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Legislative History and Digest of S.1731

SPONSOR: Sen Craig , (introduced 5/7/96)

A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992, and for other purposes.


05/07/96: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 05/08/96: Referred to Subcommittee on Forests and Public Lands


Sen Bennett - 5/7/96
Sen Bryan - 5/7/96
Sen Faircloth - 5/23/96
Sen Kempthorne - 06/04/96
Sen Domenici - 06/04/96
Sen Cochran - 06/11/96
Sen Hatfield - 06/19/96
Sen Kassebaum - 06/19/96
Sen Thurmond - 07/08/96
Sen Hatch - 07/08/96
Sen Inhofe - 07/17/96
Sen Kerrey - 07/29/96
Sen Ford - 07/29/96

The complete bill text is available on Thomas: The Library of Congress Web Site. In Thomas, click on Full Text of Legislation, then 104th Congress Bills, then Search by Bill Number, type in s 1731 , hit RUN QUERY, and choose the most recent version.


(As introduced)

National Geologic Mapping Reauthorization Act of 1996 - Amends the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 to establish a national cooperative geologic mapping program between the U.S. Geological Survey and State geological surveys.

Establishes a geologic mapping advisory committee to advise the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey on planning and implementation of the geological mapping program.

Authorizes appropriations.


Mr. CRAIG. Mr. President, my purpose here today is to introduce on behalf of myself and my cosponsors Senators Bryan and Bennett, a bill to reauthorize the highly successful National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992. The act established a cooperative geologic mapping program among the U.S. Geological Survey, State geological surveys, and geological programs at institutions of higher education in the United States. The goal of this program is to accelerate and improve the efficiency of detailed geologic mapping of critical areas in the Nation by coordinating and using the combined talents of the three participating groups.

Detailed geologic mapping is an indispensable source of information for a broad range of societal activities and benefits, including the delineation and protection of sources of safe drinking water; assessments of coal, petroleum, natural gas, construction materials, metals, and other natural resources; understanding the physical and biological interactions that define ecosystems, and that control, and are a measure of, environmental health; identification and mitigation of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, subsidence, and other ground failures; and many other resource and land use planning requirements.

Only about 20 percent of the Nation is mapped at a scale adequate to meet these critical needs. Additional high-priority areas for detailed geologic mapping have been identified at State level by State-map advisory committees, and include Federal, State, and local needs and priorities.

Funding for the program is incorporated in the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey. State geological surveys and university participants receive funding from the program through a competitive proposal process that requires 1:1 matching funds from the applicant.

Mr. President, I urge my colleagues to join me to ensure the continued efficient collection and availability of this fundamental Earth-science information.

Source: Library of Congress
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