Summary: S.244 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (11/19/1999)

Lewis and Clark Rural Water System Act of 1999 - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to make grants to the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, Inc., for the planning and construction of a water supply project to provide service for the member entities of specified counties in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Prohibits the Secretary from obligating project funds until: (1) National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 requirements are met; and (2) a final engineering report and a plan for a water conservation program are submitted to Congress.

Requires the Secretary to make grants and other funds available to the System and other private, State, and Federal entities for the initial development of the environmental enhancement component.

Specifies that mitigation for fish and wildlife losses incurred as a result of the construction and operation of the water supply project shall be on an acre-for-acre basis, based on ecological equivalency, concurrent with project construction.

Requires the Western Area Power Administration to make available the capacity and energy required to meet the pumping and incidental operational requirements of the water supply project during the period beginning May 1, and ending October 31, of each year from power designated for future irrigation and drainage pumping for the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin program, on specified conditions, including that: (1) the water supply system is operated on a not-for-profit basis; (2) the water supply system contracts to purchase the entire electric service requirements of the project from a qualified preference power supplier that itself purchases power from the Administration; and (3) the rate schedule applicable to the capacity and energy made available is the firm power rate schedule of the Pick-Sloan Eastern Division of the Administration.

Specifies an 80 percent Federal share of planning, construction, and development costs of the project. Requires the Secretary to provide funds for the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, equal to 50 percent of the incremental cost of its participation in the project.

Authorizes the Secretary to allow the Bureau of Reclamation to provide project construction oversight to the water supply project and environmental enhancement component.

Makes the System responsible for the annual operation and maintenance of such project.

Authorizes appropriations.