IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 11, 2012
Mr. Bennet (for himself and Mr. Udall of Colorado) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To provide assistance for watersheds adversely affected by qualifying natural disasters.
In this section:
The term disaster county means—
a county included in the geographical area covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration; and
each county contiguous to a county described in subparagraph (A), when appropriate as determined by the Secretary.
Qualifying natural disaster declaration
The term qualifying natural disaster declaration means a major disaster or emergency designated by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.).
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture.
Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the account used to carry out the emergency watershed protection program established under section 403 of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2203) $89,400,000, which the Secretary shall use to provide financial and technical assistance in disaster counties to project sponsors to address impaired watersheds under that program.
Receipt and acceptance
The account described in paragraph (1) shall be entitled to receive, shall accept, and shall be used to carry out this section the funds transferred under paragraph (1), without further appropriation.