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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force



     Potential House Committee action this week and floor action next week:
     
     H.R.999 
     SPONSOR: Rep Bilbray
     
     SUMMARY: 
     Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require States to 
     adopt water quality criteria for coastal recreation waters (including 
     Great Lakes).
     
     Directs the Administrator to conduct studies for use in developing: 
     (1) a more complete list of potential health risks; and (2) 
     appropriate indicators and methods for detecting or predicting the 
     presence of pathogens in coastal recreational waters. Requires the 
     Administrator to issue revised water quality criteria for pathogens. 
     Directs the Administrator to publish performance criteria and methods 
     for monitoring coastal recreation waters. Requires public notification 
     of the likelihood of exceedances of water quality criteria.
     
     Directs the Administrator to: (1) establish a national coastal 
     recreation water pollution occurrence database; (2) provide technical 
     assistance for development of assessment and monitoring procedures
     for floatable materials in such waters; and (3) make ($7.5 million in) 
     grants to States and local governments to implement approved 
     monitoring and notification programs. Allows delegation of such 
     programs to local government authorities. 
     
     
     For more information contact:
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force 
     459 Russell Senate Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov
     
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