Legislation

Oct 31 2013

S. 1630

Official Short: Water Rights Protection Act

Long Title: To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

Sponsors: Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Flake, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Heller, Mr. Lee and Mr. Risch.

STATUS:

  • October 31, 2013.--Introduced.
  • November 4, 2013.--Mr. Risch added as cosponsor.

S.1630

Water Rights Protection Act (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 1630 IS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1630

To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 31, 2013

Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. ENZI, Mr. LEE, Mr. HELLER, Mr. HATCH, Mr. CRAPO, and Mr. FLAKE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

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 `Water Rights Protection Act'.

SEC. 2. TREATMENT OF WATER RIGHTS.

    The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture--
      (1) shall not condition the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement on the transfer or relinquishment of any water right directly to the United States, in whole or in part, granted under State law, by Federal or State adjudication, decree, or other judgment, or pursuant to any interstate water compact and the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture; and
      (2) shall not require any water user to apply for a water right in the name of the United States under State law as a condition of the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement.