S. 2282, North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2012

Cost Estimate
July 31, 2012

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on July 25, 2012

S. 2282 would authorize the appropriation of $75 million a year through 2017 for programs carried out under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Under current law, the authority for such appropriations will expire at the end of fiscal year 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) uses amounts appropriated under NAWCA primarily for grants to state, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and other entities that carry out wetlands conservation projects.

Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $263 million over the 2013-2017 period and $112 million after 2017. Enacting S. 2282 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

S. 2282 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.