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H.R. 4465 (115th): Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 28, 2017 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

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.



1st Session

H. R. 4465


November 28, 2017

(for himself, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Polis, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Perlmutter, and Mr. Tipton) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


To maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023, to require a report on the implementation of those programs, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017.


Extension of authorization to use upper Colorado River Basin Fund revenues for annual base funding of fish recovery programs; removal of certain reporting requirement

Section 3(d)(2) of Public Law 106–392 (114 Stat. 1604; 126 Stat. 2444) is amended—


in the fourth sentence—


by striking 2019 and inserting 2023; and


by striking ; except that and all that follows through capital projects and monitoring; and


by striking the fifth, sixth, and seventh sentences.


Report on Recovery Implementation Programs

Section 3 of Public Law 106–392 (114 Stat. 1603; 126 Stat. 2444) is amended by adding at the end the following:




In general

Not later than September 30, 2021, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that—


describes the accomplishments of the Recovery Implementation Programs;




as of the date of the report, the listing status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) of the Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, razorback sucker, and bonytail; and


as of September 30, 2023, the projected listing status under that Act of each of the species referred to in clause (i);




the total expenditures and the expenditures by categories of activities by the Recovery Implementation Programs during the period beginning on the date on which the applicable Recovery Implementation Program was established and ending on September 30, 2021; and


projected expenditures by the Recovery Implementation Programs during the period beginning on October 1, 2021, and ending on September 30, 2023;


for purposes of the expenditures identified under clause (i), includes a description of—


any expenditures of appropriated funds;


any power revenues;


any contributions by the States, power customers, Tribes, water users, and environmental organizations; and


any other sources of funds for the Recovery Implementation Programs; and




any activities to be carried out under the Recovery Implementation Program after September 30, 2023; and


the projected cost of the activities described under clause (i).


Consultation required

The Secretary shall consult with the participants in the Recovery Implementation Programs in preparing the report under paragraph (1).