Title: H.R. 4126-- Federal Funding for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary
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Abstract: Letter To: Board of Directors From: General Manager Subject: H.R. 4126-- Federal Funding for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary September 24, 1996
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September 24, 1996


To:

From:

Submitted by:


Subject:


(Committee on Legislation--Information)
Board of Directors (Water Planning and Resources Committee--Information)

General Manager

Debra C. Man, Chief _t. -/_______
Planning and Resources

H.R. 4126 -- Federal Funding for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary


RECOMMENDATION

For information only.

/ EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


On September 11, 1996, California Representative Bill Baker (R-Walnut Creek)
introduced legislation, H.R. 4048 (reintroduced on September 19 as H.R. 4126), the California
Environmental Enhancement and Water Security Act, to authorize $430 million ($143.3 million
annually in 1998, 1999, and 2000) to fund environmental enhancement activities under the initial
phase of the CALFED Bay-Delta program and the Bay-Delta Accord's Category II program.
The legislation is receiving bipartisan support from California's delegation, Congressional and
Senate leaders, and the Clinton Administration. The legislation includes consensus language
jointly drafted by representatives of urban, agricultural, and environmental interests. The
legislation is currently on a fast track and could be attached to a federal Continuing Resolution
authorization or an Omnibus Preparation bill.

DETAILED REPORT


Background
In a Washington, DC press conference on September 11, 1996, Representatives
Bill Baker (R-Danville), Frank Riggs (R-Windsor), George Radanovich (R-Fresno), Andrea
Seastrand (R-San Luis Obispo), and David Drier (R-Claremont) joined Speaker of the House
S Newt Gingrich, California Secretary of State Bill Jones, and State Senator Jim Costa (D-Fresno)
to announce plans to authorize federal funding to assist the CALFED Bay-Delta program. The
legislation, H.R. 4048, the California Environmental Enhancement and Water Security Act, calls









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for authorizing $430 million ($143.3 million annually in 1998, 1999, and 2000) to fund
environmental enhancement activities under the initial phase of the CALFED Bay-Delta program
and the Bay-Delta Accord's Category 11I program.

On September 19, 1996, the bill was reintroduced as H.R. 4126 to include
consensus language jointly drafted by urban, agricultural, and environmental representatives of
Bay-Delta interests. These representatives have been working together as an informal coalition
over the last few months to develop strategies and coordinate efforts to secure federal moneys for
meeting the federal share of funding public benefit improvements in the Bay-Delta.

Bipartisan Support
The legislation is receiving bipartisan support from California's delegation,
Congressional and Senate leaders, and the Clinton Administration. Additional endorsements
have been received for both California Proposition 204 and H.R. 4126 by Republican
Presidential Nominee Bob Dole, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Diane Feinstein,
Senator Barbara Boxer, Governor Pete Wilson, and State and Federal Administration officials
(See attachments).
Fast Track Consensus Effort
The legislation is currently on a fast track and could be attached to a federal
Continuing Resolution authorization or an Omnibus Preparation bill. Discussions are also
continuing on whether enough support can be gathered from other members of Congress to attach
the legislation to the U.S. Corps of Engineers authorization measure in the 1996 Water Resources
Development Act (WRDA).

Congressional appropriation of funds authorized in this legislation will require
additional hearings before the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations beginning in
1997. Full appropriation of the $430 million will most likely require annual approval of Bay-
Delta funds in the federal budget for fiscal years 1998, 1999, and 2000. The legislation requires
the passage of California Proposition 204, the State share of funding for the Bay-Delta Estuary,
to become effective. Staff will continue to update your Board on developments regarding this
legislation.

RDN:cl

Attachments


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Board of Directors











California Bay-Delta Environmental Enhancement
and Water Security Act


104th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4126

To support the California-Federal (CALFED) Bay-Delta Program in developing, funding, and implementing a
balanced, long-term solution to the problems of ecosystem quality, water quality, water supply and reliability, and
system vulnerability affecting the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed (the Bay-Delta) in
California.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 19,1996

Mr. BAKER of California (for himself, Mr. FAZIO of California, Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. DOOLEY of
California, Mr. RIGGS, Mr. MATSUI, Mrs. SEASTRAND, Mr. FARR of California, Mr. DREIER, Mr.
FILNER, Mr. KIM, Mr. MILLER of California, Mr. CALVERT, Ms. HARMAN, Mr. BILBRAY, Ms.
LOFGREN, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. STARK, Mr. PACKARD, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. MCKEON, Ms. ESHOO,
S Mr. HORN, Mr. DIXON, Mr. THOMAS, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. COX of California, Mr. CONDIT, Mr.
ROHRABACHER, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. DELLUMS, Mr. HERGER, Mr.
BROWN of California, Mr. LANTOS, Ms. WATERS, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. MARTINEZ,
and Ms. MILLENDER-MCDONALD) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Resources, for a period to be subsequently
determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the
committee concerned



A BILL

To support the California-Federal (CALFED) Bay-Delta Program in developing, funding, and implementing a
balanced, long-term solution to the problems of ecosystem quality, water quality, water supply and reliability, and
system vulnerability affecting the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed (the Bay-Delta) in
California.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
Congress assembled,

Section 1. Short Title.

The Act may be cited as the 'California Bay-Delta Environmental Enhancement and Water Security Act'.











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SEC. 2. PROGRAM FUNDING.

(a) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- For each of the fiscal years 1998, 1999, and 2000,
there are authorized to be appropriated an additional $143,300,000 for both (1) the initial Federal share of
the cost of developing and implementing that portion of an ecosystem protection plan for the Bay-Delta,
referred to as 'the Category m program' emanating out of the document entitled 'Principles for Agreement
on Bay-Delta Standards Between the State of California and the Federal Government', dated December
15, 1994, and, (2) the initial Federal share of the cost of developing and implementing the ecosystem
restoration elements of the long-term CALFED Bay-Delta Program, pursuant to the cost sharing agreement
required by section 78684.10 of California Senate Bill 900, Chapter 135, Statutes of 1996, signed by the
Governor of California on July 11, 1996. Funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall remain available
until expended and shall be administered in accordance with procedures established by CALFED
Bay-Delta Program until Congress authorizes another entity that is recommended by CALFED Bay-Delta
Program to carry out this section.

(b) Funds authorized to be appropriated pursuant to this section to those agencies that are currently or
subsequently become participants in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program shall be in addition to the baseline
funding levels established pursuant to section 3 of this Act, for currently authorized projects and programs
under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, title 34 of Public Law 102-575 and other currently
authorized federal programs for the purpose of Bay-Delta ecosystem protection and restoration.

(c) Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to diminish the Federal interest in and responsibility for working with
the State of California through the CALFED Bay-Delta Program in developing, funding and implementing a
balanced, long-term solution to the problems of ecosystem quality, water quality, water supply and
reliability, and system vulnerability affecting the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Watershed in California. Participation in such long term solution shall only be undertaken pursuant to
authorization provided by law other than this Act, and shall be based on the equitable allocation of program
costs among beneficiary groups that the CALFED Bay-Delta programs shall develop.

(d) To the extent not otherwise authorized, those agencies and departments that are currently or
subsequently become participants in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program are hereby authorized to undertake
the activities and programs for which Federal cost sharing is provided by this section. The United States
shall immediately initiate coordinated consultations and negotiations with the State of California to
expeditiously execute the cost-sharing agreement required by section 78684.10 of California Senate Bill
900, Chapter 135, Statutes of 1996, signed by the Governor of California on July 11, 1996. Such activities
shall include, but not be limited to, planning, design, technical assistance and construction for ecosystem
restoration programs and projects.

SEC. 3. BUDGET CROSSCUT.

The Office of Management and Budget is directed to submit to the House and Senate Committees on
Appropriations, as part of the President's Fiscal Year 1998 Budget, an interagency budget crosscut that
displays Federal spending for fiscal years 1993 through 1998 on ecosystem restoration and other purposes
in the Bay-Delta region, separately showing funding provided previously or requested under both
pre-existing authorities and new authorities granted by this Act.

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

Section 2 of this Act shall take effect on the date of passage of California State Proposition 204.


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