CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 1219 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage, on April 21, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Bilbray (R-CA) on February 26, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which has taken no official action.
H.R. 1219 would authorize the Secretary of Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of projects to treat, reclaim, and reuse impaired surface water from Lakes Hodges in San Diego County, California. The bill would limit the federal share of the cost of the projects to less than 25 percent of the total cost. In addition, the bill would prohibit the Secretary from providing funds for the operation or maintenance of the project.
The Lake Hodges surface water improvement and reclamation project is an effort to provide an additional source of water for the Olivenhain Water Treatment Plant in Encinitas, California. According to a Natural Resources Committee report for H.R. 2649 (an identical bill considered in the 110th Congress), the program would pre-treat and deliver impaired water from Lake Hodges to the treatment facility, which is part of the North San Diego County Area Water Recycling Project. Water treated through the project will be used to supply water to approximately 58,000 customers in the San Diego area.
A CBO score for H.R. 1219 was not available at press time. However, a CBO score for H.R. 2649 (an identical bill considered in the 110th Congress) estimated that the bill would cost $14 million over five years.