IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 11, 2007
Mr. Smith (for himself and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To provide for the modification of an amendatory repayment contract between the Secretary of the Interior and the North Unit Irrigation District, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
North Unit Irrigation District Act of 2007.
North Unit Irrigation District
The Act of August 10, 1954 (68 Stat. 679, chapter 663), is amended—
in the first section—
(referred to in this Act as the after
irrigation district; and
(referred to in this Act as the after
by adding at the end the following:
On approval of the District directors and notwithstanding project authorizing legislation to the contrary, the Contract is modified, without further action by the Secretary of the Interior, to include the following modifications:
In Article 8(a) of the Contract, by deleting
a maximum of 50,000 and inserting
approximately 59,000 after
irrigation service to.
In Article 11(a) of the Contract, by deleting
The classified irrigable lands within the project comprise 49,817.75 irrigable acres, of which 35,773.75 acres are in Class A and 14,044.40 in Class B. These lands and the standards upon which the classification was made are described in the document entitled and inserting
Land Classification, North Unit, Deschutes Project, 1953 which is on file in the office of the Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, Idaho, and in the office of the District
The classified irrigable land within the project comprises 58,902.8 irrigable acres, all of which are authorized to receive irrigation water pursuant to water rights issued by the State of Oregon and have in the past received water pursuant to such State water rights..
In Article 11(c) of the Contract, by deleting
, with the approval of the Secretary, after
District may, by deleting
the 49,817.75 acre maximum limit on the irrigable area is not exceeded and inserting
irrigation service is provided to no more than approximately 59,000 acres and no amendment to the District boundary is required after
time so long as.
In Article 11(d) of the Contract, by inserting
, and may further be used for instream purposes, including fish or wildlife purposes, to the extent that such use is required by Oregon State law in order for the District to engage in, or take advantage of, conserved water projects as authorized by Oregon State law after
By adding at the end of Article 12(d) the following:
(e) Notwithstanding the above subsections of this Article or Article 13 below, beginning with the irrigation season immediately following the date of enactment of the North Unit Irrigation District Act of 2006, the annual installment for each year, for the District, under the Contract, on account of the District’s construction charge obligation, shall be a fixed and equal annual amount payable on June 30 the year following the year for which it is applicable, such that the District’s total construction charge obligation shall be completely paid by June 30, 2044..
In Article 14(a) of the Contract, by inserting
and for instream purposes, including fish or wildlife purposes, to the extent that such use is required by Oregon State law in order for the District to engage in, or take advantage of, conserved water projects as authorized by Oregon State law, after
and incidental stock and domestic uses, by inserting
and for instream purposes as described above, after
irrigation, stock and domestic uses, and by inserting
, including natural flow rights out of the Crooked River held by the District after
In Article 29(a) of the Contract, by inserting
and for instream purposes, including fish or wildlife purposes, to the extent that such use is required by Oregon State law in order for the District to engage in, or take advantage of, conserved water projects as authorized by Oregon State law after
provided in article 11.
In Article 34 of the Contract, by deleting
The District, after the election and upon the execution of this contract, shall promptly secure final decree of the proper State court approving and confirming this contract and decreeing and adjudging it to be a lawful, valid, and binding general obligation of the District. The District shall furnish to the United States certified copies of such decrees and of all pertinent supporting records. after
for that purpose..
Future authority to renegotiate
The Secretary of the Interior (acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation) may in the future renegotiate with the District such terms of the Contract as the District directors determine to be necessary, only upon the written request of the District directors and the consent of the Commissioner of Reclamation.