Update on Ohio WRC Federal Status
The recent introduction by the Senate of their version of the Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2019, compliments the prior House release of the same legislation and signifies important progress is being made toward reauthorizing the Water Resources Research Act. Should this Act be passed, it will provide for some important changes to the program. Foremost are an increase in budget for the program to $10,000,000 from $6,500,000 and a reduction in the required cost share to 1:1. Additional changes will also streamline the reporting process. What doesn’t change is the emphasis on the program to provide a vital link between federal water interests and needs and the expertise located within each states’ research universities. This is what makes the program unique and provides an impact across the entire United States while addressing local water resource issues.