S. 2166 would authorize the appropriation of $10 million for each year over the 2020-2023 period for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to participate in fish recovery programs in the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basin. Fish recovery activities under those programs include research, fish population monitoring, removal of nonnative fish, and program management activities. Using information from BOR, CBO estimates that enacting S. 2166 would cost about $35 million over the 2019-2023 period, assuming the appropriation of specified amounts. In recent years, annual spending for fish recovery programs has totaled about $12 million.
Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that enacting S. 2166 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
S. 2166 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.