The House of Representatives passed two pieces of water-related legislation on 19 March 2010. If enacted, the Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Regional Program and National Environmental Literacy Grant Program Act (HR 3644) would authorize an annual 10 percent increase in funding over the next five years for the ocean education program administered by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The B-WET program currently supports environmental education programs in six coastal regions: California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and Pacific Northwest. The House also passed legislation (HR 3671) that would direct the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to monitor nutrient and sediment loads in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

 


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