H.R. 1023 would authorize the appropriation of $17.5 million each year over the 2020-2029 period for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct research activities in support of the binational fisheries within the Great Lakes Basin.
Using historical spending patterns for the USGS fisheries program, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1023 would cost $85 million over the 2020-2024 period. Such spending would be subject to appropriation of the authorized amounts. In 2019, the USGS allocated $4 million for similar research activities. The costs of the legislation, detailed in Table 1, fall within budget function 300 (natural resources and environment).