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Text of the Colusa Basin Watershed Integrated Resources Management Act

This bill was introduced on September 16, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 12, 1998 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 457

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4223

[Report No. 105-813]

To assist in the development and implementation of projects to provide for the control of drainage, storm, flood and other waters as part of water-related integrated resource management, environmental infrastructure, and resource protection and development projects in the Colusa Basin Watershed, California.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 15, 1998

Mr. FAZIO of California introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources

October 12, 1998

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To assist in the development and implementation of projects to provide for the control of drainage, storm, flood and other waters as part of water-related integrated resource management, environmental infrastructure, and resource protection and development projects in the Colusa Basin Watershed, California.

    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 ‘Colusa Basin Watershed Integrated Resources Management Act’.

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION OF ASSISTANCE.

    The Secretary of the Interior (in this Act referred to as the ‘Secretary’) may provide financial assistance to the Colusa Basin Drainage District, California (in this Act referred to as the ‘District’), for use by the District or by local agencies acting pursuant to section 413 of the State of California statute known as the Colusa Basin Drainage Act (California Stats. 1987, ch. 1399) as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act (in this Act referred to as the ‘State statute’), for planning, design, environmental compliance, and construction required in carrying out eligible projects in the Colusa Basin Watershed to--

      (1)(A) reduce the risk of damage to urban and agricultural areas from flooding or the discharge of drainage water or tailwater;

      (B) assist in groundwater recharge efforts to alleviate overdraft and land subsidence; or

      (C) construct, restore, or preserve wetland and riparian habitat; and

      (2) capture, as an incidental purpose of any of the purposes referred to in paragraph (1), surface or stormwater for conservation, conjunctive use, and increased water supplies.

SEC. 3. PROJECT SELECTION.

    (a) ELIGIBLE PROJECTS- A project shall be an eligible project for purposes of section 2 only if it is--

      (1) identified in the document entitled ‘Colusa Basin Water Management Program’, dated February 1995; and

      (2) carried out in accordance with that document and all environmental documentation requirements that apply to the project under the laws of the United States and the State of California.

    (b) COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENT- The Secretary shall ensure that projects for which assistance is provided under this Act are not inconsistent with watershed protection and environmental restoration efforts being carried out under the authority of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (Public Law 102-575; 106 Stat. 4706 et seq.) or the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.

SEC. 4. COST SHARING.

    (a) NON-FEDERAL SHARE- The Secretary shall require that the District and cooperating non-Federal agencies or organizations pay--

      (1) 25 percent of the costs associated with construction of any project carried out with assistance provided under this Act; and

      (2) 100 percent of any operation, maintenance, and replacement and rehabilitation costs with respect to such a project.

    (b) PLANNING, DESIGN, AND COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE- Funds appropriated pursuant to this Act may be made available to fund all costs incurred for planning, design, and environmental compliance activities by the District or by local agencies acting pursuant to the State statute, in accordance with agreements with the Secretary.

    (c) TREATMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS- For purposes of this section, the Secretary shall treat the value of lands, interests in lands (including rights-of-way and other easements), and necessary relocations contributed by the District to a project as a payment by the District of the costs of the project.

SEC. 5. COSTS NONREIMBURSABLE.

    Amounts expended pursuant to this Act shall be considered nonreimbursable for purposes of the Act of June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388; 43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.), and Acts amendatory thereof and supplemental thereto.

SEC. 6. AGREEMENTS.

    Funds appropriated pursuant to this Act may be made available to the District or a local agency only if the District or local agency, as applicable, has entered into a binding agreement with the Secretary--

      (1) under which the District or the local agency is required to pay the non-Federal share of the costs of construction required by section 4(a); and

      (2) governing the funding of planning, design, and compliance activities costs under section 4(b).

SEC. 7. REIMBURSEMENT.

    For project work (including work associated with studies, planning, design, and construction) carried out by the District or by a local agency acting pursuant to the State statute in section 2 before the date amounts are provided for the project under this Act, the Secretary shall, subject to amounts being made available in advance in appropriations Acts, reimburse the District or the local agency, without interest, an amount equal to the estimated Federal share of the cost of such work under section 4.

SEC. 8. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements and contracts with the District to assist the Secretary in carrying out the purposes of this Act.

    (b) SUBCONTRACTING- Under such cooperative agreements and contracts, the Secretary may authorize the District to manage and let contracts and receive reimbursements, subject to amounts being made available in advance in appropriations Acts, for work carried out under such contracts or subcontracts.

SEC. 9. RELATIONSHIP TO RECLAMATION REFORM ACT OF 1982.

    Activities carried out, and financial assistance provided, under this Act shall not be considered a supplemental or additional benefit for purposes of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 1263; 43 U.S.C. 390aa et seq.).

SEC. 10. APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIZED.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this Act $25,000,000, plus such additional amount, if any, as may be required by reason of changes in costs of services of the types involved in the District’s projects as shown by engineering and other relevant indexes. Sums appropriated under this section shall remain available until expended.

Union Calendar No. 457

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4223

[Report No. 105-813]

A BILL

To assist in the development and implementation of projects to provide for the control of drainage, storm, flood and other waters as part of water-related integrated resource management, environmental infrastructure, and resource protection and development projects in the Colusa Basin Watershed, California.


October 12, 1998

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed