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                                                       Calendar No. 152
105th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE

 1st Session                                                     105-70
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                              TRINITY LAKE

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               September 2, 1997.--Ordered to be printed

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  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 
local officials.

                          legislative history

    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 
without amendments.
    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 
amendment.
    The roll call vote on reporting the measure was 20 yeas, 0 
nays, as follows:
        YEAS                          NAYS
Mr. Murkowski
Mr. Domenici
Mr. Nickles
Mr. Craig
Mr. Campbell \1\
Mr. Thomas
Mr. Kyl
Mr. Grams
Mr. Smith
Mr. Gorton
Mr. Burns \1\
Mr. Bumpers
Mr. Ford
Mr. Bingaman \1\
Mr. Akaka
Mr. Dorgan
Mr. Graham
Mr. Wyden
Mr. Johnson
Ms. Landrieu \1\

    \1\ Indicates voted by proxy.

                      section-by-section analysis

    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 
and businesses.
    No personal information would be collected in administering 
the program. Therefore, there would be no impact on personal 
privacy.
    Little, if any, additional paperwork would result from the 
enactment of H.R. 63, as ordered reported.

                        executive communications

    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 
reported.