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Public Law 540 | Chapter 585
July 27, 1954 | [H. R. 4854] 68 Stat. 568

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct, operate, and maintain the irrigation works comprising the Foster Creek division of the Chief Joseph Dam project, Washington.
Section 2 | 3 | 4

Margin Notes
Chap. 585 Chief Joseph Dam project, Wash. Foster Creek division construction, etc. 66 Stat. 753.
Sec. 2 569
Sec. 2 43 U. S. C. 371 note.
Sec. 2 43 U. S. C. 485h.
Sec. 3 Reports to Congress.
Sec. 4 Appropriation.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, as an initial step in supplementing the Act of July 17, 1952 (Public Law 577, Eighty-second Congress), and in order to provide water for the irrigation of approximately six thousand acres of land along the Columbia and Okanogan Rivers in the vicinity of Chief Joseph Dam, Washington, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to construct, operate, and maintain the Foster Creek division of the Chief Joseph Dam project substantially in accordance with the report of the Secretary of the Interior dated January 7, 1954, and printed as House Document Numbered 374, Eighty-third Congress.

SEC. 2.

In the construction, operation and maintenance of the Foster Creek division, the Secretary shall be governed by the Federal reclamation laws (Act of June 17, 1902, 32 Stat. 388, and Acts

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amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto) except that (a) the period provided in subsection (d), section 9, of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (53 Stat. 1187), for repayment of construction costs properly chargeable to any block of lands and assigned to be repaid by the irrigators may be extended to fifty years, exclusive of a development period, from the time water is first delivered to that block or to as near that number of years as is consistent with the adoption and operation of a variable payment formula as hereinafter provided; (b) any repayment contract entered into may provide that the amounts to be paid annually thereunder shall be determined in accordance with a formula, mutually agreeable to the parties, which reflects economic conditions pertinent to the irrigators' payment capacity; and (c) all construction costs which are beyond the ability of the irrigators to repay as hereinbefore provided shall be charged to, and returnable to the reclamation fund from, net revenues derived from the sale of power from the Chief Joseph Dam project which are over and beyond those required to amortize the power investment in said project and to return interest on the unamortized balance thereof. Power and energy required for irrigation pumping for the Foster Creek division authorized shall be made available by the Secretary from the Chief Joseph Dam powerplant and other Federal plants interconnected therewith at rates not to exceed the cost of such power and energy from the Chief Joseph Dam taking into account all costs of the dam, reservoir, and powerplant which are determined by the Secretary under the provisions of the Federal reclamation laws to be properly allocable to such irrigation pumping power and energy.

SEC. 3.

Reports on additional reclamation units in the vicinity of the Chief Joseph Dam project proposed to be constructed as units of the project shall be submitted by the Secretary from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Act of July 17, 1952, supra.

SEC. 4.

There are hereby authorized to be appropriated out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $4,798,000 plus or minus such amounts, if any, as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in the cost of said type of construction without endangering the economic feasibility of the Foster Creek division of the Chief Joseph Dam project, Washington.

Approved, July 27, 1954.

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