Summary: S.1694 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/24/2000)

Title I: Hawaii Water Resources Study - Hawaii Water Resources Act of 2000 - Authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Interior to study and report to specified congressional committees on irrigation and other agricultural water delivery systems and opportunities for recycling, reclamation, and reuse of water and wastewater in Hawaii for agricultural and nonagricultural purposes. Requires the Secretary and the State of Hawaii to share study costs, with the Federal share not to exceed 50 percent. Authorizes the Secretary to contract with a private consultant to conduct the study and prepare the report. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 104) Amends the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to include Hawaii in the Bureau of Reclamation's wastewater reclamation program.

Title II: Drought Relief - Amends the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 to extend drought relief programs through FY 2005 and include Hawaii. Authorizes the Secretary to provide financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements in eligible States to promote the development of drought contingency plans (requiring a report from the Secretary to Congress on such assistance).

Title III: City of Roseville Pumping Plant Facilities - Directs the Secretary to credit the city of Roseville, California, up to a specified amount as a result of such city's purchase and funding of the installation of additional pumping plant facilities for the benefit of the Central Valley Project.

Title IV: Clear Creek Distribution System Conveyance - Clear Creek Distribution System Conveyance Act - Directs the Secretary to convey the Clear Creek Distribution System to the Clear Creek Community Services District, pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in a specified agreement, in consideration of the District accepting the obligations of the Federal Government for the System.

Provides that nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the District to construct any new facilities or to expand or otherwise change the use or operation of the System from its authorized purposes based upon historic and current use and operation.

Title V: Sugar Pine Dam and Reservoir Conveyance - Sugar Pine Dam and Reservoir Conveyance Act - Requires the Secretary to convey the Sugar Pine Project to the Foresthill Public Utility District of California. Relieves the District, upon a certain payment to the Secretary, of all payment obligations relating to the Project and all debt under a related water services agreement. Requires the District to continue to make Central Valley Project mitigation and restoration payments. Authorizes the District, upon such conveyance, to occupy and flood certain portions of land in Tahoe National Forest under a prior agreement. Provides for the allocation of Project costs.

Title VI: Colusa Basin Watershed Integrated Resources Management - Colusa Basin Watershed Integrated Resources Management Act - Authorizes the Secretary to provide financial assistance for use by the Colusa Basin Drainage District, California, or by local agencies for planning, design, environmental compliance, and construction required to carry out eligible projects in the Colusa Basin Watershed to: (1) reduce the risk of damage to urban and agricultural areas from flooding or the discharge of drainage water or tailwater; (2) assist in groundwater recharge efforts to alleviate overdraft and land subsidence; or (3) construct, restore, or preserve wetland and riparian habitat; and (4) capture surface or storm water for conservation, conjunctive use, and increased water supplies. Requires the Secretary to ensure that funded projects are not inconsistent with watershed protection and environmental restoration efforts being carried out under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act or the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. Directs the Secretary to require that the District and cooperating non-Federal agencies or organizations pay: (1) 25 percent of project construction costs; (2) 100 percent of project operation, maintenance, and replacement and rehabilitation costs; and (3) 35 percent of planning, design, and environmental compliance activity costs.

Permits funds appropriated pursuant to this title to be made available to fund 65 percent of costs incurred for planning, design, and environmental compliance activities by the District or by local agencies in accordance with agreements with the Secretary, under which the District or local agency is required to pay the non-Federal share of construction costs and which governs the funding of planning, design, and compliance activities costs.

Authorizes specified expenditures within existing budget authority to carry out this title.

Title VII: Conveyance to Yuma Port Authority - Authorizes the Secretary to convey to the Greater Yuma Port Authority certain Arizona lands for use as an international port of entry and related activities.

Title VIII: Dickinson Dam Bascule Gates Settlement - Dickinson Dam Bascule Gates Settlement Act of 2000 - Authorizes the Secretary to accept from the city of Dickinson, North Dakota, a one-time payment of $300,000 in lieu of any existing repayment obligations for construction and modification costs of the Bureau of Reclamation in placing bascule gates on the Dickinson Dam to provide additional water capacity in Lake Patterson, North Dakota, toward which amount any payments made by the city to the Secretary on or after June 2, 1998, shall be credited.

Directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the city allocating responsibilities for operation and maintenance costs of the gates. Makes the city responsible for up to a maximum annual amount of $15,000 for such costs. Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts with the city or other person to use water from the Lake.