Summary: H.R.4788 — 96th Congress (1979-1980)All Information (Except Text)

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:
Passed House amended (02/05/1980)

(Measure passed House, amended, roll call #29 (283-127))

Water Resources Development Act of 1979 - =Title I: Water Resources Project Authorizations= - Declares that the estimated costs of projects in this Act shall be the maximum amount authorized, except for specified automatic increases. Authorizes the Secretary of the Army, through the Chief of Engineers, to proceed with the following projects subject to specified conditions: (1) flood control on Cazenovia Creek, New York; (2) flood control for the Rahway River Basin, New Jersey; (3) flood control for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Basins, New York and the Byram River, Connecticut; (4) flood control in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; (5) flood control on Saw Mill Run, Pennsylvania; (6) strip mining reclamation on Cabin Creek, West Virginia; (7) erosion control and flood protection for the Panama City Beaches, Florida; (8) navigation improvements in Savannah Harbor, Georgia; (9) navigation improvements in Greenville Harbor, Mississippi; (10) navigation improvements to Gulfport Harbor, Mississippi; (11) navigation improvements and beach erosion control at Lake Pontchartrain North Shore, Louisiana; (12) flood control of the Root River Basin, Minnesota; (13) flood control of the Des Moines River Basin, Iowa and Minnesota; (14) flood protection on Saint Johns Bayou and the New Madrid Floodway, Missouri; (15) flood control on Wears Creek, Missouri; (16) light-draft navigation improvements to San Francisco Harbor, California; (17) navigation improvements to Tacoma Harbor, Washington; (18) flood control on the Chehalis River, Washington; (19) powerhouse construction at McNary Lock and Dam, Oregon and Washington; (20) flood control on the Little Wood River, Idaho; (21) navigation improvements to Kodiak Harbor, Alaska; (22) flood control on the Agana River, Guam; (23) flood protection for Halstead, Kansas; (24) flood protection for Lake Wichita, Holliday Creek, Texas; (25) flood protection for Muscatine Island, Illinois; (26) navigation improvements at the Chetco River, Oregon; (27) flood control of the Schuylkill River Basin, Pennsylvania; (28) erosion control for Tangier Island, Virginia; (29) flood control on the Johns Creek Tributary and erosion control in the Nonconnah Creek Basin, Tennessee; (30) erosion protection of Cox's Park, Kentucky; (31) flood control on portions of the Big Sandy River, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the Cumberland River, Kentucky; (32) a channel in Umbrella Creek, Georgia, connecting it with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; (33) removal of silt and other debris from the Martin Pena Canal, Puerto Rico; (34) dredging the Yazoo River, Mississippi; (35) a demonstration project to remove silt and other material from Lake George and a part of Deep River, Indiana; (36) flood control of the Zumbro River, and watershed plan for the South Zumbro Watershed, Minnesota; (37) a demonstration project to remove silt from Albert Lea Lake, Minnesota; (38) Cleveland Harbor improvements, Ohio; (39) recreation and greenbelt area development along the Des Moines River, Iowa; (40) relocate the water supply intake facility on the Missouri; (41) navigation improvements for Oakland Outer Harbor, California; (42) flood control of the Susquehanna River Basin at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania; (43) streambank protection of the Black Warrior River to protect Mound State Monument, Alabama; (44) water distribution system for Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands; (45) flood control for Parker Lake, Oklahoma; (46) flood control for Rivergate-North Portland, Oregon; (47) landslide remedial measures near Burkshire Terrace, Kentucky; (48) flood control for Yakima-Union Gap, Washington; (49) navigation season extension for the Great Lakes, with an interagency task force required to make a two-year study of the environmental and ecological effects of such extension; (50) flood control for the Bushley Bayou area, Louisiana; (51) maintenance of the channel from Vermilion Bay to the Port of Iberia, Louisiana; (52) flood control on the Scioto River, Ohio; and (53) navigation improvements at Helena, Arkansas.

=Title II: Water Resources Studies= - Directs the Secretary, through the Chief of Engineers, to submit feasibility reports to Congress on the following projects: (1) navigation improvements to Grays Harbor, Washington; (2) flood control on Redbank and Fancher Creeks, California (Authorizes the detailed engineering and design phase after submission of the report.); (3) navigation improvements on the Sacramento River, California (Authorizes the detailed engineering and design phase after submission of the report.); (4) Ashtabula Harbor improvements, Ohio; (5) harbor improvements at Crescent City, California; (6) water treatment facilities and a regional water conveyance system from Tenkiller Ferry Lake, Oklahoma; (7) navigation improvements for Wilmington Harbor, North Carolina; (8) pumped storage facilities for the Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake, Georgia; (9) lock and dam replacements at Grays Landing and Point Marion, Pennsylvania; (10) water treatment facilities and a regional water conveyance system from Kaw Lake, Oklahoma (Authorizes such construction to treat and convey water to Stillwater.); and (11) water supply for the New York metropolitan area, including reassessments of the water deficit for such area and the possibilities for environmental quality plan alternatives to the Hudson River Diversion Project.

Directs the Secretary to determine and report to Congress on the extent of shoreline erosion damage in the United States caused by the regulation of Lake Superior by the International Joint Commission - United States and Canada.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 to include San Francisco and Marin counties in the investigation of flood and related problems along San Francisco Bay, California.

Directs the Secretary to prepare feasibility reports for: (1) flood control of certain Mississippi River tributaries, Mississippi; (2) flood control of Saint Francis Lake, Arkansas; (3) river regulation for the Halifax River, Florida; (4) bank stabilization of the Illinois River, Illinois; (5) erosion control of the Kuskokwim River, Alaska; (6) flood control of the Kinnickinnic River, Wisconsin; (7) water storage needs in northeast Texas; (8) redevelopment of the hydroelectric capacity of Jackson Mills and Mines Fall Dams, New Hampshire; and (9) enlargement of the navigation projects for Galveston Harbor and Channel and Brazos Island Harbor, Texas. Provides for Federal reimbursement of local interests upon approval by Congress and the Chief of Engineers of the Texas navigation projects.

Directs the Secretary to design a flood control project for Milton, Pennsylvania.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 to extend the authorization of appropriations for feasibility reports of specific hydroelectric power installations having high potential for meeting regional power needs.

Directs the Secretary to study: (1) the feasibility of completing the LaFarge Dam flood control project, Wisconsin; (2) the siltation problems in the vicinity of Quincy Bay, Broad Lake, and Triangle Lake, Illinois; (3) water and related land resources development of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands; (4) the feasibility of streambank protection measures along the Tensaw River to protect Blakeley, Alabama; (5) the possibility of rehabilitating the hydroelectric potential at former industrial sites for use as new, small hydroelectric projects; (6) the feasibility of utilizing the capabilities of the Corps of Engineers to conserve wildlife; and (7) the nature and scope of flood problems and the effectiveness of existing programs in the United States. Requires the Secretary to prepare a feasibility report on water treatment and distribution facilities for Buffalo, New York. Directs the Secretary to survey and report to Congress on water supply projects and improvements of existing water supply systems needed to meet existing and anticipated future demand. Directs the Secretary to prepare feasibility reports on: (1) water treatment, conveyance, and distribution facilities for Berlin, New Hampshire and Rochester, New York (Authorizes the construction of such project upon completion of such report with all costs of construction to be repaid to the Federal Government.); and (2) the need for such facilities in the metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts, area.

=Title III: Project Modifications= - Modifies the following projects: (1) Caesar Creek, Ohio, flood control project to direct construction of a water supply system; (2) Theodore Ship Channel navigation project, Alabama, to provide for non-Federal contributions to the costs of spoil sites unless specified conditions are met; (3) Sagninaw River flood protection project, Michigan, to: (a) direct the implementation of a nonstructural project for flood damage reduction and recreation on the Tittabawassee River; and (b) authorize the Secretary to acquire real property from the State for the construction of such project at Shiawassee Flats; (4) East Fork Lake flood control project, Ohio, to provide for the construction of a water supply system; (5) Noyo, California, harbor improvement to provide for non-Federal contributions to the costs of spoil sites unless specified conditions are met; (6) Lynnhaven Inlet and Bay, Virginia, navigation project to provide for Federal payment for specified remedial work; (7) Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, Virginia, navigation project to delete the local contribution requirement; (8) Ohio River Basin flood control project to authorize the reconstruction of specified bridges in Massillon, Ohio; (9) Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin program to authorize the construction of a pumped-storage hydroelectric facility as part of the Fort Randall Dam project, South Dakota; (10) Stamford Harbor, Connecticut, navigation project to provide for non-Federal contributions to the costs of spoil sites, unless specified conditions exist; (11) Lavon Dam, Texas, flood control project to require Federal reimbursement for the cost of relocating a waterline; (12) Galveston Channel, Texas, navigation project to provide for a non-Federal contribution unless specified conditions exist; (13) Mamaroneck Harbor, New York, navigation project to set forth the Federal share of dredge material disposal costs; (14) Wenatchee, Washington, flood control project to authorize the acquisition of lands if local interests agree to reimburse the United States; (15) Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Georgia and Florida, to provide for non-Federal contributions unless specified conditions exist; (16) Sandridge Dam, New York, flood control project to authorize the construction of channel improvements along Ellicott Creek; (17) Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, flood protection project to authorize the construction of necessary protective features to locally constructed pumping stations; (18) Saint Francis Basin flood control project to provide for improvement of Fifteen Mile Bayou and Eight Mile Creek, Arkansas; (19) Yaquina Bay, Oregon, navigation project to provide for the protection of vehicular access to public use areas adjacent to the south jetty; and (20) Yazoo River, Mississippi, navigation project to stipulate that the entire cost of the Shepardstown Bridge alteration be borne by the United States.

Modifies the following projects in New Jersey to require the Secretary to carry out the dredging required in connection with navigational improvements independently of all other aspects: (1) Great Egg Harbor Inlet and Peck Beach; (2) Carson Inlet and Ludlum Beach; (3) Townsend Inlet and Seven Mile Beach; (4) Hereford Inlet; and (5) Barnegat Inlet. Modifies the Willow Creek, Oregon, flood protection project substantially in accord with a 1974 special report of the Chief of Engineers.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 to authorize the construction of a replacement lock to the Gallipolis Locks and Dam, Ohio.

Modifies the following projects: (1) Barbers Point Harbor, Hawaii, navigation project to require a non-Federal contribution to construction costs; (2) Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii, improvement project to delete the requirement for an initial cash contribution from local interests; (3) Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, navigation project to extend the harbor navigation channel; (4) the dredging and the financing of the sand bypassing facility as part of the Santa Cruz Harbor, California, navigation project; (5) East Saint Louis, Illinois, flood control project to provide drainage channels; (6) channel diversion project for the Colorado River to stipulate that the United States shall bear all expenses; (7) Winona, Minnesota, flood protection project to stipulate that certain bridge modifications shall be done at Federal expense; (8) Humboldt Harbor, California, navigation project to authorize the construction of shoreline protection works near Buhne Point; (9) Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway navigation project regarding certain bridges in North Carolina and Virginia; (10) Harlan County Lake, Nebraska, water resources development project to direct the renovation and maintenance of recreation facilities; (11) Burlington Dam, North Dakota, project in accordance with proposed recommendations of the Chief of Engineers after reporting to Congress on such modifications and securing congressional approval; (12) Corte Madera Creek flood control project, California, to direct the construction of the project in the vicinity of the Lagunitas Road Bridge; (13) Niobrara, Nebraska, relocation to relocate a highway through such town; (14) Teche-Vermilion Basin, Louisiana, improvement project to require the relocation of a bridge at Federal expense; (15) Heise-Roberts flood protection project, Idaho, to provide for operation and maintenance by the Chief of Engineers; (16) Jackson Hole Snake River, Wyoming, flood protection and levee project to provide for operation and maintenance by the Chief of Engineers; (17) Granger Dam project, Texas, to require the upgrading of specified Williamson County roads; (18) King Harbor navigation project, California, to stipulate that the United States shall bear the expenses of dredging and maintenance; (19) Lewisville Lake, Texas, to require the elevation of a road crossing Cottonwood Branch; and (20) Dardanelle lock and dam project, Arkansas, to replace the Cane Creek bridge.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to increase the authorization of appropriations for dam repair on the Big Sandy River, Kentucky and West Virginia. Authorizes the Secretary to maintain a clear channel on the Little Calumet River, Illinois, with non-Federal interests paying a portion of the costs of such maintenance. Provides for a modification of the agreement with Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana, concerning installment payments on the Lake Pontchartrain hurricane-flood protection project.

Amends the River and Harbor Act of 1970 to require non-Federal interests to contribute a portion of the costs of maintaining a clear channel on the North Branch of the Chicago River, Illinois.

Authorizes the replacement and expansion of the existing industrial canal lock and connecting channels in the vicinity of Meraux, Louisiana. Directs the Secretary to assure full minority participation in the construction of such project. Requires the Chief of Engineers to report annually to Congress concerning minority participation.

Amends the Flood Control Act of 1946 to provide that the conservation storage capacity of the Belton Reservoir, Texas, be available for water supply as well as irrigation.

Modifies the following projects: (1) Cheatham lock and dam project to direct the paving of a portion of Cheatham County Road, Tennessee; (2) Irondequoit Bay, New York, navigation project to delete the construction of a movable railroad bridge; (3) Shallotte River navigation project, North Carolina, to authorize the removal of a sand bar and maintain an access channel; (4) Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina, navigation project to authorize the correction of erosion problems at Wrightsville Beach; (5) Houston Ship Channel (Greens Bayou), Texas, navigation project to authorize necessary dredging operations; (6) South Platte River Basin, Colorado, flood control project to authorize the reassignment of a portion of the storage space in the Chatfield Lake project for joint flood control and conservation purposes; (7) Sacramento River, California, flood protection project to authorize the construction of bank protection works along a portion of such river; (8) Obion Creek, Kentucky, project to authorize the acquisition of woodlands for fish and wildlife management, recreation, and environmental purposes; (9) Lucky Peak Lake, Idaho, project to provide for an increase in the diameter of the additional dam outlet; (10) Twin Valley Lake, Minnesota, project to authorize the acquisition of lands and measures for fish and wildlife mitigation; (11) Osceola Harbor, Arkansas, project to authorize the construction of two dikes at Lake Neark; (12) Walter F. George Lock and Dam, Alabama and Georgia, project to provide for an 80 percent Federal contribution to such project; (13) Mississippi River project to provide for land acquisitions to mitigate the effect of the Tensas-Cocodrie pumping plant, Louisiana; (14) Buffalo Ship Canal navigation project, New York, to insure that a lift span bridge over such canal be restored; (15) Susquehanna River flood protection project, Pennsylvania, to direct the permanent sealing of the closure structure at the abandoned Reading Railroad site; (16) Hudson River, New York, project to authorize the removal of shoals between the mouth of Roeliff Jansen Kill and the present navigation channel; (17) Anacostia River project, District of Columbia and Maryland, to authorize works to prevent damage to such project caused by the 100-year flood; (18) Fort Gibson Lake and Tenkiller Ferry Lake projects, Oklahoma, to authorize the allocation of water storage for the city of Broken Arrow; (19) San Lorenzo River flood control project; California, to direct the dredging of such river to provide flood protection to Santa Cruz; (20) San Leandro Marina project, California, to direct an access channel to the relocated boat launching ramp; and (21) Yazoo backwater flood control project, Mississippi, to construct a pumping station.

Authorizes the Secretary to modify any water resources development project for fish and wildlife mitigation up to specified amounts upon securing congressional approval. Permits bank protection activities to be undertaken in Starr County, Texas, as part of the Rio Grande bank protection project. Authorizes the Secretary to investigate and construct additional new marina facilities at Lake Texoma, Texas and Oklahoma.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 to authorize the Chief of Engineers to undertake the detailed engineering and design for the Santa Ana River flood control project, California, after completion of the feasibility report. Directs the Secretary to study the Clinton River watershed, Michigan to determine whether the District Engineer's recommendations are the most effective flood protection measures. Requires the Secretary to report the results of such study and any recommendations to Congress.

Modifies the following projects: (1) the Sacramento River, California, flood protection project to direct the Secretary to restore specified project flood control levees; (2) the Prosperity Lake, Missouri, flood control project to require the Secretary to rehabilitate or replace specified bridges; (3) the water resources study of the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, Florida, to authorize the construction of deep monitoring wells for determining salt water intrusion and groundwater quality; (4) the navigation project for Moriches and Shinnecock Inlets, New York, to require the Secretary to (a) take actions to stabilize Moriches Inlet and (b) be responsible for the operation and maintenance of such project; (5) the navigation project for Wilmington Harbor, North Carolina to authorize specified recommendation, but to prohibit the acquisition of wetlands; (6) the San Leandro Marina project, California, to authorize the acquisition of spoil sites; (7) the Pascaqoula Harbor, Mississippi, navigation improvements to require a 25 percent non-Federal contribution for spoil sites, unless specified conditions are met; (8) the flood control project for the Kawkawlin River, Michigan, to make the Secretary responsible for project operation and maintenance; (9) the New Melores Dam and Reservoir project, California, to authorize the upgrading of specified roads; (10) the Juniata River, Pennsylvania, project to authorize (a) a land exchange with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and (b) appropriation for recreational development at Raystown Lake; and (11) Mississippi River flood protection project at Davenport, Iowa, to authorize mitigation and enhancement measures.

=Title IV: General Provisions= - Requires the Secretary to prepare a feasibility report on any water resources project whenever a study of such project is authorized. Sets forth the information to be included in such report.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 to repeal the requirement that a water diversion structure for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission not conflict with the Secretary's report. Extends the authorization of appropriations for projects to remove drift and debris from publicly maintained commercial boat harbors.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to increase the authorized appropriation for the streambank erosion prevention and control demonstration program. Extends the time by which a final report on streambank erosion control must be submitted to Congress to 1983 (from 1981). Authorizes the Secretary to provide to any person or agency, upon request, technical assistance to retard streambank erosion. Extends the national shoreline erosion control development and demonstration program. Directs the Secretary to apply to specified sites in New Jersey those shoreline erosion control techniques found most feasible by such program.

Amends the River and Harbor Act of 1958 to increase the authorization of appropriations for the control of aquatic plant growths.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical assistance to States for removing obstructions and clearing channels. Increases: (1) the authorization of appropriations for such projects; and (2) the amount that may be spent on any one project.

Amends the Flood Control Act of 1970 to require the Secretary to include in water resources development project reports cost-benefit information concerning each of the following: (1) regional economic development; (2) environmental quality; (3) well-being of the people; and (4) national economic development. Makes the possible prevention of loss of life a benefit.

Declares the Port of Houston Authority bridge over Greens Bayou, Texas, to be a lawful bridge. Authorizes the Secretary to renovate Federal quarters at Dalecarlia Reservoir in Washington, D. C.

Directs the Secretary to undertake a program of river and harbor ice control. Directs the Secretary of Transportation to transmit to Congress a list of bridges over U.S. navigable waters which have been constructed or removed. Directs the Secretary of the Army to compile laws relating to water resource development.

Requires the Secretary to transmit to Congress a copy of any rules or regulations relating to water resources development. Gives Congress veto power over such rules or regulations.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to increase the authorization of appropriations for streambank protection works for Boone County, Kentucky. Exempts portions of the Great Miami River, Ohio, from specified limitations regarding navigable waters. Modifies the Lower Mississippi River flood control project to direct the construction of necessary measures to insure the stability of the Old River Control Complex, Louisiana.

Directs the Secretary to study and recommend to Congress the extent of non-Federal cooperation that should be required for necessary dredged material retaining works. Stipulates that such costs shall be borne by the United States pending action on such recommendations, if not otherwise specified. Directs the Secretary to study and recommend criteria for determining Federal and non-Federal interests in flood protection. Stipulates the criteria to be used until legislation is enacted.

Terminates the following authorizations: (1) Trexler Lake, Pennsylvania, flood control project; (2) Beargrass Creek Basin, Kentucky, flood control survey; (3) a portion of the Nansemond River project, Virginia; (4) Dickey-Lincoln School hydroelectric power project, Maine; (5) Illinois Waterway navigation project, Illinois and Indiana; (6) the Big Blue River flood control project, Indiana; (7) a specified portion of the Norfolk Harbor and Thimble Shoal Channel, Virginia, improvement project; (8) Cascadia Dam and Reservoir project, Oregon; (9) flood control projects for South Plymouth, Genegantslet, West Oneonta, Davenport Center, and Copes Corner Lakes, New York; (10) Chester River improvements, Pennsylvania; (11) Connecticut River improvements Connecticut; (12) Sixes Bridge Dam and Lake project, Maryland; (13) Salt Creek Lake project, Ohio; (14) Lincoln Dam and Reservoir project, Illinois; (15) Helm Lake project, Illinois; and (16) Coney Island Creek project, New York.

Prohibits the authorization of Federal money for planning or implementation of the Northfield Mountain or Miller's River Basin Water Supply Projects, Massachusetts.

Directs the Secretary to review and report to Congress concerning the continued authorization of the Lafayette Lake Dam and Reservoir project, Indiana, and the Elk Creek Lake project, California.

Declares portions of the Trent River, North Carolina, nonnavigable.

Authorizes the Corps of Engineers Historical Foundation to design and erect a memorial in the District of Columbia in honor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Transfers from the Secretary of the Air Force to the Secretary of the Army authority over the Trilby Wash Detention Basin (McMicken Dam), Arizona. Authorizes the Secretary to assure the structural integrity and flood control capacity of such Dam.

Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) acquire real property for park and recreation purposes as a part of any water resources development project; (2) preserve and maintain historic properties located on water resource development projects; (3) compensate any owner of a water well, spring, or artesian well if the construction of any identifiable segment of a major waterway damages such well or spring.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 to extend the authorization of appropriations for law enforcement services at water resources development projects, until September 30, 1982.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to increase the authorization of appropriations for financial assistance to specified counties in Kentucky and Tennessee for losses resulting from the establishment of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Requires Federal agencies to simplify application procedures for hydroelectric power licenses or permits. Directs the Comptroller General to report to Congress concerning such procedures.

Prohibits the Secretary from determining the cabin site in the South Recreation Area at Conchas Lake, New Mexico, to be in excess of project needs.

Amends the Federal Criminal Code to make it unlawful to kill any civilian employee of the Corps of Engineers.

Directs the Secretary to convey to Ohio land acquired for the Big Darby Lake flood control project on the condition that the land is administered for wildlife management purposes. Directs the Secretary to convey to Georgia specifically described land in Chatham County.

Authorizes the Secretary to restore to a safe condition dams found to constitute a danger to human life and property if the public agency or instrumentality owning such dam agrees to repay the costs of such restoration. Permits such restoration only in States having a dam safety program for non-Federal dams. Repeals the provision limiting the coverage of the dam inspection program to dams of a specified size. Authorizes the Secretary, upon the owner's request, to perform detailed engineering studies to determine the structural integrity of any dam found to be in hazardous condition after an inspection.

Permits the Secretary to financially assist bridge owners in the construction or alteration of a bridge protection system. Sets forth the conditions to such assistance.

Amends the Flood Control Act of 1948 to increase the amounts which may be allotted for small flood control projects at any single locality. Amends the Flood Control Act of 1968 to repeal the requirement that the construction of the Big Walnut Dam and Reservoir be approved by the President. Exempts the agreements for local cooperation on the Big Walnut Lake, Indiana, project from the requirements contained in the Flood Control Act of 1970.

Authorizes the Secretary to develop and implement a flood warning system for the Whitewater River, California.

Requires the Chief of Engineers to submit the annual report on the Washington Aqueduct within nine months after the end of the fiscal year.

Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to direct the Secretary to implement a demonstration project for the removal of debris and obsolete buildings in the vicinity of Fort Glenn on Umnak Island, Alaska.

Authorizes the Secretary to reimburse non-Federal interests for expenditures made for Oakland Inner Harbor improvements, California.

Exempts the agreements for local cooperation from the requirements contained in the Flood Control Act of 1970 for the following projects: (1) the erosion protection project at the Louisville State Recreation Area, Nebraska; and (2) the Long Branch Lake project, Missouri. Permits both such States to make their performance contingent upon legislative appropriations.

Authorizes the Secretary to construct a bridge over the Tombigbee River, between Alabama and Mississippi.

Directs the Secretary to report to the appropriate congressional committees on the possibility of expanding the functions of the Lake Superior Area Office of the Army Corps of Engineers in Duluth, Minnesota, if the Great Lakes functions of the Corps are transferred to the Detroit District Office.

Includes the U.S. territories and possessions within the provisions authorizing the Secretary to cooperate with the States in the preparation of water conservation plans.

Authorizes the flood control project on the Hocking River at Logan and Nelsonville, Ohio, for construction.

Establishes a Commission on Federal Water Policy to investigate U.S. water policy and directs such Commission to submit to Congress its recommendations for a comprehensive Federal water policy by January 1, 1981.