September 18, 1996
California Congressional Delegation
United States Congress
Washington D. C. 20515
Dear Members of the California Congressional Delegation:
As representatives of organizations that were actively involved in the development of California
Senate Bill 900, (Proposition 204), and as "takeholder" in the CALFe D Bay-Delt process, we
are writing to express our support for the aahed legisave poposl to athorize fde
appropriations for ecosystem restoration elements of the Bay-Deba program.
The proposal reflects a consensus among agricultural, urban and environmental interests, and we
urge you to move it forward in a bipartisan manner.
Questions or comments regarding this proposal can be directed to: David Yardas, Envonmental
Defense Fund, 510 658-8008; Tim Quinn, Metropolitan Water Ditrict of Soude CalifMas,
213 217-6636: or Dan Nelson, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, 209 826-9696.
Central Valley Project Water Association, Jason Petier
East Bay Municipal Utility District, Dennis Diemar
Environmental Defense Fund, David Yardas
Friant Water Users Authority, Richard M. Moss.
Kern County Water Agency, Tom Clark
Metropolitan Water District of Souther Califrnia, John Wodraska
Natural Heritag Institute, Cynthia L Ko hler
Nature Conservancy of California, Leslie Friedman-Johnson
Northern Califrnia Water Association, Richard Golb
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Anson B. Moran
San Luis & Delta-Medota Water Authority, Dan Nelson
Santa Clam Valley Water District, Walt Wadlow
Save San FranciscoBay Association Barry Nelson
State Water Contractors, Steve Macaulay
Tulare Lak Basin Water Storage District, Tom Hurbutt
cc: Honorable William J. Clinton, White House
Honorable Pete Wilson, California State Capitol Building
September 24, 1996
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 III 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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