To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION.
Section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water'' and inserting ``(1) The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water''; (2) by striking ``(1) shall'' and inserting ``(A) shall''; (3) by striking ``(2) shall'' and inserting ``(B) shall''; (4) by striking ``respecting the terms of sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be in addition and alternative to any authority in existing laws relating to particular projects'' and inserting ``respecting the sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be an authorization in addition to and alternative to any authority in existing laws related to particular projects, including small conduit hydropower development''; and (5) by adding at the end the following: ``(2) When carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall first offer the lease of power privilege to an irrigation district or water users association operating the applicable transferred work, or to the irrigation district or water users association receiving water from the applicable reserved work. The...