What is House Bill H.R. 404?
This bill would authorize 25 individual landowners who get their water through the Northport Irrigation District in western Nebraska to prepay the remaining portion of construction costs for the North Platte Project. Currently, the irrigation district owes a little under a million bucks ($924,000) to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation — no payments are being made now, and it is unlikely that any will be made in the next couple years. Prepayment would allow these landowners to pay a lower, total amount.
The North Platte Project extends 111 miles along the North Platte River Valley from Guernsey, Wyoming to Bridgeport, Nebraska and includes nine dams, a pumping plant and a power plant, in addition to canals and drains. The project offers full service irrigation for about 226,000 acres and supplemental irrigation service to another 109,000 acres.
The bill impacts payment for irrigation services in western Nebraska.
Cost of House Bill H.R. 404
The CBO states that "based on information from the district, about half of those landowners are expected to [prepay] under the bill. CBO estimates that those payments would increase offsetting receipts (which are treated as reductions in direct spending) to the federal government by $440,000 over the 2016-2025 period."
- CBO Cost Estimate
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: North Platte Project
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: Statement of Tom Iseman, Deputy Secretary for Water and Science, Bureau of Reclamation (Previous Bill Version)
- A Brief History of the North Platte Project
To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- senate Committees
- The house Passed June 1st, 2015Passed by Voice Vote
Water, Oceans, and WildlifeCommittee on Natural ResourcesIntroducedJanuary 16th, 2015
- house Committees