H.R. 1393: Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act

H.R. 1393

Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act

Sponsor
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa

Date
June 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1393 on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 130 was introduced on March 9, 2009, by Rep. Hinojosa (D-TX) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1393 re-authorizes eighteen distinct water resource and reclamation projects to be carried out pursuant to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2000 (P.L. 105-576).  The bill would authorize $42 million for the projects.

H.R. 1393 re-authorizes the following eighteen projects to be financed by the Department of Interior:

  • In Cameron County, Texas, Bayview Irrigation District No. 11, water conservation and improvement project at a cost of $1,425,219
  • In the Cameron County, Texas, Brownsville Irrigation District, water conservation and improvement project at a cost of $722,100
  • In the Cameron County, Texas Harlingen Irrigation District No. 1, water conservation and improvement project at a cost of $4,173,950
  • In the Cameron County, Texas, Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $8,269,576
  • In the Cameron County, Texas, Cameron County Irrigation District No. 6, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $5,607,300
  • In the Cameron County, Texas, Adams Gardens Irrigation District No. 19, water conservation and improvement project at a cost of $2,500,000
  • In the Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties Irrigation District No. 9, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $8,929,152
  • In the Hidalgo and Willacy Counties, Texas, Delta Lake Irrigation District, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $8,000,000
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 2, a water conservation and improvement at a cost of $5,312,475
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 1, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $5,595,018
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 6, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $3,450,000
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas Santa Cruz Irrigation District No. 15, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $4,609,000
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Engelman Irrigation District, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $2,251,480
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Valley Acres Water District, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $500,000
  • In the Hudspeth County, Texas, Hudspeth County Conservation and Reclamation District No. 1, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $1,500,000
  • In the El Paso County, Texas, El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $10,500,000
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Donna Irrigation District, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $2,500,000
  • In the Hidalgo County, Texas, Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 16, water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $2,800,000
  • The United Irrigation District of Hidalgo County water conservation and improvement projects at a cost of $6,067,021

Background

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2000 (P.L. 105-576) authored by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson was signed into law on December 28, 2000. The purpose of this legislation was to allow the Secretary of the Interior to improve water conservation and the water supply in the Rio Grande Area.

Cost

A CBO score for H.R. 1120 was not yet available at press time, however, the legislation would authorize the appropriation of funds to build local water facilities in Texas.