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Text of A bill to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide cost sharing for the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for ...

...implementation programs for the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River basins.

This bill was introduced on June 7, 2000, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 7, 2000 (Reported by Senate Committee).

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S 2239 RS

Calendar No. 793

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2239

[Report No. 106-403]

To authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide cost sharing for the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River basins.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 9, 2000

Mr. ALLARD (for himself, Mr. CAMPBELL, Mr. HATCH, Mr. BENNETT, and Mr. BINGAMAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Setpember 7, 2000

Reported by Mr. MURKOWSKI, with an amendment

[Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]


A BILL

To authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide cost sharing for the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River basins.

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

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to authorize and provide funding for the Bureau of Reclamation to continue the implementation of the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River basins in order to accomplish the objectives of the programs within an established timeframe.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) 1988 COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT- The term ‘1988 Cooperative Agreement’ means the cooperative agreement to implement the Recovery Implementation Program for Endangered Fish Species in the Upper Colorado River dated September 29, 1987, as the agreement may be amended.

      (2) 1992 COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT- The term ‘1992 Cooperative Agreement’ means the cooperative agreement to implement the San Juan River Recovery Program dated October 21, 1992, as the agreement may be amended.

      (3) BASE FUNDING- The term ‘base funding’ means--

        (A) funding for--

          (i) operation and maintenance of capital projects;

          (ii) implementation of recovery actions other than capital projects;

          (iii) monitoring and research to evaluate the need for or effectiveness of any recovery action; and

          (iv) program management;

        as necessary to carry out the Recovery Implementation Programs; and

        (B) annual funding provided under the 1988 Cooperative Agreement and the 1992 Cooperative Agreement.

      (4) CAPITAL PROJECT- The term ‘capital project’ means a project involving--

        (A) facilities planning, design, permitting (or other compliance), preconstruction activity, construction, and construction management;

        (B) replacement of facilities; and

        (C) acquisition of an interest in land or water;

      as necessary to carry out the Recovery Implementation Programs.

      (5) DEPLETION CHARGE- The term ‘depletion charge’ means a one-time contribution in dollars per acre-foot to be paid by each water project to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service based on the average annual new depletion.

      (6) FACILITY- The term ‘facility’ includes a facility for--

        (A) genetic conservation or propagation of the endangered fishes;

        (B) restoration of floodplain habitat or fish passage;

        (C) control or supply of instream flows; or

        (D) removal or translocation of nonnative fishes.

      (7) INTEREST IN LAND OR WATER- The term ‘interest in land or water’ includes a long-term lease, easement, or agreement protecting instream flows.

      (8) RECOVERY ACTION OTHER THAN A CAPITAL PROJECT- The term ‘recovery action other than a capital project’ includes--

        (A) a short-term lease or agreement for an interest in land, water, or facilities;

        (B) the reintroduction or augmentation of endangered fish stocks; and

        (C) the removal, translocation, or other control of a nonnative fishes.

      (9) RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMS- The term ‘Recovery Implementation Program’ means each of the intergovernmental programs established under--

        (A) the 1988 Cooperative Agreement; and

        (B) the 1992 Cooperative Agreement.

      (10) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation.

      (11) STORAGE PROJECT- The term ‘storage project’ means the dams, reservoirs, power plants, and other appurtenant project facilities and features authorized by and constructed in accordance with the Act of April 11, 1956 (commonly known as the ‘Colorado River Storage Project Act’) (43 U.S.C. 620 et seq.).

      (12) UPPER DIVISION STATE- The term ‘Upper Division State’ means each of the States of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION TO FUND RECOVERY PROGRAMS.

    (a) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR FEDERAL PARTICIPATION IN CAPITAL PROJECTS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $46,000,000 to undertake capital projects under this Act, to remain available until expended.

      (2) NONREIMBURSABILITY- Funds made available under paragraph (1) shall be a nonreimbursable Federal expenditure.

      (3) TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY-

        (A) UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN- The authority of the Secretary under this Act or any other provision of law to implement capital projects for the Recovery Implementation Program under the 1988 Cooperative Agreement shall terminate on September 30, 2005.

        (B) SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN- The authority of the Secretary under this Act or any other provision of law to implement capital projects for the Recovery Implementation Program under the 1992 Cooperative Agreement shall terminate on September 30, 2007.

    (b) COST OF CAPITAL PROJECTS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The total costs of the capital projects undertaken for the Recovery Implementation Programs receiving assistance under this Act shall not exceed $100,000,000, of which--

        (A) costs for the Recovery Implementation Program under the 1988 Cooperative Agreement through fiscal year 2005 shall not exceed $82,000,000; and

        (B) costs for the Recovery Implementation Program under the 1992 Cooperative Agreement through fiscal year 2007 shall not exceed $18,000,000.

      (2) ADJUSTMENTS- For each fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall adjust the amounts in paragraph (1) for inflation based on an appropriate economic index.

    (c) NON-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO CAPITAL PROJECTS-

      (1) USE OF CONTRIBUTED FUNDS- The Secretary may--

        (A) accept contributed funds not exceeding $17,000,000 from the Upper Division States, or political subdivisions of or organizations in the Upper Division States, under agreements providing that the contributions shall be used for capital projects costs; and

        (B) expend such funds as if appropriated for that purpose.

      (2) USE OF POWER REVENUES-

        (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Energy, acting through the Western Area Power Administration, and the Secretary may use power revenues not exceeding $17,000,000 collected under the Act of April 11, 1956 (43 U.S.C. 620 et seq.) to carry out this subsection.

        (B) REIMBURSABILITY- Revenues used as provided under subparagraph (A) shall be treated as reimbursable costs assigned to power for repayment under section 5 of the Act of April 11, 1956 (43 U.S.C. 620d).

        (C) TREATMENT AS NON-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION- Revenues used as provided in subparagraph (A) shall be considered a non-Federal contribution for the purposes of this Act.

        (D) AVAILABILITY ON MATCHING BASIS- Funding under this paragraph over any 2-fiscal-year period shall be made available in amounts equal to the contributions for the same 2-fiscal-year period made by the Upper Division States under paragraph (1).

        (E) ALTERNATIVE FUNDING THROUGH LOANS-

          (i) IN GENERAL- Funding under subparagraph (A) may be provided through loans from the Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund established under section 37-60-121 of the Colorado Revised Statutes to the Western Area Power Administration in lieu of funds that would otherwise be collected from power revenues and used for storage project repayments.

          (ii) AGREEMENT- The Western Area Power Administration is authorized to repay a loan under clause (i) from power revenues collected beginning in fiscal year 2012, subject to an agreement between the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Western Area Power Administration, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

          (iii) REQUIREMENTS- An agreement under clause (i) and any loan contracts that may be entered into by the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Western Area Power Administration, and the Bureau of Reclamation shall--

            (I) be negotiated in consultation with Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects Firm Power Contractors;

            (II) include provisions designed to minimize impacts on electrical power rates; and

            (III) ensure that loan repayment to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, including principal and interest, is completed not later than September 30, 2057.

        (F) POWER RATES- The Western Area Power Administration is authorized to include in power rates such sums as are necessary to carry out this paragraph.

      (3) FUNDING IN ADDITION TO COST OF REPLACEMENT POWER-

        (A) IN GENERAL- All contributions made under this subsection shall be in addition to--

          (i) the cost of replacement power purchased as a result of the modification of the operation of the Colorado River Storage Project; and

          (ii) the capital cost of water from Wolford Mountain Reservoir in Colorado.

        (B) TREATMENT AS NON-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION- The costs described in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) shall be considered as non-Federal contributions, not to exceed $20,000,000.

    (d) BASE FUNDING-

      (1) IN GENERAL-

        (A) POWER REVENUES- Beginning with the first fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary may use power revenues collected under the Act of April 11, 1956 (43 U.S.C. 620 et seq.), for the annual base funding contributions to the Recovery Implementation Programs by the Bureau of Reclamation.

        (B) TREATMENT- Use of revenues as provided under subparagraph (A) shall be treated as nonreimbursable and as having been repaid and returned to the general fund of the Treasury as costs assigned to power for repayment under section 5 of the Act of April 11, 1956 (43 U.S.C. 620d).

      (2) LIMITATION-

        (A) IN GENERAL-

          (i) UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN- For the Recovery Implementation Program under the 1988 Cooperative Agreement, the contributions to base funding under paragraph (1) shall not exceed $4,000,000 per fiscal year.

          (ii) SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN- For the Recovery Implementation Program under the 1992 Cooperative Agreement, the contributions to base funding under paragraph (1) shall not exceed $2,000,000 per fiscal year.

        (B) ADJUSTMENTS- The Secretary shall adjust the amounts in subparagraph (A) for inflation in fiscal years beginning after the date of enactment of this Act.

        (C) TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY- The use of power revenues for annual base funding shall terminate on September 30, 2011, except that power revenues may continue to be used to fund the operation and maintenance of capital projects and monitoring.

        (D) REPORT-

          (i) IN GENERAL- Not later than September 30, 2008, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the use of power revenues for base funding.

          (ii) RECOMMENDATION- The report under clause (i) shall include a recommendation regarding the need for continued base funding after fiscal year 2011 that may be required to fulfill the goals of the Recovery Implementation Programs.

        (E) EFFECT OF ACT- Nothing in this Act affects any agreement among participants regarding base funding and depletion charges for the Recovery Implementation Programs.

      (3) SUFFICIENCY OF REVENUES-

        (A) IN GENERAL- The Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Reclamation shall maintain sufficient revenues in the Upper Colorado River Basin Fund to meet the obligation of the Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Reclamation to provide base funding in accordance with this subsection.

        (B) DETERMINATION OF INSUFFICIENCY- If the Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Reclamation determine that the funds in the Upper Colorado River Basin Fund will not be sufficient to meet the obligations of the Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Reclamation under section 5(c)(1) of the Act of April 11, 1956 (43 U.S.C. 620d(c)(1)), for a 3-year period, the Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Reclamation shall request appropriations to meet base funding obligations.

    (e) ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY- The Secretary may--

      (1) enter into agreements and contracts with Federal and non-Federal entities;

      (2) acquire and transfer interests in land, water, and facilities; and

      (3) accept or give grants to carry out this Act.

    (f) INDIAN TRUST ASSETS-

      (1) FINDINGS- Congress finds that--

        (A) much of the potential water development in the San Juan River basin and in the Duchesne River basin (a subbasin of the Green River in the Upper Colorado River basin) is for the benefit of Indian tribes;

        (B) most of the federally designated critical habitat for the endangered fish species in the San Juan River basin is on Indian trust land; and

        (C) 2 1/2 miles of the critical habitat on the Duchesne River is on Indian trust land.

      (2) EFFECT OF ACT- Nothing in this Act restricts the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation or the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in funding activities or capital projects in the performance of the Indian trust responsibility of the United States.

    (g) TERMINATION OF SPENDING AUTHORITY- All spending authorities provided by this section for the Recovery Implementation Programs shall terminate on expiration of the time period in effect on the date of enactment of this Act for 1988 Cooperative Agreement and the 1992 Cooperative Agreement, respectively, unless, at least 1 year before such expiration, the time period for the cooperative agreement is extended to conform with this Act.

SEC. 4. EFFECT ON RECLAMATION LAW.

    [Struck out->] Construction of a facility or acquisition of an interest in land or water under this Act shall not render the facility or interest in land or water or associated processes and procedures subject to the Act of June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388, chapter 1093), and Acts supplemental to and amendatory of that Act (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.). [<-Struck out]

    No provision of this Act nor any action taken pursuant thereto or in furtherance thereof shall constitute a new or supplemental benefit under the Act of June 17, 1902, (32 Stat. 388, chapter 1093), and Acts supplemental to and amendatory thereof (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.).

Calendar No. 793

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2239

[Report No. 106-403]

A BILL

To authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide cost sharing for the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River basins.


September 7, 2000

Reported with an amendment