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Ranking Member
Cliff Bentz

The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife is responsible for matters concerning America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects, interstate water issues and fisheries management.

Republicans on the Subcommittee are devoted to promoting low-cost, clean, renewable and emissions-free hydroelectricity generated by federal dams and reservoirs. We are also working to improve federal government regulations to ensure projects are less expensive, more transparent and not delayed by unnecessary red tape.










Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee

  • Generation and marketing of electric power from Federal water projects by Federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing authorities.
  • All measures and matters concerning water resources planning conducted pursuant to the Water Resources Planning Act, water resource research and development programs and saline water research and development.
  • Compacts relating to the use and apportionment of interstate waters, water rights and major interbasin water or power movement programs.
  • All measures and matters pertaining to irrigation and reclamation projects and other water resources development and recycling programs, including policies and procedures.
  • Indian water rights and settlements.
  • Rights of way over public lands for energy-related transmission.
  • Fisheries management and fisheries research generally, including the management of all commercial and recreational fisheries (including the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act), interjurisdictional fisheries, international fisheries agreements, aquaculture, seafood safety and fisheries promotion. 
  • All matters pertaining to the protection of coastal and marine environments and estuarine protection and coastal barriers (except coastal zone management).
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean engineering, including materials, technology and systems.
  • Marine sanctuaries.
  • U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  • All matters regarding Antarctica within the Committee's jurisdiction.
  • Sea Grant programs and marine extension services. 
  • Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.
  • General and continuing oversight and investigative authority over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.

Membership:

Vice Ranking Member Jerry Carl
Alabama, 1st District

 Don Young
Alaska, At-large

Rob Wittman
Virginia, 1st District

Tom McClintock
California, 4th District

Garret Graves
Louisiana, 6th District

Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen
American Samoa, At-large


Daniel Webster
Florida, 11th District

Jenniffer González-Colón
Puerto Rico, At-large
 

Russ Fulcher
Idaho, 1st District

Lauren Boebert
Colorado, 3rd District

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