Senate Bill 558
117th Congress(2021-2022)
FLOODS Act
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Mar 3, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 3, 2021
Latest Action
Apr 28, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
558
Congress
117
Policy Area
Public Lands and Natural Resources
Public Lands and Natural Resources
Primary focus of measure is natural areas (including wilderness); lands under government jurisdiction; land use practices and policies; parks, monuments, and historic sites; fisheries and marine resources; mining and minerals. Measures concerning energy supplies and production may fall under Energy policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Mississippi
Michigan
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support Act or the FLOODS Act

This bill addresses forecasting and the communication of flood, tornado, and hurricane events by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Among other provisions, the bill

  • directs NOAA to establish a National Integrated Flood Information System to better inform and provide for more timely decision-making to reduce flood-related effects and costs;
  • establishes partnerships with institutions of higher education and federal agencies to improve total water predictions;
  • designates a service coordination hydrologist at each National Weather Service River Forecast Center to increase impact-based decision support services at the state and local level;
  • requires NOAA to evaluate and improve flood watches and warnings and communication of information to support preparation and responses to floods;
  • ensures that the tornado warning improvement and extension program periodically examines the value of incorporating innovative observations, such as acoustic or infrasonic measurements, observations from phased array radars, and observations from mesonets;
  • requires NOAA to estimate and communicate the frequency of precipitation;
  • establishes an Interagency Committee on Water Management and Infrastructure to ensure that federal agencies that engage in water-related matters, including water storage and supplies, water quality and restoration activities, water infrastructure, transportation on rivers and inland waterways, and water forecasting, work together where such agencies have joint or overlapping responsibilities; and
  • directs NOAA to conduct an analysis of gaps in the availability of snow-related data to assess and predict floods and flood impacts.
Text (1)
Actions (3)
04/28/2021
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
03/03/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
03/03/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Mar 4, 2021 5:42:12 AM
Updated
Jun 11, 2021 10:22:25 PM