S. 266 (110th): North Unit Irrigation District Act of 2007

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Jan 11, 2007 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 266

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 11, 2007

(for himself and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the North Unit Irrigation District Act of 2007.

2.

North Unit Irrigation District

The Act of August 10, 1954 (68 Stat. 679, chapter 663), is amended—

(1)

in the first section—

(A)

by inserting (referred to in this Act as the District) after irrigation district; and

(B)

by inserting (referred to in this Act as the Contract) after 1953; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

3.

Additional terms

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:

(1)

In Article 8(a) of the Contract, by deleting a maximum of 50,000 and inserting approximately 59,000 after irrigation service to.

(2)

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 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 and inserting 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..

(3)

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.

(4)

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 herein provided.

(5)

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..

(6)

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 irrigation system.

(7)

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.

(8)

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..

4.

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.

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