Summary: H.R.5123 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5123. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/15/2002)

Colorado River Quantification Settlement Facilitation Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to take all necessary actions to provide for the construction of: (1) the Habitat Enhancement Projects (certain projects and actions benefitting species using the Salton Sea area that are identified in the Imperial Irrigation District's (IID) conservation plan) in order to satisfy the requirements of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 for whatever actions may be required as a result of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (the agreement among the IID, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Coachella Valley Water District (the districts), and the State of California) (QSA) water transfers; and (2) projects that provide facilities for hunting, fishing, bird watching, boating, and camping.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) make available public lands for the development of any of the Habitat Enhancement Projects carried out at the Salton Sea; and (2) carry out projects to prevent threats to health or safety caused by wind erosion of portions of the Salton Sea bed that become exposed due to increased conservation measures that reduce runoff into the Sea from the New River and the Alamo River.

Shields the districts from liability with respect to QSA water transfers.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) exercise existing authority to operate and maintain the Colorado River front work and levee system; and (2) enter into an operating agreement with the IID to arrange for operation of off-stream water management reservoirs.