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Washington, D.C. – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved 29 bills in an 11:30 a.m. business meeting. The 29 bills were approved by unanimous consent. The bills reported out of committee are as follows: S.47 - A bill to authorize an equal-value exchange of approximately 154 acres of private land in New Mexico to be added to the Glorieta Unit of the Pecos National Historic Park for approximately160 acres of Santa Fe National Forest land to be conveyed to the private landowner. S. 63 as amended - A bill to establish the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area in the State of New Mexico in the counties of Sante Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos. The bill authorizes up to $1 million a year for 15 years, not to exceed a total of $10 million, for the preservation and promotion of the natural, historic and cultural resources in the area. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, is the original sponsor. A joint staff amendment makes clarifying changes. S. 74 - A bill to designate a portion of the White Salmon River as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. S. 134 - The Redwood National Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2004 revises the boundaries of the Redwood National Park in California and increases to 133,000 acres the maximum acreage of the Park. S. 153 - A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a resource study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor in the State of California to evaluate alternatives for protecting the resources of the Corridor. S. 156 as amended - A bill to designate the Ojito Wilderness Study Area as wilderness, to take certain land into trust for the Pueblo of Zia. A joint staff amendment makes clarifying changes. S. 163 as amended - A bill to establish the National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area in the State of Utah. A joint staff amendment makes clarifying changes. S. 176 – A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project in the State of Alaska. S. 177 – A bill to further the purpose of the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 by directing the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to carry out an assessment of demonstration program to control salt cedar and Russian olive. S. 178 – A bill to provide assistance to the State of New Mexico for the development of comprehensive State water plans. S. 200 as amended – A bill to establish the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area in the State of Georgia. A joint staff amendment makes clarifying changes. S. 203 – A bill to temporarily reduce the royalty required to be paid for sodium produced on Federal lands. S. 204 – A bill to establish the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area in the State of Louisiana. S. 205 – A bill to authorize the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish in the State of Louisiana a memorial to honor the Buffalo Soldiers. S. 207 – A bill to adjust the boundary of the Barataria Preserve Unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in the State of Louisiana. S. 212 – A bill to amend the Valles Caldera Preservation Act to improve the preservation of the Valles Caldera to the Committee on Foreign Relations. S. 214 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to cooperate with the States on the border with Mexico and other appropriate entities in conducting a hydrogeologic characterization, mapping, and modeling program for priority transboundary aquifers. S. 225 as amended – A bill to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to undertake a program to reduce the risks from and mitigate the effects of avalanches on visitors to units of the National Park System and on other recreational users of public land. An amendment in the nature of a substitute makes clarifying changes. S. 229 – A bill to clear title to certain real property in New Mexico associated with the Middle Rio Grande Project. S. 231 – A bill to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to participate in the rehabilitation of the Wallowa Lake Dam in Oregon. S. 232 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to assist in the implementation of fish passage and screening facilities at non-Federal water projects. S. 243 – A bill to establish a program and criteria for National Heritage Areas in the United States. S. 244 – A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project in the State of Wyoming. S. 249 – A bill to establish the Great Basin National Heritage Route in the States of Nevada and Utah. S. 252 – A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land in Washoe County, Nevada, to the Board of Regents of the University and Community College System of Nevada. S. 253 as amended – A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to the land to the Edward H. McDaniel American Legion Post No. 22 in Pahrump, Nevada, for the construction of a post building and memorial park for use by the American Legion, other veterans' groups, and the local community. A joint staff amendment makes clarifying changes. S. 254 – A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to Lander County, Nevada, and the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to Eureka. S. 263 as amended - A bill to provide for the protection of paleontological resources on Federal lands. A joint staff amendment makes clarifying changes. S. 264 - A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize certain projects in the State of Hawaii.