S. 2104, Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2012

July 3, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on June 21, 2012

S. 2104 would reauthorize grants from the U.S. Geological Survey to colleges and universities to support research related to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing water treatment systems. This legislation would authorize the appropriation of $7.5 million a year over the 2013-2017 period for such grants. In addition, S. 2104 would authorize the appropriation of $1.5 million annually over the 2013 2017 period for the Secretary of the Interior to fund additional research and to synthesize the results of research conducted by colleges and universities on interstate water issues.

Assuming appropriation of the authorized funds, CBO estimates that implementing S. 2104 would cost $42 million over the 2013-2017 period. Enacting S. 2104 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

S. 2104 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.