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H.R. 5528 (eh) To authorize the construction of a Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and for other purposes. [Engrossed in House] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5527 To provide assistance for efforts to improve conservation of, recreation in, erosion control of, and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitat of the Missouri River in the State of South Dakota, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 24, 2000 Mr. Thune introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide assistance for efforts to improve conservation of, recreation in, erosion control of, and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitat of the Missouri River in the State of South Dakota, 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. SHORT TITLE. This Act shall be known as the ``Missouri River Restoration Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) the Missouri River is-- (A) an invaluable economic, environmental, recreational, and cultural resource to the people of the United States; and (B) a critical source of water for drinking and irrigation; (2) millions of people fish, hunt, and camp along the Missouri River each year; (3) thousands of sites of spiritual importance to Native Americans line the shores of the Missouri River; (4) the Missouri River provides critical wildlife habitat for threatened and endangered species; (5) in 1944, Congress approved the Pick-Sloan program-- (A) to promote the general economic development of the United States; (B) to provide for irrigation above Sioux City, Iowa; (C) to protect urban and rural areas from devastating floods of the Missouri River; and (D) for other purposes; (6) the Oahe, Big Bend, Fort Randall, and Gavins Point Dams were constructed on the Missouri River in South Dakota under the Pick-Sloan program; (7) the dams referred to in paragraph (6)-- (A) generate low-cost electricity for millions of people in the United States; (B) provide revenue to the Treasury; and (C) provide flood control that has prevented billions of dollars of damage; (8) the Oahe, Big Bend, Fort Randall, and Gavins Point Dams have reduced the ability of the Missouri River to carry sediment downstream, resulting in the accumulation of sediment in the reservoirs known as Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lake Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark Lake; (9) the sediment depositions-- (A) cause shoreline flooding; (B) destroy wildlife habitat; (C) limit recreational opportunities; (D) threaten the long-term ability of dams to provide hydropower and flood control under the Pick- Sloan program; (E) reduce water quality; and (F) threaten intakes for drinking water and irrigation; and (10) to meet the objectives established by Congress for the Pick-Sloan program, it is necessary to establish a Missouri River Restoration Trust Fund to finance efforts-- (A) to reduce the deposition of sediment; (B) to improve conservation; and (C) to take other steps necessary for proper management of the Missouri River. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to reduce the siltation of the Missouri River in the State of South Dakota in order to meet the objectives of the Pick-Sloan program by developing and implementing a long-term strategy-- (A) to improve conservation in the Missouri River watershed; (B) to protect recreation on the Missouri River from sedimentation; (C) to protect water quality in the Missouri River from sedimentation; (D) to improve erosion control along the Missouri River; and (E) to protect Indian and non-Indian historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River from sedimentation; and (2) to meet the objectives described in paragraph (1) by-- (A) developing and financing new programs in accordance with the plan; and (B) providing a source of funds for the State, Indian tribes, local governments, and private entities to use as the non-Federal share required under Federal programs. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act, the following definitions apply: (1) Committee.--The term ``Committee'' means the Executive Committee appointed under section 4(d). (2) Fund.--The term ``Fund'' means the Missouri River Restoration Trust Fund established by section 5(a). (3) Pick-sloan program.--The term ``Pick-Sloan program'' means the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program authorized by section 9 of the Act of December 22, 1944 (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665). (4) Plan.--The term ``plan'' means the plan for the use of the payments to the Trust required to be prepared under section 5(e). (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Army. (6) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of South Dakota. (7) Trust.--The term ``Trust'' means the Missouri River Trust established by section 4(a). SEC. 4. MISSOURI RIVER TRUST. (a) Establishment.--There is established a committee to be known as the Missouri River Trust. (b) Membership.--The Trust shall be composed of-- (1) 14 members appointed by the Governor of South Dakota-- (A) that represent the various interests of the public; and (B) which may include representatives of-- (i) the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources; (ii) the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks; (iii) environmental groups; (iv) the hydroelectric power industry; (v) local governments; (vi) recreation user groups; (vii) agricultural groups; and (viii) other appropriate interests; and (2) 9 members representing each of the 9 Indian tribes in the State of South Dakota, appointed by each Indian tribe, respectively. (c) Duties.--The Trust shall-- (1) meet at least twice each year; (2) appoint, from among the members of the Trust, the Committee; (3) vote on approval of the plan, with approval requiring votes in favor of the plan from at least \1/2\ of the members; (4) review proposals to meet the goals of the plan; (5) recommend, from among proposals reviewed, which proposals should be funded by the Committee; and (6) consult, when appropriate, with-- (A) the Secretary of the Army; (B) the Secretary of Agriculture; (C) the Secretary of Energy; and (D) the Secretary of the Interior. (d) Executive Committee.-- (1) In general.--The Trust shall appoint an Executive Committee, to be composed of-- (A) 4 members of the Trust elected by the Trust in accordance with paragraph (2); and (B) 1 member appointed by the Governor of South Dakota, who shall serve as the Chairperson of the Committee. (2) Duties.--The Committee shall-- (A) administer the use of the fund in accordance with the plan; and (B) award funding for projects recommended by the Trust under subsection (c)(5) that, in the judgment of a majority of the Committee, will best carry out the plan. SEC. 5. MISSOURI RIVER RESTORATION TRUST FUND. (a) Establishment.-- (1) In general.--There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund to be known as the ``Missouri River Restoration Trust Fund''. (2) Deposits.--The Fund shall consist of any amounts deposited in the Fund under this Act. (b) Funding.--On the first day of the eleventh fiscal year that begins after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit $300,000,000 in the Fund from the general fund of the Treasury. (c) Investment of Fund.-- (1) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall invest such portion of the Fund as is not, in the judgment of the Secretary of the Treasury, required to meet current withdrawals. Investments may be only in-- (A) interest-bearing obligations of the United States; or (B) obligations guaranteed as to both principal and interest by the United States. (2) Acquisition of obligations.--For the purpose of investments under paragraph (1), obligations may be acquired-- (A) on original issue at the issue price; or (B) by purchase of outstanding obligations at the market price. (3) Sale of obligations.--Any obligation acquired by the Fund may be sold by the Secretary of the Treasury at the market price. (4) Credits to fund.--The interest on, and the proceeds from the sale or redemption of, any obligations held in the Fund shall be credited to and form a part of the Fund. (d) Payment of Interest to Missouri River Trust.-- (1) Designation of interest.-- (A) In general.--On the first day of the eleventh fiscal year that begins after the date of enactment of this Act, and on the first day of each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary of the Treasury shall designate the aggregate amount of interest deposited in the Fund for the preceding fiscal year as available to the Trust in accordance with paragraph (2). (B) Availability.--Each amount designated under subparagraph (A) shall be available for use without fiscal year limitation. (2) Payments.-- (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary of the Treasury shall use the amounts designated under paragraph (1) only for the purpose of making payments as requested by the Trust. (B) Limitation.--Payments under subparagraph (A) may be made by the Secretary of the Treasury only after the Trust has adopted a plan under subsection (e). (C) Use of payments by trust.--The Trust shall use the payments made under subparagraph (A) to carry out projects and programs under the plan. (D) Federal share.--The Federal share of the cost of any project carried out with a payment under this paragraph shall be 80 percent of the total cost of the project. (e) Plan for Use of Payments.-- (1) In general.--Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Trust shall prepare a plan for the use of the payments to the Trust under subsection (d) in consultation with-- (A) the Secretary of the Army; (B) the Secretary of Energy; (C) the Secretary of the Interior; and (D) the Secretary of Agriculture. (2) Contents of plan.--The plan shall provide for the manner in which the Trust shall expend payments under subsection (d) to promote-- (A) the general control and removal of sediment from the Missouri River; (B) conservation practices in the Missouri River watershed; (C) the protection of recreation on the Missouri River from sedimentation; (D) the protection of Indian and non-Indian historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River from sedimentation; (E) the conservation of fish and wildlife along the Missouri River; (F) erosion control along the Missouri River; or (G) any combination of the activities described in subparagraphs (A) through (F). (3) Plan review and revision.-- (A) In general.--The Trust shall make a copy of the plan available for public review and comment before the plan becomes final, in accordance with procedures established by the Trust. (B) Revision of plan.-- (i) In general.--The Trust may, on an annual basis, revise the plan. (ii) Public review and comment.--In revising the plan, the Trust shall provide the public the opportunity to review and comment on any proposed revision to the plan. (iii) Consultation.--In preparing any revision to the plan, the Trust shall consult with--
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