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                                                 Union Calendar No. 169
109th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 229

                          [Report No. 109-311]


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             July 27, 2005

                 Referred to the Committee on Resources

                           November 18, 2005

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union 
                       and ordered to be printed

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                                 AN ACT


 
 To clear title to certain real property in New Mexico associated with 
         the Middle Rio Grande Project, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Albuquerque Biological Park Title 
Clarification Act''.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to issue a quitclaim deed conveying any right, title, and interest the 
United States may have in and to Tingley Beach or San Gabriel Park to 
the City, thereby removing the cloud on the City's title to these 
lands.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) City.--The term ``City'' means the City of Albuquerque, 
        New Mexico.
            (2) Middle rio grande conservancy district.--The terms 
        ``Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District'' and ``MRGCD'' mean a 
        political subdivision of the State of New Mexico, created in 
        1925 to provide and maintain flood protection and drainage, and 
        maintenance of ditches, canals, and distribution systems for 
        irrigation and water delivery and operations in the Middle Rio 
        Grande Valley.
            (3) Middle rio grande project.--The term ``Middle Rio 
        Grande Project'' means the works associated with water 
        deliveries and operations in the Rio Grande basin as authorized 
        by the Flood Control Act of 1948 (Public Law 80-858; 62 Stat. 
        1175) and the Flood Control Act of 1950 (Public Law 81-516; 64 
        Stat. 170).
            (4) San gabriel park.--The term ``San Gabriel Park'' means 
        the tract of land containing 40.2236 acres, more or less, 
        situated within Section 12 and Section 13, T10N, R2E, N.M.P.M., 
        City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, and 
        described by New Mexico State Plane Grid Bearings (Central 
        Zone) and ground distances in a Special Warranty Deed conveying 
        the property from MRGCD to the City, dated November 25, 1997.
            (5) Tingley beach.--The term ``Tingley Beach'' means the 
        tract of land containing 25.2005 acres, more or less, situated 
        within Section 13 and Section 24, T10N, R2E, N.M.P.M., City of 
        Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, and described by 
        New Mexico State Plane Grid Bearings (Central Zone) and ground 
        distances in a Special Warranty Deed conveying the property 
        from MRGCD to the City, dated November 25, 1997.

SEC. 4. CLARIFICATION OF PROPERTY INTEREST.

    (a) Required Action.--The Secretary of the Interior shall issue a 
quitclaim deed conveying any right, title, and interest the United 
States may have in and to Tingley Beach and San Gabriel Park to the 
City.
    (b) Timing.--The Secretary shall carry out the action in subsection 
(a) as soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this title 
and in accordance with all applicable law.
    (c) No Additional Payment.--The City shall not be required to pay 
any additional costs to the United States for the value of San Gabriel 
Park and Tingley Beach.

SEC. 5. OTHER RIGHTS, TITLE, AND INTERESTS UNAFFECTED.

    (a) In General.--Except as expressly provided in section 4, nothing 
in this Act shall be construed to affect any right, title, or interest 
in and to any land associated with the Middle Rio Grande Project.
    (b) Ongoing Litigation.--Nothing contained in this Act shall be 
construed or utilized to affect or otherwise interfere with any 
position set forth by any party in the lawsuit pending before the 
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, No. CV 99-
1320 JP/RLP-ACE, entitled Rio Grande Silvery Minnow v. John W. Keys, 
III, concerning the right, title, or interest in and to any property 
associated with the Middle Rio Grande Project.
                                                 Union Calendar No. 169

109th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                                 S. 229

                          [Report No. 109-311]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

 To clear title to certain real property in New Mexico associated with 
         the Middle Rio Grande Project, and for other purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                           November 18, 2005

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union 
                       and ordered to be printed

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