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S. 3001: Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 6, 2018 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3001

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 6, 2018

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

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land and facilities of the Central Valley Project.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Acquired land

The term acquired land means land in Federal ownership and land over which the Federal Government holds an interest for the purpose of the construction and operation of the Contra Costa Canal, including land under the jurisdiction of—

(A)

the Bureau of Reclamation;

(B)

the Western Area Power Administration; and

(C)

the Department of Defense in the case of the Clayton Canal diversion traversing the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

(2)

Contra Costa Canal

(A)

In general

The term Contra Costa Canal means the Contra Costa Canal Unit of the Central Valley Project, which exclusively serves the Contra Costa Water District in an urban area of Contra Costa County, California.

(B)

Inclusions

The term Contra Costa Canal includes pipelines, conduits, pumping plants, aqueducts, laterals, water storage and regulatory facilities, electric substations, related works and improvements, and all interests in land associated with the Contra Costa Canal Unit of the Central Valley Project in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

(C)

Exclusion

The term Contra Costa Canal does not include the Rock Slough fish screen facility.

(3)

Contracts

The term contracts means the existing water service contract between the District and the United States, Contract No. 175r–3401A–LTR1 (2005), Contract No. 14–06–200–6072A (1972, as amended), and any other contract or land permit involving the United States, the District, and Contra Costa Canal.

(4)

District

The term District means the Contra Costa Water District, a political subdivision of the State of California.

(5)

Rock Slough fish screen facility

(A)

In general

The term Rock Slough fish screen facility means the fish screen facility at the Rock Slough intake to the Contra Costa Canal.

(B)

Inclusions

The term Rock Slough fish screen facility includes the screen structure, rake cleaning system, and accessory structures integral to the screen function of the Rock Slough fish screen facility, as required under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (Public Law 102–575; 106 Stat. 4706).

(6)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Conveyance of land and facilities

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, in consideration for the District assuming from the United States all liability for the administration, operation, maintenance, and replacement of the Contra Costa Canal, subject to valid existing rights and existing recreation agreements between the Bureau of Reclamation and the East Bay Regional Park District for Contra Loma Regional Park and other local agencies within the Contra Costa Canal, the Secretary shall offer to convey and assign to the District—

(1)

all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to—

(A)

the Contra Costa Canal; and

(B)

the acquired land; and

(2)

all interests reserved and developed as of the date of enactment of this Act for the Contra Costa Canal in the acquired land, including existing recreation agreements between the Bureau of Reclamation and the East Bay Regional Park District for Contra Loma Regional Park and other local agencies within the Contra Costa Canal.

(b)

Rock Slough fish screen facility

(1)

In general

On mutual agreement between the Secretary and the District regarding safe and reliable operations of the Rock Slough fish screen facility, the Secretary shall convey and assign to the District all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Rock Slough fish screen facility.

(2)

Cooperation

The Secretary is encouraged to work cooperatively with the District to accomplish the conveyance and assignment under paragraph (1).

(c)

Payment of costs

The District shall pay to the Secretary any administrative and real estate transfer costs incurred by the Secretary in carrying out the conveyances and assignments under subsections (a) and (b), including the cost of any boundary survey, title search, cadastral survey, appraisal, and other real estate transaction required for the conveyances and assignments.

(d)

Compliance with environmental laws

(1)

In general

Before carrying out the conveyances and assignments under subsections (a) and (b), the Secretary shall comply with all applicable requirements under—

(A)

the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);

(B)

the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and

(C)

any other law applicable to the Contra Costa Canal or the acquired land.

(2)

Effect

Nothing in this Act modifies or alters any obligations under—

(A)

the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); or

(B)

the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

4.

Relationship to existing Central Valley Project contracts

(a)

In general

Nothing in this Act affects—

(1)

the application of the reclamation laws to water delivered to the District pursuant to any contract with the Secretary; or

(2)

subject to subsection (b), the contracts.

(b)

Amendments to contracts

The Secretary and the District may modify the contracts as necessary to comply with this Act.

(c)

Liability

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), the United States shall not be liable for damages arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to the Contra Costa Canal or the acquired land.

(2)

Exception

The United States shall continue to be liable for damages caused by acts of negligence committed by the United States or by any employee or agent of the United States before the date of the conveyance and assignment under section 3(a), consistent with chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the Federal Tort Claims Act).

(3)

Limitation

Nothing in this Act increases the liability of the United States beyond the liability provided under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code.

5.

Report

If the conveyance and assignment authorized by section 3(a) is not completed by the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that—

(1)

describes the status of the conveyance and assignment;

(2)

describes any obstacles to completing the conveyance and assignment; and

(3)

specifies an anticipated date for completion of the conveyance and assignment.