- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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- The house Passed March 13th, 2014Roll Call Vote 238 Yea / 174 Nay
House Committee on Natural ResourcesWater and PowerHouse Committee on AgricultureConservation, Energy, and ForestryIntroducedSeptember 26th, 2013
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What is it?
Cost: CBO estimates no impact on federal budget.
Impacts: Public Lands, Protected Wildlife, Ski Resorts, Water Resources
Major Issues: Water Rights; Environment; Public Lands; Big Ag; Conservation
Argument For: Protects private entities like ski areas from Forest Service policies that would require those entities to turn over their private water rights to the federal government as a condition of their ski area special-use permits.
Argument Against: Promotes "buy and dry" leasing of land, in which owners buy land, sell the water rights to civic or private entities, and then abandon the land, negatively impacting the region's ecosystem. Would prevent federal agencies within the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior from protecting fish, wildlife and river recreation.
House Republican Summary at GovTrack
Vail Daily article with list of Bill's supporters
-Two chief supporting demographics of the Act are ski resorts and the farm lobby.
-From the Vail Daily: "The House Natural Resources Committee held the only hearing on this bill during the government shutdown, preventing agencies from providing input on how it would affect public lands. When the Departments of Interior and Agriculture did weigh in, they strongly opposed the bill. They were joined by leading Democrats on the House Natural Resource Committee and more than 60 conservation and recreation groups, including American Rivers, American Whitewater, Trout Unlimited, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association."
Water Rights Protection Act
To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.
Conservation is vital to this country and the future life of our children. The national government has too readily given up conserved lands for private interests. And private lands should be honored when attempts are made to acquire it for the use of business.