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S. 498: A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument.


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 498

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 1, 2021

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

A BILL

To amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument.

1.

Reservation of water rights at national monuments

Section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Water rights

(1)

No reservation of water rights

In designating a national monument under subsection (a), the President may not reserve any implied or expressed water rights associated with the national monument.

(2)

Applicable law

Water rights associated with a national monument designated under subsection (a) may be acquired for the national monument only in accordance with the laws of the State in which the water rights are located.

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