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[Congressional Bills 104th Congress]
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[H.R. 3985 Introduced in House (IH)]







104th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 3985

 To authorize the construction of the Fall River Water Users District 
 Rural Water System and authorize the appropriation of Federal dollars 
to assist the Fall River Water Users District, a nonprofit corporation, 
      in the planning and construction of the water supply system.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             August 2, 1996

 Mr. Johnson of South Dakota introduced the following bill; which was 
                 referred to the Committee on Resources

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                                 A BILL


 
 To authorize the construction of the Fall River Water Users District 
 Rural Water System and authorize the appropriation of Federal dollars 
to assist the Fall River Water Users District, a nonprofit corporation, 
      in the planning and construction of the water supply system.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Fall River Water Users District 
Rural Water System Act of 1996''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.

    (a) Findings.--The Congress finds that--
            (1) there are insufficient water supplies of reasonable 
        quality available to the members of the Fall River Water Users 
        District Rural Water System located in Fall River County, South 
        Dakota, and the water supplies that are available are of poor 
        quality and do not meet the minimum health and safety 
        standards, thereby posing a threat to public health and safety;
            (2) past cycles of severe drought in the southeastern area 
        of Fall River county have left local residents without a 
        satisfactory water supply and during 1990, many home owners and 
        ranchers were forced to haul water to sustain their water 
        needs;
            (3) most members of the Fall River Water Users District are 
        forced to either haul bottled water for human consumption or 
        use distillers due to the poor quality of water supplies 
        available;
            (4) the Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System 
        has been recognized by the State of South Dakota; and
            (5) the best available, reliable, and safe rural and 
        municipal water supply to serve the needs of the Fall River 
        Water Users District Rural Water System members consists of a 
        Madison Aquifer well, 3 separate water storage reservoirs, 3 
        pumping stations, and approximately 200 miles of pipeline.
    (b) Purposes.--The Congress declares that the purposes of sections 
1 through 13 are to--
            (1) ensure a safe and adequate municipal, rural, and 
        industrial water supply for the members of the Fall River Water 
        Users District Rural Water System in Fall River County, South 
        Dakota;
            (2) assist the citizens of the Fall River Water Users 
        District to develop safe and adequate municipal, rural, and 
        industrial water supplies; and
            (3) promote the implementation of water conservation 
        programs by the Fall River Water Users District Rural Water 
        System.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    As used in this Act (unless the context clearly requires 
otherwise):
            (1) Engineering report.--The term ``engineering report'' 
        means the study entitled ``Supplemental Preliminary Engineering 
        Report for Fall River Water Users District'' in August 1995.
            (2) Project construction budget.--The term ``project 
        construction budget'' means the description of the total amount 
        of funds that are needed for the construction of the water 
        supply system, as contained in the feasibility study.
            (3) Pumping and incidental operational requirements.--The 
        term ``pumping and incidental operational requirements'' means 
        all power requirements that are incidental to the operation of 
        intake facilities, pumping stations, water treatment 
        facilities, cooling facilities, reservoirs, and pipelines up to 
        the point of delivery of water by the Fall River Water Users 
        District Rural Water System to each entity that distributes 
        water at retail to individual users.
            (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.
            (5) Water supply system.--The term ``water supply system'' 
        means the Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System 
        that is established and operated substantially in accordance 
        with the feasibility study.

SEC. 4. FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary is authorized to make grants to the 
Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System, a nonprofit 
corporation, for the planning and construction of the water supply 
system.
    (b) Service Area.--The water supply system shall provide for safe 
and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supplies, 
mitigation of wetlands areas; and water conservation within the 
boundaries of the Fall River Water Users District, described as 
follows: bounded on the north by the Angostura Reservoir, the Cheyenne 
River, and the Fall River/Custer County line, bounded on the east by 
the Fall River/Shannon County line, bounded on the south by the South 
Dakota/Nebraska State line, and bounded on the west by the previously 
established Igloo-Provo Water Project District.
    (c) Amount of Grants.--Grants made available under subsection (a) 
to the Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System shall not 
exceed the amount authorized under section 10.
    (d) Limitation on Availability of Construction Funds.--The 
Secretary shall not obligate funds for the construction of the water 
supply system until--
            (1) the requirements of the National Environmental Policy 
        Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) have been met;
            (2) a final engineering report has been prepared and 
        submitted to the Congress for a period of not less than 90 days 
        before the commencement of construction of the system; and
            (3) a water conservation program has been developed and 
        implemented.

SEC. 5. WATER CONSERVATION.

    (a) Purpose.--The water conservation program required under this 
section shall be designed to ensure that users of water from the water 
supply system will use the best practicable technology and management 
techniques to conserve water use.
    (b) Description.--The water conservation programs shall include--
            (1) low consumption performance standards for all newly 
        installed plumbing fixtures;
            (2) leak detection and repair programs;
            (3) rate structures that do not include declining block 
        rate schedules for municipal households and special water users 
        (as defined in the feasibility study);
            (4) public education programs; and
            (5) coordinated operation between the Fall River Water 
        Users District Rural Water System and any preexisting water 
        supply facilities within its service area.
    (c) Review and Revision.--The programs described in subsection (b) 
shall contain provisions for periodic review and revision, in 
cooperation with the Secretary.

SEC. 6. MITIGATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE LOSSES.

    Mitigation of fish and wildlife losses incurred as a result of the 
construction and operation of the Fall River Water Users District Rural 
Water System shall be on an acre-for-acre basis, based on ecological 
equivalency, concurrent with project construction, as provided in the 
feasibility study.

SEC. 7. USE OF PICK-SLOAN POWER.

    (a) In General.--From power designated for future irrigation and 
drainage pumping for the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program, the 
Western Area Power Administration shall make available the capacity and 
energy required to meet the pumping and incidental operational 
requirements of the water supply system during the period beginning May 
1, and ending October 31, of each year.
    (b) Conditions.--The capacity and energy described in subsection 
(a) shall be made available on the following conditions:
            (1) The water supply system shall be operated on a not-for-
        profit basis.
            (2) The water supply system shall contract to purchase its 
        entire electric service requirements, including the capacity 
        and energy made available under subsection (a), from a 
        qualified preference power supplier that itself purchases power 
        from the Western Area Power Administration.
            (3) The rate schedule applicable to the capacity and energy 
        made available under subsection (a) shall be the firm power 
        rate schedule of the Pick-Sloan Eastern Division of the Western 
        Area Power Administration in effect when the power is delivered 
        by the Administration.
            (4) It shall be agreed by contract among--
                    (A) the Western Area Power Administration;
                    (B) the power supplier with which the water supply 
                system contracts under paragraph (2);
                    (C) the power supplier of the entity described in 
                subparagraph (B); and
                    (D) the Fall River Water Users District,
         that in the case of the capacity and energy made available 
        under subsection (a), the benefit of the rate schedule 
        described in paragraph (3) shall be passed through to the water 
        supply system, except that the power supplier of the water 
        supply system shall not be precluded from including, in the 
        charges of the supplier to the water system for the electric 
        service, the other usual and customary charges of the supplier.

SEC. 8. NO LIMITATION ON WATER PROJECTS IN STATE.

    This Act shall not limit the authorization for water projects in 
South Dakota and under law in effect on or after the date of enactment 
of this Act.

SEC. 9. WATER RIGHTS.

    Nothing in this Act--
            (1) invalidates or preempts State water law or an 
        interstate compact governing water;
            (2) alters the rights of any State to any appropriated 
        share of the waters of any body of surface or ground water, 
        whether determined by past or future interstate compacts or by 
        past or future legislative or final judicial allocations;
            (3) preempts or modifies any Federal or State law, or 
        interstate compact, dealing with water quality or disposal; or
            (4) confers on any non-Federal entity the ability to 
        exercise any Federal right to the waters of any stream or to 
        any ground water resource.

SEC. 10. FEDERAL COST SHARE.

    The Secretary is authorized to provide funds equal to 80 percent 
of--
            (1) the amount allocated in the total project construction 
        budget for the planning and construction of the water supply 
        system under section 4; and
            (2) such sums as are necessary to defray increases in 
        development costs reflected in appropriate engineering cost 
        indices after August 1, 1995.

SEC. 11. NON-FEDERAL COST SHARE.

    The non-Federal share of the costs allocated to the water supply 
system shall be 20 percent of--
            (1) the amount allocated in the total project construction 
        budget for the planning and construction of the water supply 
        system under section 4; and
            (2) such sums as are necessary to defray increases in 
        development costs reflected in appropriate engineering cost 
        indices after August 1, 1995.

SEC. 12. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AUTHORIZATION.

    (a) Authorization.--The Secretary is authorized to allow the Bureau 
of Reclamation to provide construction oversight to the water supply 
system for those areas of the water supply system that are described in 
section 4(b).
    (b) Project Oversight Administration.--The amount of funds used by 
the Bureau of Reclamation for planning and construction of the water 
supply system may not exceed an amount equal to 3 percent of the amount 
provided in the total project construction budget for the portion of 
the projects to be constructed in Fall River County, South Dakota.

SEC. 13. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated $3,600,000 for the planning 
and construction of the water system under section 4, plus such sums as 
are necessary to defray increases in development costs reflected in 
appropriate engineering cost indices after August 1, 1995.
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