Summary: H.R.2669 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (11/18/1999)

Coastal Community Conservation Act of 1999 - Title I: Reauthorization and Amendment of Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, Generally - Amends the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to extend, and terminate as of September 30, 2003, coastal management development grant authority.

(Sec. 102) Replaces the resources management improvement grant program with a coastal community conservation grant program. Sets forth program provisions.

(Sec. 103) Makes Coastal Zone Management Fund amounts available to offset costs of implementing coastal zone management programs.

(Sec. 104) Revises coastal zone enhancement grant provisions, including: (1) expanding eligible grant objectives; (2) requiring State matching funds; and (3) amending allocation criteria.

(Sec. 105) Makes the Walter B. Jones Excellence in Coastal Zone Management Awards program discretionary. (Currently the Secretary of Commerce is required to implement the program.)

(Sec. 107) Authorizes appropriations for : (1) management program development grants; (2) administrative grants; (3) coastal zone enhancement grants; (4) coastal community conservation grants; (5) administrative expenses; (6) Walter B. Jones Excellence in Coastal Zone Management Awards; (7) the provision of access to public beaches, other coastal areas, and coastal waters for individuals with disabilities; and (8) financial assistance to the Barnegat Bay Personal Watercraft Task Force.

(Sec. 109) Directs the Secretary to: (1) report with respect to coastal zone management program outcome indicators; and (2) submit to specified congressional committees draft legislation authorizing a national coastal zone management outcome monitoring and performance evaluation system.

(Sec. 110) Mandates grants to study the impact of personal watercraft on coastal and marine habitats in coastal zones. Authorizes appropriations. Defines "personal watercraft" as a motor vessel that uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump or a caged propeller as its primary source of motive power and is designed to be operated by a person standing on, kneeling on, or sitting astride the vessel.

(Sec. 111) Prohibits the Secretary from: (1) requiring a State, as a condition of grants under the Act or the approval of a State plan under administrative grant provisions, from using non-Federal property for a public purpose without just compensation; or (2) taking private property for public use without just compensation.

Title II: Amendments Relating to National Estuarine Reserves - Expands the congressional declaration of policy regarding the Act and declares that the purpose of each national estuarine reserve and of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System is to improve the understanding, stewardship, and management of coastal areas.

(Sec. 202) Allows a System area to include any part or all of an estuary and any nearby island, transitional area, and upland constituting a natural unit.

(Sec. 203) Authorizes cooperative agreements, contracts, or grants authorizing nonprofit organizations to solicit donations to carry out projects consistent with reserve or System purposes. Permits the Secretary to accept donations of funds and services for such projects. Considers those donations to be gifts or bequests to the United States.

(Sec. 205) Authorizes appropriations for grants under System provisions and for construction projects at reserves.