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S. 769 (rs) To provide a final settlement on certain debt owed by the city of Dickinson, North Dakota, for construction of the bascule gates on the Dickinson Dam. [Reported in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 769 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 27, 2000 Referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To provide a final settlement on certain debt owed by the city of Dickinson, North Dakota, for construction of the bascule gates on the Dickinson Dam. 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 ``Dickinson Dam Bascule Gates Settlement Act of 1999''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) in 1980 and 1981, the Bureau of Reclamation constructed the bascule gates on top of the Dickinson Dam on the Heart River, North Dakota, to provide additional water supply in the reservoir known as Patterson Lake for the city of Dickinson, North Dakota, and for additional flood control and other benefits; (2) the gates had to be significantly modified in 1982 because of damage resulting from a large ice block causing excessive pressure on the hydraulic system, causing the system to fail; (3) since 1991, the City has received its water supply from the Southwest Water Authority, which provides much higher quality water from the Southwest Pipeline Project; (4) the City now receives almost no benefit from the bascule gates because the City does not require the additional water provided by the bascule gates for its municipal water supply; (5) the City has repaid more than $1,200,000 to the United States for the construction of the bascule gates, and has been working for several years to reach an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation to alter its repayment contract; (6) the City has a longstanding commitment to improving the water quality and recreation value of the reservoir and has been working with the United States Geological Survey, the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish, and the North Dakota Department of Health to improve water quality; and (7) it is in the public interest to resolve this issue by providing for a single payment to the United States in lieu of the scheduled annual payments and for the termination of any further repayment obligation. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Bascule gates.--The term ``bascule gates'' means the structure constructed on the Dam to provide additional water storage capacity in the Lake. (2) City.--The term ``City'' means the city of Dickinson, North Dakota. (3) Dam.--The term ``Dam'' means Dickinson Dam on the Heart River, North Dakota. (4) Lake.--The term ``Lake'' means the reservoir known as ``Patterson Lake'' in the State of North Dakota. (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. SEC. 4. FORGIVENESS OF DEBT. (a) In General.--The Secretary shall accept a 1-time payment of $300,000 in lieu of the existing repayment obligations of the City under the Bureau of Reclamation Contract No. 9-07-60W0384, dated December 19, 1988, toward which amount any payments made by the City to the Secretary on or after June 2, 1998, shall be credited. (b) Ownership.--Title to the Dam and bascule gates shall remain with the United States. (c) Costs.--(1) The Secretary shall enter into an agreement with the City to allocate responsibilities for operation and maintenance costs of the bascule gates as provided in this subsection. (2) The City shall be responsible for operation and maintenance costs of the bascule gates, up to a maximum annual cost of $15,000. The Secretary shall be responsible for all other costs. (d) Water Service Contracts.--The Secretary may enter into appropriate water service contracts if the City or any other person or entity seeks to use water from the Lake for municipal water supply or other purposes. Passed the Senate November 19, 1999. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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