« PreviousContinue »
(3) To cooperate or enter into agreements with, or to furnish financial or other aid to, any agency, governmental or otherwise, or any person, subject to such conditions as he may deem necessary for the purposes of this Act; and
(4) To obtain options upon and to acquire lands, or rights or interests therein, or rights to the use of water, by purchase, lease, gift, exchange, condemnation, or otherwise, only when necessary for the purposes of this Act. (Aug. 28, 1937, sec. 2, 50 Stat. 869; 16 U. S. C., sec. 590s.)
1084 43. Location of projects.— The facilities included in the program provided for in section 2 (1) may be located
(a) On lands owned or controlled by the United States or any of its agencies, with the cooperation of the agency having jurisdiction thereof; and
(b) On any other lands upon obtaining proper consent or the necessary rights or interests in such lands. (Aug. 28, 1937, sec. 3, 50 Stat. 869; 16 U.S. C., sec. 590t.) 1084-44. State aid; requirements. As a condition to extending
benefits under this Act to any lands not owned or controlled by the United States or any of its agencies, the Secretary of Agriculture may, insofar as he may deem necessary for the purposes of this Act, require
(1) The enactment of State and local laws providing for soil conserving land uses and practices, and the storage, conservation and equitable utilization of waters;
(2) Agreements or covenants in regard to the maintenance and permanent use of such water, facilities, or lands benefited by such facilities;
(3) Contributions in money, services, materials, or otherwise to any operations conferring such benefits. (Aug. 28, 1937, sec. 4, 50 Stat. 870; 16 U. S. C., sec. 590u.)
1084-45. Use of employees and agencies within the Department of Agriculture required.-- The Secretary of Agriculture, in administering the provisions of this Act, shall utilize the officers, employees, and facilities of agencies within the Department of Agriculture whose functions are related to the program provided for in this Act, and may allot to such agencies or transfers to such other agencies of the Federal Government as he may request to assist in carrying out any of the provisions of this Act, any funds available for the purposes of this Act. (Aug. 28, 1937, sec. 5, 50 Stat. 870; 16 U. S. C., sec. 590v.)
1084-46. Cooperation of governmental agencies; expenditures; rules and regulations. For the purposes of this Act, the Secretary of Agricul
(1) Secure the cooperation of any governmental agency; (2) Make expenditures for personal services and rent in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, for the purchase of law books and books of reference, for printing and binding, for the purchase, exchange, operation, and maintenance of passenger-carrying vehicles, for supplies and equipment, for traveling expenses and for other administrative expenses; and
(3) Perform such acts, and prescribe such rules and regulations as he
may deem proper to carry out the provisions of this Act. (Aug. 28, 1937, sec. 6, 50 Stat. 870; 16 U. S. C., sec. 590w.)
There are hereby authorized to be appropriated for the purposes of this Act such sums as Congress may from time to time determine to be necessary. (Aug. 28, 1937, sec. 7. 50 Stat. 870; 16 U. S. C., sec. 590x.)
108448. Withdrawal of national-forest lands for protection of municipal watersheds authorized.—That whenever a municipality obtains its water supply from a national forest and has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of Agriculture for the protection of the watershed within the national forest from which the water is secured, the President of the United States may, and he is hereby, authorized, upon application by said municipality, and endorsed by the governing board of the county or counties in which the lands concerned are located and approved by the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior, to reserve and set aside from all forms of location, entry, or appropriation any
national-forest lands, which are covered by such cooperative agreement, subject, however, to valid, existing rights and claims, and such reservation shall remain in force until revoked by the President or by an Act of Congress: Provided, That nothing herein shall affect the power of the Sercetary of the Interior to withdraw and utilize withdrawn lands under the Federal reclamation laws: And provided further, That the President, upon recommendation of the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, may, by Executive order, when in his judgment the public interest would best be served thereby and after reasonable notice has been given through the Department of the Interior, restore any of the lands so withdrawn to appropriation under an applicable public-land law. (May 28, 1940, sec. 1, 54 Ŝtat. 224.)
1084-49. Same; Secretary of Agriculture authorized to administer forest lands withdrawn for municipal watersheds.--Lands withdrawn under the provisions of this Act shall be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture under such agreements for the protection of the watershed as he may make with the municipality concerned, and the Secretary of Agriculture is hereby authorized, in addition to the rules and regulations adopted for the administration of the national forests, to adopt and prescribe such further rules and regulations as he considers necessary to effect the adequate protection of the watershed, including a rule or regulation forbidding persons other than forest officers and representatives of the municipality from going on the lands so reserved or making any use whatever thereof. (May 28, 1940, sec. 2, 54 Stat. 224.)
1084–50. Same; Forest Service authorized to receive reimbursement from municipalities deriving water from national forests. Whenever national-forest lands are withdrawn under this Act, and the municipality concerned objects to the utilization of the timber or other resources of lands withdrawn, and the Secretary of Agriculture agrees to withhold such resources from utilization, said municipality shall pay to the Forest Service annually an amount which the Secretary of Agriculture shall determine is necessary to reimburse the United States for the loss of net annual revenues which would be derived from the resources so withheld from disposition. (May 28, 1940, sec. 3, 54 Stat. 225.)
1084–51. Same; penalty provisions.---Any violation of the regulations issued under this Act shall be punished as is provided in section 50 of
the Act entitled "An Act to codify, revise, and amend the penal laws of the United States," approved March 4, 1909 (35 Stat. L. 1098). (May 28, 1940, sec. 4, 54 Stat. 225.)
1084–52. Water conservation in Great Plains and in arid and semi-arid areas authorized; powers of Secretary of the Interior thereunder. For the purpose of stabilizing water supply and thereby rehabilitating farmers on the land and providing opportunities for permanent settlement of farm families, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as “the Secretary') is hereby authorized to investigate and, upon compliance with the provisions of this Act, to construct water conservation and utilization projects in the Great Plains and arid and semiarid areas of the United States, and to operate and maintain each such project in accordance with the provisions of this Act: Provided, That the United States shall retain title to the dams, reservoirs, irrigation, and other project works until Congress otherwise provides : And provided further, That expenditures from appropriations made directly pursuant to the authority contained in section 12 (1) to meet reimbursable construction costs allocated to irrigation as defined in section 4 (b) shall not exceed $1,000,000 for dams and reservoirs in any one project. (Aug. 28, 1937, 50 Stat. 869; Aug. 11, 1939, 53 Stat. 1418; Oct. 14, 1940, 54 Stat. 1119.)
1084–53. Same; Department of Agriculture authorized to participate in program; reimbursement.-In connection with the investigation, construction, or operation and maintenance of a project, pursuant to the authority of this Act, the Secretary is authorized to utilize (1) in such manner as the President may direct, services, labor, materials, or other property, including money, supplied by the Work Projects Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Office of Indian Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, or any other Federal agency, for which the United States shall be reimbursed in such amounts as the President may fix for each project, within the limits of the water users' ability to repay costs as found by the Secretary under subsection 3 (a) (iv); and (2) such services, labor, materials, easements or property, including money, as may be contributed by any State or political subdivision thereof, State agency, municipal corporation, or other organization, or individuals, if, in the judgment of the Secretary, the acceptance thereof will not impair the title of the United States to the project works and will not reduce the probability that the project water users can meet the obligations to the United States entered into pursuant to this Act. Moneys received and accepted under (2) of this section shall be and remain available for expenditure for the purposes for which contributed in like manner as if said sums had been specifically appropriated for said purposes. (Aug. 28, 1937, 50 Stat. 869; Aug. 11, 1939, 53 Stat. 1418; Oct. 14, 1940, 54 Stat. 1119.)
1084_54. Same; limitations upon construction; further functions of Secretary of Agriculture.—(a) No construction of a project may be undertaken pursuant to the authority of this Act unless and until the Secretary has made an investigation thereof and has submitted to the President his report and findings on
(i) the engineering feasibility of the proposed construction; (ii) the estimated cost of the proposed construction;
(iii) the part of the estimated cost which properly can be allocated to irrigation;
(iv) the part of the estimated cost which probably can be repaid by the water users in accordance with the requirements of section 4;
(v) the part of the estimated cost which can properly be allocated to municipal or miscellaneous water supplies or power and probably be returned to the United States in revenues therefrom;
(vi) the part of the estimated cost which can properly be allocated to the irrigation of Indian trust and tribal lands, and be repayable in accordance with existing law relating to Indian lands;
(vii) the part of the estimated cost which can properly be allocated to flood control as recommended by the Chief of Engineers, War Department.
În connection with each such investigation, report, and finding, the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Agriculture regarding participation in the proposed project by the Department of Agriculture under the authority of sections 5 and 6; and the Secretary shall also transmit to the President a report by the Secretary of Agriculture to the President on the participation, if any, proposed by the Department of Agriculture. The project shall be deemed authorized and may be undertaken pursuant to this Act if (1) the Secretary finds and certifies to the President that the project has engineering feasibility and that the water users probably can repay, in accordance with the requirements of section 4, an amount equal to or in excess of that part of the estimated cost allocated by him to irrigation to be met by expenditure of moneys appropriated pursuant to section 12 (1); and (2) the President has approved said report and findings and has found that services, labor, materials, easements, and other property, including money,
for the construction of the project, should be made available to the Department of the Interior by the Work Projects Administration or other Federal agencies, to the extent found necessary by the Secretary to make up the difference between the estimated cost of project construction and (i) the part thereof to be met by expenditure of moneys appropriated pursuant to section 12 (1), together with (ii) such services, materials, moneys, easements, and other property as non-Federal agencies or parties have agreed to contribute and the Secretary has found acceptable under section 2.
(b) No actual construction of the physical features of a project, which meets the requirements of subsection (a) shall be undertaken unless and until (1) rights-of-way and other interests in land deemed by the Secretary to be necessary for the construction and operation of the major features of the project works have been secured, with titles or easements and at prices satisfactory to the Secretary; and (2) the Secretary has found (i) that water rights adequate for the purposes of the project have been acquired with titles and at prices satisfactory to him, or have been initiated and can be perfected in conformity with State law and any applicable interstate agreements and in a manner satisfactory to him; and (ii) that such water rights can be utilized for the purposes of the project in conformity with State law and any applicable interstate agreements and in a manner satisfactory to him. (Aug. 28, 1937, 50 Stat. 869; Aug. 11, 1939, 53 Stat. 1418; Oct. 14, 1940, 54 Stat. 1119.)
1084–55. Same; limitations upon use of water.-(a) No water for irrigation may be delivered from the works of any project constructed under the authority of this Act until after the repayment contract or contracts required by this section have been executed. Where practicable in the judgment of the Secretary, the repayment contract shall be with a water users' organization or organizations satisfactory in form and powers to the Secretary; and otherwise the repayment contract shall be with the individual landowners. The contract or contracts shall contain such provisions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act and to protect the interests of the United States.
(b) The term "reimbursable construction costs" as used in this Act means that part of the costs of investigating, constructing, and operating and maintaining the project, which are allocated by the Secretary to irrigation, and which are met by expenditures of moneys therefor appropriated under the authority of section 12 (1), plus such amounts as the President, under section 2 (1), may determine to be reimbursable: Provided, That administrative expenses incurred in the District of Columbia in connection with the investigation, construction, or operation and maintenance of a project shall not be included in the reimbursable construction costs nor shall they be charged to the water users in any way.
(c) The repayment contract or contracts for a project shall, in their aggregate, provide for repayment to the United States of the total amount of the reimbursable construction costs of the project allocated to irrigation. Each such contract shall provide, among other things, that
(1) The Secretary shall fix a development period for each project of not to exceed ten years from and including the first calendar year in which water is delivered for the lands in said project; and during the development period water shall be delivered to the lands in the project involved at a charge per acre-foot, or other charge, to be fixed by the Secretary each year and to be paid in advance of delivery of water. Such charges shall be fixed with a view of returning such amounts as in the Secretary's judgment are justified by the rate of project development, including as a minimum the return over the full development period of that part of the cost of operating and maintaining the project, during said period, allocated by the Secretary to irrigation; and collections of such charges in excess of the cost of the operation and maintenance during the development period, as thereafter determined by the Secretary, shall be credited to the reimbursable construction costs of the project in the manner determined by the Secretary.
(2) The United States shall operate and maintain the project during the development period fixed for it. After the development period, the United States shall operate and maintain the project or any part thereof as long as is deemed necessary by the Secretary, and shall be paid in advance for each year that part of the estimated cost of operating and maintaining the project for such year allocated by the Secretary to irrigation. In the event charges due the United States are not paid when due the United States may, at its election, suspend operations in whole or in part.
(3) The repayment of the reimbursable construction costs, except as to Indian lands which shall be repayable in accordance with existing law relating to Indian lands, shall be spread in not to exceed forty annual installments, of the number and amounts fixed by the Secretary; and the first annual installment under each contract shall