Legislation

Official Short: Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act

Long Title: To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee, and for other purposes.

Sponsors: Mr. Reed, Mr. Whitehouse, Ms. Warren, and Mr. Cowan.

STATUS:

  • February 14, 2013.--Introduced.
  • April 23, 2013.--Hearing held by Subcommittee on National Parks.
  • May 16, 2013.--Full Committee markup; Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
  • June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-62.  
  • June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 116].

S.371

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 371 IS

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 371

To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 14, 2013

Mr. REED (for himself, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Ms. WARREN, and Mr. COWAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee, and for other purposes.

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 `Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act'.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park--

      (1) to help preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant resources that exemplify the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley for the benefit and inspiration of future generations;

      (2) to support the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape features (including the Blackstone River and Canal) of the region that provide an overarching context for the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley;

      (3) to educate the public about--

      (A) the nationally significant sites and districts that convey the industrial history of the Blackstone River Valley; and

      (B) the significance of the Blackstone River Valley to the past and present of the United States; and

      (4) to support and enhance the network of partners in the protection, improvement, management, and operation of related resources and facilities throughout the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR- The term `National Heritage Corridor' means the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

      (2) PARK- The term `Park' means the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park established under section 4.

      (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

      (4) STATES- The term `States' means--

      (A) the State of Massachusetts; and

      (B) the State of Rhode Island.

SEC. 4. BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK.

    (a) Establishment- There is established in the States a unit of the National Park System, to be known as the `Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park'.

    (b) Historic Sites and Districts- The Park shall include--

      (1) Blackstone River State Park; and

      (2) the following resources, as described in Management Option 3 of the study entitled `Blackstone River Valley Special Resource Study--Study Report 2011':

      (A) Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark District.

      (B) Slatersville Historic District.

      (C) Ashton Historic District.

      (D) Whitinsville Historic District.

      (E) Hopedale Village Historic District.

      (F) Blackstone River and the tributaries of Blackstone River.

      (G) Blackstone Canal.

    (c) Acquisition of Land; Park Boundary-

      (1) LAND ACQUISITION- The Secretary may acquire land or interests in land that are considered contributing historic resources in the historic sites and districts described in subsection (b)(2) for inclusion in the Park boundary by donation, purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange.

      (2) PARK BOUNDARY- On a determination by the Secretary that a sufficient quantity of land or interests in land has been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit, the Secretary shall establish a boundary for the Park by publishing a boundary map in the Federal Register.

      (3) OTHER RESOURCES- The Secretary may include in the Park boundary any resources that are the subject of an agreement with the States or a subdivision of the States entered into under subsection (d)(4).

      (4) BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT- On the acquisition of additional land or interests in land under paragraph (1), or on entering an agreement under paragraph (3), the boundary of the Park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition or agreement by publishing a Park boundary map in the Federal Register.

      (5) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The maps referred to in this subsection shall be available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

      (6) ADMINISTRATIVE FACILITIES- The Secretary may acquire not more than 10 acres in Woonsocket, Rhode Island for the development of administrative, curatorial, maintenance, or visitor facilities for the Park.

      (7) LIMITATION- Land owned by the States or a political subdivision of the States may be acquired under this subsection only by donation.

    (d) Administration-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall administer land within the boundary of the Park in accordance with--

      (A) this section; and

      (B) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including--

      (i) the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and

      (ii) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).

      (2) GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN-

      (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the Park--

      (i) in consultation with the States and other interested parties; and

      (ii) in accordance with section 12(b) of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)).

      (B) REQUIREMENTS- The plan shall consider ways to use preexisting or planned visitor facilities and recreational opportunities developed in the National Heritage Corridor, including--

      (i) the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, Pawtucket, Rhode Island;

      (ii) the Captain Wilbur Kelly House, Blackstone River State Park, Lincoln, Rhode Island;

      (iii) the Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket, Rhode Island;

      (iv) the River Bend Farm/Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge, Massachusetts;

      (v) the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center, located at the former Washburn & Moen wire mill facility, Worcester, Massachusetts;

      (vi) the Route 295 Visitor Center adjacent to Blackstone River State Park; and

      (vii) the Blackstone River Bikeway.

      (3) RELATED SITES- The Secretary may provide technical assistance, visitor services, interpretive tours, and educational programs to sites and resources in the National Heritage Corridor that are located outside the boundary of the Park and associated with the purposes for which the Park is established.

      (4) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS-

      (A) IN GENERAL- To further the purposes of this section and notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the States, political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations (including Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc.), and other interested parties--

      (i) to provide technical assistance, interpretation, and educational programs in the historic sites and districts described in subsection (b)(2); and

      (ii) subject to the availability of appropriations and subparagraphs (B) and (C), to provide not more than 50 percent of the cost of any natural, historic, or cultural resource protection project in the Park that is consistent with the general management plan prepared under paragraph (2).

      (B) MATCHING REQUIREMENT- As a condition of the receipt of funds under subparagraph (A)(ii), the Secretary shall require that any Federal funds made available under a cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph are to be matched on a 1-to-1 basis by non-Federal funds.

      (C) REIMBURSEMENT- Any payment made by the Secretary under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be subject to an agreement that the conversion, use, or disposal of the project for purposes that are inconsistent with the purposes of this section, as determined by the Secretary, shall result in a right of the United States to reimbursement of the greater of--

      (i) the amount provided by the Secretary to the project under subparagraph (A)(ii); or

      (ii) an amount equal to the increase in the value of the project that is attributable to the funds, as determined by the Secretary at the time of the conversion, use, or disposal.

      (D) PUBLIC ACCESS- Any cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph shall provide for reasonable public access to the resources covered by the cooperative agreement.

    (e) Dedication; Memorial-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Congress dedicates the Park to John H. Chafee, the former United States Senator from Rhode Island, in recognition of--

      (A) the role of John H. Chafee in the preservation of the resources of the Blackstone River Valley and the heritage corridor that bears the name of John H. Chafee; and

      (B) the decades of the service of John H. Chafee to the people of Rhode Island and the United States.

      (2) MEMORIAL- The Secretary shall display a memorial at an appropriate location in the Park that recognizes the role of John H. Chafee in preserving the resources of the Blackstone River Valley for the people of the United States.

SEC. 5. JOHN H. CHAFEE BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR AMENDMENTS.

    Public Law 99-647 (16 U.S.C. 461 note; 100 Stat. 3625) is amended--

      (1) in the first sentence of section 2 (110 Stat. 4202), by striking `the map entitled `Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Boundary Map', numbered BRV-80-80,011, and dated May 2, 1993' and inserting `the map entitled `John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor--Proposed Boundary', numbered 022/111530, and dated November 10, 2011';

      (2) in section 7 (120 Stat. 1858, 125 Stat. 155)--

      (A) in the section heading, by striking `termination of commission' and inserting `termination of commission; designation of local coordinating entity';

      (B) by striking `The Commission' and inserting the following:

    `(a) In General- The Commission'; and

      (C) by adding at the end the following:

    `(b) Local Coordinating Entity-

      `(1) DESIGNATION- The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc., shall be the local coordinating entity for the Corridor (referred to in this section as the `local coordinating entity').

      `(2) IMPLEMENTATION OF MANAGEMENT PLAN- The local coordinating entity shall assume the duties of the Commission for the implementation of the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan developed and approved under section 6.

    `(c) Use of Funds- For the purposes of carrying out the management plan, the local coordinating entity may use amounts made available under this Act--

      `(1) to make grants to the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (referred to in this section as the `States'), political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations, and other persons;

      `(2) to enter into cooperative agreements with or provide technical assistance to the States, political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested parties;

      `(3) to hire and compensate staff, including individuals with expertise in--

      `(A) natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resource conservation;

      `(B) economic and community development; or

      `(C) heritage planning;

      `(4) to obtain funds or services from any source, including funds and services provided under any other Federal law or program;

      `(5) to contract for goods or services; and

      `(6) to support activities of partners and any other activities that further the purposes of the Corridor and are consistent with the approved management plan.';

      (3) in section 8 (120 Stat. 1858)--

      (A) in subsection (b)--

      (i) by striking `The Secretary' and inserting the following:

      `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary'; and

      (ii) by adding at the end the following:

      `(2) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- Notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the local coordinating entity designated by paragraph (1) and other public or private entities for the purpose of--

      `(A) providing technical assistance; or

      `(B) implementing the plan under section 6(c).'; and

      (B) by striking subsection (d) and inserting the following:

    `(d) Transition Memorandum of Understanding- The Secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local coordinating entity to ensure--

      `(1) the appropriate transition of management of the Corridor from the Commission to the local coordinating entity; and

      `(2) coordination regarding the implementation of the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan.';

      (4) in section 10 (104 Stat. 1018, 120 Stat. 1858)--

      (A) in subsection (a), by striking `in which the Commission is in existence' and inserting `until September 30, 2016'; and

      (B) by striking subsection (c); and

      (5) by adding at the end the following:

`SEC. 11. REFERENCES TO THE CORRIDOR, INC.

    `For purposes of sections 6, 8 (other than section 8(d)(1)), 9, and 10, a reference to the `Commission' shall be considered to be a reference to the local coordinating entity.'.

SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

      There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out sections 2 through 4.