S 279

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 279

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing Camp Hale as a unit of the National Park System.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 3, 2011

Mr. UDALL of Colorado (for himself and Mr. BENNET) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing Camp Hale as a unit of the National Park System.

    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 `Camp Hale Study Act'.

SEC. 2. SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY OF THE SUITABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING CAMP HALE AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.

    (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, (hereinafter referred to as the `Secretary') shall complete a special resource study of Camp Hale to determine--

      (1) the suitability and feasibility of designating Camp Hale as a separate unit of the National Park System; and

      (2) the methods and means for the protection and interpretation of Camp Hale by the National Park Service, other Federal, State, or local government entities or private or nonprofit organizations.

    (b) Study Requirements- The Secretary shall conduct the study in accordance with section 8(c) of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(c)).

    (c) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing--

      (1) the results of the study; and

      (2) any recommendations of the Secretary.

SEC. 3. EFFECT OF STUDY.

    Nothing in this Act shall affect valid existing rights or the exercise of such rights, including--

      (1) all interstate water compacts in existence on the date of the enactment of this Act (including full development of any apportionment made in accordance with the compacts);

      (2) water rights decreed at the Camp Hale site or flowing within, below, or through the Camp Hale site;

      (3) water rights in the State of Colorado;

      (4) water rights held by the United States;

      (5) the management and operation of any reservoir, including the storage, management, release, or transportation of water; and

      (6) the ability, subject to compliance with lawful existing local, State, and Federal regulatory requirements, to construct and operate that infrastructure determined necessary by those with decreed water rights to develop and place to beneficial use such rights.

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