H.R. 1285 (101st): Ute Indian Water Settlement Act of 1989

Mar 07, 1989 (101st Congress, 1989–1990)
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

S. 536 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Mar 09, 1989

Howard Nielson
Representative for Utah's 3rd congressional district
Related Bills
H.R. 5029 (100th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 13, 1988

S. 536 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 09, 1989


This bill was introduced on March 7, 1989, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 07, 1989
Referred to Committee Mar 07, 1989
Full Title

To settle issues relating to Ute Indian water rights, and for other purposes.


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2 cosponsors (1D, 1R) (show)

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Ute Indian Water Settlement Act of 1989 - Creates and allocates funds for the Ute Indian Water Deferral Trust Fund with monies to be held by the Secretary of the Interior for the benefit of the Tribe as compensation for deferring the use and development of irrigable farmland and the related water diversion requirement.
Allocates funds for:
(1) the repair of the leak in Cedarview Reservoir;
(2) stream improvements for certain Utah creeks and rivers; and
(3) the cleanup of the Bottle Hollow Reservoir to make it a suitable habitat for a cold water fishery.
Directs the Secretary to maintain certain stream flows.
Requires the Bureau of Reclamation to transfer acreage at the proposed site of the Lower Stillwater Reservoir as a wildlife mitigation measure.
Allocates funds to:
(1) construct, rehabilitate, and realign a certain project access road to the proposed Taskeech Dam site;
(2) construct waterfowl management areas on the Lower Duchesne River; and
(3) construct fisheries, campgrounds, and fish and wildlife management facilities, in lieu of the construction of the Lower Stillwater Dam and related facilities.
Authorizes the Secretary to enter into agreements with non-Federal entities for the operation, maintenance, and construction of projects under this Act. Provides that the repayment of money appropriated pursuant to this Act shall be permanently deferred, except that construction costs allocated to non-Indian irrigation shall be subject to repayment within the irrigators' ability to repay.
Provides that operation and maintenance costs for any facility built pursuant to this Act shall be borne by the water users.
Directs the Secretary to enter into contracts to enable organizations representing the water users within the Uintah Indian Irrigation Project area to maintain the Project facilities by using the same management procedures used by organizations which operate Bureau of Reclamation irrigation projects.
Provides for water right losses for nonpayment of assessments and the lease of available water from the Project. Authorizes the Secretary to make equipment or facilities available to any water user organization which is under obligation to the Secretary. Allocates funds for:
(1) construction of the Taskeech Dam and completion of the Upalco unit of the Central Utah Project;
(2) construction of the Whiterocks Dam and related storage facilities on the Uintah River; and
(3) rehabilitation of the diversion works, canals, ditches, and related improvements which were constructed for the Uintah Irrigation Project. Allocates funds for studies to be conducted jointly by the Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the Tribe of alternate designs for specific water storage facilities and alternate plans for the rehabilitation of water distribution facilities of the Uintah Indian Irrigation Project. Settles all claims of the Tribe under a certain 1965 agreement upon the appropriation of funds and completion of projects authorized by this Act. Ratifies the compact among the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, the State of Utah, and the United States (the Ute Indian Water Compact). Authorizes appropriations.

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