Environment and Natural Resources


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Natural Disasters Resource Planning

In 2017, more than 25 million Americans were affected by natural disasters. This resource reviews major disaster declarations from 2010 to 2018 and gives examples of recent disaster mitigation legislation.


Flood Mitigation

Floods are the deadliest, costliest and most common form of natural disaster in the world. Caused by hurricanes, heavy rain, overflowing rivers, broken dams, tsunamis and more, they are also difficult to predict, which means states must be prepared to respond at all times. Read NCSL's full report.



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Disaster Response and Recovery Webinar

Please join us Nov. 8 for a webinar "Disaster Response and Recovery: How Research Improves Preparedness, Response and Recovery." The webinar will highlight the ongoing efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal partners in developing strategies to enhance disaster preparedness, coordinate response, and improve the recovery process.


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Prepare for the 2020 Session

At the NCSL Capitol Forum, Dec. 10-12 in Phoenix, we will tackle issues that states will be discussing in 2020, including disaster spending and rural broadband. Check out all of the sessions related to natural resources and infrastructure and register now!


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Natural Resources and Infrastructure

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight committees educating Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serving as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff. This committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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Environment and Natural Resources Bill Tracking

The NCSL Environment and Natural Resources Bill Tracking Database features state legislation relating to air quality, disaster mitigation, environmental cleanup, land-forests, waste and recycling, and water conservation and efficiency.




Environmental Health Database

NCSL tracks state environment and natural resources legislation in the Environmental Health Legislation Database, covering legislation from the 2009-2015 legislative sessions from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each database is searchable by keyword, year, state, topic, bill number and status.