H.R. 2050, the Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act

Cost Estimate
March 13, 2012

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on February 29, 2012

H.R. 2050 would authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to issue special permits for owners to continue using certain water storage, transport, and diversion facilities in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho. According to the Forest Service, any costs to process the permits would be paid by the permit holders. Because the legislation would affect direct spending (through the collection and spending of receipts), pay-as-you-go procedures apply; however, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2050 would have an insignificant impact on net direct spending. Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues.

H.R. 2050 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Aurora Swanson. The estimate was approved
by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.