Summary: S.204 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate without amendment (02/16/2005)

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Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Act - (Sec. 3) Establishes the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area in Louisiana.

Designates the Atchafalaya Trace Commission as the local coordinating entity (the entity) of the Heritage Area.

(Sec. 4) Prohibits the use of Federal funds received under this Act to acquire real property.

(Sec. 5) Requires the Commission to develop and implement a management plan, subject to the Secretary of the Interior's approval, that incorporates an integrated and cooperative approach to protect, interpret, and enhance the resources of the Heritage Area.

(Sec. 6) Establishes a procedure for the voluntary inclusion of private property in the Heritage Area.

(Sec. 7) Sets forth private property protections.

(Sec. 8) Declares the effect of this Act with regard to certain authorities and powers.

(Sec. 9) Requires the entity to report to the Secretary concerning its expenditures for any year Federal funds are made available under this Act.

(Sec. 10) Authorizes appropriations. Limits: (1) the availability of funds for any fiscal year to $1,000,000; and (2) the Federal share of the total cost of any activity assisted under this Act to 50 percent.

(Sec. 11) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance to the entity 15 years after enactment.