ABSTRACT

H. Rept. 117-47: To Amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to Reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program, and for Other Purposes, Report to Accompany H.R. 1921, Including Cost Estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, May 28, 2021   [open pdf - 398KB]

From the Document: "The purpose of H.R. 1921, introduced by Representative Garret Graves (R-LA [Representative-Louisiana]), is to amend the 'Federal Water Pollution Control Act,' commonly known as the 'Clean Water Act,' to reauthorize federal appropriations for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin program, to require the comprehensive restoration plan for Lake Pontchartrain be reviewed and updated every five years, and to amend a technical definition. [...] Lake Pontchartrain and its surrounding area face several challenges, most stemming from poor planning and overdevelopment. Logging in the upland areas has caused degradation, reduced plant growth, and increased saltwater intrusions, which subsequently have prevented new growth and contributed to a dead zone in the southeastern end of the lake. The basin also faces impacts from urban and agricultural runoff, sewage overflow, and nonpoint source pollution. The loss of wetlands to serve as natural filters for pollutants exacerbates these effects. The Basin Restoration Program helps to address these environmental challenges and the region is already seeing some significant comebacks. Much of this success is due to a collaborative effort between federal, state, and local entities who share an interest in a clean, healthy lake and basin. Continued funding of these efforts is essential to protecting and restoring the health of this ecosystem."

Report Number:
H. Rept. 117-47; House Report 117-47
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Date:
2021-05-28
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: https://www.gpo.gov/
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