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Water Resources Development Act of 2000 - Title I: Water Resources Projects - Authorizes the Secretary of the Army (Secretary) to carry out: (1) projects for water resources development, conservation, and related purposes at the Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, and the Port of New York and New Jersey; and (2) specified water resources projects (subject to the completion of a favorable final report of the Army Chief of Engineers by December 31, 2000) in Alaska, Arizona, California, the Delaware coast, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana and Kentucky, Kentucky and Ohio, the Ohio River in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming.

(Sec. 102) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study of, and authorizes the Secretary, if the Secretary determines that a project is feasible, to carry out projects for: (1) emergency streambank protection in Indiana and Louisiana; (2) navigation in Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin; (3) aquatic ecosystem restoration in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania; (4) shoreline protection in Louisiana and New York; (5) snagging and sediment removal in Illinois and Louisiana; and (6) mitigation of shore damage at Puget Island, Washington.

(Sec. 110) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out certain projects in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Ohio for the beneficial uses of dredged material.

(Sec. 111) Amends the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1999 to authorize the Secretary to design and construct a shore protection project at Fort Canby State Park, Washington.

(Sec. 112) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out the Petaluma River flood protection project in Petaluma, California.

Title II: General Provisions - Amends the WRDA of 1986 to authorize the Secretary to assess the water resources needs of watersheds (currently only river basins and regions) of the United States. Requires cooperation with the heads of specified Federal agencies, and consultation with Federal, tribal, State, interstate, and local governmental entities, as part of such assessment. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 203) Authorizes the Secretary to study the feasibility of carrying out water resources development projects that: (1) will substantially benefit Indian tribes; and (2) are located primarily within Indian country or in proximity to Alaska Native villages. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 204) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to require cost-sharing agreements for environmental protection and restoration, navigation, storm damage or hurricane protection, shoreline erosion, or recreation projects under such Act (currently, only for flood control or agricultural water supply) to be subject to the non-Federal interest's ability to pay.

(Sec. 205) Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) carry out a program to reduce vandalism and destruction of property at water resources development projects, including awards to those providing information; and (2) participate in the National Recreation Reservation Service and pay the Army's share of activities required to maintain such Service.

(Sec. 207) Amends the WRDA of 1996 to adjust and extend permanently the authorization of appropriations for interagency and international support to address problems of national significance to the United States.

(Sec. 208) Authorizes the Secretary to identify and set aside areas at Army civil works projects for the reburial of certain Native American remains discovered on project lands.

(Sec. 209) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to require certain guidelines developed therein to address measures undertaken by non- Federal interests to preserve a project's flood protection level.

(Sec. 210) Amends various WRDA Acts to allow a non-Federal sponsor to include a nonprofit entity, with the consent of the affected local government, in projects for environmental dredging, the lakes program, and environmental improvement.

(Sec. 211) Authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to provide specialized or technical services to a Federal agency (other than an agency of the Department of Defense) only if the chief executive of the requesting entity submits to the Secretary: (1) a request describing the scope of such services and an agreement to reimburse the Corps for their costs; and (2) a certification that such services are not reasonably and quickly available through ordinary business channels. Requires a report identifying such requests.

(Sec. 213) Authorizes the Secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with non- Federal public and nonprofit entities for services relating to natural resources conservation or recreation management.

(Sec. 214) Authorizes the Secretary, in FY 2001 through 2003, to accept and expend funds contributed by non-Federal public entities to expedite the evaluation of permits under the Army's jurisdiction. Requires impartiality in permit decisionmaking.

(Sec. 215) Directs the Secretary to establish a program to allow the direct marketing of dredged materials to public agencies and private entities. Requires annual reports. Authorizes appropriations. Requires a related pilot program, with a report and an authorization of appropriations.

(Sec, 216) Directs the Secretary to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study, and make recommendations relating to, the independent peer review of water resources project feasibility reports, including a review of methods for project analysis. Requires reports. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 217) Amends the: (1) WRDA of 1990 to extend through FY 2005 the authorization of appropriations for the rehabilitation of Federal flood control levees; and (2) Flood Control Act of 1948 to increase from $40,000 to $50,000 the maximum expenditure for small flood control projects.

(Sec. 219) Provides a conflict-of- interest requirement with respect to the employment of engineering and consulting services under a water resources project.

(Sec. 220) Requires the Secretary to develop and implement procedures to ensure that all the benefits of a beach restoration project are displayed in that project's reports.

(Sec. 221) Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a pilot program to test the design-build method of project delivery on various authorized Corps civil works projects. Requires a report.

(Sec. 222) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to require the Secretary to enhance public participation in the development of each project feasibility study under that Act, including the use of a stakeholder advisory group.

(Sec. 223) Directs the Secretary to conduct a monitoring program of the economic and environmental results of up to five eligible projects selected by the Secretary. Limits the monitoring term to 12 years. Requires reports.

(Sec. 224) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to direct the Secretary to design mitigation projects to reflect contemporary understanding of the science of such mitigation. Requires a report.

(Sec. 226) Limits the administrative costs associated with the conveyance of property by the Secretary to a non-Federal governmental or nonprofit entity.

(Sec. 227) Amends the WRDA of 1999 to add sites in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas to authorized flood mitigation and riverine restoration projects.

Title III: Project-Related Provisions - Modifies the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway wildlife mitigation project, Alabama and Mississippi, to authorize the Secretary to remove the wildlife mitigation purpose designation from up to 3,000 acres of such project's land, and to take related actions.

(Sec. 302) Modifies the project for flood control, Nogales Wash and tributaries, Nogales, Arizona, to provide a 100 percent Federal share of the costs associated with addressing certain flood control problems arising from floodwater flows originating in Mexico.

(Sec. 303) Credits toward the non-Federal share the costs of certain planning and engineering investigations associated with reservoir improvements in the vicinity of Boydsville, Arkansas.

(Sec. 304) Modifies the project for flood control and power generation, White River Basin, Arkansas and Missouri, to authorize the Secretary to provide minimum flows necessary to sustain tail water trout fisheries. Requires a report.

(Sec. 305) Modifies the project for navigation, Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel, California, to authorize the Secretary to credit toward the non-Federal cost share the value of dredged material that is purchased by public agencies or nonprofit entities for environmental restoration or other beneficial uses (with a condition).

(Sec. 306) Modifies the project for: (1) navigation on the Delaware River, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, to provide for the crediting of the non-Federal share of the costs of additional capacity at dredged material disposal areas; (2) storm damage reduction and shoreline protection, Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, Delaware, to revise the project's cost; (3) navigation, Fernandina Harbor, Florida, to authorize the Secretary to realign the access channel; (4) shore protection, Gasparilla and Estero Island, Florida, to authorize the Secretary to enter into an agreement with a non-Federal interest to carry out such project; (5) flood protection, East St. Louis and vicinity, Illinois, to include ecosystem restoration as a project purpose; (6) navigation, Kaskaskia River, Illinois, to include recreation as a project purpose; and (7) navigation, Waukegan Harbor, Illinois, to extend such project's upstream limit.

(Sec. 313) Authorizes the Secretary to credit toward the non-Federal cost share a required feasibility study of improvements to the Upper Des Plaines River and tributaries, Illinois and Wisconsin.

(Sec. 314) Directs the Secretary to initiate construction of an authorized flood control project in Cumberland, Kentucky, to prevent future losses from any flood equal in magnitude to the one experienced there in April 1977.

(Sec. 315) Directs the Secretary to construct a visitors center and other recreational features at the flood control project, Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System, Louisiana.

(Sec. 316) Modifies the project for: (1) mitigation of fish and wildlife losses, Red River Waterway, Louisiana, to authorize the purchase of additional mitigation lands; (2) navigation, Georges River, Maine, to redesignate a specified project portion; and (3) the beneficial use of dredged material at Poplar Island, Maryland, to provide certain crediting of non- Federal shares of such project's cost.

(Sec. 319) Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) provide design and construction assistance for recreational facilities at William Jennings Randolph Lake, Maryland and West Virginia; and (2) complete the project for flood damage reduction, Breckenridge, Minnesota, at a specified cost.

(Sec. 321) Modifies the project for: (1) navigation, Duluth Harbor, Minnesota, to include the relocation of Scenic Highway 61; and (2) clearing, snagging, and sediment removal, East Bank of the Mississippi River, Little Falls, Minnesota, to direct the Secretary to construct the project substantially in accordance with specified plans.

(Sec. 323) Authorizes the project for navigation, New Madrid County Harbor, Missouri, as described in a specified feasibility report.

(Sec. 324) Authorizes the Secretary to credit certain integral construction work toward the non-Federal cost share of the project for navigation, Pemiscot County Harbor, Missouri.

(Sec. 325) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out a project at Fort Peck Lake, Montana, for the design and construction of a fish hatchery and associated facilities necessary to sustain a multispecies fishery. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 326) Directs the Secretary to carry out maintenance dredging of the Sagamore Creek Channel, New Hampshire.

(Sec. 327) Modifies the project for flood control, Passaic River, New Jersey and New York, to direct the Secretary to give priority to nonstructural approaches to flood control as alternatives to construction of the Passaic River tunnel element, while maintaining the integrity of other project elements. Directs the Secretary to: (1) undertake certain project reviews; and (2) establish the Passaic River Flood Management Task Force (requiring an annual report from the Task Force).

(Sec. 328) Modifies the project for: (1) environmental quality, Times Beach Nature Preserve, Buffalo, New York, to include recreation as a project purpose; and (2) shoreline protection, Rockaway Inlet to Norton Point, New York, to authorize the Secretary to construct T-groins to improve sand retention.

(Sec. 330) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study of the Garrison Dam, North Dakota, feature of the project for flood control, Missouri River Basin, to determine if the damage to a certain water transmission line is the result of a design deficiency and, if so, to correct the deficiency.

(Sec. 331) Modifies the project for flood control, Duck Creek, Ohio, to authorize the Secretary to carry out the project at a revised cost.

(Sec. 332) Extinguishes certain reversionary interests and use restrictions contained in deeds affecting the John Day Pool area, Oregon and Washington.

(Sec. 333) Amends the WRDA of 1999 to provide a crediting toward the non-Federal cost share of the Fox Point hurricane barrier in Providence, Rhode Island.

(Sec. 334) Modifies the project for: (1) flood control, Nonconnah Creek, Tennessee and Mississippi, to authorize the Secretary to extend a certain protected area and hiking and biking trails; (2) flood control, San Antonio channel, Texas, to include environmental restoration and recreation as project purposes; and (3) flood control, Levisa and Tug Forks of the Big Sandy River and Upper Cumberland River, Virginia, to direct the Secretary to determine the ability of specified Virginia counties to pay the non-Federal share of certain project costs.

(Sec. 337) Authorizes the Secretary, at the request of a local water authority, to reallocate water supply storage space in the John Flannagan Reservoir, Virginia, to yield specified water withdrawals.

(Sec. 338) Modifies the project for: (1) beach erosion control and hurricane protection, Sandbridge Beach, Virginia, to direct the Secretary to provide 50 years of periodic nourishment; (2) sediment control, Mount St. Helens, Washington, to authorize the Secretary to maintain specified flood protection levels; and (3) flood damage reduction, Lower Mud River, Milton, West Virginia, to direct the Secretary to carry out the project.

(Sec. 342) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to increase the funding for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration in Maryland and Virginia, specifying the uses for such additional funds.

(Sec. 343) Requires specified adjustment in the dredging of the Great Lakes and certain adjoining areas, including a portion of the St. Lawrence River.

(Sec. 344) Amends the WRDA of 1990 to increase and extend through FY 2005 the authorization of appropriations for Great Lakes remedial action plans and sediment remediation.

(Sec. 345) Directs the Secretary to carry out a demonstration program to use innovative treatment technologies for the treatment of dredged material from Long Island Sound. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 346) Declares specified portions of Erie County, New York, to be nonnavigable waters of the United States, unless the Secretary finds that proposed projects there are not in the public interest.

(Sec. 347) Deauthorizes specified navigation projects at: (1) Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers, Jackson, Alabama; (2) Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel, California; (3) Bay Island Channel, Illinois; (4) Warsaw Boat Harbor, Illinois; (5) Kennebunk River, Maine; (6) Rockport Harbor, Massachusetts (with a project modification); (7) Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts; (8) Duluth- Superior Harbor, Minnesota and Wisconsin; (9) Tremley Point, New Jersey; (10) Angola, New York; (11) Wallabout Channel, New York; (12) New York and New Jersey Channels; and (13) Warwick Cove, Rhode Island.

(Sec. 348) Directs the Secretary to convey to: (1) Thompson, Connecticut, specified lands for firefighting and related emergency services; (2) the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School for Deaconesses and Missionaries Conducting Sibley Memorial Hospital, specified lands for medical care and parking; (3) the Joliet Park District, Illinois, specified lands for public ownership and use as a headquarters; (4) the Young Men's Christian Association of Ottawa, Illinois, the easements acquired for improvement of the Illinois Waterway; (5) S.S.S., Inc., specified lands in Pike County, Missouri; (6) the Iconium Fire Protection District, Missouri, specified lands for a fire station site; (7) the township of Manor, Pennsylvania, specified lands for public park, recreation, and other public purposes; and (8) South Carolina specified lands for fish and wildlife mitigation.

Authorizes the Secretary to convey to: (1) St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, specified lands in Bayou Teche, Louisiana; (2) the Ontonagon County Historical Society, Michigan, a lighthouse and underlying lands; and (3) North Augusta and Aiken County, South Carolina, the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam (after undertaking certain repairs).

(Sec. 349) Authorizes projects on the Narraguagus River, Maine, and Cedar Bayou, Texas, to be carried out by the Secretary, but prohibits construction therein until the Secretary determines that the project is technically sound, environmentally acceptable, and economically justified.

Redesignates as anchorage a specified portion of the Narraguagus River.

(Sec. 350) Continues project authorizations for: (1) flood control, Sacramento River, California; and (2) flood protection on a portion of such River.

(Sec. 351) Amends the WRDA of 1992 to include St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, within authorized projects to address water quality problems associated with storm water runoffs.

Title IV: Studies - Authorizes or directs the Secretary to conduct studies with respect to specified projects in Florida, Illinois, Oregon, the Lower Mississippi River, the Upper Mississippi River, the Ohio River, Alabama, the Arkansas River, California, the Delaware River, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine and New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the WRDA of 1986 to direct the Secretary to construct an environmental education and research facility at Otsego Lake, New York. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 502) Amends the WRDA of 1996 to: (1) add specified sites for authorized water quality restoration projects; and (2) authorize appropriations for such projects.

(Sec. 503) Makes certain competitive bid requirements inapplicable to any contract, agreement, or grant entered into between the Secretary and Marshall University or Juniata College in support of the Army civil works program.

(Sec. 504) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to: (1) direct the Secretary to encourage the Great Lakes States to develop and implement a mechanism that provides a common conservation standard with respect to the withdrawal and use of Great Lakes water; (2) require approval of the Great Lakes Board of Governors prior to the export of Great Lakes water; and (3) express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of State should work with the Canadian Government to develop a standard under (1), above.

(Sec. 505) Amends the WRDA of 1996 to: (1) require a report concerning the Great Lakes tributary model; and (2) authorize appropriations through 2006 for such model.

(Sec. 506) Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop a plan for Corps activities that support the management of Great Lakes fisheries; (2) plan, design, and construct projects to support the restoration of the fishery, ecosystem, and beneficial uses of the Great Lakes; and (3) enter into a cooperative agreement with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission or any other agency established to facilitate active State participation in Great Lakes management. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 507) Directs the Secretary to assess the condition of water resources and related ecosystems in New England to identify problems and needs for restoring, preserving, and protecting New England water resources, ecosystems, wildlife, and fisheries. Requires a report. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 508) Amends the WRDA of 1992 to redefine areas authorized for the construction of: (1) a visitors center at Fort Smith, Arkansas; and (2) an interpretive site in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

(Sec. 509) Authorizes the Secretary to participate with appropriate Federal and State agencies in the planning and management associated with the CALFED Bay- Delta Program, an ecosystem restoration program for the San Joaquin and Sacramento River basins, California. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 510) Directs the Secretary to carry out: (1) necessary repairs of the Lowell Creek Tunnel, Seward, Alaska; (2) a flood damage reduction project at the Contra Coastal Canal, California; (3) a flood damage reduction project in Huntington Beach, California; and (4) a flood damage reduction project at Mallard Slough, Pittsburg, California.

(Sec. 511) Limits to wetlands restoration and project creation elements the use of funds made available to the Secretary for Clear Lakes Basin, California, under the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2000.

(Sec. 515) Directs the Secretary to reimburse the non-Federal interest for certain costs under the project for navigation, Port Everglades Harbor, Florida.

(Sec. 516) Directs the Secretary to establish, and provide public notice of, a program to: (1) convey to eligible property owners the right to maintain existing habitation structures on land acquired by the United States for the Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia, project; or (2) release such owners from a related easement prohibition as it applies to existing structures.

(Sec. 517) Authorizes the Secretary to provide the non-Federal interest for certain environmental quality improvements at Ballard's Island, Illinois, if the Secretary determines that such work is integral to the project.

(Sec. 518) Amends the WRDA of 1986 to extend permanently (currently ends after FY 2003) the authorization of appropriations for the project for Lake Michigan diversion, Illinois.

(Sec. 519) Directs the Secretary to develop a proposed comprehensive plan for restoring, preserving, and protecting the Illinois River basin using new technologies and innovative approaches. Requires a report. Authorizes appropriations. Directs the Secretary to integrate and coordinate such projects with specified ongoing Federal and State programs, projects, and activities. Provides a non-Federal cost share of 35 percent.

(Sec. 520) Directs the Secretary to: (1) provide, if the work is determined integral, the non-Federal costs for certain aquatic ecosystem restoration at Koontz Lake, Indiana; (2) investigate the contamination of the well system in West View Shores, Maryland; and (3) carry out the project for flood damage reduction and environmental restoration at Muddy River, Brookline and Boston, Massachusetts.

(Sec. 523) Prohibits the Secretary from requiring a cargo vessel equipped with bow thrusters and friction winches traversing the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to provide more than two crew members to serve as line handlers on the pier of a lock there (with exceptions).

(Sec. 524) Directs the Secretary to establish an inventory of dams constructed in Minnesota by the Works Progress Administration, the Works Projects Administration, and the Civilian Conservation Corps, and to assess their condition and need for rehabilitation. Requires a report. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 525) Designates a specified portion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota, as the Bruce F. Vento Unit of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

(Sec. 526) Amends the WRDA of 1996 to: (1) add certain technologies to those being considered for the decontamination and disposal of dredged material at the Port of Duluth, Minnesota; and (1) increase the amount authorized to be appropriated for such purpose.

(Sec. 527) Directs the Secretary to design and construct the project for environmental restoration and recreation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, substantially in accordance with specified plans. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 528) Directs the Secretary to participate in restoration projects for critical coastal wetlands and coastal barrier islands in Mississippi. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 529) Directs the Secretary to participate in the implementation of the project at Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead in accordance with a specified plan. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 530) Directs the Secretary to develop and implement a research program to evaluate opportunities to manage peak flood flows in urbanized New Jersey watersheds. Requires a report. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 531) Requires the Secretary to provide technical assistance to Yonkers, New York, relating to the dredging of the Nepperhan River outlet.

(Sec. 532) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study, develop a strategy, and implement a project to reduce flood damages and create wildlife habitat in the Upper Mohawk River Basin, New York.

(Sec. 533) Directs the Secretary to carry out certain flood damage reduction projects in eastern North Carolina and Ohio. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 534) Directs the Secretary to provide technical assistance to non-Federal interests to evaluate the structural integrity of the bulkhead system along the Cuyahoga River in the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio.

(Sec. 535) Directs the Secretary to enter into a long-term lease with the city of Crowder, Oklahoma, under which the city may develop, operate, and maintain as a public park all or a portion of Crowder Point on Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma.

(Sec. 536) Directs the Secretary to conduct studies and ecosystem restoration projects for the Lower Columbia River and Tillamook Bay estuaries, Oregon and Washington. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 537) Authorizes the State of Pennsylvania to transfer certain unobligated funds for access improvements at the Raystown Lake project, Pennsylvania.

(Sec. 538) Amends the WRDA of 1996 to: (1) increase the amount authorized for a water quality improvement project on the Susquehanna River; and (2) direct (currently, authorizes) the Secretary to enter into certain cooperative agreements to effectuate such projects.

(Sec. 539) Directs the Secretary to develop a plan for Corps activities to support ecosystem restoration of the Charleston Harbor estuary, South Carolina. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 540) Amends the WRDA of 1999 relating to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and South Dakota terrestrial wildlife habitat restoration program to: (1) fund such program through funds made available under the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program and through grants to such tribes and South Dakota; (2) require consultation with such tribes in expending amounts from trust funds established for such program; (3) require the Secretary to lease to South Dakota in perpetuity certain recreation areas within the boundaries of the program; (4) require the Secretary to clean up each open dump and hazardous waste site identified on program lands and recreation areas; (5) require such tribes and South Dakota to establish the Cultural Resources Advisory Commission to advise with respect to cultural resources on such lands and recreation areas; (6) require the Secretary to inventory and stabilize each Commission-identified cultural and historic site; (7) direct the Secretary to complete a study, and take appropriate remedial action, with respect to sediment contamination in the Cheyenne River (authorizing appropriations for such purpose); and (8) provide additional authorizations of appropriations for activities added under this section, with specified allocations among such tribes and South Dakota.

(Sec. 541) Directs the Secretary to prepare a limited reevaluation report with respect to the project for flood control, Horn Lake Creek and tributaries, Tennessee and Mississippi.

(Sec. 542) Authorizes the Secretary to participate in critical restoration projects in the Lake Champlain watershed, Vermont and New York. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 543) Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a study evaluating the structural integrity and need for modification or removal of each of ten specified dams in Vermont; and (2) provide certain assistance to the non-Federal interests for each such dam. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 544) Authorizes the Secretary to participate in critical restoration projects in the area of Puget Sound, Washington, and adjacent waters. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 545) Directs the Secretary to conduct a feasibility study of providing coastal erosion protection for the tribal reservation of the Shoalwater Bay Tribe on Willapa Bay, Washington.

(Sec. 546) Authorizes the city of Aberdeen, Washington, to transfer to Tacoma, Washington, certain lands transferred to such city under the WRDA of 1990.

(Sec. 547) Modifies the project for flood control, Bluestone Lake, Ohio River basin, West Virginia, to authorize construction of hydroelectric generation facilities by the Tri-Cities Power Authority of West Virginia.

(Sec. 548) Amends the WRDA of 1988 to direct the Secretary to ensure the preservation of the Jenkins House within the Lesage/Greenbottom Swamp, West Virginia.

(Sec. 549) Authorizes the Secretary to provide planning and design assistance to non-Federal projects located along the Tug Fork River, West Virginia, and identified in a specified master plan.

(Sec. 550) Amends the WRDA of 1982 to include environmental restoration within authorized activities under a pilot program for providing certain assistance to non-Federal interests in southern West Virginia.

(Sec. 551) Directs the Secretary to treat as continuing construction the Surfside/Sunset Newport Beach element of the project for beach erosion, Orange County, California.

(Sec. 552) Amends the WRDA of 1996 to: (1) add specified sites to a watershed management, restoration, and development program; and (2) add two sites to a navigation channel maintenance program.

(Sec. 554) Directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for providing NOAA with data on the results of any navigation channel hydrographic survey conducted by the Corps.

(Sec. 555) Increases the authorization of appropriations for identifying and acquiring additional lands adjacent to the Bonneville Pool to provide access and fishing facilities for specified Indian tribes.

(Sec. 556) Directs the Tennessee Valley Authority to release a specified use restriction with respect to lands in Decatur, Alabama, previously conveyed to the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation.

Title VI: Comprehensive Everglades Restoration - Approves the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, as contained in a specified report dated April 1, 1999, as a framework for modifications and operational changes to the Central and Southern Florida Project that are needed to restore, preserve, and protect the South Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region, including water supply and flood protection. Directs the Secretary to integrate such Project with ongoing Federal and State projects and activities under the WRDA of 1996. Authorizes certain pilot projects to be implemented as part of such Project. Authorizes the implementation of other projects after review and approval by the Secretary. Authorizes the Secretary to implement Project modifications that are described in the Plan and will produce a substantial benefit to the restoration, preservation, and protection of the South Florida ecosystem. Requires Project implementation reports. Provides funding. Requires any project in the Plan to be specifically authorized by Congress. Directs the Secretary to monitor non-Federal contributions to ensure that non-Federal interests provide 50 percent of the cost of each project. Excludes specified Plan components from implementation. Approves with limitations the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and the Southern Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem.

Prohibits any appropriation from being made for a Plan project until the President and the Governor of Florida enter into a binding agreement to ensure that water made available under the Plan is not otherwise used until sufficient reservations of water for the restoration of the natural system exist. Provides for enforcement of such requirement.

Requires the Secretary and the non-Federal sponsor to develop project implementation reports.

Prohibits Plan implementation from reducing current flood protection levels.

Directs the Secretary and Governor to develop an agreement for resolving disputes associated with Plan implementation.

Requires the Secretary, Secretary of the Interior, and Governor to establish an independent scientific review panel to review the Plan's progress toward achieving its natural system restoration goals. Requires Plan and project reports.

Requires the Secretary to report to Congress a determination as to whether the ongoing Biscayne Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program in Dade County, Florida, has a substantial benefit to the restoration, preservation, and protection of the South Florida ecosystem.

(Sec. 602) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) development at the site of the former Homestead Air Force Base could potentially cause significant air, water, and noise pollution and result in the degradation of adjacent national parks; (2) Federal agencies charged with determining the reuse of such site should carefully consider the environmental impacts of reuse options; (3) the redevelopment of such site should be consistent with South Florida ecosystem restoration goals; (4) the Secretary of the Air Force should take certain action so that reuse can proceed expeditiously; (5) following conveyance of surplus property, the Secretary should reuse such property in a manner consistent with the goals of the Plan; and (6) the Secretary should report to the appropriate congressional committees on actions taken.

Title VII: Missouri River Restoration, North Dakota - Missouri River Protection and Improvement Act of 2000 - Establishes the: (1) North Dakota Missouri River Trust committee; and (2) Missouri River Task Force. Requires the Task Force to: (1) prepare and vote on approval of a plan for the use of funds for conservation practices, the control and removal of sediment, and related protection measures for the Missouri River; and (2) review and recommend to the Secretary projects for meeting plan goals and projects critical to plan implementation. Requires the plan to be made available for public review and comment prior to implementation. Directs the Secretary, after plan approval, to identify critical plan restoration projects. Requires the Secretary to ensure that not less than 30 percent of critical project funds are used exclusively for projects that are either within the boundary of an Indian reservation or administered by an Indian tribe.

(Sec. 707) Authorizes appropriations.

Title VIII: Wildlife Refuge Enhancement - Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Enhancement Act of 2000 - Requires the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior to prohibit the issuance of new cabin site leases within the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, except as necessary to consolidate with, or substitute for, existing cabin site leases. Requires the Secretary to determine cabin sites that are not suitable for conveyance to a lessee for any reason that adversely impacts the future habitability of the cabin sites, and to offer to such lessees the opportunity to acquire a comparable cabin within the same area. Prohibits the conveyance of cabin sites determined to be unsuitable.

(Sec. 805) Allows lessees that do not offer to lease a comparable site or who decline such an offer to continue to lease their current site for the remainder of such lease through 2010. Requires the Secretary to submit a report to Congress that: (1) describes progress made in implementing this title; and (2) identifies cabin owners that have declined the offer to acquire a comparable site.

(Sec. 806) Authorizes the Secretary to offer for sale cabin sites that are not conveyed and have not been determined to be unsuitable for habitation.

(Sec. 807) Requires proceeds from sold cabin sites to be used to acquire from willing sellers other property within or adjacent to the Refuge that would be suitable to: (1) achieve Refuge wildlife conservation purposes; (2) protect local fish and wildlife habitat; (3) enhance public opportunities for Refuge hunting, fishing, and other wildlife- dependent activities; (4) improve Refuge management; or (5) reduce Federal expenditures associated with administration of the cabin site leases.

(Sec. 810) Authorizes appropriations.

Title IX: Missouri River Restoration, South Dakota - Missouri River Restoration Act of 2000 - Establishes the: (1) Missouri River Trust committee; and (2) Missouri River Task Force. Requires the Task Force to: (1) prepare and vote on approval of a plan for the use of funds for conservation practices along the Missouri River watershed, including sediment control and removal, protection of Indian, historical and cultural sites, and erosion control; and (2) review and recommend to the Secretary projects critical to plan implementation. Requires the plan to be made available for public review and comment prior to implementation. Directs the Secretary, after plan approval, to identify critical plan restoration projects. Requires the Secretary to ensure that not less than 30 percent of critical project funds are used exclusively for projects that are either within the boundary of an Indian reservation or administered by an Indian tribe.

(Sec. 907) Authorizes appropriations.