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S. 2594 (rs) To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to contract with the Mancos [Reported in Senate] ...
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 17, 2000
Referred to the Committee on Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to contract with the Mancos
Water Conservancy District to use the Mancos Project facilities for
impounding, storage, diverting, and carriage of nonproject water for
the purpose of irrigation, domestic, municipal, industrial, and any
other beneficial purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CARRIAGE OF NONPROJECT WATER BY THE MANCOS PROJECT,
(a) Sale of Excess Water.--
(1) In general.--In carrying out the Act of August 11, 1939
(commonly known as the ``Water Conservation and Utilization
Act'') (16 U.S.C. 590y et seq.), if storage or carrying
capacity has been or may be provided in excess of the
requirements of the land to be irrigated under the Mancos
Project, Colorado (referred to in this Act as the ``project''),
the Secretary of the Interior may, on such terms as the
Secretary determines to be just and equitable, contract with
the Mancos Water Conservancy District and any of its member
unit contractors for impounding, storage, diverting, or
carriage of nonproject water for irrigation, domestic,
municipal, industrial, and any other beneficial purposes, to an
extent not exceeding the excess capacity.
(2) Interference.--A contract under paragraph (1) shall not
impair or otherwise interfere with any authorized purpose of
(3) Cost considerations.--In fixing the charges under a
contract under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall take into
(A) the cost of construction and maintenance of the
project, by which the nonproject water is to be
diverted, impounded, stored, or carried; and
(B) the canal by which the water is to be carried.
(4) No additional charges.--The Mancos Water Conservancy
District shall not impose a charge for the storage, carriage,
or delivery of the nonproject water in excess of the charge
paid to the United States, except to such extent as may be
reasonably necessary to cover--
(A) a proportionate share of the project cost; and
(B) the cost of carriage and delivery of the
nonproject water through the facilities of the Mancos
Water Conservancy District.
(b) Water Rights of United States Not Enlarged.--Nothing in this
Act enlarges or attempts to enlarge the right of the United States,
under existing law, to control any water in any State.
Passed the Senate October 13 (legislative day, September
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