Text: H.R.5625 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/29/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5625

To require the Secretary of the Army to study the feasibility of the hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 29, 2010

Mr. Camp (for himself, Mr. Upton, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Ms. Kilpatrick of Michigan, Mr. Ehlers, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Levin, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Peters, Mr. McCotter, Mr. Stupak, and Mr. Schauer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Army to study the feasibility of the hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins.

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 “Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) CAWS.—The term “CAWS” means the Chicago Area Water System.

(2) HYDROLOGICAL SEPARATION.—The term “hydrological separation” means a physical separation on the CAWS that—

(A) would disconnect the Mississippi River from Lake Michigan; and

(B) shall be designed to be adequate in scope to prevent the transfer of aquatic species between each water basin.

(3) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers.

(4) STUDY.—The term “study” means the study described in section 3(a).

SEC. 3. Feasibility study.

(a) In general.—Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, pursuant to section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1958 (Public Law 85–500; 72 Stat. 317), shall study the watersheds of the following rivers (including the tributaries of the rivers) that drain directly into Lake Michigan:

(1) The Illinois River, at and in the vicinity of Chicago, Illinois.

(2) The Chicago River in the State of Illinois.

(3) The Calumet River in the States of Illinois and Indiana.

(b) Purpose of study.—The purpose of the study shall be to determine the feasibility and best means of implementing the hydrological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins to prevent the introduction or establishment of populations of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins through the CAWS and other aquatic pathways.

(c) Requirements of study.—

(1) OPTIONS.—The study shall include options to address—

(A) flooding;

(B) Chicago wastewater and stormwater infrastructure;

(C) waterway safety operations; and

(D) barge and recreational vessel traffic alternatives, which shall include—

(i) examining other modes of transportation for cargo and CAWS users; and

(ii) creating engineering designs to move canal traffic from 1 body of water to another body of water without transferring aquatic species.

(2) COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS.—The study shall contain a detailed analysis of the environmental benefits and costs of each option described in paragraph (1).

(3) ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER STUDY.—The study shall be conducted in association with the study required under section 3061(d) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (121 Stat. 1121).

(4) CONSULTATION.—The Secretary shall consult with any relevant expert or stakeholder knowledgeable on the issues of hydrological separation and aquatic nuisance species.

(d) Deadline.—The Secretary shall complete the study by the date that is 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. Report.

(a) In general.—The Secretary shall prepare a report on the waterways described in section 3(a) in accordance with—

(1) the purpose described in section 3(b); and

(2) each requirement described in section 3(c).

(b) Deadlines.—The Secretary shall submit to Congress and the President—

(1) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, an initial report under this section;

(2) not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, a second report under this section; and

(3) not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, a final report under this section.

SEC. 5. Federal cost requirement.

The Secretary shall carry out this Act at Federal expense.

SEC. 6. Presidential oversight.

The President, or the Council on Environmental Quality as a designee of the President, shall oversee the study to ensure the thoroughness and timely completion of the study.