H.R. 6360 (111th): Onondaga Lake Restoration Act

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Sep 29, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6360

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 29, 2010

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out activities for the restoration, conservation, and management of Onondaga Lake, New York, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Onondaga Lake Restoration Act.

2.

Onondaga Lake, New York

(a)

Restoration, conservation, and management activities

Title I of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

123.

Onondaga Lake, New York

(a)

Restoration, conservation, and management activities

(1)

Establishment of Onondaga Lake Watershed Council

The Administrator shall establish a council, to be known as the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council, to develop a plan, consistent with subsection (g), for the restoration, conservation, and management of Onondaga Lake. The plan shall be known as the Adaptive Management Plan.

(2)

Implementation of Adaptive Management Plan

The Administrator shall cooperate with Federal and State agencies and make grants, and otherwise make funds available under subsection (f), to carry out the recommendations of the Adaptive Management Plan. Such recommendations shall be carried out—

(A)

in consultation with the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council; and

(B)

with the participation of the public, including the Onondaga Nation, Federal, State, and local governmental entities, and all other entities that may be affected by activities under this section.

(b)

Onondaga Lake Watershed Council

(1)

Duties

(A)

Development of Adaptive Management Plan

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall develop and (as necessary to achieve the goals identified under subsection (c)(1)) periodically revise the Adaptive Management Plan in consultation with the Onondaga Lake Scientific Center.

(B)

Establishment of program for public participation

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall establish and carry out a comprehensive, inclusive, and ongoing program for participation of the public, including the Onondaga Nation, Federal, State, and local governmental entities, and all other entities that may be affected by activities under this section, in the development and revision of the Adaptive Management Plan under subparagraph (A).

(2)

Membership

(A)

In general

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall consist of the following members:

(i)

The Administrator.

(ii)

The Secretary of the Army.

(iii)

The head of any other interested Federal department or agency, as determined by the Administrator.

(iv)

The Governor of the State of New York.

(v)

A representative designated by the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs.

(vi)

A representative designated by the mayor of the City of Syracuse, New York.

(vii)

A representative designated by the County Executive of Onondaga County, New York.

(B)

Ex officio membership

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall consist of the following ex officio, non-voting members:

(i)

The Senators from the State of New York.

(ii)

Each Member of the House of Representatives whose congressional district is located all or partially within the Onondaga Lake watershed.

(iii)

Each member of the New York State Legislature whose district is located all or partially within the Onondaga Lake watershed.

(iv)

Such other members as the Administrator determines appropriate.

(C)

Designees

Any member of the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council specified in clauses (i) through (iv) of subparagraph (A) or in subparagraph (B) may appoint a designee to serve in place of the member on the Council.

(3)

Committees

(A)

Establishment

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall adopt bylaws providing for the establishment of standing committees including the following:

(i)

A Public Outreach and Participation Committee.

(ii)

A Science and Engineering Committee.

(B)

Appointment

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall appoint members to each committee described in subparagraph (A).

(c)

Adaptive Management Plan

(1)

Identification of goals

The Adaptive Management Plan shall identify measurable goals for—

(A)

the restoration, conservation, and management of Onondaga Lake; and

(B)

compliance with all provisions of law (except a provision of law described in subsection (g)(1)(A)) affecting the restoration and conservation of Onondaga Lake, including the water quality standards established for Onondaga Lake (including total maximum daily loads established under section 303(d)(C)) and the Amended Consent Judgment and all effluent limitations therein (or otherwise promulgated under this Act).

(2)

Recommendation of strategies

To achieve the goals identified under paragraph (1), the Adaptive Management Plan shall incorporate and update the recommendations of the Onondaga Lake Management Plan to recommend strategies for management of—

(A)

the biological makeup of Onondaga Lake;

(B)

the physical development of Onondaga Lake and its surroundings; and

(C)

the use of Onondaga Lake for recreational and other purposes.

(3)

Coordination with other activities

The strategies recommended under paragraph (2) shall provide for coordination with all other activities to restore or conserve, or otherwise affecting the restoration or conservation of, Onondaga Lake, including ongoing public participation activities, monitoring activities, and other activities carried out under Federal or State law.

(4)

Ongoing evaluation of strategies

To evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies recommended under paragraph (2) in achieving the goals identified under paragraph (1), the Adaptive Management Plan shall—

(A)

identify specific monitoring parameters by which to make such evaluation, and provide for the periodic revision of the monitoring parameters to achieve such goals;

(B)

establish a monitoring program to measure the monitoring parameters identified under subparagraph (A); and

(C)

provide for the periodic evaluation of the data collected pursuant to the monitoring program required by subparagraph (B).

(5)

Approval

The recommendations of the Adaptive Management Plan shall not be carried out under subsection (a)(2) before the date on which the plan is approved by the Administrator and the Governor of the State of New York. The Administrator, after providing an opportunity for public review and comment, shall approve the plan not later than 120 days after the date of its development under subsection (b)(1)(A) if the Adaptive Management Plan meets the requirements of this section and the Governor of the State of New York concurs in such approval.

(6)

Effect on Onondaga Lake Management Plan

This section shall not be construed to interfere with any activity carried out under the Onondaga Lake Management Plan, or any other activity affecting the restoration, conservation, or management of Onondaga Lake, before the date of approval of the Adaptive Management Plan under paragraph (5).

(d)

Onondaga Lake Scientific Center

(1)

Establishment

The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council shall establish and direct a center to be known as the Onondaga Lake Scientific Center.

(2)

Duties

The Onondaga Lake Scientific Center shall advise the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council on—

(A)

development of benchmarks to accomplish the goals identified under subsection (c)(1);

(B)

implementation of the strategies recommended under subsection (c)(2);

(C)

implementation of the monitoring program under subsection (c)(4)(B);

(D)

establishment of the program for public participation described in subsection (b)(1)(B); and

(E)

other matters concerning the development and implementation of the Adaptive Management Plan.

(3)

Membership

The Onondaga Lake Scientific Center shall consist of the following members:

(A)

The Administrator.

(B)

Non-Federal entities appointed by the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council, including—

(i)

Syracuse University;

(ii)

the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry;

(iii)

the Upstate Freshwater Institute;

(iv)

the Onondaga Environmental Institute; and

(v)

such other members as the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council may deem appropriate.

(4)

Reporting

The Onondaga Lake Scientific Center shall submit to the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council an annual report—

(A)

assessing the effectiveness of the strategies recommended under subsection (c)(2) in accomplishing the goals identified under subsection (c)(1);

(B)

recommending changes to management and monitoring activities to accomplish the goals identified under subsection (c)(1); and

(C)

recommending means for implementation of such changes.

(e)

Onondaga Environmental Institute

The Onondaga Environmental Institute, as a condition of receiving grants under subsection (f)(2), shall provide administrative services for the development and implementation of the Adaptive Management Plan.

(f)

Funding

(1)

In general

The Administrator may make funds available to members of the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council and Onondaga Lake Scientific Center to carry out this section.

(2)

Grants

The Administrator, in consultation with the Onondaga Lake Watershed Council, may make grants on a noncompetitive basis to the Governor of the State of New York, the mayor of the City of Syracuse, New York, the County Executive of Onondaga County, New York, and members of the Onondaga Lake Scientific Center described in subsection (d)(3)(B)—

(A)

to implement the strategies recommended under section (c)(2);

(B)

for research, surveys, administrative services, and studies; and

(C)

to gather data necessary to carry out the objectives of this section.

(3)

No relief from liability

Grants made under this subsection shall not relieve from liability any person that would otherwise be liable under Federal or State law for damages, response costs, natural resource damages, restitution, equitable relief, or any other relief.

(4)

Matching requirement

Federal funds expended for activities to carry out this section, including funds made available under paragraph (1), grants made under paragraph (2), and funds used for administrative expenses for such activities under subsection (i)(2) shall not exceed 65 percent of the costs of such activities. The non-Federal share of such costs shall be provided from non-Federal sources, and may be provided through the provision of in-kind services.

(g)

Relationship to other laws

(1)

No effect on Federal or State law or responsibilities assigned thereunder

This section shall not be construed to alter, modify, or otherwise affect any other provision of Federal or State law or any responsibility assigned thereunder, including—

(A)

a provision of law (including a provision of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) or the New York State Environmental Conservation Law) that requires, and assigns responsibility for, the performance of cleanup activities (including response and removal activities) or other activities affecting the restoration or conservation of Onondaga Lake; and

(B)

the responsibility assigned under a provision of law described in subparagraph (A).

(2)

No effect on existing liabilities

This section shall not be construed to create or enlarge any liability that any party may have for natural resource damages under any provision of law.

(h)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Amended Consent Judgment

The term Amended Consent Judgment means the Amended Consent Judgment entered January 20, 1998, in the case of Atlantic States Legal Foundation v. The Onondaga County Department of Drainage and Sanitation, Civil Action No. 88–CV–0066, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, as amended.

(2)

Onondaga Environmental Institute

The term Onondaga Environmental Institute means the not-for-profit corporation established pursuant to section 401(d)(1) of the Great Lakes Critical Programs Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–596; 104 Stat. 3010) and section 411(d)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–640; 104 Stat. 4648).

(3)

Onondaga Lake

The term Onondaga Lake means Onondaga Lake, New York, and its watershed.

(4)

Onondaga Lake Management Plan

The term Onondaga Lake Management Plan means the plan—

(A)

developed pursuant to section 401(a)(1) of the Great Lakes Critical Programs Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–596; 104 Stat. 3010) and 411(a)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–640; 104 Stat. 4648);

(B)

modified by the Amended Consent Judgment; and

(C)

revised under section 573(c)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106–53; 113 Stat. 372), as in effect before the date of the enactment of this Act.

(i)

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

In general

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section $10,000,000 each fiscal year. Amounts so appropriated shall remain available until expended.

(2)

Administrative expenses

The Administrator may use amounts appropriated under paragraph (1) for administrative expenses associated with carrying out this section.

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(b)

Water Resources Development Act of 1999

Section 573 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106–53; 113 Stat. 372) is repealed. Such section 573, as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, shall continue to apply to amounts appropriated before such date and made available to carry out such section.