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[[Page 110 STAT. 1375]]

Public Law 104-147
104th Congress

                                 An Act


 
    To amend the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to extend the 
authorizations of appropriations through fiscal year 2000, and for other 
            purposes. <<NOTE: May 24, 1996 -  [H.R. 1743]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

    Section 102 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 
10301) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (2), by inserting ``, productivity of 
        natural resources and agricultural systems,'' after 
        ``environmental quality'';
            (2) in paragraph (6), by striking ``and'' at the end;
            (3) in paragraph (7), by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (4) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(8) long-term planning and policy development are 
        essential to ensure the availability of an abundant supply of 
        high quality water for domestic and other uses; and
            ``(9) the States must have the research and problem-solving 
        capacity necessary to effectively manage their water 
        resources.''.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

    Section 103 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 
10302) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (5)--
                    (A) by striking ``to''; and
                    (B) by striking ``and'' at the end;
            (2) in paragraph (6), by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(7) encourage long-term planning and research to meet 
        future water management, quality, and supply challenges.''.

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SEC. 3. GRANTS; MATCHING FUNDS.

    Section 104(c) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 
U.S.C. 10303(c)) is amended by striking ``one non-Federal dollar'' and 
all that follows through ``thereafter'' and inserting ``2 non-Federal 
dollars for every 1 Federal dollar''.

SEC. 4. GENERAL AUTHORIZATIONS OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 104(f)(1) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 
U.S.C. 10303(f)(1)) is amended by striking ``of $10,000,000 for each of 
the fiscal years ending September 30, 1989, through September 30, 
1995,'' and inserting ``of $5,000,000 for fiscal year 1996, $7,000,000 
for each of fiscal years 1997 and 1998, and $9,000,000 for each of 
fiscal years 1999 and 2000''.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR RESEARCH FOCUSED ON WATER 
            PROBLEMS OF INTERSTATE NATURE.

    The first sentence of section 104(g)(1) of the Water Resources 
Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(g)(1)) is amended by striking ``of 
$5,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 
1995'' and inserting ``of $3,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1996 
through 2000''.

SEC. 6. COORDINATION.

    Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 
10303) is amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(h) Coordination.--
            ``(1) In general.--To carry out this Act, the Secretary--
                    ``(A) shall encourage other Federal departments, 
                agencies (including agencies within the Department of 
                the Interior), and instrumentalities to use and take 
                advantage of the expertise and capabilities that are 
                available through the institutes established by this 
                section, on a cooperative or other basis;
                    ``(B) shall encourage cooperation and coordination 
                with other Federal programs concerned with water 
                resources problems and issues;
                    ``(C) may enter into contracts, cooperative 
                agreements, and other transactions without regard to 
                section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 5);
                    ``(D) may accept funds from other Federal 
                departments, agencies (including agencies within the 
                Department of the Interior), and instrumentalities to 
                pay for and add to grants made, and contracts entered 
                into, by the Secretary;
                    ``(E) may promulgate such regulations as the 
                Secretary considers appropriate; and
                    ``(F) may support a program of internships for 
                qualified individuals at the undergraduate and graduate 
                levels to carry out the educational and training 
                objectives of this Act.

[[Page 110 STAT. 1377]]

            ``(2) Report.--The Secretary shall report to Congress 
        annually on coordination efforts with other Federal departments, 
        agencies, and instrumentalities under paragraph (1).
            ``(3) Relationship to state rights.--Nothing in this Act 
        shall preempt the rights and authorities of any State with 
        respect to its water resources or management of those 
        resources.''.

    Approved May 24, 1996.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1743:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 104-242 (Comm. on Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 104-252 (Comm. on Environment and Public Works).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                                                        Vol. 141 (1995):
                                    Oct. 17, considered and passed 
                                        House.
                                                        Vol. 142 (1996):
                                    May 3, considered and passed Senate.
                                    May 14, House concurred in Senate 
                                        amendment.

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