Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 4715 - Clean Estuaries Act of 2010

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors
Listed in Alphabetical Order
April 14, 2010 2:15 PM

Adler (NJ)


Withdrawn Would add as one of the purposes of a national estuary program management conference to study the impact of water-related infrastructure on estuary water quality.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Withdrawn Would require an evaluation of the impact that drilling for oil or natural gas off the shores of the estuary may have.

Kagen (WI)


Would require estuary programs to include in their comprehensive conservation and management plans a coordinated monitoring strategy between federal, state, and local entities.

Kratovil (MD)


Would make explicit that collaborative processes should be used to develop the management plan. It would call for the equitable inclusion of all relevant estuary stakeholders; the use of neutral facilitators and processes to resolve conflicts; and the inclusion and use of up-to-date information, among other considerations.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Withdrawn Would require management conferences to consider and assess trends regarding the presence and prevalence of nonnative species in an estuary, including through ballast water and other pathways for introduction into the estuary as part of the comprehensive estuary plan.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Withdrawn Would clarify that impairments to the waters created by nonnative species should be identified and assessed in comprehensive estuary conservation and management plans.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Would add trend monitoring of the introduction and establishment of nonnative species, including their pathways for introduction in estuarine zones to the list of research programs the Administrator can carry out.

Oberstar (MN)


Would (1) ensure that program evaluations assess whether the implementation of a comprehensive conservation and management plan is achieving its stated goals; (2) enhance public education on the connections between air, land, and water and the potential impacts on estuarine health; (3) strike the existing statutory priority list for estuaries to clarify that existing and proposed management conferences enter or remain in the program on a competitive basis, and (4) remove individuals from the list of approved recipients for grants under this program.

Pingree (ME), Cuellar (TX)


Would require the administrator to evaluate the effectiveness of the program; identify and disseminate best practices for positive outcomes; and identify and limit redundant rules, regulations and reporting requirements.

Schauer (MI)


Would define "estuary" under the Clean Water Act to include Great Lakes waters and wetlands that are similar to traditional estuaries covered by the National Estuary Program.

Shea-Porter (NH)


Would ensure that comprehensive conservation and management plans address the impacts and potential effects of sea level change.