H. R. 1075
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 15, 2021
Mr. Schiff introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 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.
This Act may be cited as the
Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act.
Congress finds as follows:
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—
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 related to human use and settlement in the region—
high concentrations of archeological resources that provide insight into more than 10,000 years of Native American history; and
landmarks that represent topics such as architecture, recreation, and space exploration.
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 that are underrepresented in national parks and underserved by State and local parks.
Boundary adjustment; land acquisition; administration
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
, which shall and inserting
and generally depicted as .
Rim of the Valley Unit Proposed Addition on the map entitled
Rim of the Valley Unit—Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, numbered 638/147,723, and dated September 2018. Both maps shall
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
Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall update the general management plan for the recreation area to reflect the boundaries designated on the map referred to in subsection (c)(1) as the
Rim of the Valley Unit (hereafter in the subsection referred to as the
Rim of the Valley Unit). Subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary shall administer the Rim of the Valley Unit, and any land or interest in land acquired by the United States and located within the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Unit, as part of the recreation area in accordance with the provisions of this section and applicable laws and regulations.
The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land within the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Unit only through exchange, donation, or purchase from a willing seller. Nothing in this subsection authorizes the use of eminent domain to acquire land or interests in land.
Nothing in this subsection or the application of the management plan for the Rim of the Valley Unit shall be construed to—
modify any provision of Federal, State, or local law with respect to public access to or use of non-Federal land;
create any liability, or affect 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;
affect the ownership, management, or other rights relating to any non-Federal land (including any interest in any non-Federal land);
require any local government to participate in any program administered by the Secretary;
alter, modify, or diminish 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, and local law (including regulations);
require the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones, and the fact that certain activities or land can be seen or heard from within the Rim of the Valley Unit shall not, of itself, preclude the activities or land uses up to the boundary of the Rim of the Valley Unit;
require or promote use of, or encourage trespass on, lands, facilities, and rights-of-way owned by non-Federal entities, including water resource facilities and public utilities, without the written consent of the owner;
affect the operation, maintenance, modification, construction, or expansion of any water resource facility or utility facility located within or adjacent to the Rim of the Valley Unit;
terminate the fee title to lands or customary operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement activities on or under such lands granted to public agencies that are authorized pursuant to Federal or State statute;
interfere with, obstruct, hinder, or delay 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;
require initiation or reinitiation of consultation with 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, concerning any action or activity affecting water, water rights or water management or water resource facilities within the Rim of the Valley Unit; or
limit the Secretary’s ability to update applicable fire management plans, which may consider fuels management strategies including managed natural fire, prescribed fires, non-fire mechanical hazardous fuel reduction activities, or post-fire remediation of damage to natural and cultural resources.
The activities of a utility facility or water resource facility shall take into consideration ways to reasonably avoid or reduce the impact on the resources of the Rim of the Valley Unit.
For the purpose of paragraph (4)—
the term utility facility means electric substations, communication facilities, towers, poles, and lines, ground wires, communications circuits, and other structures, and related infrastructure; and
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; aqueducts; canals; ditches; pipelines; wells; 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.