Shea-Porter Applauds Passage of National Water Research & Development Initiative Act

WASHINGTON, DC. — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today applauded the passage of the National Water Research & Development Act. This bill coordinates national research and development efforts on water and provides a clear path forward to ensure adequate water supplies for generations to come.


“Ensuring our nation has access to adequate water supplies is critical to both our national security and our local economy,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This bill will help guarantee that an effective national water strategy is properly enacted.”


The National Water Research & Development Act requires an interagency committee to develop a National Water Research and Development Initiative and for the President to establish or designate an interagency committee with representation from all federal agencies dealing with water to implement a National Water Research and Development Initiative.


The bill requires the Initiative to include:


  • A national water census.
  • An assessment of national and regional water quality, availability, and use.
  • Methods designed to resolve water resource conflicts.
  • Water resource forecasting models.
  • Technological development designed to increase water supplies and reduce water pollution.
  • Identification of statutory or regulatory barriers to research on water resource technologies.
  • An analysis of the energy-water nexus challenges throughout the United States.