National Water Quality Program

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 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.

  2017 2018 2019
Mission Area / Program / Activity
(dollars in thousands)
Enacted
[Base Funding]
Enacted
[Base Funding]
President's Budget
(PB) Request
Budget Changes from
2018 Enacted
Proposed House Mark Changes from 2018 Enacted Proposed Senate Mark Changes from 2018 Enacted Enacted Changes from 2018 Enacted
Water Resources: National Water Quality Program
– Fixed Costs, Administrative Savings, and Other Adjustments [0] [0] [-285] -285 0 0 0
– National Park Service Water-Quality Partnership [1,743] [1,743] [0] -1,743 0 0 0
– Shallow and Fractured Bedrock Groundwater Research [0] [300] [0] -300 0 0 0
– National Atmospheric Deposition Program [1,576] [1,576] [0] -1,576 0 0 0
– NAWQA Surface Water Status and Trends Assessments [29,075] [29,075] [26,793] -2,282 0 0 0
– NAWQA Groundwater Status and Trends Assessments [20,100] [20,100] [16,179] -3,921 0 0 0
– NAWQ Regional Stream Quality Assessments [8,100] [8,100] [4,100] -4,000 0 0 0
– Research and Development to Advance Water Science (formerly National Research Program) [10,003] [10,003] [3,454] -6,549 0 0 0
Cooperative Matching Funds (CMF) [17,231] [17,231] [16,514] -717 +819 0 +819
– Urban Waters Federal Partnership (CMF) [717] [717] [0] -717 0 0 0
– Harmful Algal Blooms (includes CMF and Non-CMF funding)* [1,984] [2,652] [2,852] +200 +819 0 +819
Total National Water Quality Program 90,529 90,829 69,656 -21,173 +819 0 +819
Total Water Resources (includes all Water Resources programs) 214,754 217,554 179,922 -46,386 +13,569 +2,500 +8,754
USGS TOTAL (includes all USGS programs) 1,085,167 1,148,457 983,467 -177,129 +24,633 0 +12,139

*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.

National Water Quality Program: 2017 and 2018 budget

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

 

Fiscal Year 2017

Final Enacted Bill

On May 5, 2017, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at $214.8 million, including $90.5 million for the NWQP. Within this amount, the bill included an additional $1.0 million for Cycle Three of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project and $717,000 for Cooperative Matching Funds in support of the Urban Water Federal Partnership.

A table summarizing the 2016 Enacted, the 2017 President’s Budget Request, and the 2017 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below.

National Water Quality Program: 2016 and 2017 budget

For more information on the entire 2017 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:

For more information on these NWQP activities, please use the links provided above.

NWQP Funding (dollars in millions) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TOTAL NWQP Funding 94.1 90.6 90.5 90.8 91.6
NAWQA Project 59.5 62.0 63.0 63.0 63.0
National Park Service Water Quality Partnership 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
National Atmospheric Deposition Program 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Other NWQP Activities 31.2 25.3 24.2 24.5 25.3