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Text of the Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2000

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 19, 2000. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 7, 2000 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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H.R.2778

One Hundred Sixth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,

the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand

An Act

To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Taunton River in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, 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 ‘Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2000’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that--

      (1) the Taunton River in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts possesses important resource values (including wildlife, ecological, and scenic values), historic sites, and a cultural past important to the heritage of the United States;

      (2) there is strong support among State and local officials, area residents, and river users for a cooperative wild and scenic river study of the area; and

      (3) there is a longstanding interest among State and local officials, area residents, and river users in undertaking a concerted cooperative effort to manage the river in a productive and meaningful way.

SEC. 3. DESIGNATION FOR STUDY.

    Section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(a)) is amended--

      (1) by designating the undesignated paragraph following (135) as paragraph (136); and

      (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(137) TAUNTON RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS- The segment downstream from the headwaters, from the confluence of the Town River and the Matfield River in Bridgewater to the confluence with the Forge River in Raynham, Massachusetts.’.

SEC. 4. STUDY AND REPORT.

    Section 5(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(b)) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating the second paragraph (8) as paragraph (10);

      (2) by redesignating the second paragraph (11) as paragraph (12);

      (3) by redesignating the third paragraph (11) as paragraph (13);

      (4) by redesignating the fourth paragraph (11) as paragraph (14);

      (5) by redesignating the first undesignated paragraph as paragraph (15);

      (6) by redesignating the second undesignated paragraph as paragraph (16);

      (7) in paragraph (16), as so redesignated by paragraph (6) of this subsection, by striking ‘paragraph ( )’ and inserting ‘paragraph (136)’; and

      (8) by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(17) TAUNTON RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS- Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary of the Interior--

      ‘(A) shall complete the study of the Taunton River, Massachusetts; and

      ‘(B) shall submit to Congress a report describing the results of the study.’.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.