S.2750 - Las Vegas Wash Wetland Restoration and Lake Mead Water Quality Improvement Act of 2000106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Reid, Harry [D-NV] (Introduced 06/19/2000)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/19/2000 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 2750 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2750 To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of the Interior to participate constructively in the implementation of the Las Vegas Wash Wetland Restoration and Lake Mead Water Quality Improvement Project, Nevada. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES June 19, 2000 Mr. Reid introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of the Interior to participate constructively in the implementation of the Las Vegas Wash Wetland Restoration and Lake Mead Water Quality Improvement Project, Nevada. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Las Vegas Wash Wetland Restoration and Lake Mead Water Quality Improvement Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) the Las Vegas Wash is a significant ecosystem of desert wetland created by treated effluent return flows, urban runoff, and flood events from the Las Vegas Valley; (2) a healthy wetland ecosystem in the Las Vegas Wash would improve water quality in the Las Vegas Bay, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the lower Colorado River, which is critical habitat for endangered and threatened fish and wildlife populations; (3) the Secretary of the Interior delivers municipal, industrial, and agricultural water from the Colorado River to millions of people in Nevada, Arizona, and California; (4) a significant concern relating to water quality in Lake Mead is the transmission of contaminants to the Colorado River through the Las Vegas Wash from shallow ground water seepage originating at an industrial complex located in the southeast part of the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada; (5) the industrial complex was constructed by the Federal Government during World War II to manufacture products required by the Department of Defense, including perchlorate, which is an essential component of rocket fuel used exclusively by the Federal Government; (6) over the past 20 years the Las Vegas Wash wetland has been significantly eroded and deteriorated by flash floods, increasing treated effluent flows, urban runoff, and polluted shallow ground water seepage; (7) the loss of the Las Vegas Wash wetland is having an adverse impact on wildlife habitat; (8) the Las Vegas Wash wetland offers a unique opportunity to experience a wetland environment providing educational, cultural, environmental, and recreation benefits to the community of southern Nevada; (9) as recommended by a citizens' water quality advisory committee in 1998, the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, including Federal, State, and local agencies, was formed to establish a comprehensive adaptive management plan for the Las Vegas Wash wetland; (10) from 1998 to 1999, the Committee engaged in an extensive public process to evaluate the multifaceted challenges associated with the restoration of the Las Vegas Wash wetland; (11) in October 1999, the Committee completed and initiated public comment on a comprehensive adaptive management plan; (12) in January 2000, the adaptive management plan was approved by the Board of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which is the coordinating agency for the Committee; and (13) the adaptive management plan calls for a partnership among Federal, State, and local agencies with an interest in the Las Vegas Wash wetland. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to recognize the importance of the restoration of the Las Vegas Wash wetland to water quality in the Colorado River and a desert wetland ecosystem; (2) to direct the affected Federal agencies to participate constructively in the implementation of the Las Vegas Wash Wetland Restoration and Lake Mead Water Quality Improvement Project under the comprehensive adaptive management plan; and (3) to authorize such sums as are necessary for the affected Federal agencies to carry out specific tasks required by the Project in partnership with the authority and other State and local agencies involved in the Committee. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Authority.--The term ``Authority'' means the Southern Nevada Water Authority, organized under the law of the State of Nevada. (2) Committee.--The term ``Committee'' means the 28-member Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, including representatives of-- (A) the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (B) the Army Corps of Engineers; (C) the Environmental Protection Agency; (D) the National Park Service; (E) the Bureau of Reclamation; (F) the Natural Resources Conservation Service; (G) the Southern Nevada Water Authority; (H) the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Clark County, Nevada (including the Clark County Department of Parks and Recreation); (I) the Clark County Sanitation District; (J) the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, Nevada; (K) the Clark County Regional Flood Control District; (L) other Federal, State, and local agencies; (M) environmental groups; and (N) private citizens. (3) Project.-- (A) In general.--The term ``Project'' means the Las Vegas Wash Wetlands Restoration and Lake Mead Water Quality Improvement Project. (B) Inclusions.--The term ``Project'' includes the programs, features, components, projects, and activities identified in the Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan for the Las Vegas Wash developed by the Committee and dated January 20, 2000. SEC. 4. PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT. (a) In General.--In addition to the authorities under other Federal law, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of the Interior may participate in the continued development and implementation of the Project. (b) Federal Assistance.--The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Secretary of the Army, and the Secretary of the Interior shall provide such research, technical assistance, interagency coordination, and funding for-- (1) the collection and modeling of scientific and hydrologic data; and (2) the design and construction of-- (A) erosion control facilities; (B) wetland restoration features; (C) ground water interdiction facilities; (D) treated effluent transport diffusion and reuse features; (E) water quality improvement facilities; and (F) other project features developed under the Las Vegas Wash Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan. (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act. <all>