Mon October 7th, 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Wittman — R — VA
Creates a National Fish Habitat Board consisting of 25 members from the federal government, state governments, private industry representatives, and other private citizens. The board would recommend to the Congress organizations to be designated as Fish Habitat Partnerships. Those partnerships would be eligible to receive federal grants to improve the health of fish and fish habitats. The bill authorizes the appropriation of $7.2 million annually through 2023 for grants to partnerships to implement conservation projects and an additional $360,000 annually through 2023 for administrative expenses. The bill also authorizes the Department of the Interior (DOI), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Forest Service to provide technical and scientific assistance to any partnerships recognized under H.R. 1747. The bill authorizes the appropriation of $2 million annually over the 2020-2024 period for those agencies to provide such assistance.
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