IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 1, 2021
Mr. Lee (for himself and Mr. Daines) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument.
Reservation of water rights at national monuments
Section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
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.
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.