Text: S.2882 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-498 (11/09/2000)
[106th Congress Public Law 498]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 106-498
To authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to conduct certain feasibility
studies to augment water supplies for the Klamath Project, Oregon and
California, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Nov. 9, 2000 - [S. 2882]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Klamath Basin Water Supply
Enhancement Act of 2000.>> assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Klamath Basin Water Supply
Enhancement Act of 2000''.
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION TO CONDUCT FEASIBILITY STUDIES.
In order to help meet the growing water needs in the Klamath River
Basin, to improve water quality, to facilitate the efforts of the State
of Oregon to resolve water rights claims in the Upper Klamath River
Basin including facilitation of Klamath tribal water rights claims, and
to reduce conflicts over water between the Upper and Lower Klamath
Basins, the Secretary of the Interior (hereafter referred to as the
``Secretary'') is authorized and directed, in consultation with affected
State, local and tribal interests, stakeholder groups and the interested
public, to engage in feasibility studies of the following proposals
related to the Upper Klamath Basin and the Klamath Project, a Federal
reclamation project in Oregon and California:
(1) Increasing the storage capacity, and/or the yield of the
Klamath Project facilities while improving water quality,
consistent with the protection of fish and wildlife.
(2) The potential for development of additional Klamath
Basin groundwater supplies to improve water quantity and
quality, including the effect of such groundwater development on
nonproject lands, groundwater and surface water supplies, and
fish and wildlife.
(3) The potential for further innovations in the use of
existing water resources, or market-based approaches, in order
to meet growing water needs consistent with State water law.
SEC. 3. ADDITIONAL STUDIES.
(a) Nonproject Lands.--The Secretary may enter into an agreement
with the Oregon Department of Water Resources to fund studies relating
to the water supply needs of nonproject lands in the Upper Klamath
(b) Surveys.--To further the purposes of this Act, the Secretary is
authorized to compile information on native fish species in the Upper
Klamath River Basin, upstream of Upper Klamath Lake.
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Wherever possible, the Secretary should use data already developed by
Federal agencies and other stakeholders in the Basin.
(c) Hydrologic Studies.--The Secretary is directed to complete
ongoing hydrologic surveys in the Klamath River Basin currently being
conducted by the United States Geological Survey.
(d) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Reporting Requirements.--The Secretary
shall submit the findings of the studies conducted under section 2 and
section 3(a) of this Act to the Congress within 90 days of each study's
completion, together with any recommendations for projects.
SEC. 4. LIMITATION.
Activities funded under this Act shall not be considered a
supplemental or additional benefit under the Act of June 17, 1902 (82
Stat. 388) and all Acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto.
SEC. 5. WATER RIGHTS
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to--
(1) create, by implication or otherwise, any reserved water
right or other right to the use of water;
(2) invalidate, preempt, or create any exception to State
water law or an interstate compact governing water;
(3) alter the rights of any State to any appropriated share
of the waters of any body or surface or groundwater, whether
determined by past or future interstate compacts or by past or
future legislative or final judicial allocations;
(4) preempt or modify any State or Federal law or interstate
compact dealing with water quality or disposal; or
(5) confer upon any non-Federal entity the ability to
exercise any Federal right to the waters of any stream or to any
SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized such sums as necessary to carry out the
purposes of this Act. Activities conducted under this Act shall be
nonreimbursable and nonreturnable.
Approved November 9, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2882:
SENATE REPORTS: No. 106-489 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
Oct. 13, considered and passed Senate.
Oct. 23, considered and passed House.