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H.R. 3051 (rs) 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. [Reported in Senate] ...
H. R. 3051
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 18, 1999
November 19, 1999
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs
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of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is outdated, dilapidated,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 discharge permit;
(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
(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
(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; and
(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
Passed the House of Representatives November 17, 1999.
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