Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment consists generally of matters relating to water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control and water infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. The Subcommittee’s jurisdiction during the 114th Congress will remain the same as in the 113th Congress. For quick reference, below is a list of the Subcommittee’s primary areas of jurisdiction and the agencies having primary responsibilities for said areas. Following this, major programs under the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction are discussed in more detail; where significant action occurred in the 113th Congress, that action is summarized.

  • Water resources programs (projects and regulations)—Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
  • Clean Water Act, Superfund, Brownfields, and water/wastewater infrastructure and watershed protection programs—Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Ocean dumping—Corps and EPA
  • Oil pollution—EPA and Coast Guard
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • The small watershed program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Deepwater ports—Coast Guard, EPA, Corps
  • Invasive/aquatic nuisance species—EPA, Coast Guard, Corps, and other agencies

Additional Areas:

  • Coastal pollution and coastal zone management—EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Natural resource damages—NOAA, Interior, and other agencies
  • Groundwater protection—primarily EPA and Corps
  • Water resources policy—multiple agencies
  • Toxic substances and public health—Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Boundary water issues between the United States and Mexico—International Boundary and Water Commission