[Congressional Bills 108th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 695 Introduced in House (IH)]






108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 695

 To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make a grant to support 
  research to develop enhanced methods for the long-term control and 
  suppression of the invasive plant species tamarisk in the Colorado 
         River watershed in western Colorado and eastern Utah.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           February 11, 2003

 Mr. McInnis (for himself, Mr. Tancredo, and Mr. Beauprez) introduced 
 the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

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                                 A BILL


 
 To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make a grant to support 
  research to develop enhanced methods for the long-term control and 
  suppression of the invasive plant species tamarisk in the Colorado 
         River watershed in western Colorado and eastern Utah.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SEC. 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Tamarisk Research and Control Act of 
2003''.

SEC. 2. GRANT FOR TAMARISK CONTROL RESEARCH AND RELATED EXTENSION AND 
              EDUCATION EFFORTS.

    (a) Grant Authorized.--The Secretary of Agriculture, acting through 
the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, shall 
make a grant to Mesa State College of Grand Junction, Colorado, to 
support research and related extension and education efforts of the 
college to promote the long-term control and suppression of the 
invasive plant species tamarisk in the Colorado River watershed in 
western Colorado and eastern Utah.
    (b) Research Objectives.--The principal purpose of the research to 
be conducted using the grant funds shall be the development of enhanced 
methods that can be used by individuals or organizations--
            (1) for tamarisk control and suppression; and
            (2) for revegetation and long-term maintenance of lands 
        reclaimed from tamarisk infestation.
    (c) Plan of Action.--The grant recipient shall submit to the 
Secretary a research proposal describing possible actions to respond to 
tamarisk infestations and a plan to manage funding, public support, and 
other resources.
    (d) Inventory of Tamarisk Infestation.--Using a portion of the 
grant funds, the grant recipient shall conduct an inventory of tamarisk 
infestation in the Colorado River watershed in western Colorado and 
eastern Utah and consider the environmental impacts of long-term 
tamarisk control.
    (e) Matching Funds Requirement.--The grant recipient shall 
contribute funds toward the research, extension, and education efforts 
in an amount equal to the amount of the grant.
    (f) Time for Making Grant.--The Secretary shall make the grant 
under this section within one year after the date on which funds are 
first made available to the Secretary to carry out this section.
    (g) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be 
appropriated $1,000,000 to carry out this section.
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