United States Code
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This section may be cited as the “Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act”.
The term “Bureau” means the Bureau of Reclamation.
The term “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Reclamation.
The term “Reclamation facility” means each of the infrastructure assets that are owned by the Bureau at a Reclamation project.
The term “Reclamation project” means any reclamation or irrigation project, including incidental features thereof, authorized by Federal reclamation law or the Act of
The use of a Reclamation facility for aquifer recharge under subparagraph (A) shall be considered an authorized use for the Reclamation project if requested by a holder of a water service or repayment contract for the Reclamation facility.
The holder of a right-of-way, easement, permit, or other authorization to transport water across public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management may transport water for aquifer recharge purposes without requiring additional authorization from the Secretary where the use does not expand or modify the operation of the right-of-way, easement, permit, or other authorization across public land.
Nothing in this section creates, impairs, alters, or supersedes a Federal or State water right.
This section shall not apply to the State of California.
The Secretary may participate in any State-led collaborative, multi-stakeholder advisory group created in any watershed the purpose of which is to monitor, review, and assess aquifer recharge activities.