S. 2080, National Fish Habitat Conservation Act

Cost Estimate
April 14, 2014

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on April 3, 2014

S. 2080 would authorize the appropriation of $29 million over the 2015-2018 period for the Department of the Interior (DOI) to fund projects to conserve fish habitats. The legislation also would establish a National Fish Habitat Board and authorize the appropriation of $6 million over the same period to establish a National Fish Habitat Partnership Program, cover certain planning and administrative expenses, and provide technical and scientific assistance to the board, Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs), and conservation project participants.

CBO estimates that implementing S. 2080 would cost $32 million over the 2015-2019 period and $5 million after 2019, assuming appropriation of the specified amounts. Because the legislation would authorize DOI to accept and use gifts and donations, enacting the bill could affect offsetting receipts and associated direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that the net effect on direct spending would be negligible in each year. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

S. 2080 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.