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SA 3637. Mrs. MURRAY (for herself and Ms. Cantwell) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

After section 2613, insert the following:
(a) Grant Program.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary shall carry out a competitive grant program for the Puget Sound area to provide comprehensive conservation planning to address water quality.
(2) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS.--The Secretary shall enter into cooperative agreements with State and local governments, Indian tribes, or nongovernmental entities with a history of working with agricultural producers to carry out projects under the program.
(b) Assistance.--In carrying out the program, the Secretary may--
(1) provide project demonstration grants and technical assistance and carry out information and education programs to improve water quality in the Puget Sound area by reducing soil erosion and improving sediment control; and
(2) provide a priority for projects and activities that directly reduce soil erosion or improve water quality.
(c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to carry out the program.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 13, 2007.)