100 STAT. 420
Post, p. 422. Reports. South Dakota.
National Wildlife Refuge System.
PUBLIC LAW 99-294—MAY 12, 1986
(1,200 acres), LaMoure (13,350 acres), West Oakes Extension (4,000 acres), and West Oakes (19,660 acres). The Secretary is prohibited from developing irrigation in these areas in excess of the acreage specified herein, except that the Secretary is authorized and directed to develop up to 28,000 acres of irrigation in other areas in North Dakota, not located in the Hudson Bay, Devils Lake, or James River drainage basins. "(2) The Secretary is prohibited from obligating any funds for construction of irrigation service facilities in the areas listed in subsection (a)(1) of this section prior to September 30, 1990. After that date, the Secretary may obligate funds only after completing and submitting to the Congress, the report required by section 5(c) of this Act. "(b)(1) The Secretary may not commence construction of the Sykeston Canal, the James River Feeder Canal, and James River channel improvements until 60 days after the report required by section 5(c) of this Act has been completed and submitted to the Congress. "(2) The Secretary is directed to proceed immediately with the construction of— "(A) the New Rockford Canal; "(B) the Oakes Test Area; and "(C) project features authorized in section 7 of this Act. "(c)(1) The Secretary is directed to submit a comprehensive report to the Congress as soon as practicable, but not later than the end of fiscal year 1988 on the effects on the James River in North Dakota and South Dakota of water resource development proposals recommended by the Garrison Diversion Unit Commission and authorized in this Act. The report shall include the findings of the Secretary with regard to: "(A) the feasibility of using the Oakes Aquifer as a water storage and recharge facility, and an evaluation of the need for offstream regulatory storage in the lower James River basin; "(B) the capability of the river to handle irrigation return flows, project water supplies, and natural runoff without causing flooding, property damage, or damage to wildlife areas, and mechanisms or procedures for compensation or reimbursement of affected landowners for damages from project operation; "(C) the impacts of Garrison Diversion Unit irrigation return flows on the river and on adjacent riverine wetland areas and components of the National Wildlife Refuge System, with regard to water quantity, water quality, and fish and wildlife values; "(D) the need for channelization of the James River under the irrigation and municipal, rural, and industrial water development programs authorized by this Act; "(E) the cost and efficiency of measures required to guarantee that irrigation return flows from the New Rockford (Robinson Coulee) irrigation service areas will not enter the Hudson Bay drainage and the impact these return flows will have on the James River; "(F) the feasibility of conveying project flows into the lower James River via Pipestem Creek; and "(G) alternative management plans for operation of Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs to minimize impacts on the lower James River.