To establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) Many water resources in the United States are declining, particularly in urban areas. (2) This decline of water resources is the result of an increase in population, water consumption, and impermeable surfaces, as well as the negative effects of urbanization, commercial and industrial activities, and climate change. (3) An October 2008 study by the National Research Council found that some of the benefits of green infrastructure include increased water supplies, the creation of green jobs, cost savings, and a reduction of stormwater runoff, surface water discharge, stormwater pollution, and stormwater flows.
SEC. 3. CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.
(a) Establishment of Centers.-- (1) In general.--The Administrator shall make grants on a competitive basis to eligible institutions to establish and maintain not fewer than 3 and not more than 5 centers of excellence for green infrastructure, located throughout the United States. (2) General operation.--Each center shall-- (A) conduct research on green infrastructure that is relevant to the geographic region in which the center is located, including stormwater and sewer overflow reduction, other approaches to water resource enhancement, and other environmental, economic, and social benefits; (B) develop manuals and set industry standards on...