Summary: H.R.3388 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/23/2000)

Lake Tahoe Restoration Act - States that the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit shall be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, in accordance with this Act and the laws applicable to the National Forest System.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary to consult with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and other specified entities.

(Sec. 6) Directs the Secretary to develop an environmental restoration priority list for the Lake Tahoe Basin. Sets forth project areas, including: (1) erosion and sediment control; (2) acquisition of environmentally sensitive land; (3) fire risk reduction; (4) cleaning up methyl tertiary butyl ether contamination; and (5) parking and traffic management.

Directs the Secretary to make a specified payment to the Agency and the South Tahoe Public Utility District to develop a hydrocarbon contamination cleanup plan.

Authorizes appropriations for priority projects.

(Sec. 7) Amends Federal law with respect to certain environmental improvement payments to localities in the Basin area to: (1) make public utilities eligible recipients; (2) revise funding provisions, including limiting fund use to projects that are part of the environmental improvement program adopted by the Agency; and (3) authorize appropriations.

(Sec. 8) Directs the Secretary to: (1) coordinate fire risk reduction activities with State and local agencies, including local fire departments and volunteer groups; and (2) minimize related ground disturbances.

(Sec. 9) States that funding under this Act shall be in addition to other funding and shall not reduce allocations for other National Forest System Regions.. Sets forth matching requirements for Nevada and California.

(Sec. 10) Amends Federal law to require Basin land acquisitions only from willing (private) sellers.

(Sec. 12) Authorizes appropriations.