Members in both chambers introduced legislation focusing on water resources as a comprehensive infrastructure bill, the Farm Bill, and the Water Resources Development Act are on the agenda for 2018.
Congressman John Katko (R-New York) and Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) introduced the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act, which would combine aspects of the state revolving funds and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program to boost investment in infrastructure projects.
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) introduced legislation relating to soil health and water quality, which would be strengthened via the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program. Her legislation would engage the private sector and farmers to adopt nutrient management practices.
Both bills, if passed, could have positive impacts on groundwater quality and quantity. The themes of both pieces of legislation—water quality and infrastructure investment—will be a focus of the 2018 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In and Water Resources Congressional Summit, March 6-7 in Washington, D.C.