S.419 - Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System Act of 2011
A bill to authorize the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
(3) INTEGRATED SYSTEM- The term ‘integrated system’ means the transmission system owned by the Western Area Power Administration Basin Electric Power District and the Heartland Consumers Power District.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) NON-FEDERAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM- The term ‘non-Federal distribution system’ means a non-Federal utility that provides electricity to the counties covered by the Water System.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) 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 (commonly known as the ‘Flood Control Act of 1944’) (58 Stat. 891, chapter 665)).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DRY-REDWATER REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY SYSTEM.
(1) IN GENERAL- If the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, determines that the project is feasible, the Secretary is authorized to carry out the project entitled ‘Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System’ in a manner that is substantially in accordance with the plans, and subject to the conditions, described in the ‘Dry-Redwater Regional Water System Feasibility Study’, which received funding from the Bureau of Reclamation on September 1, 2010, and is to be completed in accordance with section 106(a) of the Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 (
(2) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT- The Secretary shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the Authority to provide Federal assistance for the planning, design, and construction of the Dry Redwater Regional Water Authority.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- The Federal share of the costs relating to the planning, design, and construction of the Water System shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the Water System.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. USE OF POWER FROM PICK-SLOAN PROGRAM.
(a) Findings- Congress finds that McCone and Garfield Counties in the State were designated as impact counties during the period in which the Fort Peck Dam was constructed, and as such, were to receive impact mitigation benefits in accordance with the Pick-Sloan program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the Administrator shall make available to the Water System a quantity of power required, of up to 1 1/2 megawatt capacity, to meet the pumping and incidental operation requirements of the Water System during the period beginning on May 1 and ending on October 31 of each year--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) through all pumping stations, water treatment facilities, reservoirs, storage tanks, and pipelines up to the point of delivery of water by the water supply system to all storage reservoirs and tanks and each entity that distributes water at retail to individual users.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- If power, in addition to that made available to the Water System under paragraph (1), is necessary to meet the pumping requirements of the Authority, the Administrator may purchase the necessary additional power at the best available rate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) RESPONSIBILITY FOR POWER CHARGES- The Authority shall be responsible for the payment of the power charge described in paragraph (4) and non-Federal delivery costs described in paragraph (6).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) UPGRADES- The Water System shall be responsible for funding any transmission upgrades, if required, to the integrated system necessary to deliver power to the Water System.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(b) Cost Indexing- The amount authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a) may be increased or decreased in accordance with ordinary fluctuations in development costs incurred after January 1, 2008, as indicated by any available engineering cost indices applicable to construction activities that are similar to the construction of the Water System.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink