43 CFR 426.3 - Conformance to the discretionary provisions.

§ 426.3 Conformance to the discretionary provisions.
(a) Districts that are subject to the discretionary provisions. Unless an exemption in § 426.16 applies, a district is subject to the discretionary provisions if:
(1) The district executes a new or renewed contract with Reclamation after October 12, 1982. The discretionary provisions apply as of the execution date of the new or renewed contract;
(2) The district amends its contract to conform to the discretionary provisions:
(i) A district may ask Reclamation to amend its contract to conform to the discretionary provisions;
(ii) The district's request to Reclamation must be accompanied by a duly adopted resolution dated and signed by the governing board of the district obligating the district to take, in a timely manner, actions required by applicable State law to amend its contract; and
(iii) If the requirements of paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section are met, then Reclamation will amend the contract, and the district becomes subject to the discretionary provisions from the date the district's request was submitted to Reclamation;
(iv) If the district only wants to amend its contracts to become subject to the discretionary provisions, the amendments need only be to the extent required to conform to the discretionary provisions; or
(3) The district amends its contract after October 12, 1982, to provide the district with additional or supplemental benefits. The amendment must also include the district's conformance to the discretionary provisions:
(i) The discretionary provisions apply as of the date that Reclamation executes the contract amendment;
(ii) For purposes of application of the acreage limitation provisions Reclamation considers a contract amendment as providing additional or supplemental benefits if that amendment:
(A) Requires the United States to expend significant funds;
(B) Requires the United States to commit significant additional water supplies; or
(C) Substantially modifies contract payments due the United States; and
(iii) For purposes of application of the acreage limitation provisions Reclamation does not consider the following contract actions as providing additional or supplemental benefits:
(A) The construction of facilities for conveyance of irrigation water for which districts contracted on or before October 12, 1982;
(B) Minor drainage and construction work contracted under a prior repayment or water service contract;
(C) Operation and maintenance (O&M) amendments;
(D) The deferral of payments provided the deferral is for a period of 12 months or less;
(E) A temporary supply of irrigation water as set forth in § 426.16(d);
(F) The transfer of water on an annual basis from one district to another, provided that:
(1) Both districts have contracts with the United States;
(2) The rate paid by the district receiving the transferred water:
(i) Is the higher of the applicable water rate for either district;
(ii) Does not result in any increased operating losses to the United States above those that would have existed in the absence of the transfer; and
(iii) Does not result in any decrease in capital repayment to the United States below what would have existed in the absence of the transfer; and
(3) The recipients of the transferred water pay a rate for the water that is at least equal to the actual O&M costs or the full-cost rate in those cases where, for whatever reason, the recipients would have been subject to such costs had the water not been considered transferred water;
(G) Contract actions pursuant to the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978, as amended (43 U.S.C. 506); or
(H) Other contract actions that Reclamation determines do not provide additional or supplemental benefits.
(b) Districts that are subject to prior law. Any district which had a contract in force on October 12, 1982, that required landholders to comply with the ownership limitations of Federal reclamation law remains subject to prior law unless and until the district:
(1) Enters into a new or renewed contract requiring it to conform to the discretionary provisions, as provided in paragraph (a)(1) of this section;
(2) Makes a contract action requiring conformance to the discretionary provisions, as provided in paragraphs (a)(2) or (3) of this section; or
(3) Becomes exempt, as provided in § 426.16.
(c) Standard RRA contract article.
(1) New or renewed contracts executed after October 12, 1982, or contracts that are amended to conform to the discretionary provisions before or on the effective date of these rules must include the following clause:
The parties agree that the delivery of irrigation water or use of Federal facilities pursuant to this contract is subject to reclamation law, as amended and supplemented, including but not limited to the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390aa et seq..
(2) New or renewed contracts executed after the effective date of these rules, or contracts that are amended to conform to the discretionary provisions after the effective date of these rules must include the following clause:
The parties agree that the delivery of irrigation water or use of Federal facilities pursuant to this contract is subject to Federal reclamation law, including but not limited to the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390aa et seq.), as amended and supplemented, and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of the Interior under Federal reclamation law.
(d) The effect of a master contractor's and subcontractor's actions to conform to the discretionary provisions. If a district provides irrigation water to other districts through subcontracts and the master contracting district is subject to:
(1) The discretionary provisions, then all subcontracting districts who are entitled to receive irrigation water must also conform to the discretionary provisions; or
(2) Prior law, then the subcontracting district can amend its subcontract to conform to the discretionary provisions without subjecting the master contractor or any other subcontractor of the master contractor to the discretionary provisions. If a subcontract that does not include the United States as a party is amended to conform to the discretionary provisions, or the subcontract is a new or renewed contract executed after October 12, 1982, then the amended, new, or renewed subcontract must include the United States as a party.
(e) The effect on a landholder's status when a district becomes subject to the discretionary provisions. If a district conforms to the discretionary provisions and the landholder is:
(1) Other than a nonresident alien or a legal entity that is not established under State or Federal law, and is:
(i) A direct landholder in that district, then the landholder becomes subject to the discretionary provisions and the associated acreage limitation status will apply in any district in which the landholder holds land; or
(ii) Only an indirect landholder in that and all other discretionary provisions districts, then the landholder's acreage limitation status is not affected. Such a landholder can receive irrigation water as a prior law recipient on indirectly held lands in districts that conform to the discretionary provisions.
(2) A nonresident alien, or legal entity not established under State or Federal law, and the landholder is:
(i) A direct landholder, then since such a landholder cannot become subject to, and has no eligibility under the discretionary provisions:
(A) All direct landholdings in districts that conform to the discretionary provisions become ineligible; and
(B) Directly held land that becomes ineligible as a result of the district's action to conform to the discretionary provisions may be placed under recordable contract as subject to the conditions specified in § 426.12; or
(ii) An indirect landholder, then such a landholder may receive irrigation water on land indirectly held in districts conforming to the discretionary provisions, with the entitlements for such landholder determined as specified in § 426.8.
(f) Landholder actions to conform to the discretionary provisions.
(1) In the absence of a district's action to conform to the discretionary provisions, United States citizens, resident aliens, or legal entities established under State or Federal law, can elect to conform to the discretionary provisions by executing an irrevocable election. Upon execution of an irrevocable election:
(i) The elector's entire landholding in all districts shall be subject to the discretionary provisions;
(ii) The election shall be binding on the elector and his or her landholding, but will not be binding on subsequent landholders of that land;
(iii) An irrevocable election by a legal entity is binding only upon that entity and not on the part owners of that entity;
(iv) An irrevocable election by a part owner of a legal entity binds only the part owner making the election and not the entity or other part owners of the entity; and
(v) An irrevocable election by a lessor does not affect the status of a lessee, and vice versa. However, the eligibility and entitlement of neither a lessor nor a lessee may be enhanced through leasing.
(2) A landholder makes an irrevocable election by completing a Reclamation issued irrevocable election form:
(i) The elector's original irrevocable election form must be filed by the district with Reclamation and must be accompanied by a completed certification form, as specified in § 426.18;
(ii) The elector must file copies of the irrevocable election and certification forms concurrently with each district where the elector holds nonexempt land;
(iii) Reclamation will prepare a letter advising the recipient of the approval or disapproval of the election. Reclamation will base approval upon whether the election form and the accompanying certification form(s) indicate the elector's satisfaction of the various requirements of Federal reclamation law and these regulations;
(iv) If the election is approved, the letter of approval, with a copy of the irrevocable election form and the original certification form(s), will be sent by Reclamation to each district where the elector holds land;
(v) The district(s) shall retain the forms; and
(vi) If the irrevocable election is disapproved, the landholder and the district will be advised by letter along with the reasons for disapproval.
(3) A landholder that only holds land indirectly in a district that has conformed to the discretionary provisions, other than a nonresident alien or a legal entity not established under State or Federal law, may make an irrevocable election also by simply submitting certification forms to all districts where the landholder holds land subject to the acreage limitation provisions. An election made in this manner is binding in all districts in which such elector holds land.
(g) District reliance on irrevocable election form information. The district is entitled to rely on the information contained in the irrevocable election form. The district does not need to make an independent investigation of the information.
(h) Time limits for amendments or elections to conform to the discretionary provisions. Reclamation will allow at anytime a landholder to elect or a district to amend its contract to conform to the discretionary provisions. An irrevocable election that was made after April 12, 1987, but on or before May 13, 1987, shall be considered effective as of April 12, 1987.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 5 - GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION AND EMPLOYEES
U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION
U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 43 - PUBLIC LANDS

§ 390aa - Congressional declaration of purpose; short title

§ 390bb - Definitions

§ 390cc - New or amended contracts

§ 390dd - Limitation on ownership

§ 390ee - Pricing

§ 390ff - Certification of compliance

§ 390gg - Equivalency

§ 390hh - Operation and maintenance charges

§ 390ii - Disposition of excess lands

§ 390jj - Water conservation

§ 390kk - Residency not required

43 U.S. Code § -

§ 390mm - Repayment of construction charges

§ 390nn - Trusts

43 U.S. Code § -

§ 390pp - Involuntary foreclosure

§ 390qq - Isolated tracts

§ 390rr - Central Arizona Project

§ 390ss - Religious or charitable organizations

§ 390tt - Contract required

§ 390uu - Waiver of sovereign immunity

§ 390vv - Excess crop restrictions

§ 390ww - Administrative provisions

§ 390xx - Validation of contracts entered into prior to October 1, 1981

§ 390yy - Leasing requirements

§ 390zz - Reporting

43 U.S. Code § 380a, 380b - Omitted

§ 418 - Private lands within project; agreement as to disposal of excess over farm unit

§ 423 - Permanently unproductive lands; exclusion from project; disposition of water right

§ 423a - Construction charges on permanently unproductive lands already paid; disposition

§ 423b - Suspension of payment of construction charges against areas temporarily unproductive

§ 423c - Exchange of unpatented entries; entries, farms or private lands, eliminated from project; rights not assignable; rights of lienholders; preference to ex-service men

§ 423d - Amendment of existing water right contracts by Secretary of the Interior

§ 423e - Completion of new projects or new division; execution of contract with district as condition precedent to delivery of water;...contract; cooperation of States with United States; limitations on sale of land

§ 423f - Purpose of

§ 423g - Adjustment of water right charges as final adjudication on projects and divisions named

§ 423h - Delivery of water to excess lands upon death of spouse

§ 424 - Disposal of lands classified as temporarily or permanently unproductive; persons who may take

§ 424a - Sale of unproductive lands; terms; area purchasable; tracts included

§ 424b - Application of certain statutes to lands sold

§ 424c - Issuance of patents; recitals in patents; reservations

§ 424d - Use of moneys collected from sales, project construction charges and water rentals respecting unproductive lands

§ 424e - Authority of Secretary of the Interior; rules and regulations

§ 425 - Exemption of lands owned by States, etc., from acreage limitation on receipt of irrigation benefits; determination of exempt status

§ 425a - Eligibility of transferred lands owned by States, etc., for receipt of water from a Federal reclamation project, division, or unit; conditions of eligibility; purchase price

§ 425b - Receipt of project water by lessees of irrigable lands owned by States, etc.; time limitation; applicability of acreage limitations

§ 431 - Limitation as to amount of water; qualifications of applicant

§ 434 - Amount of land for which entry may be made; farm unit; subdivision of lands

§ 440 - Regulations as to use of water and requirements as to cultivation and reclamation of land; cancellation for noncompliance with requirements

§ 451 - Conditions necessary for exchange; terms; credits; rights nonassignable

§ 451a - Persons eligible for benefits

§ 451b - Irrigation construction charges

§ 451c - Cancellation of charges or liens; credits

§ 451d - Disposal of improvements; water rights; revertibility of relinquished land

§ 451e - Amendment of farm unit; application; amount of land; exchange; waiver

§ 451f - Exchanges subject to mortgage contracts

§ 451g - Preferences; veterans; timely applicants

§ 451h - Establishment of farm units; size; contiguous or noncontiguous

§ 451i - “Federal irrigation project” defined

§ 451j - Rules and regulations

§ 451k - Availability of appropriations; expenses as nonreimbursable

§ 462 - Classification of irrigable lands and equitable apportionment of charges

§ 485 - Declaration of policy

§ 485a - Definitions

§ 485b - Amendment of existing repayment contracts

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

§ 485c - Repealed.

§ 485d - Time of payments to the United States

§ 485e - Maintenance and operation of project works; delinquency penalties

§ 485f - Negotiation of equitable contracts by Secretary

§ 485g - Classification of lands

§ 485h - New projects; sale of water and electric power; lease of power privileges

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

43 U.S. Code § 473, 474 - Repealed. May 25, 1926, ch. 383,

§ 485i - Rules and regulations

§ 485j - Effect on existing laws

§ 485k - Short title

§ 491 - Authority of Secretary to operate works

§ 492 - Operation and maintenance charges generally

§ 493 - Operation charges; date of payment; discount; advance payment

§ 493a - Omitted

§ 494 - Pecuniary penalty for nonpayment of operation charge

§ 495 - Shutting off water for nonpayment of operation charge

§ 496 - Cancellation of entry or water right for nonpayment of operation charge

§ 497 - Action to recover operation charge and penalty

§ 498 - Transfer of management and operation of works to water users generally

§ 499 - Discretionary power to transfer management

§ 499a - Transfer of title to movable property; use of appropriations

§ 499b - Transfer to municipal corporations or other organizations of care, operation, and maintenance of works supplying water for municipal, domestic, or industrial use

§ 500 - Duty of association or district to take over management

§ 501 - Disposition of profits of project taken over by water users

§ 502 - Emergency fund to assure continuous operation of projects and project facilities governed by Federal reclamation law

§ 503 - “Unusual or emergency conditions” defined

§ 504 - Rehabilitation and betterment of Federal reclamation projects, including small reclamation projects; return of costs; interest; definitions; performance of work

§ 505 - Drainage facilities and minor construction in irrigation works; contracts with repayment organizations; limitation on costs; submission of contract to Congress

§ 511 - Authority to contract with irrigation district

§ 512 - Release of Government liens after contract with irrigation districts

§ 513 - Lands in project subject to provisions of chapter; after contract with irrigation district

§ 544 - Limitation as to holdings prior to final payment of charges; forfeiture of excess holding

Public Laws