H.R. 2633 (103rd): Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Amendments Act of 1993

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Jul 14, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 2633 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2633

To revise the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 1993

Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts (for himself, Mr. BLUTE, Mr. REED, and Mr. MACHTLEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To revise the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Amendments Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. BOUNDARY CHANGES.

    Section 2 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’, approved November 10, 1986 (Public Law 99-647; 16 U.S.C. 461 note), is amended by striking the first sentence and inserting the following new sentence: ‘The boundaries shall include the lands and water generally depicted on the map entitled Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Boundary Map, numbered BRV-80-80,011, and dated May 2, 1993.’.

SEC. 3. TERMS.

    Section 3(c) of the Act entitled ‘An Act to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’, approved November 10, 1986 (Public Law 99-647; 16 U.S.C. 461 note), is amended by inserting immediately before the period at the end the following: ‘, but may continue to serve after the expiration of this term until a successor has been appointed.’.

SEC. 4. REVISION OF PLAN.

    Section 6 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’, approved November 10, 1986 (Public Law 99-647; 16 U.S.C. 461 note), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(d) REVISION OF PLAN- (1) Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Commission, with the approval of the Secretary, shall revise the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan. The revision shall address the boundary change and shall include a natural resource inventory of areas or features that should be protected, restored, managed, or acquired because of their contribution to the understanding of national cultural landscape values.

    ‘(2) No changes other than minor revisions may be made in the approved plan as amended without the approval of the Secretary. The Secretary shall approve or disapprove any proposed change in the plan, except minor revisions, in accordance with subsection (b).’.

SEC. 5. EXTENSION OF COMMISSION.

    Section 7 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’, approved November 10, 1986 (Public Law 99-647; 16 U.S.C. 461 note), is amended to read as follows:

‘TERMINATION OF COMMISSION

    ‘SEC. 7. (a) TERMINATION- Except as provided in subsection (b), the Commission shall terminate on the date that is 10 years after the date of enactment of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Amendments Act of 1993.

    ‘(b) EXTENSION- The Commission may be extended for additional terms of consecutive 10-year periods if--

      ‘(1) not later than 180 days before the termination of the Commission, the Commission determines that an extension is necessary to carry out this Act;

      ‘(2) the Commission submits a proposed extension to the appropriate committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and

      ‘(3) the Secretary, the Governor of Massachusetts, and the Governor of Rhode Island each approve the extension.

    ‘(c) DETERMINATION OF APPROVAL- The Secretary shall approve the extension if the Secretary finds that--

      ‘(1) the Governor of Massachusetts and the Governor of Rhode Island provide adequate assurances of continued tangible contribution and effective policy support toward achieving the purposes of this Act; and

      ‘(2) the Commission is effectively assisting Federal, State, and local authorities to retain, enhance, and interpret the distinctive character and nationally significant resources of the Corridor.’.

SEC. 6. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN.

    Subsection (c) of section 8 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’, approved November 10, 1986 (Public Law 99-647; 16 U.S.C. 461 note), is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(c) IMPLEMENTATION- (1) To assist in the implementation of the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan in a manner that is consistent with the purposes of this Act and for the preservation and restoration of structures on or eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, the Secretary is authorized to provide funds for projects in the Corridor that exhibit national significance or provide a wide spectrum of historic, recreational, environmental, educational, or interpretive opportunities, without regard to whether the projects are in public or private ownership.

    ‘(2) To be eligible for funds under this section, the Commission shall submit an application to the Secretary that includes--

      ‘(A) a 10-year development plan including those resource protection needs and projects critical to maintaining or interpreting the distinctive character of the Corridor; and

      ‘(B) specific descriptions of annual work programs that have been assembled, the participating parties, roles, cost estimates, cost-sharing, or cooperative agreements necessary to carry out the development plan.

    ‘(3) Funds made available pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the work programs.

    ‘(4) In making the funds available, the Secretary shall give priority to projects that attract greater non- Federal funding sources.

    ‘(5) Any payment made for the purposes of conservation or restoration of real property or structures shall be subject to an agreement either--

      ‘(A) to convey a conservation or preservation easement to the Department of Environmental Management or to the Historic Preservation Commission, as appropriate, of the State in which the real property or structure is located; or

      ‘(B) that conversion, use, or disposal of the resources so assisted for purposes contrary to the purposes of this Act, as determined by the Secretary, the recipient, his successors or assigns shall pay to the United States the total cost of all Federal funds made available to such project reduced pro rata over the useful life of the improvements funded or the increased value of the project attributable to the funds as determined at the time of the conversion, use, or disposal, whichever is greater.

    ‘(6) The authority to determine that a conversion, use, or disposal of resources has been carried out contrary to the purposes of this Act in violation of an agreement entered into under paragraph (5)(A) shall be solely at the discretion of the Secretary.’.

SEC. 7. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 10 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’, approved November 10, 1986 (Public Law 99-647; 16 U.S.C. 461 note), is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a), by striking ‘$350,000’ and inserting ‘$650,000’; and

      (2) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

    ‘(b) DEVELOPMENT FUNDS- For fiscal years 1994, 1995, and 1996, there is authorized to be appropriated to carry out section 8(c), $5,000,000 in the aggregate, and for each fiscal year thereafter, such sums as are necessary.’.