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S. 2074: A bill to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Jamestown Reservoir in the State of North Dakota, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 30, 2018 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 537

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2074

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 2, 2017

(for himself and Ms. Heitkamp) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

July 30, 2018

Reported by , with an amendment

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

A BILL

To establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Jamestown Reservoir in the State of North Dakota, and for other purposes.

1.

Jamestown Reservoir land conveyances

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Board

The term Board means Stutsman County Park Board in Jamestown, North Dakota (or a successor in interest to that entity).

(2)

Federal land

The term Federal land means the approximately 4,494.30 acres of Federal land—

(A)

associated with the Jamestown Reservoir;

(B)

managed by, or subject to a permit of—

(i)

the Board;

(ii)

the State; or

(iii)

a permittee; and

(C)

as generally described in the management agreement numbered 15–LM–60–2255 and entitled Management Agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation, et al., and the Stutsman County Park Board for the Development, Management, Operation, and Maintenance of Lands and Recreation Facilities at Jamestown Reservoir.

(3)

Jamestown Reservoir

The term Jamestown Reservoir means the Jamestown Reservoir constructed as a unit of the Missouri-Souris Division, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, as authorized by section 9 of the Act of December 22, 1944 (commonly known as the Flood Control Act of 1944) (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665).

(4)

Permittee

The term permittee means the holder (or any successor in interest to the holder) of a permit for a property.

(5)

Property

The term property means any cabin site located on Federal land for which a permit is in effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

(6)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation.

(7)

State

The term State means the State of North Dakota, acting through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

(b)

Purchase of property by permittee; transfers to Board and State

(1)

Option

The Secretary shall provide to the permittee of a property the first option to purchase that property in accordance with paragraph (3) for fair market value, subject to the condition that the permittee shall pay to the Board any outstanding permit fees before the permittee may exercise the option to purchase.

(2)

Determination of fair market value

(A)

In general

For purposes of this subsection, the fair market value of a property shall be determined by the Secretary—

(i)

using a local, third-party appraiser;

(ii)

in accordance with—

(I)

the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; and

(II)

the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition;

(iii)

to the extent appropriate in accordance with the valuation policy of the Department of the Interior; and

(iv)

valuing the property as unimproved residential property, excluding all improvements.

(B)

Disputes

Any dispute regarding the fair market value of a property shall be resolved in accordance with section 2201.4 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations).

(3)

Purchase

(A)

In general

On an election by a permittee to exercise the option to purchase a property pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary shall convey to the permittee, for fair market value—

(i)

all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the property, subject to valid existing rights and the operational requirements of the Jamestown Reservoir; and

(ii)

sole use, perpetual easements for—

(I)

vehicular access to the property;

(II)

access to, and use of, one or more docks for the property;

(III)

access to, and use of, all boathouses, ramps, retaining walls, and other improvements for which access is provided in the permit for use of the property as of the date of enactment of this Act; and

(IV)

access to water for irrigation with a water service contract.

(B)

Period for conveyance

The Secretary shall convey to a permittee a property pursuant to subparagraph (A) during the period—

(i)

beginning on the date of enactment of this Act; and

(ii)

ending on the date that is 5 years after that date of enactment.

(4)

Transfers to Board and State

(A)

Failure to purchase

(i)

In general

If a permittee fails to exercise the option to purchase a property under paragraph (3) by the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transfer the property to the Board, subject to clause (ii), without cost.

(ii)

Sale by Board of transferred property

If the Board sells or enters into one or more agreements to sell a property transferred under clause (i) during the 3-year period beginning on the date of the transfer, the Board shall pay to the Secretary all proceeds of the sale that are in excess of the costs of the Board.

(B)

Certain other land

Effective beginning on the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transfer—

(i)

to the Board, without cost, Federal land managed by the Board as of that date of enactment, on which no cabin is located; and

(ii)

to the State, without cost, land leased by the State as of that date of enactment.

(c)

Oil, gas, mineral, and other outstanding rights

Each conveyance to a permittee, and each transfer to the Board or State, pursuant to subsection (b) shall be made subject to—

(1)

oil, gas, and other mineral rights reserved of record, as of the date of enactment of this Act, by, or in favor of, the United States or a third party;

(2)

any permit, license, lease, right-of-use, flowage easement, or right-of-way of record in, on, over, or across the applicable property or Federal land, whether owned by the United States or a third party, as of the date of enactment of this Act;

(3)

any reversion back to the United States of land (other than land described in subsection (b)(4)(A)(i) or land transferred under subsection (b)(4)(B)(i) that is designated by the Secretary as a recreation area as of the date of enactment of this Act) transferred to the Board or State under subsection (b), if the applicable property is no longer used for the purpose of public access or recreation; and

(4)

any flowage easement reserved by the United States to allow full operation of Jamestown Reservoir for authorized purposes.

(d)

Liability; taking

(1)

Liability

The United States shall not be liable for flood damage to the property of a permittee, the Board, or the State, or for damages arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to a lot to which a permit applies, other than for damages caused by an act or omission of the United States or an employee, agent, or contractor of the United States before the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Taking

Any temporary flooding or flood damage to the property of a permittee, the Board, or the State, shall not be considered to be a taking by the United States.

(e)

Requirements relating to conveyances and transfers

(1)

Interim requirements

During the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on the date of conveyance or transfer of a property or land, the provisions of the management agreement referred to in subsection (a)(2)(C) that are applicable to the property or land, or to leases between the State and the Secretary, shall remain in force and effect.

(2)

Legal descriptions

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Board and the State, shall provide to the Board, the State, and each applicable permittee a legal description of all properties and land that may be conveyed or transferred pursuant to this section.

(3)

Restriction on conveyance

Effective beginning on the date of enactment of this Act—

(A)

a permittee may not build any new permanent structure below a flood pool elevation of 1,454 feet; and

(B)

if a permittee builds a structure described in subparagraph (A), the property of the permittee shall revert to the Board.

(f)

Proceeds from sales of Federal land

Any revenues from a sale of Federal land pursuant to this section shall be made available to the Secretary, without further appropriation, for—

(1)

the costs to the Secretary of carrying out this section, including any costs of carrying out subsections (b)(2)(A) and (e)(2); and

(2)

deferred maintenance activities relating to the operation of the dam in the Jamestown Reservoir.

1.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Board

The term Board means the Stutsman County Park Board in Jamestown, North Dakota.

(2)

Game and fish headquarters

The term game and fish headquarters means the land depicted as Game and Fish Headquarters on the Map.

(3)

Jamestown Reservoir

The term Jamestown Reservoir means the Jamestown Reservoir constructed as a unit of the Missouri-Souris Division, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, as authorized by section 9 of the Act of December 22, 1944 (commonly known as the Flood Control Act of 1944) (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665).

(4)

Management Agreement

The term Management Agreement means the management agreement entitled Management Agreement between the United States of America and Stutsman County Park Board for the Management, Development, Operation and Maintenance of Recreation and Related Improvements and Facilities at Jamestown Reservoir Stutsman County, North Dakota, numbered 15–LM–60–2255, and dated February 17, 2015.

(5)

Map

The term Map means the map prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation, entitled Jamestown Reservoir, and dated May 2018.

(6)

Permitted cabin land

The term permitted cabin land means the land depicted as Permitted Cabin Lands on the Map.

(7)

Property

The term property means any cabin site located on permitted cabin land for which a permit is in effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

(8)

Recreation land

The term recreation land means the land depicted as Recreation and Public Purpose Lands on the Map.

(9)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation.

(10)

State

The term State means the State of North Dakota, acting through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

2.

Conveyances to Stutsman County Park Board

(a)

Conveyances to Stutsman County Park Board

(1)

In general

Subject to the management requirements of paragraph (3) and the easements and reservations under section 4, not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall convey to the Board all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to—

(A)

the recreation land; and

(B)

the permitted cabin land.

(2)

Costs

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall convey the land described in paragraph (1) at no cost.

(B)

Title transfer; land surveys

As a condition of the conveyances under paragraph (1), the Board shall agree to pay all survey and other administrative costs necessary for the preparation and completion of any patents for, and transfers of title to, the land described in paragraph (1).

(3)

Management

(A)

Recreation land

The Board shall manage the recreation land conveyed under paragraph (1)—

(i)

for recreation and public purposes consistent with the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (44 Stat. 741, chapter 578; 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.);

(ii)

for public access;

(iii)

for fish and wildlife habitat; or

(iv)

to preserve the natural character of the recreation land.

(B)

Permitted cabin land

The Board shall manage the permitted cabin land conveyed under paragraph (1)—

(i)

for cabins or recreational residences in existence as of the date of enactment of this Act; or

(ii)

for any of the recreation land management purposes described in subparagraph (A).

(4)

Haying and grazing

With respect to recreation land conveyed under paragraph (1) that is used for haying or grazing authorized by the Management Agreement as of the date of enactment of this Act, the Board may continue to permit haying and grazing in a manner that is permissible under the 1 or more haying or grazing contracts in effect as of the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Reversion

If a parcel of land conveyed under subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (a)(1) is used in a manner that is inconsistent with the requirements described in subparagraph (A) or (B), respectively, of subsection (a)(3), the parcel of land shall, at the discretion of the Secretary, revert to the United States.

(c)

Sale of permitted cabin land by board

(1)

In General

If the Board sells any parcel of permitted cabin land conveyed under subsection (a)(1)(B), the parcel shall be sold at fair market value, as determined by a third-party appraiser in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, subject to paragraph (2).

(2)

Improvements

For purposes of an appraisal conducted under paragraph (1), any improvements on the permitted cabin land made by a permit holder shall not be included in the appraised value of the land.

(3)

Proceeds from the Sale of Land by the Board

If the Board sells a parcel of permitted cabin land conveyed under subsection (a)(1)(B), the Board shall pay to the Secretary the amount of any proceeds of the sale that exceed the costs of preparing the sale by the Board.

(d)

Availability of funds to the Secretary

Any amounts paid to the Secretary for land conveyed by the Secretary under this Act shall be made available to the Secretary, without further appropriation, for activities relating to the operation of the Jamestown Dam and Reservoir.

3.

Conveyance of game and fish headquarters to the State

(a)

Conveyance of game and fish headquarters

Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall convey to the State all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the game and fish headquarters, on the condition that the game and fish headquarters continue to be used as a game and fish headquarters or substantially similar purposes.

(b)

Reversion

If land conveyed under subsection (a) is used in a manner that is inconsistent with the requirements described in that subsection, the land shall, at the discretion of the Secretary, revert to the United States.

4.

Reservations, easements, and other outstanding rights

(a)

In general

Each conveyance to the Board or the State pursuant to this Act shall be made subject to—

(1)

valid existing rights;

(2)

operational requirements of the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program, as authorized by section 9 of the Act of December 22, 1944 (commonly known as the Flood Control Act of 1944) (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665), including the Jamestown Reservoir;

(3)

any flowage easement reserved by the United States to allow full operation of the Jamestown Reservoir for authorized purposes;

(4)

reservations described in the Management Agreement;

(5)

oil, gas, and other mineral rights reserved of record, as of the date of enactment of this Act, by, or in favor of, the United States or a third party;

(6)

any permit, license, lease, right-of-use, flowage easement, or right-of-way of record in, on, over, or across the applicable property or Federal land, whether owned by the United States or a third party, as of the date of enactment of this Act;

(7)

a deed restriction that prohibits building any new permanent structure on property below an elevation of 1,454 feet; and

(8)

the granting of applicable easements for—

(A)

vehicular access to the property; and

(B)

access to, and use of, all docks, boathouses, ramps, retaining walls, and other improvements for which access is provided in the permit for use of the property as of the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Liability; taking

(1)

Liability

The United States shall not be liable for flood damage to a property subject to a permit, the Board, or the State, or for damages arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to a permit holder, the Board, or the State, other than for damages caused by an act or omission of the United States or an employee, agent, or contractor of the United States before the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Taking

Any temporary flooding or flood damage to the property of a permit holder, the Board, or the State, shall not be considered to be a taking by the United States.

5.

Interim requirements

During the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on the date of conveyance of a property or parcel of land under this Act, the provisions of the Management Agreement that are applicable to the property or land, or to leases between the State and the Secretary, and any applicable permits, shall remain in force and effect.

July 30, 2018

Reported with an amendment