Summary: S.744 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/07/1998)

Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System Act of 1998 - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants for the Federal share of the costs of the planning and construction of the Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System, Inc. Prohibits the obligation of System construction funds until: (1) Federal environmental compliance requirements have been met; and (2) a final System engineering report and plan for a water conservation program have been prepared and submitted to the Congress for at least a 90-day period.

Requires the mitigation of fish and wildlife losses during System construction and operation.

Directs the Western Area Power Administration to make available, from power produced under the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program, the capacity and energy required to meet the pumping and incidental operational requirements of the System from May 1 to October 31 of each year. Provides power use conditions.

States that this Act does not limit: (1) the authorization for water projects in South Dakota under any law; or (2) current water rights.

Provides the Federal share (70 percent) of System costs.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Reclamation, to provide construction oversight for areas of the System. Limits the amount of funds that may be used by the Secretary for planning and construction of the System.

Authorizes appropriations.