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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.


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                    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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