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Calendar No. 152
105th Congress Report
1st Session 105-70
September 2, 1997.--Ordered to be printed
Mr. Murkowski, from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 63]
The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to which was
referred the Act (H.R. 63) to designate the reservoir created
by Trinity Dam in the Central Valley project, California, as
``Trinity Lake'', having considered the same, reports favorably
thereon without amendment and recommends that the Act do pass.
purpose of the measure
The purpose of H.R. 63 is to designate the reservoir
created by Trinity Dam in the Central Valley Project,
California, as ``Trinity Lake''.
background and need
H.R. 63 redesignates Clair Engle Lake (the reservoir
created behind the Trinity Dam in California), as ``Trinity
Lake''. The name change will bring the name of the reservoir
into conformity with the other facilities at the site,
including the Trinity Dam and the Trinity powerplant which are
both located on the Trinity River. Redesignation will decrease
confusion related to the reservoir and better match the way
local users of the reservoir refer to the lake.
Clair Engle Lake is the largest body of recreational water
in Trinity County, California. The dam regulates drainage in an
area of over 728 square miles. The dam was completed in 1962.
It is an earthfill structure 2,450 feet long at the crest, is
538 feet high and impounds up to 2,448 million acre feet of
water in the reservoir. Releases from the reservoir are used to
generate electrical power at five powerplants and for
consumptive use in the Central Valley Project. The lake is a
popular destination for thousands of recreational users each
year. Its uses include boating, fishing, hiking and camping.
Since the construction of the dam, local citizens have
referred to the lake as Trinity Lake. The usage has been widely
adopted by almost all the public as well as Federal, state and
H.R. 63 was introduced on January 7, 1997 by Congressman
Wally Herger. The bill was passed by the House of
Representatives on March 11, 1997.
Companion legislation, S. 895 was introduced by Senators
Boxer and Feinstein on June 12, 1997 and was referred to the
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Subcommittee on
National Parks, Historic Preservation and Recreation held a
hearing on S. 895 on June 26, 1997.
At the business meeting on July 30, 1997, the Committee on
Energy and Natural Resources ordered H.R. 63 favorably reported
Similar legislation (H.R. 1070) passed the House of
Representatives during the 104th Congress, although no action
was taken by the Senate on the bill.
committee recommendations and tabulation of votes
The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in open
business session on July 30, 1997, by a unanimous vote of a
quorum present, recommends that the Senate pass H.R. 63 without
The roll call vote on reporting the measure was 20 yeas, 0
nays, as follows:
Mr. Campbell \1\
Mr. Burns \1\
Mr. Bingaman \1\
Ms. Landrieu \1\
\1\ Indicates voted by proxy.
Section 1(a) redesignates as ``Trinity Lake'', the
reservoir created by the Trinity Dam in the Central Valley
project of California and previously designated as ``Clair
Engle Lake'' pursuant to Public Law 88-662 (78 Stat. 1093).
Section 1(b) directs that any reference in law, regulation,
document, record, map or other government paper refer to the
reservoir in section 1(a) as Trinity Lake.
Section 1(c) repeals former status--Public Law 88-662, the
statute which designated the site as the Clair Engle Lake.
cost and budgetary considerations
The following estimate of costs of this measure has been
provided by the Congressional Budget Office:
H.R. 63--A bill to designate the reservoir created by Trinity Dam in
the Central Valley project, California, as ``Trinity Lake''
CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no
significant impact on the federal budget. Because the bill
would not affect direct spending or receipts, pay-as-you-go
procedures would not apply. H.R. 63 contains no
intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 and would not have any
impact on the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.
H.R. 63 would designate the reservoir created by Trinity
Dam in the Central Valley project, California, as ``Trinity
Lake.'' Under the provisions of Public Law 88-662, the
reservoir is currently designated as ``Clair Engle Lake.''
The CBO staff contact for the estimate is Victoria V. Heid,
who can be reached at 226-2860. This estimate was approved by
Paul N. Van de Water, Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
regulatory impact evaluation
In compliance with paragraph 11(b) of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee makes the following
evaluation of the regulatory impact which would be incurred in
carrying out H.R. 63. The bill is not a regulatory measure in
the sense of imposing Government-established standards or
significant economic responsibilities on private individuals
No personal information would be collected in administering
the program. Therefore, there would be no impact on personal
Little, if any, additional paperwork would result from the
enactment of H.R. 63, as ordered reported.
On August 1, 1997, the Committee on Energy and Natural
Resources requested legislative reports from the Department of
the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget setting
forth Executive agency recommendations on H.R. 63. These
reports had not been received at the time the report on H.R. 63
was filed. When these reports become available, the Chairman
will request that they be printed in the Congressional Record
for the advice of the Senate. The testimony of the Department
of the Interior at the Subcommittee hearing follows:
Statement of Katherine H. Stevenson, Associate Director for Cultural
Resources, Stewardship and Partnerships, National Park Service,
Department of the Interior
Thank you for the opportunity to offer the Department of
the Interior's views on S. 895, a bill to change the name of
the reservoir created by the Trinity Dam in Central Valley
Project to ``Trinity Lake''.
This bill would change the name of the reservoir created by
the Trinity Dam in Central Valley Project to ``Trinity Lake.''
Most people in the area already refer to the lake as Trinity
even though its formal name is Clair Engle Lake. The
Administration supports this bill which would officially change
the name of the body of water to Trinity Lake.
changes in existing law
In compliance with paragraph 12 of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee notes that no
changes in existing law are made by the bill H.R. 63 as