Water Resources Research Act Program

Prior Budget Justifications

A summary of the budget process for the Water Resources Research Act Program (WRRA) 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 116-6 ) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at $234.1 million, including $10.0 million for the WRRA.  Of the $3.5 million increase for the WRRA, $1.0 million was to be used to support research on aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River region.

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.

  2018 2019 2020
Mission Area / Program / Activity
(dollars in thousands)
Enacted
[Base Funding]
Enacted
[Base Funding]
President's Budget
(PB) Request
Budget Changes from
2019 Enacted
Proposed House Mark Changes from 2019 Enacted Proposed Senate Mark Changes from 2019 Enacted Enacted Changes from 2019 Enacted
Water Resources: Water Resources Research Act Program
– Annual Base Grants [5,500] [5,500] [0] -5,500 +2,000 0 +2,000
– National Competitive Grants [1,000] [1,000] [0] -1,000 +500 0 +500
- Research on Aquatic Invasive Species in the Upper Mississippi River [0] [0] [0] 0 +1,000 0 +1,000
Total Water Resources Research Act Program 6,500 6,500 [0] -6,500 +3,500 0 +3,500
Total Water Resources (includes all Water Resources programs) 217,554 226,308 179,922 -46,386 +13,609 +2,500 +7,812
USGS TOTAL (includes all USGS programs) 1,148,457 1,160,596 983,467 -177,129 +75,802 +49,005 +110,361

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 $6.5 million for the WRRA.

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: Water Resources Research Act Program
– Annual Base Grants [5,500] [5,500] [0] -5,500 0 0 0
– National Competitive Grants [1,000] [1,000] [0] -1,000 0 0 0
Total Water Resources Research Act Program 6,500 6,500 [0] -6,500 0 0 0
Total Water Resources (includes all Water Resources programs) 214,754 217,554 164,922 -52,632 +13,569 +2,500 +8,754
USGS TOTAL (includes all USGS programs) 1,085,167 1,148,457 859,680 -288,777 +24,633 -500 +12,139

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 $6.5 million for the WRRA.

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.

  2017 2018
Mission Area / Program / Activity
(dollars in thousands)
Enacted
[Base Funding]
President's Budget
(PB) Request
Budget Changes from
2017 Enacted
Proposed House Mark Changes from 2017 Enacted Proposed Senate Mark Changes from 2017 Enacted Enacted Changes from 2017 Enacted
Water Resources: Water Resources Research Act Program
– Annual Base Grants [5,500] 0 -5,500 0 0 0
– National Competitive Grants [1,000] 0 -1,000 0 0 0
Total Water Resources Research Act Program 6,500 - -6,500 0 0 0
Total Water Resources (includes all Water Resources programs) 214,754 173,042 -41,712 -4,000 -1,565 +2,800
USGS TOTAL (includes all USGS programs) 1,085,167 922,168 -162,999 -46,245 0 +63,290

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 WRRA activities:

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

WRRA Funding (dollars in millions) 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
TOTAL WRRA Funding 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 10.0
Annual Base Grants 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 7.5
National Competitive Grants 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0