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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 962

  To prohibit operation of aquaculture facilities that contribute to 
                  pollution of wild and scenic rivers.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            February 7, 2017

  Mr. Kildee introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
  Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on 
Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, 
 in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the 
                jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
  To prohibit operation of aquaculture facilities that contribute to 
                  pollution of wild and scenic rivers.

    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 ``Preserve Fishing on Wild and Scenic 
River Act''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON AQUACULTURE FACILITIES AFFECTING WILD AND SCENIC 
              RIVERS.

    (a) Prohibition.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after 
the end of the 3-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of 
this Act a person shall not operate an aquaculture facility unless the 
Secretary of the Interior has certified that such operation will not 
discharge a pollutant into a river any segment of which is a wild and 
scenic river.
    (b) Administration and Certifications.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary of the Interior shall 
        administer this section.
            (2) Certifications.--Upon receipt of a request for a 
        certification required by subsection (a) submitted by a person 
        operating or seeking to operate an aquaculture facility, the 
        Secretary shall--
                    (A) determine whether or not such facility will 
                discharge a pollutant into a river any segment of which 
                is a wild and scenic river; and
                    (B) if the Secretary determines that such facility 
                will not discharge a pollutant into a river any segment 
                of which is a wild and scenic river, certify that 
                determination.
    (c) Relationship to Other Law.--This section, and a determination 
or certification by the Secretary under this section, shall not be 
construed to affect section 318 of the Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act (33 U.S.C. 1328) or the authority of the Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency under that section.
    (d) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Aquaculture facility.--The term ``aquaculture 
        facility'' means a facility used for the propagation or rearing 
        (or both) of aquatic species in a controlled or selected 
        environment. The term does not include any fish hatchery 
        operated by a Federal or State agency.
            (2) Pollutant.--The term ``pollutant'' has the meaning that 
        term has under section 502(6) of the Federal Water Pollution 
        Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1362(6)).
            (3) River.--The term ``river'' has the meaning that term 
        has under section 16(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 
        U.S.C. 1286(a)).
            (4) Wild and scenic river.--The term ``wild and scenic 
        river'' means any waters included in the national wild and 
        scenic rivers system under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 
        U.S.C. 1271 et seq.).
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