The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this chapter as the “Secretary”), may
provide financial assistance to a State, in an amount that is in proportion to the
total impacted area of such State affected by nutria, that has demonstrated to the
Secretary sufficient need for a program to implement measures to eradicate or control
nutria and restore marshland, public and private wetlands, and agricultural lands
damaged by nutria.
In the State of Maryland, the Secretary shall require that the program consist of
management, research, and public education activities carried out in accordance with
the document published by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service entitled “Eradication
Strategies for Nutria in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay Watersheds”, dated March
The Federal share of the costs of a State program referred to in subsection (a) may
not exceed 75 percent of the total costs of the program.
The non-Federal share of the costs of a State program referred to in subsection (a)
may be provided in the form of in-kind contributions of materials or services.
(d)Limitation on administrative expenses
Not more than 5 percent of financial assistance provided to a State by the Secretary
under this section may be used for administrative expenses.
(e)Authorization of appropriations
For financial assistance under this section, there is authorized to be appropriated
to the Secretary $12,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2025.
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