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Water, Wildlife and Fisheries

Cliff Bentz Official Photo
Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.)

The Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for matters concerning America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects, interstate water issues and fisheries management.

Republicans on the Subcommittee are devoted to promoting low-cost, clean, renewable and emissions-free hydroelectricity generated by federal dams and reservoirs. We are also working to improve federal government regulations to ensure projects are less expensive, more transparent and not delayed by unnecessary red tape.

Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee


  • Generation and marketing of electric power from Federal water projects by Federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing authorities. 
  • All measures and matters concerning water resources planning conducted pursuant to the Water Resources Planning Act, water resource research and development programs, and saline water research and development. 
  • Compacts relating to the use and apportionment of interstate waters, water rights, and major interbasin water or power movement programs. 
  • All measures and matters pertaining to irrigation and reclamation projects and other water resources development and recycling programs, including policies and procedures. 
  • Indian water rights and settlements. 
  • Activities and programs of the Water Resources and Ecosystem Mission Areas or their successors within the U.S. Geological Survey. 
  • The Endangered Species Act. 
  • Fisheries management and fisheries research generally, including the management of all commercial and recreational fisheries (including the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act), interjurisdictional fisheries, international fisheries agreements, aquaculture, seafood safety, and fisheries promotion. 
  • All matters pertaining to the protection of coastal and marine environments, estuarine protection, and coastal barriers. 
  • Oceanography. 
  • Ocean engineering, including materials, technology, and systems. 
  • Marine sanctuaries. 
  • U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. 
  • All matters regarding Antarctica within the Committee’s jurisdiction. 
  • Sea Grant programs and marine extension services. 
  • Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. 
  • Coastal zone management. 
  • Wildlife resources, including research, restoration, and conservation. 
  • Measures and matters related to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including ecological services, fish and aquatic conservation, international affairs, migratory birds, national wildlife refuge system, wildlife and sport fish restoration, and the Lacey Act.


Vice Chair Jen Kiggans

Rob Wittman

Tom McClintock

Garret Graves

Amata Coleman Radewagen
(R-American Samoa)

Doug LaMalfa

Daniel Webster

Jenniffer González-Colón
(R-Puerto Rico)

Jerry Carl

Lauren Boebert

Anna Paulina Luna

John Duarte

Harriet Hageman