H. R. 3263
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 26, 2011
Mr. Cole (for himself and Mr. Lankford) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the storage and conveyance of nonproject water at the Norman project in Oklahoma, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of
Norman project, oklahoma
Public Law 86–529 (74 Stat. 225) is amended by adding at the end the following:
If the Secretary of the Interior determines that there is
enough excess capacity in the reservoir on the Little River known as
Lake Thunderbird that nonproject water can be stored in Lake
Thunderbird, the Secretary of the Interior may, in accordance with the
reclamation laws, amend an existing contract, or enter into 1 or more new
contracts, with the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District for the
storage and conveyance of nonproject water in Norman project facilities to
augment municipal and industrial supplies for the cities served by the Central
Oklahoma Master Conservancy District.
If any additional infrastructure is needed to enable the storage and conveyance of non-project water in Norman project facilities under subsection (a) or any other provision of this Act, the costs of constructing, operating, and maintaining the infrastructure shall be the responsibility of the non-Federal entity contracting with the Secretary of the Interior for storage and conveyance rights.
Nothing in this Act or an amendment made by this Act authorizes any expansion of the storage capacity of Lake Thunderbird.