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S. 736 (rs) To convey certain real property within the Carlsbad Project in New Mexico to the Carlsbad Irrigation District. ...
105th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 736 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 8, 1998 Referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To convey certain real property within the Carlsbad Project in New Mexico to the Carlsbad Irrigation District. 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 may be cited as the ``Carlsbad Irrigation Project Acquired Land Transfer Act''. SEC. 2. CONVEYANCE. (a) Lands and Facilities.-- (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), and subject to subsection (c), the Secretary of the Interior (in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') may convey to the Carlsbad Irrigation District (a quasi-municipal corporation formed under the laws of the State of New Mexico and in this Act referred to as the ``District''), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the lands described in subsection (b) (in this Act referred to as the ``acquired lands'') and all interests the United States holds in the irrigation and drainage system of the Carlsbad Project and all related lands including ditch rider houses, maintenance shop and buildings, and Pecos River Flume. (2) Limitation.-- (A) Retained surface rights.--The Secretary shall retain title to the surface estate (but not the mineral estate) of such acquired lands which are located under the footprint of Brantley and Avalon dams or any other project dam or reservoir division structure. (B) Storage and flow easement.--The Secretary shall retain storage and flow easements for any tracts located under the maximum spillway elevations of Avalon and Brantley Reservoirs. (b) Acquired Lands Described.--The lands referred to in subsection (a) are those lands (including the surface and mineral estate) in Eddy County, New Mexico, described as the acquired lands and in section (7) of the ``Status of Lands and Title Report: Carlsbad Project'' as reported by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1978. (c) Terms and Conditions of Conveyance.--Any conveyance of the acquired lands under this Act shall be subject to the following terms and conditions: (1) Management and use, generally.--The conveyed lands shall continue to be managed and used by the District for the purposes for which the Carlsbad Project was authorized, based on historic operations and consistent with the management of other adjacent project lands. (2) Assumed rights and obligations.--Except as provided in paragraph (3), the District shall assume all rights and obligations of the United States under-- (A) the agreement dated July 28, 1994, between the United States and the Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Document No. 2-LM-40-00640), relating to management of certain lands near Brantley Reservoir for fish and wildlife purposes; and (B) the agreement dated March 9, 1977, between the United States and the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources (Contract No. 7-07-57- X0888) for the management and operation of Brantley Lake State Park. (3) Exceptions.--In relation to agreements referred to in paragraph (2)-- (A) the District shall not be obligated for any financial support agreed to by the Secretary, or the Secretary's designee, in either agreement; and (B) the District shall not be entitled to any receipts for revenues generated as a result of either agreement. (d) Completion of Conveyance.--If the Secretary does not complete the conveyance within 180 days from the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the Congress within 30 days after that period that includes a detailed explanation of problems that have been encountered in completing the conveyance, and specific steps that the Secretary has taken or will take to complete the conveyance. SEC. 3. LEASE MANAGEMENT AND PAST REVENUES COLLECTED FROM THE ACQUIRED LANDS. (a) Identification and Notification of Leaseholders.--Within 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall-- (1) provide to the District a written identification of all mineral and grazing leases in effect on the acquired lands on the date of enactment of this Act; and (2) notify all leaseholders of the conveyance authorized by this Act. (b) Management of Mineral and Grazing Leases, Licenses, and Permits.--The District shall assume all rights and obligations of the United States for all mineral and grazing leases, licenses, and permits existing on the acquired lands conveyed under section 2, and shall be entitled to any receipts from such leases, licenses, and permits accruing after the date of conveyance. All such receipts shall be used for purposes for which the Project was authorized and for financing the portion of operations, maintenance, and replacement of the Summer Dam which, prior to conveyance, was the responsibility of the Bureau of Reclamation, with the exception of major maintenance programs in progress prior to conveyance which shall be funded through the cost share formulas in place at the time of conveyance. The District shall continue to adhere to the current Bureau of Reclamation mineral leasing stipulations for the Carlsbad Project. (c) Availability of Amounts Paid Into Reclamation Fund.-- (1) Existing receipts.--Receipts in the reclamation fund on the date of enactment of this Act which exist as construction credits to the Carlsbad Project under the terms of the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands (30 U.S.C. 351-359) shall be deposited in the General Treasury and credited to deficit reduction or retirement of the Federal debt. (2) Receipts after enactment.--Of the receipts from mineral and grazing leases, licenses, and permits on acquired lands to be conveyed under section 2, that are received by the United States after the date of enactment and before the date of conveyance-- (A) not to exceed $200,000 shall be available to the Secretary for the actual costs of implementing this Act with any additional costs shared equally between the Secretary and the District; and (B) the remainder shall be deposited into the General Treasury of the United States and credited to deficit reduction or retirement of the Federal debt. SEC. 4. VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the ability of the District to voluntarily implement water conservation practices. SEC. 5. LIABILITY. Effective on the date of conveyance of any lands and facilities authorized by this Act, the United States shall not be held liable by any court for damages of any kind arising out of any act, omission, or occurrence relating to the conveyed property, except for damages caused by acts of negligence committed by the United States or by its employees, agents, or contractors, prior to conveyance. Nothing in this section shall be considered to increase the liability of the United States beyond that provided under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code, popularly known as the Federal Tort Claims Act. SEC. 6. FUTURE BENEFITS. Effective upon transfer, the lands and facilities transferred pursuant to this Act shall not be entitled to receive any further Reclamation benefits pursuant to the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, and Acts supplementary thereof or amendatory thereto attributable to their status as part of a Reclamation Project. Passed the Senate October 7 (legislative day, October 2), 1998. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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