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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Become a Cosponsor of the Bipartisan Water Resources Research Act 
Original Cosponsors: Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Rob Wittman (VA-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Morgan Griffith (VA-9)
Deadline: COB Friday, July 12, 2019 (Seeking Cosponsors)

Dear Colleague,

We write to urge your support of H.R. 3510, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) at the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Given the range of issues facing water supply and quality in the nation today, we believe
this is a beneficial program aimed at addressing regional and national water challenges.

The Water Resources Research Act, enacted in 1964, is designed to expand and provide more effective coordination of the Nation’s water research. The Act establishes water resources research institutes (Institutes) at lead institutions in each state, as well
as for Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.   

These Institutes provide a state-based network dedicated to solving regional problems of water quantity (supply) and quality. The Institutes work closely in partnership with universities, local governments, the water industry, and the general public. Each
state contributes a match, thus ensuring that local and regional priorities are addressed and the impact of federal dollars is maximized.  The Institutes are a direct, vital link between federal water interests and needs and the expertise located within the
states’ research universities.  In partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, the water institutes have a 50-year history of rendering assistance to all members of the water- user communities in their states in an efficient and non-duplicative manner.

Reauthorization of the Water Resources Research Act will enable valuable water research to continue to address critical water management problems, create the pool of scientists needed to implement those solutions and support the water infrastructure across
the nation.

If you have any questions or would like to become an cosponsor, please contact Adela Amador at 202-225-4540 or
Josh Harder
Member of Congress

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