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Water Resources and Environment

Membership 114th Congress

Subcommittee Ranking Member

Grace Napolitano
California ~ 32

Democratic Members

Donna Edwards
Maryland ~ 04

John Garamendi
California ~ 03

Lois Frankel
Florida ~ 22

Jared Huffman
California ~ 02

Eddie Johnson
Texas ~ 30

Ann Kirkpatrick
Arizona ~ 01

Dina Titus
Nevada ~ 01

Sean Maloney
New York ~ 18

Elizabeth Esty
Connecticut ~ 05

Eleanor Norton
District of Columbia ~ 00

Richard Nolan
Minnesota ~ 08

Peter DeFazio
Oregon ~ 04

Chairman

Bob Gibbs
Ohio ~ 07

Republican Members

Candice Miller
Michigan ~ 10

Duncan Hunter
California ~ 50

Eric Crawford
Arkansas ~ 01

Eric Crawford
Arkansas ~ 01

Daniel Webster
Florida ~ 10

Jeff Denham
California ~ 10

Reid Ribble
Wisconsin ~ 08

Thomas Massie
Kentucky ~ 04

Tom Rice
South Carolina ~ 07

Rodney Davis
Illinois ~ 13

Mark Sanford
South Carolina ~ 01

Todd Rokita
Indiana ~ 04

John Katko
New York ~ 24

Brian Babin
Texas ~ 36

Cresent Hardy
Nevada ~ 04

Garret Graves
Louisiana ~ 06

David Rouzer
North Carolina ~ 07

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.  Within this scope of authority, the Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all programs within the civil works and regulatory programs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the water quality and Clean Water Act-related infrastructure programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) (within the U.S. Department of Transportation).  The Subcommittee also shares jurisdiction with the Committee on Energy and Commerce over EPA’s hazardous waste cleanup and liability authorities (under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), more commonly known as Superfund) and brownfields revitalization program.  In addition, the Subcommittee shares jurisdiction over the joint EPA-U.S. Coast Guard authorities under the Oil Pollution Act with the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.  Finally, the Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the small watershed grants and remediation programs under the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (within the U.S. Department of Agriculture), and water quality and water-infrastructure related programs of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) (within the U.S. Department of State)

Issues under the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee include: 

  • Water resources programs (projects and regulations) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
  • Clean Water Act, water infrastructure and watershed protection programs – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Superfund and brownfields revitalization (EPA) 
  • Ocean dumping – Corps and EPA
  • Oil pollution – EPA and U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (US. Department of Transportation).
  • The small watershed program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • Water quality and water-infrastructure related issues on the U.S. Border – International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) (within the U.S. Department of State)
  • Deepwater ports – EPA, Coast Guard, Corps
  • Invasive/aquatic nuisance species – EPA, Coast Guard, Corps, and other agencies
  • Coastal pollution and coastal zone management – EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Natural resource damages – NOAA, Interior, and other agencies
  • Groundwater protection – EPA and Corps
  • Water resources policy – multiple agencies

Recent Activity

May 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) blasted House Republican leadership for attempting to pass legislation that exempts commercial pesticide application from Clean Water Act regulation under the guise of protecting public health from the threat of the Zika virus. The legislation, renamed last week the “Zika Vector Control Act” (H.R.

Apr 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) introduced legislation that will help communities finance critical clean water infrastructure projects.

Apr 12, 2016 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today sent a letter to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) President and CEO Bill Johnson seeking answers to questions regarding TVA’s historical contributions to its pens

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) led nearly 100 Democrats on a letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee, requesting critical funding to protect drinking water and repair failing water infrastructure systems.

Apr 22, 2015 Hearing

WHAT: The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold a hearing on: “A Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority”
WHERE: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building
WHEN: 10:00AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2014

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Mar 18, 2015 Hearing

WHAT: The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold a hearing on: “The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget: Administration Priorities for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency”
WHERE: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building
WHEN: 10:30AM, Wednesday, March 18, 2014

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