IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 6, 2014
Mr. Baucus introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System.
This Act may be cited as
Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System Act of 2014
The purpose of this Act is to ensure a safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supply for the citizens of—
Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, and Richland Counties of the State; and
McKenzie County, North Dakota.
In this Act:
The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration.
The term Authority means—
the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority, which is a publicly owned nonprofit water authority formed in accordance with Mont. Code Ann. § 75–6–302 (2007); and
any nonprofit successor entity.
The term integrated system means the transmission system owned by the Western Area Power Administration Basin Electric Power District and the Heartland Consumers Power District.
Non-Federal distribution system
The term non-Federal distribution system means a non-Federal utility that provides electricity to the counties covered by the Water System.
The term Pick-Sloan program means the
Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program (authorized by
section 9 of the
December 22, 1944 (commonly known as the
Flood Control Act of
1944) (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665)).
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term State means the State of Montana.
The term Water System means the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System authorized under section 4 with a project service area that includes—
the Garfield and McCone Counties of the State;
the area west of the Yellowstone River in Dawson and Richland Counties of the State;
Township 15N (including the area north of the Township) in Prairie County of the State; and
the portion of McKenzie County, North Dakota that includes all land that is located west of the Yellowstone River in the State of North Dakota.
Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System
If the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of the
Bureau of Reclamation, determines that the project is feasible, the
is authorized to carry out the project entitled
Water Authority System in a manner that is substantially in accordance
with the plans, and subject to the conditions, described in the
Dry-Redwater Regional Water System Feasibility Study, including revisions of the study, which
received funding from the Bureau of Reclamation on September 1, 2010, and
be completed in accordance with
section 106(a) of the Rural Water Supply
43 U.S.C. 2405(a)
The Secretary shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the Authority to provide Federal assistance for the planning, design, and construction of the Water System.
The Federal share of the costs relating to the planning, design, and construction of the Water System shall not exceed—
75 percent of the total cost of the Water System; or
such other lesser amount as may be determined by the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation in a feasibility report.
Amounts made available under subparagraph (A) shall not be returnable or reimbursable under the reclamation laws.
Use of Federal funds
Subject to subparagraph (B), Federal funds made available to carry out this section may be used for—
facilities relating to—
water treatment; and
transmission pipelines and pumping stations;
appurtenant buildings, maintenance equipment, and access roads;
any interconnection facility that connects a pipeline of the Water System to a pipeline of a public water system;
distribution, pumping, and storage facilities that—
serve the needs of citizens who use public water systems;
are in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; and
may be purchased, improved, and repaired in accordance with a cooperative agreement entered into by the Secretary under subsection (a)(2);
electrical power transmission and distribution facilities required for the operation and maintenance of the Water System;
any other facility or service required for the development of a rural water distribution system, as determined by the Secretary; and
any property or property right required for the construction or operation of a facility described in this subsection.
Federal funds made available to carry out this section shall not be used for the operation, maintenance, or replacement of the Water System.
Title to the Water System shall be held by the Authority.
Use of power from Pick-Sloan program
Congress finds that McCone and Garfield Counties in the State were designated as impact counties during the period in which the Fort Peck Dam was constructed, and as such, were to receive impact mitigation benefits in accordance with the Pick-Sloan program.
Availability of power
Subject to paragraph (2), the Administrator shall make available to the Water System a quantity of power required, of up to 1½ megawatt capacity, to meet the pumping and incidental operation requirements of the Water System during the period beginning on May 1 and ending on October 31 of each year—
from the water intake facilities; and
through all pumping stations, water treatment facilities, reservoirs, storage tanks, and pipelines up to the point of delivery of water by the water supply system to all storage reservoirs and tanks and each entity that distributes water at retail to individual users.
The Water System shall be eligible to receive power under paragraph (1) if the Water System—
operates on a not-for-profit basis; and
is constructed pursuant to a cooperative agreement entered into by the Secretary under section 4(a)(2).
The Administrator shall establish the cost of the power described in paragraph (1) at the firm power rate.
If power, in addition to that made available to the Water System under paragraph (1), is necessary to meet the pumping requirements of the Authority, the Administrator may purchase the necessary additional power at the best available rate.
The cost of purchasing additional power shall be reimbursed to the Administrator by the Authority.
Responsibility for power charges
The Authority shall be responsible for the payment of the power charge described in paragraph (4) and non-Federal delivery costs described in paragraph (6).
The Water System shall be responsible for all non-Federal transmission and distribution system delivery and service arrangements.
The Water System shall be responsible for funding any transmission upgrades, if required, to the integrated system necessary to deliver power to the Water System.
Nothing in this section exempts the Water System from the requirements of the Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 ( 43 U.S.C. 2401 et seq.).
Nothing in this Act—
preempts or affects any State water law; or
affects any authority of a State, as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act, to manage water resources within that State.
Authorization of appropriations
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the planning, design, and construction of the Water System such sums as are necessary, substantially in accordance with the cost estimate set forth in the feasibility study described in section 4(a).
The amount authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a) may be increased or decreased in accordance with ordinary fluctuations in development costs incurred after January 1, 2008, as indicated by any available engineering cost indices applicable to construction activities that are similar to the construction of the Water System.