Summary: H.R.4657 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.4657. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (05/02/2002)

Calfed Bay-Delta Authorization Act - Approves the August 28, 2000, Federal Record of Decision issued by specified Federal agencies and supported by California as a framework for addressing Calfed Bay-Delta Program components consisting of water storage, ecosystem restoration, water supply reliability, conveyance, water use efficiency, water quality, water transfers, watersheds, the Environmental Water account, levee stability, governance, and science.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to implement Stage 1 (projects and programs planned for the first seven years) if such activity has been subject to Federal and State environmental review and approval and certified to be consistent with the Record of Decision.

Requires specific congressional authorization for projects and acquisitions with a Federal share in excess of $10 million.

Requires the Federal agencies to: (1) coordinate their activities with the Resources Agency of California, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture; (2) cooperate with local and tribal governments and the public; and (3) implement the Program using the best available scientific information and scientific review.

Directs the Secretary and the Federal agency heads to operate under the Calfed Bay-Delta Program Implementation Memorandum of Understanding until the Memorandum is replaced by a permanent governing structure developed with their State counterparts.

Sets forth authorization and reporting requirements for construction and acquisition activities where the Federal share exceeds $10 million.

Directs the Secretary to provide financial assistance for the construction of projects in: (1) the Southern California Comprehensive Water Reclamation and Reuse Study; and (2) the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program.

Requires the Secretary to assist State and local water agencies in California in preparing studies of water projects to: (1) ensure a long-term, high quality, safe, and adequate supply of municipal water to California residents; (2) reduce dependence on less reliable water supplies; and (3) assist the State in limiting its annual use of Colorado River water to no more than 4,400,000 acre-feet per year in normal years.

Directs the Secretary to review any feasibility level studies for completed seawater desalination and regional brine line projects and report to Congress for the purposes of providing design and construction assistance for such projects.