S.1207 - Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Romney, Mitt [R-UT] (Introduced 04/11/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Indian Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 116-79|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/09/2019 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 182. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1207 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Reported to Senate (09/09/2019)
Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019
This bill ratifies and modifies the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Agreement negotiated between the Navajo Nation, the United States, and Utah. The agreement gives the Navajo Nation the right to use water from sources located within Utah and adjacent to or encompassed within the boundaries of the Navajo Reservation resulting in depletions not to exceed a specified amount annually.
The Navajo water rights shall be held in trust by the United States for the use and benefit of Navajo Nation and shall not be subject to forfeiture or abandonment.
The Navajo Nation shall have authority to allocate, distribute, and lease the water rights for any use on or off its reservation in accordance with the agreement.
The Department of the Interior shall establish and manage the Navajo Utah Settlement Trust Fund, with amounts available for withdrawal by the Navajo Nation for planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and replacing Navajo water development projects.
The bill also specifies waivers and releases that must be executed in order for the settlement to be binding and effective.