Summary: H.R.4904 — 93rd Congress (1973-1974)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/28/1973)

Flood Control Act - Authorizes specified works of improvement for the benefit of navigation and the control of destructive floodwaters to be prosecuted by the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers.

Provides that as soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act and at least once each year thereafter, the Secretary, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall review and submit to the Congress a list of those authorized projects which have been authorized for at least eight years and which he determines should no longer be authorized. Requires the Secretary to obtain the views of interested parties and of the Governor of each wherein such projects would be located. States that a project on such list shall no longer be authorized at the end of a period of 180 days of continuous session of Congress after the date such list is delivered to it.

Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to cooperate with any State in the preparation of comprehensive plans for the development, utilization, and conservation of the water and related resources of drainage basins located within the boundaries of such States and to submit to Congress reports and recommedations with respect to appropriate Federal participation in carrying out such plans. Authorizes appropriations of not to exceed $2,000,000 annually to carry out this section.

Authorizes specified projects and studies for flood protection in designated areas.

Designates the Trotlers Shoals Dam and Lake, Savannah River, Georgia and South Carolina, as the Richard B. Russell Dam amd lake.

Authorizes the Secretary to establish the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area in the States of Kentucky and Tennessee for the purpose of conserving and interpreting an area containing unique cultural, historical, geologic, fish, and wildlife, archaeolgic, scenic and recreational values.

Shoreline Erosion Control Demonstration Act - Directs the Secretary of the Army to establish and conduct a five year national shoreline erosion control development and demonstration program. Provides that the program shall consist of planning, construction, operating, evaluating, and demonstrating prototype shoreline erosion control devices, both engineered and vegetative. States that such projects shall be undertaken at not less than two sites on the shoreline of the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts, at no less than one site on the Great Lakes, and at locations of serious erosion along the shore of the Delaware Bay.

Establishes a Shoreline Erosion Advisory Panel which shall consist of fifteen members appointed by the Secretary. Sets forth the functions of the Panel. Requires the Secretary to submit an annual program progress report, including therein contributions of the Panel to the chairman of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Public Works.

Authorizes to be appropriated for fiscal year 1974 and for the succeding four fiscal years $6,000,000 to carry out the provisions of this Act.

Authorizes the Secretary to plan and construct projects for the control of streambank erosion in the United States and its possessions.