has made little to no progress on their suite of bills.

On July 12, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the Interior & Environment spending bill, and it is expected on the House floor within the next few days.  The administration has issued a veto threat given significant funding cuts and policy riders included in the legislation.

On July 13, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the Commerce, Justice & Science appropriations legislation.  The bill provides nearly $4.5 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $685 million for the National Marine Fisheries Service and $74.6 million for Coastal Zone Management.

On July 15, the FY12 Energy & Water Development appropriations bill (H.R. 2354) was passed by the House after several days of debate.

The House Appropriations Committee has tackled nine out of twelve appropriations bills thus far, slightly behind the originally proposed schedule.

Recent anecdotes suggest the Senate is not on track to address the bulk of appropriations (to date, the chamber has only approved the FY12 MilCon-VA bill) before the August recess–and possibly not until late September or early October, setting the stage for a continuing resolution scenario for yet another appropriations cycle.

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Tuesday:

Implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
March 8 — 10:30am; 253 Russell

Interior FY12 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 8 — 1pm; 2359 Rayburn

US Army Corps of Engineers FY12 budget hearing
Natural Resources Conservation Service budget hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
March 8 — 2pm; 2167 Rayburn

Wednesday:

Interior FY12 budget hearing
Senate Appropriations Committee
March 9 — 3pm; 124 Dirksen

US Army Corps of Engineers FY12 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy & Water Subcommittee
March 9 — 10am; 2362-B Rayburn

US Geological Survey FY12 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
March 9 — 2pm; 1324 Longworth

Thursday:

EPA FY12 budget hearing
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration FY12 budget hearing
House Science, Space and Technology Committee
March 10 — 10am; 2318 Rayburn

EPA and agriculture hearing
House Agriculture Committee
March 10 — 2pm;  1300 Longworth

Friday:

EPA FY12 budget hearing
House Energy and Commerce Committee — Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
March 11 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

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This week, the US Department of Interior announced $19 million in grants for 24 coastal wetland protection projects in twelve states through the 2011 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.  The grants will receive $21 million in matching funding, and will be “used to acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish, wildlife and their habitat.”  Mid-Atlantic states receiving funds include: Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

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The Colcom Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is accepting proposals for its new $1 million Marcellus Environmental Fund for grants for public education, community engagement, best practices, baseline data collection, on-going  monitoring, land owner guidance, and collaborative projects.  The first wave of proposals are due January 14.

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Late last month, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission along with Bucknell University, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies released the first ever State of the Susquehanna report.  Divided into seven key indicator areas, the report identifies threats, opportunities, partnerships and successes in the basin.  The publication is paired with in-depth web content and is designed for public consumption and interpretation.

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