Summary: H.R.4785 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.4785. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/08/2004)

Directs the Secretary of the Army (at a specified cost of Treasury funds to be matched by the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which is paid by private users) to: (1) construct mooring facilities at Locks 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 24, and LaGrange Lock, provide switch boats at Locks 20 through 25 over five years for project operation, and conduct development and testing of an appointment scheduling system; (2) construct new 1,200-foot locks at Locks 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 on the Upper Mississippi River and at LaGrange Lock and Peoria Lock on the Illinois Waterway; and (3) conduct mitigation for new locks and small scale and nonstructural measures authorized under this Act.

Directs the Secretary to modify the operation of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway System to address the cumulative environmental impacts of operation of the system and improve the ecological integrity of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River.

Directs the Secretary to carry out ecosystem restoration projects to attain and maintain the ecosystem of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River in accordance with the general framework outlined in the preferred integrated plan contained in the Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the UMR-IWW System Navigation Feasibility System, dated April 29, 2004. Lists projects that may be included, such as island building, floodplain restoration, and land acquisition.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) submit implementation reports to specified congressional committees; and (2) appoint and convene an advisory panel.