H.R. 4465 extends through 2023, the specific authority of the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to collect and spend certain proceeds from the sale of electricity generated by hydropower plants owned by BOR for endangered fish recovery programs in the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River Basins. The fish recovery activities include research, removal of nonnative fish, and program management, while at the same time ensuring the continued reliability of water and power operations in these Basins. In recent years, BOR has spent approximately $12 million annually under this program, of which $8 million is from these hydropower sales.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 13, 2018.
Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017
(Sec.2)This bill extends through FY2023 the authority of the Department of the Interior to use power revenues collected pursuant to the Colorado River Storage Project Act for annual base funding of endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins.
(Sec.3)Additionally, Interior must submit to Congress a report that describes the accomplishments and costs of the recovery implementation programs.