Text: S.2594 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-549 (12/19/2000)
[106th Congress Public Law 549]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 106-549
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to contract with the Mancos
Water Conservancy District to use the Mancos Project facilities for
impounding, storage, diverting, and carriage of nonproject water for the
purpose of irrigation, domestic, municipal, industrial, and any other
beneficial purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 19, 2000 - [S. 2594]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CARRIAGE OF NONPROJECT WATER BY THE MANCOS PROJECT,
(a) Sale of Excess Water.--
(1) In general.--In carrying out the Act of August 11, 1939
(commonly known as the ``Water Conservation and Utilization
Act'') (16 U.S.C. 590y et seq.), if storage or carrying capacity
has been or may be provided in excess of the requirements of the
land to be irrigated under the Mancos Project, Colorado
(referred to in this Act as the ``project''), the Secretary of
the Interior may, on such terms as the Secretary determines to
be just and equitable, contract with the Mancos Water
Conservancy District and any of its member unit contractors for
impounding, storage, diverting, or carriage of nonproject water
for irrigation, domestic, municipal, industrial, and any other
beneficial purposes, to an extent not exceeding the excess
(2) Interference.--A contract under paragraph (1) shall not
impair or otherwise interfere with any authorized purpose of the
(3) Cost considerations.--In fixing the charges under a
contract under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall take into
(A) the cost of construction and maintenance of the
project, by which the nonproject water is to be
diverted, impounded, stored, or carried; and
(B) the canal by which the water is to be carried.
(4) No additional charges.--The Mancos Water Conservancy
District shall not impose a charge for the storage, carriage, or
delivery of the nonproject water in excess of the charge paid to
the United States, except to such extent as may be reasonably
necessary to cover--
(A) a proportionate share of the project cost; and
(B) the cost of carriage and delivery of the
nonproject water through the facilities of the Mancos
Water Conservancy District.
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(b) Water Rights of United States Not Enlarged.--Nothing in this Act
enlarges or attempts to enlarge the right of the United States, under
existing law, to control any water in any State.
Approved December 19, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2594:
SENATE REPORTS: No. 106-427 (Energy and Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
Oct. 13, considered and passed Senate.
Nov. 13, Dec. 4, considered and passed House.