The National Landslide Preparedness Act (H.R. 8810) was signed into law on 1/5/21. The Act establishes a new National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program and statutorily establishes the 3D Elevation Program, both within USGS. The text of the Act is here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8810/text.
The 3DEP Program includes the following elements:
- Establishment of a 3D Elevation Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee.
- Establishment of a new Subcommittee of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.
- Establishment of a Grants and Cooperative Agreements process
- Authorization of funding: “For each of fiscal years 2021 through 2024, there is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $40,000,000 to carry out this section.”