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H.R. 974 (114th): Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 8, 2015 (Reported by House Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.


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Union Calendar No. 285

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 974

[Report No. 114–373]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

December 8, 2015

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on February 13, 2015


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to promulgate regulations to allow the use of hand-propelled vessels on certain rivers and streams that flow in and through certain Federal lands in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act.

2.

Definitions

For the purposes of this Act:

(1)

Hand-propelled vessel

The term hand-propelled vessel means a vessel designed for river travel that is propelled by one or more people using paddles or oars, such as canoes, inflatable kayaks, kayaks, packrafts, and rafts.

(2)

Paddling

The term paddling means the use of hand-propelled vessels for descending, crossing, or otherwise floating upon rivers and streams.

3.

Promulgation of Regulations

(a)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available for this section, the Secretary of the Interior shall promulgate regulations to allow the use of hand-propelled vessels on waters within Yellowstone National Park in the States of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway in the State of Wyoming. Waters where such use shall be allowed under the regulations shall include, at a minimum, the segments listed in subsection (b).

(b)

Applicable waters

The waters referred to in subsection (a) are the following:

(1)

Beaverdam creek

The approximately 5.6-mile segment of Beaverdam Creek from 8085’ to Yellowstone Lake.

(2)

Bechler river

The approximately 17.4-mile segment of Bechler River from Three River Junction to the confluence with Falls River.

(3)

Boundary creek

The approximately 15.3-mile segment of Boundary Creek from 7455’ to the confluence with Bechler River.

(4)

Cache creek

The approximately 12.2-mile segment from 7737’ to the confluence with Lamar River.

(5)

Coulter creek

The approximately .9-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park south boundary to the confluence with the Snake River.

(6)

Falls river

The approximately 20.4-mile segment from 7316’ to the Yellowstone National Park south boundary.

(7)

Fan creek

The approximately 7.7-mile segment from Fan Creek upper forks (7526’) to the confluence with the Gallatin River.

(8)

Ferris fork

The approximately 1-mile segment from 7455’ to Three River Junction.

(9)

Firehole river

The approximately 4.5-mile segment of campsite OA3 to Kepler Cascades.

(10)

Gallatin river

The approximately 22.3-mile segment from 7650’ to the Yellowstone National Park northwest boundary.

(11)

Gardner river

The approximately 23.6-mile segment from Fawn Creek to the confluence with Yellowstone River.

(12)

Grayling creek

The approximately 7.4-mile segment from Grayling Creek canyon mouth (7088’) to the Yellowstone National Park west boundary.

(13)

Gregg fork

The approximately 1.7-mile segment from 7795’ to Three River Junction.

(14)

Heart river

The approximately 4.8-mile segment from Heart Lake to the confluence with Snake River.

(15)

Hellroaring creek

The approximately 6.4-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park north boundary to the confluence with the Yellowstone River.

(16)

Howell creek

The approximately 5.4-mile segment from Howell Creek upper forks to the confluence with Mountain Creek.

(17)

Indian creek

The approximately 7.7-mile segment from 8030’ meadow to the confluence with Gardner River.

(18)

Lamar river

The approximately 27.3-mile segment from 8167’ to Specimen Ridge trail.

(19)

Lamar river

The approximately 7.5-mile segment from the top of Lamar Canyon (6478’) to the confluence with Yellowstone River.

(20)

Lewis river

The approximately 8.5-mile segment from the top of Lewis Canyon (7730’) to the confluence with Snake River.

(21)

Little lamar river

The approximately 3.7-mile segment from 8200’ to the confluence with the Lamar River.

(22)

Middle creek

The approximately 4-mile segment from 7265’ to the Yellowstone National Park east boundary.

(23)

Miller creek

The approximately 10-mile segment from 7655’ to the confluence with Lamar River.

(24)

Mountain ash creek

The approximately 5.7-mile segment from 6555’ to the confluence with Falls River.

(25)

Mountain creek

The approximately 7.9-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park east boundary to the confluence with Yellowstone River.

(26)

Nez perce creek

The approximately 8.2-mile segment from 7310’ to Grand Loop Road.

(27)

Pebble creek

The approximately 10.3-mile segment from 7954’ trail crossing to the confluence with Soda Butte Creek.

(28)

Polecat creek

The approximately 2-mile segment from 7050’ to the Yellowstone National Park south boundary.

(29)

Robinson creek

The approximately 4.4-mile segment from 6555’ to the Yellowstone National Park southwest boundary.

(30)

Slough creek

The approximately 13.4-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park north boundary to Slough Creek trail head/campground.

(31)

Snake river

The approximately 31.8-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park southeast boundary (8059’) to the Yellowstone National Park south boundary (6867’).

(32)

Soda butte creek

The approximately 10.3-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park northeast boundary to the confluence with Amphitheater Creek.

(33)

Specimen creek

The approximately 2.6-mile segment from 7170’ to the confluence with the Gallatin River.

(34)

Thorofare creek

The approximately 4.4-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park southeast boundary to the confluence with Yellowstone River.

(35)

Trail creek

The approximately 3-mile segment from Trail Lake to Yellowstone Lake.

(36)

Yellowstone river

The approximately 36-mile segment, including Grand and Black canyons, from Sevenmile Hole to the Yellowstone National Park north boundary.

(37)

Yellowstone river

The approximately 26.7-mile segment from Yellowstone National Park southeast boundary to Yellowstone Lake.

(38)

Arizona creek

The approximately 4.8-mile segment from the Grand Teton National Park east boundary to Jackson Lake.

(39)

Berry creek

The approximately 9.9-mile segment from 7560’ to Jackson Lake.

(40)

Buffalo fork river

The approximately 8.7-mile segment from the Grand Teton National Park east boundary to the confluence with Snake River.

(41)

Cottonwood creek

The approximately 7.3-mile segment from Jenny Lake to the confluence with Snake River.

(42)

Ditch creek

The approximately 7.3-mile segment from the Grand Teton National Park east boundary to the confluence with Snake River.

(43)

Gros ventre river

The approximately 12.7-mile segment from the Grand Teton National Park southeast boundary to the Grand Teton National Park south boundary.

(44)

Lake creek

The approximately 3.9-mile segment from Phelps Lake to the Grand Teton National Park south boundary.

(45)

Owl creek

The approximately 2.2-mile segment from 7312’ to the confluence with Berry Creek.

(46)

Pacific creek

The approximately 4.6-mile segment from the Grand Teton National Park northeast boundary to the confluence with Snake River.

(47)

Pilgrim creek

The approximately 6.8-mile segment from Grand Teton National Park northeast boundary to Jackson Lake.

(48)

Pilgrim creek east fork

The approximately .8-mile segment from the Grand Teton National Park northeast boundary to the confluence with Pilgrim Creek.

(49)

Polecat creek

The approximately 3.9-mile segment from the Yellowstone National Park south boundary to the confluence with Snake River.

(50)

Spread creek

The approximately 4.3-mile segment, including both channels of Spread Creek, from the Grand Teton National Park east boundary to the Snake River.

(c)

Applicable waters by boundaries

The boundaries of any river proposed in subsection (b) shall generally comprise that area measured within one-quarter mile from the ordinary high water mark on each side of the listed rivers and streams. This subsection shall not be construed to limit the scope of the regulation to address areas which may lie more than one-quarter mile from the ordinary high water mark on each side of the river.

(d)

Applicable laws

The regulations required by subsection (a) shall be promulgated in accordance with—

(1)

laws, regulations, and policies generally applicable to units of the National Park System; and

(2)

sections 551 through 559 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Administrative Procedure Act).

(e)

Commercial use

(1)

No expansion of use

The regulations issued under this section shall not consider any expansion of commercial use of hand-propelled vessels in the parks.

(2)

Savings provisions

Nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the commercial use of hand-propelled vessels.

(f)

Coordination of Recreational Use

When promulgating regulations under this section, the Secretary of the Interior shall consult with the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Director of the National Park Service to help ensure that the regulations provide that recreational use of hand-propelled vessels on the Gros Ventre River within the National Elk Refuge adjacent to Grand Teton National Park is consistent with the requirements of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.).

(g)

Previous regulations

Upon issuance of the final regulations required by subsection (a), the following regulations shall have no force or effect:

(1)

Section 7.13(d)(4)(ii) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (regarding vessels on streams and rivers in Yellowstone National Park).

(2)

Section 7.22(e)(3) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (regarding vessels on lakes and rivers in Grand Teton National Park).

(h)

Cost recovery

The Secretary is authorized to recover all costs, in accordance with section 103104 of title 54, United States Code, associated with monitoring the use of hand-propelled vessels, including the cost of inspecting and decontaminating vessels to prevent the introduction or spread of invasive or injurious species in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

December 8, 2015

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed