Issues & Advocacy

AWO Member Action Alert

Urge Members of Congress and Senators to take action on CVIDA as soon as possible this year.

What You Can Do

  • Find and contact your Representative and Senators by clicking here.
  • Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225-3121.
  • Ask for the office of your Representative or Senator.
  • Urge your Senator/Representative to cosponsor S.168/H.R. 1154.
  • For further questions or assistance, contact: Craig Montesano at

Current Cosponsors

Click the link below to see if your Representative or Senators have cosponsored CVIDA. If they haven’t, please ask them to cosponsor the bill.

S. 168           Senators

H.R. 1154     Representatives


























AWO is engaged in an all-out push to finish the work of the 115th Congress by enacting S. 168/HR 1154, the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA), in 2018. S. 168/HR 1154 is the U.S. maritime industry’s highest legislative priority in 2017. This bipartisan bill would establish a uniform federal framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges. Enactment of CVIDA would:

  • Establish a clear and consistent regulatory framework for commercial vessel owners
  • Place the U.S. Coast Guard as the single agency in charge of enforcing ballast water and vessel discharge regulations, placing ports and vessels fully under the aegis of the Coast Guard’s highly effective Port State Control program
  • Retain the Environmental Protection Agency’s role as science advisor, allowing the agency to collect data and develop the scientific rationale for the development of future vessel discharge standards
  • Allow owners to confidently make investments in new, environmentally protective ballast water treatment technologies for commercial vessels
  • Avoid a potential unfunded mandate that would force ports and terminal operators to install costly and impractical onshore treatment equipment


In 2017, CVIDA was reintroduced as S.168 by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Robert Casey (D-PA). The bill was favorably reported to the full Senate by the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation with strong bipartisan support. The House bill, H.R. 1154, was reintroduced by Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).