AWE Legislative Watch - 111th Congress Archive

January 3, 2009 to January 3, 2011 

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U.S. House of Representatives

111th Congress

  • H.R. 135 - The Twenty-First Century Water Commission Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 146 - The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 469 - The Produced Water Utilization Act of 2009  
  • H.R. 631 - The Water Use Efficiency and Conservation Research Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 1145 - The National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 1778 - The Retrofit for Energy and Environment Performance (REEP) Program Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 1908 - The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 2368 - The Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 2454 The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 3202 - The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 3598 - The Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 3746 - The Water Efficiency and Conservation Investment Act of 2009  
  • H.R. 3747 - The Water Efficiency, Conservation, and Adaptation Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 3748 - The Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 3791 - The Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009   
  • H.R. 4202 - The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2009 
  • H.R. 5320 - The Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 
  • H.R. 5487 - The Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010 

H.R. 135 

Title:  The Twenty-First Century Water Commission Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To study and develop recommendations for a comprehensive national water strategy to address future water needs. 

Sponsor:  Rep Linder, John [GA-7]  (Introduced 1/6/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Water and Power Subcommittee on 2/4/2009 

Summary:  H.R. 135, the Twenty-First Century Water Commission Act, was introduced by Rep. Linder, R-GA, and establishes a commission to study and develop recommendations for a comprehensive water strategy by using existing water assessments and conducting additional research, study, and consultation through a series of hearings to develop a national water strategy for future water needs.  Full Text 

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H.R. 146 

Title:  The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To designate certain land as additions to the National Wilderness Preservation System and authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture. 

Sponsor:  Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12]  (Introduced 1/6/2009) 

Status:  Passed the House of Representatives on 3/03/2009 and passed the Senate on 3/19/2009.  H.R. 146 signed into law by the President on 3/30/2009 making this bill Public Law No. 111-11. 

Summary:  H.R. 146.  The Omnibus Public Land Management Act, was introduced by Rep. Holt, D-NJ, and deals with wilderness and public land issues, tribal, national wildlife refuge and ocean research concerns.  In addition, Title IX of the statute authorizes the Bureau of Reclamation to study and design specific water activities. In the Secure Water section of Title IX (subtitle F) the statute contains language which addresses the need for a coordinated federal approach to water research and development by directing the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate with USGS, NOAA and appropriate state water resource agencies to provide the best available scientific information on the impact of climate change on the water supply. 

The legislation also authorizes the Interior Secretary to provide grants and cooperative agreements to assist in the planning and designing of improved water conservation methods, increasing water use efficiency and all around better water management.  Most importantly, the Secretary is authorized to provide grants and cooperative agreements to conserve water, to increase water use efficiency, to facilitate water markets to enhance management and delivery of water, to advance water treatment technologies, to increase water supplies, to address climate related impacts to the water supply and to prevent decline and accelerate recovery of endangered and threatened species. 

This section also authorizes the Secretary to enter into agreements with non-profit research institutions or  organizations with water or power delivery authority to fund research that is designed to conserve water resources, increase the efficiency of the use of water resources and promote better use of water resources in the management and delivery of water.  Full Text 

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H.R. 469 

Title:  The Produced Water Utilization Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To encourage research, development, and demonstration of technologies to facilitate the utilization of water produced in connection with the development of domestic energy resources, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]  (Introduced 1/13/2009) 

Status:  Passed the House of Representatives without amendment on 2/11/2009 and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

Summary:  H.R. 469, the Produced Water Utilization Act, was introduced by Rep. Hall, R-TX, and creates a research, development, and demonstration program to promote the beneficial reuse of water produced in connection with oil and gas extraction.  The bill directs the Department of Energy to establish a program aimed at improving technologies to allow municipalities and farmers to use water extracted from energy projects.  Full Text 

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H.R. 631 

Title:  The Water Use Efficiency and Conservation Research Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To increase research, development, education, and technology transfer activities related to water use efficiency and conservation technologies and practices at the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Sponsor:  Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2]  (Introduced 1/22/2009) 

Status:  Passed the House of Representatives without amendment on 2/11/2009 and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

 

Summary:  H.R. 631, the Water Use Efficiency and Conservation Research Act, was introduced by Rep. Matheson, D-UT, and establishes a research and development program within the EPA's Office of Research and Development to promote water-use efficiency and conservation technologies.  The bill is intended to spur innovation by requiring the development of four water-efficiency technology projects in residential and commercial buildings and establishing a national clearinghouse on technologies and processes to promote conservation.  EPA would be required to create a strategic plan for water-use efficiency and work with the NAS to investigate and report on these strategies.  Full Text 

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H.R. 1145 

Title:  The National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To implement a National Water Research and Development Initiative, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6]  (Introduced 2/24/2009) 

Status:  Cleared the House Committee on Science and Technology on 3/26/2009 for consideration by the full House. Passed the House of Representatives with amendments on 4/23/2009 and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

Summary:  H.R. 1145, the National Water Research and Development Initiative, was introduced by Rep. Gordon, D-TN, and addresses the need for a coordinated federal approach to water research and development to help communities that are facing water shortages.  The legislation coordinates national research and development efforts on water and works to ensure adequate water supplies for future generations.  The measure builds on previous efforts to coordinate federal research on water resources by establishing an interagency committee – the Subcommittee on Waster Availability and Quality (SWAQ) of the National Science and technology Council.  The bill codifies the subcommittee, provides authorization and potentially houses SWAQ in NOAA, and provides for a data repository on customer use and best practices.  Full Text 

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H.R. 1778 

Title:  The Retrofit for Energy and Environment Performance (REEP) Program Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To provide for the establishment of national energy and environmental building retrofit policies for both residential and commercial buildings, and other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep Welch, Peter [VT]  (Introduced 3/30/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Financial Services Committee on 3/30/2009. 

Summary:  H.R. 1778, the Retrofit for Energy and Environment Performance (REEF) Program Act of 2009, was introduced by Rep. Welch, D-VT, and calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement standards for retrofitting residences to meet energy and water efficiency requirements.  Full Text 

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H.R. 1908 

Title:  The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for property certified by the Environmental Protection Agency under the WaterSense program. 

Sponsor:  Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6]  (Introduced 4/2/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

Summary:  H.R. 1908, the Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment Act, was introduced by Rep. Coffman, R-CO, and proposes amending the IRS Tax Code to provide a tax credit for 30% of amounts paid for WaterSense program property certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Limits the lifetime dollar amount of such credit to $1,500.  Terminates the credit after 2010.  Full Text 

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H.R. 2368 

Title:  The Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To encourage water efficiency. 

Sponsor:  Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12], and Rep Miller, George [CA-7]  (Introduced 5/12/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Government Oversight, and Armed Services.   H.R. 2368 was offered as an amendment by Rep. McNerney (CA-11) to the Waxman–Markey climate bill, H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and the amendment was adopted by the Committee on 5/20/2009. 

Summary:  H.R. 2368, the Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use (WATER) Act, was introduced by Rep. Holt, D- NJ, and Rep. Miller, D-CA, promotes water efficiency and provides for $50 million dollars in funding for state and local rebate and incentive programs that encourage the early adoption of water efficient products and services, authorizes WaterSense as a permanent EPA program, and directs the federal government to purchase water efficient products and services.  Full Text 

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H.R. 2454 

Title:  The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To develop and implement a comprehensive approach to America’s energy policy that provides for a new clean energy economy, creates clean energy jobs, achieves energy independence and reduces global warming pollution and to encourage water efficiency. 

Sponsor:  Rep Waxman, Henry [CA-30], and Rep Markey, Edward [MA-7]  (Introduced 5/15/2009) 

Status:  Reported (amended) out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on 5/21/2009. The bill passed the House of Representatives on 6/26/2009 and was placed on Senate Legislative Calendar on 7/7/2009. 

Summary:  H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, was introduced by Reps. Waxman, D-CA, and Markey, D-MA, and creates clean energy jobs, achieves energy independence, reduces global warming pollution and transitions the US to a clean energy economy.    

OF NOTE:  Rep. Jerry McNerney, CA-11, introduced an important water efficiency amendment to the Act based on H.R. 2368, the Water Advanced Technologies for Advanced Resource Use (WATER) Act.  In addition to authorizing WaterSense as a permanent EPA program and creating a federal procurement program to purchase water efficient products, the amendment, adopted by the Committee on 5/20/2009, will promote water efficiency and consequently reduce energy consumption by providing for grants to states, local governments and other entities to offer financial incentives through vouchers or rebates to consumers who purchase and install water-efficient products and services.  For those states, local governments and other entities that have already established voucher or rebate programs, the amendment provides funding to expand existing programs.   

The American Clean Energy and Security Act will also:  1) promote renewable sources of energy, carbon capture and sequestration technologies, clean electric vehicles, and the smart grid and electricity transmission;  2) increase energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, including buildings, appliances, transportation, and industry;  3) place limits on emissions of heat-trapping pollutants and cut global warming; and 4) protect U.S. consumers and industry and promotes green jobs during the transition to a clean energy economy.  Full Text 

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H.R. 3202 

Title:  The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To establish a Water Protection and Reinvestment Fund to support investments in clean water and drinking water infrastructure. 

Sponsor:  Rep Blumenauer, Earl [CO-6]  (Introduced 7/14/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology and additional House committees. 

Summary:  H.R. 3202, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act, was introduced by Rep. Blumenauer, D-OR, and establishes a $10 billion annual fund for repairing deteriorating water and wastewater infrastructure by providing a long-term sustainable source of revenue.  Full Text  

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H.R. 3598 

Title:  The Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To ensure consideration of water intensity in the Department of Energy’s energy research, development , and demonstration programs to help guarantee efficient, reliable, and sustainable delivery of energy and water resources. 

Sponsor:  Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6]  (Introduced 9/17/2009) 

Status:  Reported (amended) by the House Committee on Science and Technology on 10/7/2009 and forwarded to the full House of Representatives for consideration.  House of Representatives approved bill by voice vote on 12/1/2009 and referred to the appropriate Senate committee. 

Summary:  H.R. 3598, the Energy and Water Research Integration Act, was introduced by Rep. Gordon, D-TN, and directs the Department of Energy to advance energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices that would minimize water consumption, increase water use efficiency, utilize nontraditional water sources, consider the effects climate change may have on water quality and quantity and to improve understanding of the energy required to provide water supplies and the water required to provide energy supplies.  Full Text  

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H.R. 3746 

Title:  The Water Efficiency and Conservation Investment Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for making homes more water efficient, for building new water efficient homes and for public water conservation. 

Sponsor:  Rep Berkley, Shelley [D-NV]  (Introduced 10/7/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

Summary:  H.R. 3746, the Water Efficiency and Conservation Investment Act, introduced by Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-NV, creates tax incentives to promote residential water efficiency and provides financing opportunities to improve water efficiency of buildings and water systems and to invest in water reuse and recycling facilities.  The bill amends the tax code to allow for a credit of 50% of the cost of the WaterSense product not to exceed $750 per year.  The installed product must improve water efficiency by no less than 20%.  Full Text  

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H.R. 3747 

Title:  The Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To promote residential water efficiency through state rebate and incentive programs and help water systems adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change on water resources and authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. 

Sponsor:  Rep Berkley, Shelley [D-NV]  (Introduced 10/7/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

Summary:  H.R. 3747, the Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act, introduced by Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-NV, authorizes the EPA WaterSense program and promotes residential water efficiency by providing for state incentive and rebate programs and assists water systems in adapting to the serious impacts of climate change on water resources.  Full Text  

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H.R. 3748 

Title:  The Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To provide for guaranteed loan programs to develop biochar and bioenergy technology. 

Sponsor:  Rep Berkley, Shelley [D-NV]  (Introduced 10/7/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology. 

Summary:  H.R. 3748, the Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration Act, introduced by Rep Shelley Berkley, D-NV, establishes loan guarantee programs to conserve water by ridding public lands of harmful invasive weeds which consume large amounts of water and to develop and produce alternative bio-energy and biochar technology.  Full Text  

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H.R. 3791 

Title:  The Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend sections 33 and 34 of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep Mitchell, Harry [AZ-5]  (Introduced 10/13/2009) 

Status:  Passed the House of Representatives with amendments on 11/18/2009 and referred to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on 11/19/2009. 

Summary:  H.R. 3791, the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, was introduced by Rep. Mitchell, D-AZ, and amends the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to reauthorize two important firefighter assistance programs, FEMA's Assistance to Firefighter Grants program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and emergency Response program.  Most Importantly, Rep. Nina Titus, D-NV, offered an amendment to the bill which passed with unanimous support allowing fire departments to apply for grant funding to purchase equipment that is designed to reduce water usage in fighting fires and in training to fight fires. This amendment will provide fire departments with the opportunity to purchase equipment that is efficient in water usage.  Full Text 

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H.R. 4202 

Title:  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Rep Edwards, Donna [MD-4]  (Introduced 12/3/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on 12/3/2009 and its Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on 12/04/09.  Referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology on 12/03/09 and its Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment on 12/24/09. 

Summary:  H.R. 4202, the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act was introduced by Rep. Edwards, D-MD, and establishes centers of excellence for green infrastructure located throughout the United States through a competitive grant process.  Additionally, the bill creates within the EPA’s Office of Water a green infrastructure program to coordinate and promote the use of green infrastructure and to integrate green infrastructure into permitting programs.  Full Text 

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H.R. 5320 

Title:  The Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 

Purpose:  To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities and to reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund, SRF. 

Sponsor:  Rep Waxman, Henry [CA-30]  (Introduced 5/18/2010) 

Status:  Reported out (amended) by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on 7-1-2010 and placed on the House legislative calendar. 

Summary:  H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act, introduced by Rep. Waxman, D-CA, reauthorizes and amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; encourages good financial and environmental management of water systems; strengthens the EPA’s ability to enforce the requirements of the Act; reduces lead in drinking water and strengthens the endocrine disruptor screening program.  Full Text 

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H.R. 5487 

Title:  The Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010 

Purpose:  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 the Act. 

Sponsor:  Rep Napolitano, Grace [CA-38]  (Introduced 6/9/2010) 

Status:  Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on 6/9/2010. 

Summary:  H.R. 5487, the Water Resources Research Amendments Act, introduced by Rep. Napolitano, D-CA, and  reauthorizes and amends the Act of 1984 to require additional research into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing treatment works through alternate approaches, including nonstructural alternatives, decentralized approaches, water use efficiency, and actions to reduce energy consumption or energy extraction from wastewater.  Related legislation, S. 3363, has been introduced in the Senate.  Full Text  

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U.S. Senate

111th Congress

  • S 531 - The Energy and Water Integration Act of 2009 
  • S 1005 - The Water Infrastructure Financing Act of 2009 
  • S 1321 - The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment Act of 2009 
  • S 1462 - The American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009  
  • S 1639 - The Expanding Industrial Energy Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 
  • S 1711 - The Water Efficiency and Conservation Investment Act of 2009 
  • S 1712 - The Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act of 2009 
  • S 1713 The Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration Act of 2009 
  • S 1733 The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 
  • S 3363 - The Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010 
  • S 3561 - The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010 
  • S 3663 - The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 
  • S 3874 The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2010 
  • S 3935 - The Advanced Energy Tax Incenties Act of 2010 

S 531 

Title:  The Energy and Water Integration Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To provide for the conduct of an in-depth analysis of the impact of energy development and production on the water resources of the United States including the use of water efficiency in the production of power. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Introduced 3/5/2009) 

Status:  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on S. 531 on 3/10/2009.  The Committee marked-up and voted to integrate the bill as amended into the American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 on 3/31/2009. 

Summary:  S. 531, the Energy and Water Integration Act, introduced by Sen. Bingaman, D-NM, contains a number of provisions, including an in-depth analysis of the impact of energy development and production on water resources in the U.S.  The bill looks into the relationship between water and energy and in particular highlights the emerging nexus between energy and water production and distribution by instructing the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency to enter into an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences and the NAS would be instructed to produce this analysis.  In addition, the Joint Staff Amendment provides for minor technical corrections, directs the DOE to conduct a comprehensive study to determine the interrelated nature of water and energy use to promote the efficient use of water and energy and provides for a energy-water clean technology grant program.  Full Text 

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S 1005 

Title:  The Water Infrastructure Financing Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States. 

Sponsor:  Sen Cardin, Ben [MD]  (Introduced 5/7/2009) 

Status:  Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works marked up the legislation on 5/14/09 and the bill was placed  on the Senate Legislative Calendar on 7/15/09. 

Summary:  S. 1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act, introduced by Sens. Cardin, D-MD, Boxer, D-CA, Inhofe, R-OK, and Crapo, R-ID, provides the foundation for the nation's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure by reforming and increasing investment in the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds, expands eligibility for funding projects including storm water management, water conservation, efficiency projects, reuse and recycling projects.  In addition, the bill provides for WaterSense authorization and funding.  Full Text  

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S 1321 

Title:  The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for property labeled under the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program. 

Sponsor:  Sen Udall, Mark [CO]  (Introduced 6/23/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. 

Summary:  S. 1321, the Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment Act, introduced by Sen Udall, D-CO, amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a tax credit for 30% of amount paid for WaterSense labeled property certified by a licensed independent third party as meeting specifications of the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program.  Limits the lifetime dollar amount of such credit to $1,500 and terminates after 2010.  Full Text 

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S 1462 

Title:  The American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To promote the introduction of clean energy development, increase energy efficiency, enhance energy security and independence, develop energy innovation and technologies and ensure that future energy and climate challenges are met with a more integrated planning approach. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Committee Hearings Commenced on 3/30/2009) 

Status:  The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources reported a new, original energy bill, S. 1462, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 (ACELA) out of committee with the recommendation that it be considered by the Senate, and on July 16, 2009 the bill was placed on the Legislative Calendar for full Senate consideration. 

Summary:  S. 1462, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act, contains provisions which accelerate the introduction of clean energy technologies, create new energy jobs, increase energy efficiency in buildings, equipment and appliances, and increase investment in energy research and technology. 

Subtitle D of Title I deals with energy and water integration highlighting the nexus between water resources and energy production by providing for water and energy efficiency studies, research priorities, enhanced assessments on water related energy consumption, an energy–water research and development roadmap, an energy- water clean technology grant program, a rural water utilities energy and water efficiency program and a comprehensive water use and energy savings study.  Full Text 

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S 1639 

Title:  The Expanding Industrial Energy Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend certain energy-related tax provisions, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Introduced 08/06/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. 

Summary:  S. 1639, the Expanding Industrial Energy Efficiency Incentives Act, introduced by Sen. Bingaman, D-NM, amends the Internal Revenue Tax Code to provide for several industrial energy efficiency tax credits for investments in qualifying efficient industrial process water use projects.  Full Text  

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S 1711 

Title:  The Water Efficiency and Conservation Investment Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for promoting residential water efficiency and providing water utilities and state and local governments with financing opportunities to improve the water efficiency of buildings, water systems, and to invest in water reuse and recycling facilities. 

Sponsor:  Sen Reid, Harry [NV]  (Introduced 9/24/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Finance Committee. 

Summary:  S. 1711, the Water Efficiency and Conservation Investment Act, introduced by Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, and cosponsored by Sen. John Ensign, R,-NV, creates tax incentives to promote residential water efficiency and provides financing opportunities to improve the water efficiency of buildings and water systems, and to invest in water reuse and recycling facilities.  The bill amends the tax code to allow for a credit of 50% of the cost of the WaterSense product not to exceed $750 per year.  The installed product must improve water efficiency by no less than 20%.  Full Text 

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S 1712 

Title:  The Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To promote residential water efficiency through state rebate and incentive programs and help water systems adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change on water resources and authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. 

Sponsor:  Sen Reid, Harry [NV]  (Introduced 9/24/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

Summary:  S. 1712, the Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act, introduced  by Sen Reid, D-NV, authorizes the EPA WaterSense program and promotes residential water efficiency by providing for state incentive and rebate programs and assists water systems in adapting to the serious impacts of climate change on water resources.  Full Text 

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S 1713 

Title:  The Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To provide for guaranteed loan programs to develop biochar and bioenergy technology. 

Sponsor:  Sen Reid, Harry [NV]  (Introduced 9/24/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources 

Summary:  S. 1713, the Water Efficiency via Carbon Harvesting and Restoration Act, introduced by Sen Reid, D-NV, establishes loan guarantee programs to conserve water by ridding public lands of harmful invasive weeds which consume large amount s of water and to develop and produce alternative bio-energy and biochar technology.  Full Text 

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S 1733 

Title:  The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 

Purpose:  To create clean energy jobs, promote energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. 

Sponsor:  Sens John Kerry [D-MA] and Barbara Boxer [D-CA]  (Introduced 9/30/2009) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

Summary:  S 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, introduced by Sens Kerry, D-MA, and Boxer, D-CA, provides for comprehensive climate change legislation which includes significant water efficiency provisions such as:  1)  authorizes EPA’s WaterSense program – the voluntary program for labeling water-efficient high-performance products and services; 2)   directs Federal agencies to make cost-effective water-efficient procurement decisions by purchasing WaterSense or Federal Energy Management Program certified products whenever possible; and 3)  authorizes grants to eligible entities for programs offering incentives to consumers who purchase and install water-efficient products and services such as those labeled under the WaterSense program.  Full Text 

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S 3363 

Title:  The Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010 

Purpose:  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. 

Sponsor:  Sen Cardin, Ben [D-MA]  (Introduced 5/13/2010) 

Status:  Referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works on 5/13/2010.  The Committee ordered bill to be reported without amendment favorably (to be considered by the Senate as a whole) on 5/20/2010. 

Summary:  S. 3363, the Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010, introduced by Sen Cardin, D-MD, reauthorizes and amends the Act of 1984 to require additional research into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing treatment works through alternate approaches, including nonstructural alternatives, decentralized approaches, water use efficiency, and actions to reduce energy consumption or energy extraction from wastewater.  Related legislation, H.R. 5487, has been introduced in the House.  Full Text 

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S 3561 

Title:  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010 

Purpose:  To establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure across the country for research and development and implementation of community based projects. 

Sponsor:  Sen Udall, Tom [NM]  (Introduced 6/30/2010) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on 6-30-2010. 

Summary:  S. 3561, the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, introduced by Sen. Udall, D-NM, provides for green infrastructure projects by establishing up to five Centers of Excellence for Green Infrastructure to research and develop best management practices and invests in planning, development, and implementation of community based projects and establishes a green infrastructure program within the EPA’s Office of Water.  Full Text 

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S 3663 

Title:  The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 

Purpose:  To promote clean energy jobs and oil company accountability, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor:  Sen Reid, Harry [NV]  (Introduced 7/28/2010) 

Status:  Placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar for consideration on 7/29/10. 

Summary:  S. 3663, the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act, introduced by Sen. Reid, D-NV, establishes the Home Star Retrofit Act to both improve residential energy and water efficiency and create jobs.  The bill provides an all important funding mechanism for water conservation efforts nationwide and, for the first time in federal legislation, prominently places water efficiency incentives side-by-side with energy efficiency incentives.  In addition to a number of other less contentious provisions, the bill also includes controversial language that would remove the liability limits on oil companies involved in an oil spill.  Full Text to Come. 

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S 3874 

Title:  The Reducition of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2010 

Purpose:  To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reduce lead in drinking water. 

Sponsor:  Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA]  (Introduced 9/29/2010) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

Summary:  S. 3874, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, introduced by Sen. Boxer, D-CA, amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to reduce lead in drinking water.  In the House, Representative Eshoo, D-CA, introduced a companion bill, H.R. 5289, which was incorporated as part of H. R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act (AQUA) which passed the House on 7/29/10.  Full Text to Come. 

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S 3935 

Title:  The Advanced Energy Tax Incentives Act of 2010 

Purpose:  To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend certain energy-related tax provisions. 

Sponsor:  Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM]  (Introduced 9/29/2010) 

Status:  Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. 

Summary:  S. 3935, the Advanced Energy Tax Incentives Act, introduced by Sen. Bingaman, D-NM, amends the Internal Revenue Tax Code to provide tax credits for home and business owners to invest in energy-saving technologies, including the introduction of performance-based tax credits for whole home retrofits.  This bill incorporates many of the same provisions as S. 1639, including the expansion of tax credits providing for industrial energy efficiency incentives.  Full Text to Come.