# Prior Budget Justifications

A summary of the budget process for the National Water Quality Program (NWQP) is provided below for the three most recent fiscal years. To supplement each summary, a more detailed reference document for the Water Resources Mission Area (WMA) showing the reports released with each congressional mark, links to the USGS and WMA President’s Budget Request, and associated details is also provided

### Fiscal Year 2020

Final Enacted Bill

On December 20, 2019, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-94) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at \$234.1 million, including \$92.5 million for the NWQP.  Within this amount, the bill included an increase of \$529,000 and \$273,000 to Cooperative Matching Funds for harmful algal blooms work and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership respectively.

A table summarizing the 2019 Enacted, 2020 President’s Budget Request, and 2020 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below.

For more information on the entire 2020 budget process for the WMA, please use this reference document

### Fiscal Year 2019

Final Enacted Bill

On February 15, 2019, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at \$226.3 million, including \$91.6 million for the NWQP.  Within this amount, the bill included a \$819,000 increase to Cooperative Matching Funds for harmful algal blooms work. A table summarizing the 2018 Enacted, 2019 President’s Budget Request, and 2019 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below. *Harmful Algal Blooms funding increase in the 2019 PB is Non-CMF Funding. For more information on the entire 2019 budget process for the WMA, please use this reference document. ### Fiscal Year 2018 Final Enacted Bill On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at \$217.6 million, including \$90.8 million for the NWQP. Within this amount, the bill included a \$300,000 increase for groundwater research in shallow and fractured bedrock terrain.

A table summarizing the 2017 Enacted, the 2018 President’s Budget Request, and the 2018 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below.

For more information on the entire 2018 budget process for the WMA, please use this reference document.

### Funding History

Below, a five-year funding history has been provided for the major NWQP activities: