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H.R. 3051 (ih) To direct the Secretary of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation, to conduct a feasibility study on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand
To direct the Secretary of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation, to
conduct a feasibility study on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in the
State of New Mexico, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that--
(1) there are major deficiencies with regard to adequate and
sufficient water supplies available to residents of the Jicarilla
Apache Reservation in the State of New Mexico;
(2) the existing municipal water system that serves the
Jicarilla Apache Reservation is under the ownership and control of
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is outdated, dilapidated, and
cannot adequately and safely serve the existing and future growth
needs of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe;
(3) the federally owned municipal water system on the Jicarilla
Apache Reservation has been unable to meet the minimum Federal
water requirements necessary for discharging wastewater into a
public watercourse and has been operating without a Federal
(4) the federally owned municipal water system that serves the
Jicarilla Apache Reservation has been cited by the United States
Environmental Protection Agency for violations of Federal safe
drinking water standards and poses a threat to public health and
safety both on and off the Jicarilla Apache Reservation;
(5) the lack of reliable supplies of potable water impedes
economic development and has detrimental effects on the quality of
life and economic self-sufficiency of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe;
(6) due to the severe health threats and impediments to
economic development, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe has authorized and
expended $4,500,000 of tribal funds for the repair and replacement
of the municipal water system on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation;
(7) the United States has a trust responsibility to ensure that
adequate and safe water supplies are available to meet the
economic, environmental, water supply, and public health needs of
the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation.
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION.
(a) Authorization.--Pursuant to reclamation laws, the Secretary of
the Interior, through the Bureau of Reclamation and in consultation and
cooperation with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, shall conduct a
feasibility study to determine the most feasible method of developing a
safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supply for the
residents of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation in the State of
(b) Report.--Not later than 1 year after funds are appropriated to
carry out this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall transmit to
Congress a report containing the results of the feasibility study
required by subsection (a).
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated $200,000 to carry out this
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.
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