Reid Statement on Senate Passage of Lands Bill
January 15, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement after the Senate approved a major lands bill containing numerous benefits for Nevada:
“So many great projects that will help Nevada can now move forward because we passed this bill today. I’ve worked for quite a long time to see this legislation through the Senate because I believe in its power to improve our daily quality of life. I want to thank all the individuals who helped craft the agreements that made these bills possible. Cities, counties, tribes, ranchers, advocacy groups and concerned citizens all had a hand in what we accomplished today. Through this, we are showing that when partners come to the table to work with the federal government to forge solutions, we can find benefit for all Nevadans.”
Following is a list of Nevada projects in the legislation:
Projects benefitting Southern Nevada:
- The Nevada Cancer Institute Expansion Act will provide 80 acres of land to the Nevada Cancer Institute. The non-profit Nevada Cancer Institute will use the parcel to build a facility devoted to developing new treatments for Nevadans afflicted with cancer.
- The Orchard Detention Basin Flood Control Act releases a small section of the Sunrise Mountain Instant Study Area to allow for construction of a flood control project vital to protecting nearby neighborhoods, schools and businesses. The bill also helps expedite the remediation of the Sunrise Landfill.
- The Southern Nevada Limited Transition Area Act conveys land near the Henderson airport from the Bureau of Land Management to the City of Henderson for the development of a new economic hub and urban green space.
- The Cold War Historical Sites Study Act requires the Department of the Interior to evaluate sites and resources for commemorating and interpreting the Cold War, including the Mt. Charleston Plane Crash Memorial.
Projects benefitting Northern Nevada:
- The Reno ReTRAC Act removes restrictions on land owned by the City of Reno in and around the downtown railroad corridor. It will allow for additional commercial development in Reno’s urban core.
- The Carson City Vital Community Act is a comprehensive lands bill for Carson City which increases open space opportunities and helps the city pursue its smart growth plans. The bill includes a land exchange between the city and the Forest Service, giving each entity land that is more suited to its mission and management abilities. The bill also conveys the Silver Saddle Ranch and Prison Hill to Carson City for continued public use, with a conservation easement retained by the Bureau of Land Management.
- The Aging Water Infrastructure and Maintenance Act was introduced by Sen. Reid following the devastating Fernley flood. This bill provides resources and direction to the Bureau of Reclamation to inspect and maintain aging water facilities owned by the federal government. Under this bill, extraordinary repairs can be paid for over 50 years instead of the current one year and emergency maintenance repairs are eligible for funding from Reclamation. Reclamation is authorized to develop inspection guidelines for aging water facilities to help ensure they do not fall into disrepair.
- The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Reservation Water Settlements Act ratifies a water rights settlement agreement between the tribal governments, the State of Nevada and individual rights holders along the East fork of the Owyhee River and settle the Tribes’ claims against the United States for failing to protect its water rights and natural resources.