A bill to amend the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to reauthorize grants for and require applied water supply research regarding the water resources research and technology institutes established under that Act.

Introduced in Senate
Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2017

 This bill amends the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to: (1) declare that
additional research is required into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency
of new and existing treatment works through alternative approaches, including
non-structural alternatives, decentralized approaches, energy use efficiency,
water use efficiency, and actions to extract energy from wastewater; (2) require
each water resources research and technology institute to arrange for research
that fosters the exploration of new ideas that expand understanding of water
resources (currently, of water-related phenomena); (3) direct the Department of
the Interior to report to specified congressional committees annually on each
institute's compliance with matching fund requirements and provisions permitting
the use of funds only to reimburse direct cost expenditures incurred for the
conduct of the water resources research program; and (4) authorize
appropriations for such institutes through FY2022.



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

    Feb 27th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Feb 27th, 2017