S.640 - Water Resources Development Act of 1996104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Warner, John [R-VA] (Introduced 03/28/1995)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 104-170; H. Rept. 104-843 (Conference Report)|
|Latest Action:||10/12/1996 Became Public Law No: 104-303. (TXT | PDF) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.640 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)
Conference report filed in House (09/25/1996)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I: Water Resources Projects
Title II: General Provisions
Title III: Project-Related Provisions
Title IV: Studies
Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions
Title VI: Extension of Expenditure Authority Under Harbor
Maintenance Trust Fund
Water Resources Development Act of 1996 - Title I: Water Resources Projects - Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to carry out specified water resources development and conservation projects (projects) for navigation, flood control, flood and storm damage reduction, environmental preservation and restoration, shoreline erosion protection, hydropower, and hurricane damage reduction in California, the District of Columbia and Maryland, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia. Specifies total costs, estimated Federal and non-Federal costs, and funding sources and requirements.
Authorizes the Secretary to carry out specified projects for navigation, bluff stabilization, flood control and water supply, storm damage reduction and shoreline protection, streambank erosion protection, hurricane damage prevention, and navigation and safety improvements in Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland and Delaware, and New Jersey in accordance with a final report of the Chief of Engineers, if such report is completed by December 31, 1996.
(Sec. 102) Directs the Secretary to study and, if feasible, carry out, specified projects regarding: (1) flood control in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, and Oregon; (2) bank stabilization in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; (3) navigation in Alaska, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and New York; (4) shoreline protection in Florida and New York; (5) snagging and sediment removal in Minnesota; and (6) habitat and environmental restoration in California, Oregon, and Utah.
Title II: General Provisions - Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to: (1) revise cost sharing provisions with respect to dredged material disposal areas (and deletes provisions crediting non-Federal interests with the value of dredged material disposal areas provided); (2) revise cost sharing requirements with respect to the operation and maintenance (O&M) of dredged material disposal facilities; and (3) require the Secretary to ensure the consideration of funding requirements and the equitable apportionment of costs of O&M in the dredging of commercial navigation harbors.
(Sec. 202) Increases from 25 to 35 percent the non-Federal share for nonstructural and other flood control projects. Sets forth criteria and procedures relating to the ability of a non-Federal interest to pay for flood control or agricultural water supply.
Requires non-Federal interests to: (1) agree to participate in and comply with applicable Federal floodplain management and flood insurance programs; and (2) prepare a flood plain management plan designed to reduce the impacts of future flood events in the project area. Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop guidelines for the preparation of such plans; and (2) conduct, and report to the Congress on, a review of policies, procedures, and techniques relating to the evaluation and development of flood control measures in order to identify impediments to justifying nonstructural flood control measures as alternatives to structural measures.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) prepare a levee owners manual to be followed by non-Federal interests in order to receive Federal assistance under a project; (2) review and revise if necessary the current policy guidelines on vegetation management for levees; and (3) enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to study and report to the Congress on the use by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) of risk-based analysis for the evaluation of hydrology, hydraulics, and economics in flood reduction studies.
(Sec. 203) Provides timeliness requirements with respect to the payment by non-Federal interests of 50 percent of the cost of feasibility studies for a project.
(Sec. 204) Requires the Secretary to: (1) determine if the operation of a project has contributed to the degradation of the environment; and (2) undertake appropriate environmental restoration and enhancement measures. Provides a non-Federal share of 25 percent of the cost of such measures.
(Sec. 205) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 to: (1) add the requirement of environmental remediation in the removal of dredged material under a navigation project; and (2) increase to $20 million the authorized expenditure for the removal of contaminated sediments from navigable waters. Lists specified projects to be given priority in such sediment removal.
(Sec. 206) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out an aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection project if the Secretary determines that the project: (1) will improve environmental quality; (2) is in the public interest; and (3) is cost-effective. Provides cost limitations and funding for such projects.
(Sec. 207) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to authorize the Secretary, in developing and carrying out a project for navigation involving the disposal of dredged material, to select a disposal method that is not the least-cost option if the incremental costs are reasonable in relation to the environmental benefits.
(Sec. 208) Directs the Secretary to: (1) provide increased emphasis on, and opportunities for recreation at, projects operated, constructed, or maintained by the Corps; (2) report to the Congress on measures taken; (3) report to specified congressional committees on the collection of fees at Corps projects; (4) evaluate the feasibility of implementing an alternative to the $25 annual pass currently offered to users of recreational facilities at Corps projects; and (5) report to the Congress the results of such evaluation. Terminates on a conditional date the authority to establish an alternative annual pass.
(Sec. 209) Provides for the deposit of amounts recovered for environmental response actions taken by the Secretary in support of the Army civil works program or other amounts recovered for environmental response activities.
(Sec. 211) Sets forth provisions regarding construction of flood control projects by non-Federal interests, including reimbursement and credit of the non-Federal interest under specified circumstances. Prohibits such reimbursement until the actual work is performed. Directs the Secretary, in accordance with this section, to enter into agreements with non-Federal interests for the development of specified flood control projects in California and Texas.
(Sec. 212) Authorizes the Secretary to undertake surveys, plans, and studies and to prepare reports that may lead to work in encouraging innovative and environmentally sound engineering and environmental solutions to civil works problems of national significance.
(Sec. 213) Provides authority for the Secretary to lease available space in buildings.
(Sec. 214) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1988 to require the Secretary to provide appropriate protections for a specified period against the dissemination of information developed as the result of a research or development activity conducted by the Corps that is likely to be subject to a cooperative research and development (R&D) agreement within two years after its development and which would be considered a trade secret or privileged or confidential information if obtained from a non-Federal party participating in a cooperative R&D agreement.
(Sec. 215) Amends existing law to set forth the National Dam Safety Program Act. Requires the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Dam Safety Review Board (authorized to be established under this Act) to establish and maintain a coordinated national dam safety program. Requires the FEMA Director to: (1) develop, implement, and submit to the appropriate congressional committees a dam safety improvements implementation plan; (2) provide assistance to States for establishing and maintaining dam safety programs; (3) periodically review State dam safety programs; and (4) at the request of a State, provide training for State dam safety staff and inspectors. Authorizes the Director to establish a National Dam Safety Review Board. Directs the Secretary to: (1) carry out a program of technical and archival research relating to dam safety (with required State participation in such research); and (2) make specified reports to the Congress on the availability of dam insurance. Authorizes appropriations to FEMA for the programs, training, and research authorized under this section.
(Sec. 216) Authorizes the Secretary to take necessary actions to increase the efficiency of energy production or the capacity of a hydroelectric power generating facility, or both, under specified determinations.
(Sec. 217) Authorizes the Secretary, at the request of a non-Federal interest at a project, to provide additional capacity at a dredged material disposal facility as long as the non-Federal interest agrees to pay all costs associated with the construction of the additional capacity. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a program to evaluate and implement opportunities for public-private partnerships in the design, construction, management, or operation of dredged material disposal facilities in connection with the construction or maintenance of Federal navigation projects.
(Sec. 218) Increases the authorized penalties for the obstruction of navigable waters of the United States. Requires the owner of a sunken vessel obstructing such waters to remove such vessel or take other appropriate actions in order to allow the resumption of normal navigation.
(Sec. 219) Increases the small project authorization under the River and Harbor Act of 1946.
(Sec. 220) Amends the Flood Control Act of 1970 to prohibit the inclusion of certain uneconomical cost-sharing requirements in flood control agreements.
(Sec. 221) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to increase the authorized assistance to States for project planning activities.
(Sec. 224) Amends the Flood Control Act of 1969 to increase from $3 to $5 million the per project reimbursement limitation for flood control projects authorized under such Act.
(Sec. 225) Amends the River and Harbor Act of 1958 to include the control and eradication of the melaleuca tree within a program for the control of aquatic plant growth.
(Sec. 226) Includes the development of one or more sediment decontamination technologies as a project purpose under the Water Resources Development Act of 1992. Increases the authorization of appropriations in order to achieve the project purpose.
(Sec. 227) Adds to the purposes of Federal shore protection provisions the protection, restoration, and enhancement of sandy beaches on a comprehensive and coordinated basis by the Federal Government, States, localities, and private enterprises. Directs the Secretary to recommend, conduct, and report on studies concerning such shore protection projects and to recommend additional projects and the coordination of Federal, State, and private shore protection projects. Outlines reimbursement and cooperative agreement requirements. Authorizes the development of comprehensive State or regional plans for the conservation of coastal resources located within such State or region. Authorizes the Secretary to establish and conduct a national shoreline erosion control development and demonstration program for six years after the availability of funds for such program.
(Sec. 229) Authorizes the Secretary to utilize contracts, cooperative R&D agreements, and grants with non-Federal entities in carrying out R&D in support of the Army civil works program.
(Sec. 230) Directs the Secretary, in evaluating navigation improvements, to consider as commercial navigation benefits the economic benefits generated by cruise ships.
(Sec. 232) Directs the Secretary, in conducting studies of potential projects, to consider measures to preserve and enhance scenic and aesthetic qualities in the vicinity of such projects.
(Sec. 233) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 to terminate a technical advisory committee for reservoir monitoring established under such Act.
(Sec. 234) Authorizes the Secretary to engage in activities in support of other Federal agencies or international organizations to address problems of national significance.
(Sec. 235) Provides Buy American requirements for equipment and products purchased with funds made available under this Act.
(Sec. 237) Authorizes the Secretary to initiate a program to increase the use of private-industry hopper dredges for the construction and maintenance of Federal navigation channels. Directs the Secretary to place the Federal hopper dredge Wheeler in a ready reserve status. Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) periodically perform routine testing of equipment aboard the Wheeler to ensure its ability to perform emergency work; and (2) undertake any repair and rehabilitation of any Federal hopper dredge, under specified procedures.
Title III: Project-Related Provisions - Provides for modifications to specified flood control, navigation, beach erosion control, hurricane damage prevention, and streambank restoration projects in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas and Missouri, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
(Sec. 363) Reauthorizes specified projects for flood control, navigation, wetlands research, and hurricane-flood protection and beach erosion control in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Jersey.
(Sec. 364) Deauthorizes a portion or all of specified navigation projects in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
(Sec. 365) Directs the Secretary to provide a credit to Louisiana toward its non-Federal share of the cost of the Mississippi Delta Region project.
(Sec. 366) Authorizes the Secretary to make available to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund dredged and excavated materials resulting from construction of a new gated dam at Braddock, Pennsylvania, as part of a locks and dam project on the Monongahela River.
Title IV: Studies - Requires the Secretary to: (1) report to the Congress on the advisability and capability of the Corps to implement rural sanitation projects for rural and Native villages in Alaska; (2) credit toward the non-Federal share of the cost of a feasibility study on the McDowell Mountain, Arizona, project, an amount equal to the cost of work performed there by the city of Scottsdale, Arizona; (3) review a completed feasibility study to determine the Federal interest in a project for flood control at Murrieta Creek, Riverside County, California; (4) prepare a comprehensive river basin management plan for the Santa Ynez River Basin in California; (5) provide technical assistance to non-Federal interests in developing potential southern California infrastructure projects; (6) conduct a specified review to develop a comprehensive plan for additional flood damage reduction measures for Stockton, California; (7) complete a limited reevaluation of the authorized St. Louis Harbor Project in the vicinity of the Chain Rocks Canal, Illinois; (8) provide specified environmental impact assistance to Springfield, Illinois; (9) incorporate a portion of the Calcasieu River near Hackberry, Indiana, as part of the overall study of the Lake Charles ship canal; and (10) investigate potential solutions to the recurring flooding and related problems from the Oahe Dam to Lake Sharpe, South Dakota.
(Sec. 402) Directs the Secretary to conduct feasibility studies with respect to: (1) a project to permit navigation on the Red River in southwestern Arkansas; (2) flood control improvements in Garden Grove, California; (3) streambank erosion and flood control measures within the Beauty Creek Watershed, Valparaiso City, Indiana; (4) environmental and recreational features as part of the navigation project at Indiana Harbor Canal, East Chicago, Indiana; (5) channel improvements on the Huron River, Michigan; (6) navigation improvements at the port of Newburgh, New York; (7) the ecosystem restoration project at Columbia Slough, Oregon; (8) constructing and maintaining a channel on Mustang Island, Texas; and (9) alternative financing mechanisms for the infrastructure needs of small and medium ports.
(Sec. 404) Directs the Secretary to conduct specified studies with respect to: (1) the relationship of flooding in Nogales, Arizona, and floodflows emanating from Mexico; (2) the advisability of fish and wildlife habitat improvement measures in Pine Flat, California; (3) the advisability of acquiring land in the Yolo Bypass in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, for environmental mitigation and flood control purposes; (4) current and future needs with respect to flood damage and reduction, water supply, and other water resources in the Savannah River Basin; (5) the critical water infrastructure of specified drainage districts in the vicinity of Quincy, Illinois, to determine additional flood control needs; (6) restoring the wetlands at Wolf Lake and George Lake in Hammond, Indiana; (7) restoring Koontz Lake, Indiana; (8) the environmental, flood control, and navigation impacts associated with the construction of a lock structure in the Hoamu Navigation Canal, Louisiana; (9) the advisability of wetland restoration and erosion control in the Lower Las Vegas Wash, Nevada; (10) the flooding problems along the Saco River, New Hampshire; (11) a greenway trail project along the Buffalo River, New York; (12) the navigation needs at the Port of New York-New Jersey; (13) the flooding problems along the Chagrin River in Eastlake, Ohio; (14) the integrity of a bulkhead system along the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, Ohio; and (15) flooding, erosion, and related problems in Prince William County, Virginia.
(Sec. 406) Requires the Secretary to conduct certain environmental studies with respect to: (1) land use on Mugu Lagoon, California; (2) the Little Calumet River, Indiana; (3) the Tippecanoe River Watershed, Indiana; and (4) the Charleston estuary near Charleston, South Carolina.
(Sec. 413) Directs the Secretary to conduct specified reconnaissance studies for: (1) the West Dade, Florida, water reuse facility; (2) channel improvements near North Las Vegas, Nevada; (3) northern Nevada; (4) opening a secondary channel of the Hudson River in Coeymans, New York; and (5) the Shinnecock Inlet, New York.
(Sec. 444) Authorizes the Secretary to conduct navigation studies in the Pacific region of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
(Sec. 446) Directs the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior to evaluate procedures and requirements used in the selection and approval of materials used in the restoration and nourishment of beaches.
Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions - Provides for Federal land conveyances in Alabama, California, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
(Sec. 502) Designates specified visitors centers, lakes, and locks and dams in California, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
(Sec. 503) Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical, planning, and design assistance to non-Federal interests for carrying out watershed management, restoration, and development projects at specified locations in Arizona, California, Georgia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
(Sec. 504) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to authorize appropriations for specified environmental infrastructure construction projects authorized under such Act.
(Sec. 505) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to increase the authorization of appropriations for a Corps feasibility study for the conservation of fish and wildlife in various geographical areas. Includes Virginia as part of a Chesapeake Bay study under such Act.
(Sec. 506) Directs the Secretary to: (1) carry out periodic beach nourishment for 50 years at specified projects (subject to periodic review of need) in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York; and (2) provide design and construction assistance to non-Federal interests for specified projects in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, if the Secretary determines that such projects are feasible.
(Sec. 508) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to include additional lakes in New York and Illinois within a lakes restoration program.
(Sec. 509) Requires the Secretary: (1) under specified conditions, to maintain specified navigation channels in California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington; (2) to establish a pilot program to provide environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; and (3) to accelerate R&D activities for developing innovative methods and technologies for improving the survival of salmon, especially salmon in the Columbia River Basin.
(Sec. 512) Redefines the Federal lands to be included as Columbia River Treaty fishing access sites for specified Native American Indian tribes.
(Sec. 513) Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct an assessment of the general condition of confined disposal facilities on the Great Lakes; and (2) provide technical assistance to non-Federal interests on testing procedures contained in the Great Lakes Dredged Material Testing and Evaluation Manual.
(Sec. 515) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 to authorize the Secretary to provide specified assistance to nongovernmental entities designated by a State or local government in the development and implementation of remedial action plans for areas of concern in the Great Lakes.
(Sec. 516) Authorizes the Secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with non-Federal interests or entities for the development of long-term management strategies for controlling sediments at navigation projects.
(Sec. 517) Extends the geographic jurisdiction of the Mississippi River Commission.
(Sec. 518) Expresses the sense of the Congress that the President should negotiate with Canada for the elimination of tolls along the St. Lawrence Seaway system and identify ways to maximize the movement of goods and commerce along such Seaway.
(Sec. 519) Directs the Secretary to promote Federal, non-Federal, and private sector cooperation in creating public recreation opportunities and developing necessary supporting infrastructure at Corps projects.
(Sec. 520) Authorizes the Secretary to design and construct new headquarters facilities in Massachusetts and Florida.
(Sec. 521) Directs the Secretary to expand the Earthquake Preparedness Center of Expertise.
(Sec. 522) Authorizes the Secretary to provide specified assistance to non-Federal interests for wastewater treatment and related facilities in Jackson County, Alabama.
(Sec. 523) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to revise the use of Federal funds with respect to a project in Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas.
(Sec. 524) Directs the Secretary to: (1) enter into an agreement with Heber Springs, Arkansas, to provide specified water supply storage in Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas; and (2) accept specified items and activities as in-kind contributions for the project for fish and wildlife habitat at Morgan Point, Arkansas.
(Sec. 526) Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical assistance to non-Federal interests for reclamation and water quality projects in the watershed of the Lower Mokelume River in Calaveras County, California.
(Sec. 527) Directs the Secretary to design and construct shoreline protection measures for the coastline adjacent to the Faulkner Island Lighthouse, Connecticut.
(Sec. 528) Directs the Secretary to develop a proposed comprehensive plan for restoring, preserving, and protecting the South Florida ecosystem. Requires the Secretary to complete the feasibility phase of such plan by July 1, 1999, and to report to the Congress. Authorizes the Secretary to undertake critical restoration projects in such area during the period before plan implementation, prohibiting any such projects from being initiated after September 30, 1999. Establishes the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.
(Sec. 529) Authorizes the Secretary to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida, for specified assistance to demonstrate the water quality functions found in wetlands.
(Sec. 530) Directs the Secretary to develop a watershed management plan for the Deep River Basin in Indiana.
(Sec. 531) Authorizes the Secretary to establish a program to provide environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in southern and eastern Kentucky.
(Sec. 532) Amends the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act to provide the 1996 and 1997 Federal share of the cost of certain coastal wetlands restoration projects in Louisiana.
(Sec. 533) Directs the Secretary to proceed with engineering, design, and construction of projects for flood control and improvements to rainfall drainage systems in specified areas of southeast Louisiana.
(Sec. 534) Directs the Secretary to: (1) expedite the Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia, restoration project; (2) transfer up to $600,000 to Maryland for use in constructing an access road to the William Jennings Randolph Lake in Garrett County; (3) carry out a project for the beneficial use of dredged material at Poplar Island, Maryland; and (4) implement erosion control measures near Rhodes Point on Smith Island, Maryland.
Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) provide assistance for the restoration of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal near Cumberland, Maryland; and (2) provide technical assistance to non-Federal interests for reclamation and water quality protection projects for specified portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
(Sec. 540) Directs the Secretary to: (1) carry out specified projects in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina for the control of aquatic growth in lakes and rivers; (2) develop and implement alternative methods for the decontamination and disposal of dredged material at the Port of Duluth, Minnesota; (3) assist the Minnesota Lake Superior Center authority in the construction of an educational facility to educate the public with respect to Lake Superior and other bodies of fresh water; (4) conduct a study and develop a strategy for reducing flood damage, improving water quality, and creating wildlife habitat in the Redwood River Basin, Minnesota; (5) initiate all remaining work associated with the Coldwater River Watershed, Mississippi; (6) carry out the project for bluff stabilization, Natchez Bluffs, Mississippi; and (7) work cooperatively with Mississippi and the city of Sardis in the management of existing and proposed land leases.
(Sec. 547) Prohibits: (1) certain counties located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from having their participation in the national flood insurance program revoked or suspended due to raising levees along an alignment approved by the relevant circuit court; and (2) the Secretary from reassigning the St. Louis District of the Corps from the operational control of the Lower Mississippi Valley Division.
(Sec. 549) Directs the Secretary to take specified construction action with respect to the Libby Dam, Montana.
(Sec. 550) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to require the Phase I Environmental Improvement Program of the Special Area Management Plan for the Hackensack Meadowlands area, New Jersey, to provide for the acquisition of significant wetlands.
(Sec. 551) Directs the Secretary to: (1) expedite the feasibility study of the Hudson River Habitat Restoration in the Hudson River Basin, New York; and (2) establish a program of environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in the New York City Watershed.
(Sec. 553) Authorizes the Secretary to make capital improvements to the New York State Canal System.
(Sec. 554) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study for shoreline protection of Orchard Beach, Bronx, New York.
(Sec. 555) Authorizes the Secretary to construct, operate, and maintain a dredged material containment facility for the Port of New York-New Jersey.
(Sec. 556) Declares a specified portion of Long Island City in Queens County, New York, as nonnavigable waters of the United States, requiring improvements to such area.
(Sec. 557) Directs the Secretary to review and consider revisions to the water control manuals for the Jamestown and Pipestem Dams, North Dakota, in order to reduce the magnitude and duration of flooding within the James River floodplain. Requires a feasibility study.
(Sec. 558) Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical assistance to local interests for the establishment of a regional water authority in northeastern Ohio to address local water problems.
(Sec. 559) Directs the Secretary to: (1) expedite the completion of the study for a project for the Ohio River Greenway through specified cities in Indiana; and (2) carry out and complete a study of flooding in the area of Grand Lake, Oklahoma.
(Sec. 561) Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to revise the Federal and non-Federal shares of project costs with respect to the Broad Top Region of Pennsylvania.
(Sec. 562) Directs the Secretary to: (1) modify the allocation of costs for the water reallocation project at Curwensville Lake, Pennsylvania; (2) determine the advisability and necessity of making modernization and efficiency improvements to the hopper dredge McFarland; (3) upon completion of a specified Corps report concluding that such work is appropriate, provide specified assistance for the protection and restoration of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Water Works; and (4) construct a visitors center and related facilities at the Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania.
(Sec. 566) Authorizes the Secretary to establish a pilot program for providing environmental assistance to non-Federal interests in southeastern Pennsylvania.
(Sec. 567) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study and develop a strategy for using specified measures and practices to reduce flood damage, improve water quality, and create wildlife habitat along specified portions of the Susquehanna River Basin in Pennsylvania and New York.
(Sec. 568) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a project for flood control at Wills Creek, Hyndman, Pennsylvania.
(Sec. 569) Directs the Secretary to provide specified assistance in the development and restoration of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
(Sec. 570) Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) construct, operate, and maintain a dredged material containment facility for the Port of Providence, Rhode Island; and (2) carry out an environmental enhancement project at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
(Sec. 571) Directs the Secretary to: (1) replace a bulkhead at the Quonset Point-Davisville Industrial Park, Rhode Island; (2) conduct a reevaluation of the flood management study for East Ridge and Hamilton County, Tennessee; (3) conduct a bank stabilization project for the Tennessee River; (4) carry out a flood control project at Neabsco Creek, Virginia; (5) design and construct a breakwater at the North Channel on Tangier Island, Virginia; and (6) provide technical assistance to Pierce County, Washington, with respect to levee maintenance.
(Sec. 575) Prohibits the Secretary, during any evaluation of economic costs and benefits for specified Texas flood control projects, from considering flood control works constructed within the project drainage areas before such evaluation by non-Federal interests in the determination of conditions existing prior to construction of the projects.
(Sec. 579) Authorizes the Secretary to design and implement a flood damage reduction program for the Greenbrier River Basin, West Virginia.
(Sec. 580) Directs the Secretary to conduct a limited reevaluation of a watershed plan and environmental impact statement prepared for the Lower Mud River in Milton, West Virginia.
(Sec. 581) Authorizes the Secretary to design and construct flood control measures in specified rivers and river basins in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
(Sec. 582) Amends the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 to add permit requirements with respect to site designations for the dumping of dredged, chemical, radioactive, and other materials.
(Sec. 583) Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to extend through FY 2001 the authorization of appropriations for the Office of the Management Conference of the Long Island Sound Study.
(Sec. 584) Directs the Secretary to provide assistance to: (1) non-Federal interests for reconstruction of the water monitoring station on the North Fork of the Flathead River, Montana; and (2) the Narragansett Bay Commission for the construction of a combined river overflow management facility in Rhode Island.
(Sec. 586) States that an entity that received Federal grant assistance for an infrastructure asset under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act shall not be required to repay any portion of the grant upon the lease or concession of the asset only if: (1) ownership remains with the entity that received the grant; and (2) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency determines that the lease or concession furthers the purposes of such Act and approves such lease or concession.
Title VI: Extension of Expenditure Authority Under Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend expenditure authority under the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.