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Legislative Committees

Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

National House Committee

B-370A Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-6256

Phone: 202-225-4360

Fax: 202-225-6782

Web Address:

Parent Committee: Transportation and Infrastructure


The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment consists generally of matters relating to water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control and water infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. A number of agencies administer programs that address one or more of these issues; two agencies in particular, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), oversee the larger programs of concern to the Subcommittee.

Through its Civil Works Program, the Corps constructs projects for the purposes of navigation, flood control, beach erosion control and shoreline protection, hydroelectric power, recreation, water supply, environmental protection, restoration and enhancement, and fish and wildlife mitigation.

EPA has the primary responsibility for carrying out the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act. This act provides for a major federal/state program to protect, restore, and maintain the quality of the nation's waters. Although EPA is responsible for carrying out the Act, significant parts of the program may be administered by the states if approved by EPA.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee include

Water resources programs of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
Clean Water Act
Superfund (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act)
Water infrastructure and watershed protection programs
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Brownfields program
Ocean dumping
Oil pollution of navigable waters of the United States
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Small watershed program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Deepwater ports
Invasive/aquatic nuisance species
Coastal pollution and coastal zone management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Natural resource damages provisions in Superfund and the Oil Pollution Act
Groundwater protection
Water resources policy

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