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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.  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

Ranking Member

Grace Napolitano
Grace Napolitano
California ~ 32

Democratic Members

Lois Frankel
Lois Frankel
Florida ~ 21
Frederica Wilson
Frederica Wilson
Florida ~ 24
Jared Huffman
Jared Huffman
California ~ 02
Alan Lowenthal
Alan Lowenthal
California ~ 47
Eddie Johnson
Eddie Johnson
Texas ~ 30
John Garamendi
John Garamendi
California ~ 03
Dina Titus
Dina Titus
Nevada ~ 01
Sean Maloney
Sean Maloney
New York ~ 18
Elizabeth Esty
Elizabeth Esty
Connecticut ~ 05
Cheri Bustos
Cheri Bustos
Illinois ~ 17
Julia Brownley
Julia Brownley
California ~ 26
Brenda Lawrence
Brenda Lawrence
Michigan ~ 14

Ex Officio

Peter DeFazio
Peter DeFazio
Oregon ~ 04

Chairman

Garret Graves
Garret Graves
Louisiana ~ 06

Republican Members

Doug LaMalfa
Doug LaMalfa
California ~ 01
A. Ferguson
A. Ferguson
Georgia ~ 03
Brian Mast
Brian Mast
Florida ~ 18
David Rouzer
David Rouzer
North Carolina ~ 07
Eric Crawford
Eric Crawford
Arkansas ~ 01
Bob Gibbs
Bob Gibbs
Ohio ~ 07
Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster
Florida ~ 10
Thomas Massie
Thomas Massie
Kentucky ~ 04
Rodney Davis
Rodney Davis
Illinois ~ 13
Mark Sanford
Mark Sanford
South Carolina ~ 01
Rob Woodall
Rob Woodall
Georgia ~ 07
Todd Rokita
Todd Rokita
Indiana ~ 04
John Katko
John Katko
New York ~ 24
Brian Babin
Brian Babin
Texas ~ 36
Mike Bost
Mike Bost
Illinois ~ 12
Randy Weber
Randy Weber
Texas ~ 14