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

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 17, 1983 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 98-157—NOV. 17, 1983                                       97 STAT. 989
Public Law 98-157
98th Congress
                                    An Act
To authorize rehabilitation of the Belle Fourche irrigation project, and for other     Nov. 17, 1983
                                    purposes.                                            [S. 448]

  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the general                     Belle Fourche
plan for the Belle Fourche project, South Dakota, heretofore author-                 irrigation
                                                                                     project.
ized for construction by the Secretary of the Interior, May 10, 1904,
pursuant to the Reclamation Act of 1902 (32 Stat. 388), is modified to               43 u s e 391.
include construction, betterment of works, water conservation, rec-
reation, and fish and wildlife conservation and development. As so
modified, the general plan is reauthorized under the designation
"Belle Fourche unit" of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin program.
   SEC. 2. (a) The Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as             Contract.
the "Secretary"), is authorized to negotiate and execute an amenda-
tory repayment contract with the Belle Fourche irrigation district
covering all lands of the existing Belle Fourche project. This con-
tract shall replace all existing contracts between the Belle Fourche
irrigation district and the United States.
   (b) The period of repayment of the construction and rehabilitation                Repayment
and betterment costs allocated to irrigation and assigned to be                      period.
repaid by the irrigation water users shall be not more than forty
years from and including the year in which such amendatory repay-
ment contract is executed.
   (c) During the period required to complete the rehabilitation and
betterment program and other water conservation works, the rates
of charge to land class in the unit shall continue to be as established
in the November 29, 1949, repayment contract with the district, as
subsequently amended and supplemented; thereafter, such rates of
charge and assessable acreage shall be in accordance with the
amortization capacity and classification of unit lands as thwi deter-
mined by the Secretary.
   SEC. 3. (a) All miscellaneous net revenues of the Belle Fourche
unit shall accrue to the United States and shall be applied against
irrigation costs not assigned to be repaid by irrigation water users.
   (b) Construction and rehabilitation and betterment costs of the
Belle Fourche unit allocated to irrigation and not assigned to be
repaid by the irrigation water users nor returned from miscella-
neous net revenues of the unit shall be returnable from net rev-
enues of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin program within fifty years
from and including the year in which the amendatory contract
authorized by this Act is executed.
   SEC. 4. The provision of lands, facilities, and project modifications
which furnish recreation and fish and wildlife benefits in connection
with the Belle Fourche unit shall be in accordance with the Federal
Water Project Recreation Act (79 Stat. 213), as amended.                             16 u s e 460Z-12
   SEC. 5. Appropriations heretofore or hereafter made for carrying                  note.
on the functions of the Bureau of Reclamation shall be available for
credits, expenses, charges, and costs provided by or incurred under

97 STAT. 990 PUBLIC LAW 98-157—NOV. 17, 1983 Rules and this Act. The Secretary is authorized to make such rules and regulations. regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act. Contracts. SEC. 6. The Secretary is authorized to amend existing contracts and enter into additional contracts as may be necessary to imple- ment and facilitate any future agreement between the Belle Fourche irrigation district and non-Federal entities involving the sale of Belle Fourche project water for use by such non-Federal interest for other than irrigation purposes: Provided, That the net proceeds from such transactions between the Secretary, the Belle Fourche irrigation district, and such non-Federal interest shall be paid to the United States as reimbursement of the cost of the works authorized by this Act, that such transactions are not in violation of applicable State laws, and that such transactions shall be subject to the consent and conditions of the State of South Dakota to such water use by such non-Federal interest in accordance with the laws of South Dakota and the provisions of the Belle Fourche River Compact between the States of Wyoming and South Dakota to which the consent of Congress was given in the Act of February 26, 1944 (ch. 64, 58 Stat. 94). Appropriation SEC. 7. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated beginning authorization. October 1, 1984, for the rehabilitation and betterment of the irriga- tion facilities of the Belle Fourche unit and recreation and fish and wildlife measures as authorized by this Act, the sum of $42,000,000 (based on January 1981 prices), plus or minus such amounts, if any, as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in construc- tion cost indexes applicable to the t3rpes of construction involved herein. SEC. 8. Any new spending authority described in subsection (c)(2) 2 u s e 651. (A) or (B) of section 401 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 which is provided under this Act shall be effective for any fiscal year only to such extent or in such amounts as are provided in advance in appropriations Acts. Approved November 17, 1983. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S. 448: HOUSE REPORT No. 98-415 (C!omm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 98-138 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 129 (1983): June 15, considered and passed Senate. Oct. 31, Nov. 1, considered and passed House, amended. Nov. 3, Senate concurred in House amendments.