Environment and Natural Resources


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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

President Biden signed the bipartisan $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Nov. 15, 2021. The bill was approved by House on Nov. 5 and in the Senate in August 2021. Click to see the highlights of the bill.


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Shedding Light on State Efforts To Protect Waterways

Rivers have long served as a centerpiece of communities and support a variety of economies and purposes: urban, rural, agricultural, industrial and recreational. While their value is indisputable, their viability is in question. In a series of reports released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, river systems in six western states—Oregon, California, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado—were studied, providing data for protecting rivers, streams and watersheds.



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Fighting Back: State Efforts to Prevent Wildfires

From 1985 to 1999, the U.S. government spent about $425 million annually on wildfire suppression. From 2000 to 2019, the annual average jumped to $1.6 billion, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. State spending, especially in the West, has been on a similar trajectory. 


New! Environment and Natural Resources Launches Newsletter

NCSL is proud to announce the Environment and Natural Resources newsletter is now available. Delivered directly to your Inbox, this quarterly newsletter spotlights environmental policy research, news and trends. This is the latest addition to NCSL’s policy newsletter family. Subscribe today.


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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 State 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 State Bill Tracking 

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.