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Appendix D H.R. 1901 1 11TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R. 1901 T o provide for a comprehensive study by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to assess the water management, needs, and conservation of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River System. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTA TIVES APRIL 2, 2009 Mr. BOYD (for himself, Mr. KLEIN of Florida, Mr. CRENSHAW , Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida, Ms. GINNY BROWN-W AITE of Florida, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Ms. W ASSERMAN SCHULTZ, and Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure A BILL T o provide for a comprehensive study by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to assess the water management, needs, and conservation of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River System. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. STUDY ON THE APALACHICOLA-CHATTAHOOCHEE-FLINT RIVER SYSTEM. (a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: \PROD1PC67 with BILLS 18 PREPUBLICA TION
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Appendix D 19 • HR 1901 IH 1 (1) ACF RIVER SYSTEM.—The term ‘ ‘ACF River System’ ’ means the Apalachicola- Chattahoochee-Flint River System. (2) COUNCIL.—The term ‘‘Council’’ means the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. (3) SECRETARY .—The term ‘‘Secretary’ ’ means the Secretary of the Army. (b) NA TIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL STUDY .—Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall offer to enter into an agreement with the Council under which the Council shall conduct a comprehensive study of the water management, needs, and conservation of the ACF River System. (c) MA TTERS TO BE ADDRESSED.—The study under subsection (b) shall include the following: (1) A summary of the existing body of scientific knowledge on— (A) the ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, and biogeochemistry of the Apalachicola River and the greater ACF River System; (B) the ecosystem services provided by the Apalachicola River; (C) the impact of variation in freshwater flow on the ecology of the river and downstream • HR 1901 IH coastal ecosystems, including the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem; and (D) how to restore the natural hydraulic function of the ACF River System, including restoration of floodplains and wetlands. (2) An assessment of models that serve as the basis for the master manuals of the ACF River System. (3) An assessment of water availability, supply options, demand-management alternatives, and socioeconomic factors that influence uses in the ACF River System, including water quality, navigation, hydropower, recreation, in-stream ecology, and flood control. (4) An assessment of policies, regulations, and other factors that affect Federal water project operations. (5) Recommendations for an approach to determine water limits that recognize the needs of all water users along the ACF River System, including adequate in-stream flow requirements. (6) Recommendations for any additional measures to address the long-term watershed management needs of the ACF River System as the Council considers to be appropriate. • HR 1901 IH (d) REPORT.—Not later than 2 years after entering into an agreement under subsection (b), the Council shall submit to the Secretary and Congress a report containing the findings of the study under subsection (b), including such recommendations as the Council considers to be appropriate. (e) AUTHORIZA TION OF APPROPRIA TIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $1,200,000. PREPUBLICA TION