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S. 448 (98th): A bill to authorize rehabilitation of the Belle Fourche irrigation project, and for other purposes.

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11/1/1983--Passed House amended. (Measure passed House, amended, roll call #436 (373-51)) Modifies the Belle Fourche irrigation project, South Dakota, to include construction, betterment of works, water conservation, recreation, and fish and wildlife conservation and development. Redesignates such projects as the "Belle Fourche Unit" of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin program. Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate and execute an amendatory repayment contract with the Belle Fourche Irrigation District covering all lands of the existing Belle Fourche project. Limits the period for repayment of the construction and rehabilitation and betterment costs by irrigation water users to not more than 40 years. Permits costs incurred under the provisions of this Act to be covered by appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation. Authorizes the Secretary to amend existing contracts and enter into additional contracts in order to implement and facilitate future agreements between the Belle Fourche Irrigation District and non-Federal entities involving the sale of project water by non-Federal interest for non-irrigation purposes. States conditions for such sales of project water. Authorizes appropriations. Limits any new spending authority to the extent provided in advance in appropriations Acts.