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S. 774: Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 774


March 13, 2019

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


To adjust the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act.



Congress finds that—


the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was authorized as a unit of the National Park System on November 10, 1978;


the Santa Monica Mountains and the Rim of the Valley Corridor include—


nationally significant resources, including—


outstanding examples of geologic history, including the evolution of the Transverse Ranges Province;


a diversity of well-preserved marine and terrestrial paleontological resources; and


high biodiversity, including outstanding examples of native grasslands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, dry coniferous forests, and alluvian fan sage scrub; and


nationally significant cultural resources that represent a wide range of themes relating to human use and settlement in the region, including—


high concentrations of archeological resources that provide insight into more than 10,000 years of Tribal history; and


landmarks that represent topics such as architecture, recreation, and space exploration; and


expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area would provide new opportunities for the National Park Service to serve a broad range of urban communities, including many communities that are—


underrepresented in units of the National Park System; and


underserved by State and local parks.


Boundary adjustment; land acquisition; administration


Boundary adjustment

Section 507(c)(1) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 460kk(c)(1)) is amended, in the first sentence, by striking Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Santa Monica Mountains Zone, California, Boundary Map, numbered 80,047–C and dated August 2001 and inserting Rim of the Valley Unit—Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and dated October 2017.


Rim of the valley unit

Section 507 of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 460kk) is amended by adding at the end the following:


Rim of the valley unit



In this subsection:



The term State means the State of California.



The term Unit means the Rim of the Valley Unit included within the boundaries of the recreation area, as depicted on the map described in subsection (c)(1).


Utility facility

The term utility facility means—


electric substations, communication facilities, towers, poles, and lines;


ground wires;


communications circuits;


other utility structures; and


related infrastructure.


Water resource facility

The term water resource facility means—


irrigation and pumping facilities;


dams and reservoirs;


flood control facilities;


water conservation works, including debris protection facilities, sediment placement sites, rain gauges, and stream gauges;


water quality, recycled water, and pumping facilities;


conveyance distribution systems;


water treatment facilities;












hydropower projects;


transmission facilities; and


other ancillary facilities, groundwater recharge facilities, water conservation, water filtration plants, and other water diversion, conservation, groundwater recharge, storage, and carriage structures.



Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall update the general management plan for the recreation area developed under subsection (t) to reflect the boundaries designated on the map referred to in subsection (c)(1) to include the area known as the Rim of the Valley Unit.



Subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary shall administer the Unit and any land or interest in land acquired by the United States located within the boundaries of the Unit—


as part of the recreation area; and


in accordance with—


this section; and


applicable laws (including regulations).


Acquisition of land


In general

The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land within the boundaries of the Unit only through exchange, donation, or purchase from a willing seller.


Use of eminent domain

Nothing in this subsection authorizes the use of eminent domain to acquire land or interests in land within the boundaries of the Unit.


Outside activities

The fact that certain activities or land uses can be seen or heard from within the Unit shall not preclude the activities or land uses outside the boundary of the Unit.


Effect of subsection

Nothing in this subsection or the application of the applicable management plan to the Unit—


modifies any provision of Federal, State, or local law with respect to public access to, or use of, non-Federal land;


creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner or other owner of non-Federal land with respect to any person injured on private property or other non-Federal land;


affects the ownership, management, or other rights relating to any non-Federal land (including any interest in any non-Federal land);


requires any unit of local government to participate in any program administered by the Secretary;


alters, modifies, or diminishes any right, responsibility, power, authority, jurisdiction, or entitlement of the State, any political subdivision of the State, or any State or local agency under existing Federal, State, or local law (including regulations);


requires the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around the Unit;


requires or promotes the use of, or encourages trespass on, land, facilities, or rights-of-way owned by non-Federal entities, including water resource facilities and public utilities, without the written consent of the owner of the land;


affects the operation, maintenance, modification, construction, or expansion of any water resource facility or utility facility located within or adjacent to the Unit;


terminates the fee title to land, or the customary operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement activities on or under the land, granted to public agencies that are authorized under Federal or State law;


interferes with, obstructs, hinders, or delays the exercise of any right to, or access to any water resource facility or other facility or property necessary or useful to access any water right to operate any public water or utility system; or


requires initiation or reinitiation of consultation with the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under, or the application of provisions of, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), or division A of subtitle III of title 54, United States Code, relating to any action or activity affecting water, water rights, water management, or water resource facilities within the Unit.


Utility facilities; water resource facilities

A utility facility or water resource facility shall conduct activities in a manner that reasonably avoids or reduces the impact of the activities on the resources of the Unit.