Summary: H.R.5217 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5217. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (11/21/2019)

Water Optimization for the West Act or the WOW Act

This bill addresses issues related to water projects in the Western States. Among other things, the bill

  • makes the Bureau of Reclamation the lead agency for coordinating permitting activities required for the construction of certain new surface-water storage projects,
  • directs the bureau to convey certain facilities and easements to the Kennewick Irrigation District in Washington State,
  • redirects Department of Transportation funds previously intended for high-speed rail development in California to the Department of the Interior for certain water-related programs,
  • gives the Fish and Wildlife Service the sole authority to protect endangered or threatened fish species that are anadromous species or catadromous species,
  • authorizes the use of certain bureau facilities to convey water to recharge certain aquifers, and
  • prohibits Interior or the Department of Agriculture from requiring a water user to apply for or acquire a water right in order to obtain certain permits or licenses.