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H.R. 7210 - Sinkhole Mapping Act of 2018

Sponsor: Darren Soto (D)
Introduced: 2018-11-30
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7210


    To direct the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a program to map zones that are at greater risk of sinkhole formation, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 30, 2018

    Mr. Soto (for himself, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, Mr. Crist, and Mrs. Murphy of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

    To direct the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a program to map zones that are at greater risk of sinkhole formation, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Sinkhole Mapping Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Sinkhole hazard identification.

(a) In general.—The Director of the United States Geological Survey shall establish a program to—

(1) study the short-term and long-term mechanisms that cause sinkholes, including extreme storm events, prolonged droughts causing shifts in water management practices, aquifer depletion, and other major changes in water use; and

(2) develop maps that depict zones that are at greater risk of sinkhole formation.

(b) Review of maps.—Once during each 5-year period, or more often as the Director of the United States Geological Survey determines is necessary, the Director shall assess the need to revise and update the maps developed under this section.

(c) Website.—The Director of the United States Geological Survey shall establish and maintain a public website that displays the maps developed under this section and other relevant information critical for use by community planners and emergency managers.


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